Distancing Guide System

Design Challenge

#1: How might we keep our communities in Singapore safe and healthy during the global COVID-19 pandemic?

Project Description

Designing a seamless guide system without wasting tapes or other resources. Instead, we will draw upon basic human behavior of avoiding objects on the ground. The solution should not be a one-off but instead be re-usable and durable to a certain degree.

Criteria #1: Value

Due to the current situation, social distancing has become a norm. However, due to the space constraints and disregard of practicing social distancing, many were affected. Hence, the system is proposed to enhance the practice in social distancing in public areas by relying on human nature and instinct. Current solutions are quick fixes and are unsightly, in view of the prolonged period of effect, a more sustainable and thoughtful solution should be created and implemented.

Criteria #2: Inspiration

Instead of using a queue post that occupies valuable space or stickers which are not pleasant to look at, we want to tap into the human’s psychological way of thinking to help people to be more mindful and aware of social distancing.

Criteria #3: Impact

The system is an “invisible” guideline that helps the users to keep a safety distance away from each other. Through the means of our basic human behavior of avoiding tripping on objects on the ground, forcing our mind to think that they have to avoid the area. Instead of using physical objects such as poles or cones to ensure we are apart from each other.

Criteria #4: Timeliness

Upon approval > Design development(4 weeks) > Prototype(4 weeks) — Product Test(2 weeks) > Mass production(6 weeks) > Distribution (6 weeks).

Criteria #5: Systems Thinking

A system that works as an “invisible” guideline for the public to practice social distancing. (Through psychological methods of avoiding stepping on items). It will help people to be more mindful of their surroundings and also be more aware of social distancing with others.