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Toasting Design

By SoMIAE

Engineering design has a lot of nuances and caveats. This podcast discusses those and a few side tracks from time to time. Brought to you by the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand
#191 I'm not locked in here with you
#191 I'm not locked in here with you
Every now and then it appears that the bad ideas, that we would say "no, that is a bad idea" seem to make it far enough that we see it outside of design reports in undergrad. There's a lot that can be said from this, from the fact that even bad ideas are taken to far to even bad design engineers manage to get out into industry. We discuss such an idea. Hosted by M.Boer and S.Schekman on the 18th Jan 2023
29:40
January 27, 2023
#190 I hear clearly now that the rain is gone
#190 I hear clearly now that the rain is gone
Do you hear yourself think? That inner monologue telling you that, no you cannot make that jump or yes you definitely got the wrong answer in that exam question. It might just be me but it got me thinking about when I couldn’t hear that voice because it was raining so damn hard while I was driving. The obvious follow up is not a trip to the psychologist but instead whether or not I could make things quieter and how. Quickly tricking Boer into going along with this, I may once again be able to hear myself think. Hosted by M.Boer and S. Schekman on the 10th Jan 2023
29:16
January 20, 2023
#189 Hot Topics 2023
#189 Hot Topics 2023
Every year there are series of topics that are proposed by students as the best, most obvious, easiest, (etc.) problem to solve. These also inherently has some of the worst pitfalls and performance amongst the projects. We attempt to predict what we think might come up. These are not necessarily problems or topics to avoid but just be aware of some of the issues ahead of time. To know what you are getting yourself into. Hosted by M.Boer and S.Schekman on the 10th Jan 2023
27:51
January 13, 2023
#188 Making bad ideas sound ok
#188 Making bad ideas sound ok
This started off with the idea of how would you back up a really bad idea for a design problem. It turns out you can't. Not really anyway. That should not be a surprise. It was a bad idea in the first place. You are not making the bad idea good, you are just trying to substantiating its existence. I think that's philosophical in some way. Nice way to kick off the year. Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 13 Dec 2022
30:20
January 06, 2023
#187 Design Series Part 28
#187 Design Series Part 28
The mechanism This is part 28 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 24 November 2022
27:38
December 30, 2022
#186 Design Series Part 27
#186 Design Series Part 27
The mechanism This is part 27 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 24 November 2022
26:57
December 23, 2022
#185 On the edge of your seat
#185 On the edge of your seat
Hippos of course do not make good pets. There, finally got it out. Wasn't difficult was it? Tried to stop me from just being informative and look what it got them.  5 deferreds and an FNQL (evil laughter ensuing). Also this is a podcast. Topics are possibly
26:29
December 16, 2022
#184 Can it be done better
#184 Can it be done better
It's been a while since I have had to write one of these. For me it all began in 1822 when the neighbour across the pond decided that pet hippos were not working out as expected ^%#@&U HDFTSH JBFLj dnbfklsd yfjl 3hkrjrew The person writing the description has a mental breakdown and has been forceably relieved of their duty. Apologies The last time I had a mental breakdown was not long after I found out that a drone is not the answer to every design problem, having said that, the hippos really were not a good idea but ^$&#U( VFJDnm wkl7SYUHJDFN Z RESFD It appears to be catching on. The replacement has been replaced.  This is a podcast episode. Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman some time in the distant past (3rd November 2022)
21:22
December 09, 2022
#183 What came first the stylus or the digital pen?
#183 What came first the stylus or the digital pen?
When we find something of an engineering sort that is new (and interesting) we tend to get excited about it (as any engineer should really). Let's discuss the differences between stylus's and digital pens to start (and end - its just that topic). Hosted with the unusual belief that we know what we are talking about by M. Boer and S.Schekman on 
22:03
December 02, 2022
#182 What's Happening Today (back then)
#182 What's Happening Today (back then)
We have done/discussed/argued/talked/disagreed on the beginning of any design: the problem, numerous times. But this time we thought we would go back even further and go through the various fields/topics/sources that inspire our ideas. Not generally but specifically, discussing what have seen, what it makes us think of, where those ideas could go, etc.  Hosted in armchairs, smoking pipes and scrolling the news by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 18th October 2022.
25:39
November 25, 2022
#180 Pulling it together
#180 Pulling it together
Pull it together will you! Did that come across as aggressive? It may have been said in that way but I'd say you should look on it as the way to understand options.  Its never just a case of making a series of selections or developing isolated systems and leaving them as is in the idealised hope that it will all just work out in the end. Do you understand? If not then listen to the podcast. Hosted in an altogether sort of way by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 13th October 2022
20:56
November 18, 2022
#181 Keeping busy to keep good
#181 Keeping busy to keep good
Now now, I know what you are thinking. What are you to do during the december break? Well cancel all your plans, I've got it sorted. You will just think about design. Wait wait. I know I am losing you so let's compromise. How about you don't cancel your plans but instead you just don't turn off that part of your brain that thinks about design. Rather than fighting it, beating it back every time it rears its head asking something like "why is the distance between petrol pumps not wider?," let it ask and entertain those thoughts.  Hosted as travel agents by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 13th October 2022.
25:13
November 10, 2022
#179 More Words
#179 More Words
Following on from the previous episode we contemplate what meaning can be drawn from words in a design context. In this case, precision and accuracy. Literal definitions are not important here, it is about what context we put these words into in a way of viewing design, the problem and everything in between. Hosted quite accurately with precision by M.Boer and S. Schekman on 27 Sep 2022
19:57
November 04, 2022
#178 Inspirationally structural in a situation
#178 Inspirationally structural in a situation
Are you more situationalist, a structuralist or an inspirationalist when it comes to design? Sometimes it helps to be able to put to words a way of thinking or approach. It doesn't always help and is never an excuse to ignore details or decisions because it doesn't agree with your design aura. Hosted in a particular situation by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 27 Sep 2022
23:11
October 28, 2022
#177 To sleep or go crazy
#177 To sleep or go crazy
Every now and then we tackle something that is far out of our area of expertise. You naysayers out there may say it happens more often. To you I say . To the rest, what do you know about taking care of a person that is put in a coma? Hosted while not sleeping by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 30 Aug 2022
24:12
October 21, 2022
#176 Design Series Part 26
#176 Design Series Part 26
The mechanism This is part 26 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 30 August 2022
30:34
October 14, 2022
#175 Not thinking things through
#175 Not thinking things through
It could be argued that we need to think our topics through further but thankfully those are not up for evaluation. Design decisions however, are. The knock on effect of not thinking it through more thoroughly is discussed in part. Hosted lazily while fishing* by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 23 Aug 2022. *Hosts were not actually fishing, harming or dismembering fish during the recording of this episode. Boer did bite a giant piece of cardboard that was just lying around. His health is being monitored.
29:27
October 07, 2022
#174 Specifying a Solution
#174 Specifying a Solution
The design specification is the specification of the final design. The final design is a solution to a problem. The final design must therefore clearly indicate how the solution is successful. It is not just a list of parts, components, specifications and some CAD. Hosted grumpily and tired of seeing the same old s%^&##$t each time by S Schekman and M Boer on 23 August 2022
24:16
September 30, 2022
#173 Reinventing the food processor
#173 Reinventing the food processor
Okay, cards on the table. I don't think we really covered the reinvention of the food processor. Probably because it doesn't need it. But that at least was the kicking off point for us to lose track and get lost in the topic. I'm rather pleased with the outcome. Hosted by chef Boer and sous chef Schekman on 16 Aug 2022 
25:38
September 23, 2022
#172 Fire!
#172 Fire!
It probably says something that our topics keep coming back to fire and fire related destruction. But at the least we are discussing how to deal with those wonderfully, vibrant, dancing, warm flames. The crackle in the winter winds, the constant blackening as the old is taken over to become ashes. But I digress. Its sort of what we do. Hosted in a heated debate by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 16 Aug 2022
30:09
September 16, 2022
#171 Heated Torpedoes
#171 Heated Torpedoes
Why would you need to heat a torpedo? Well think about spreading butter on toast. Using a heated knife allows for easier spreading and less damage to the toast. Applying that literally to torpedoes would imply we can more easily spread the explosive along the hull of the ship and thereby damage it less. I may have missed the point of this topic as I was filling in a risk assessment while doing so. Hosted while unheated by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 2 Aug 2022.
21:10
September 09, 2022
#170 Reflection
#170 Reflection
We have gone on side tracks in a couple episodes in the past. We have not, however, gone on a sidetrack and then come up with a new terminology: Reflection. Expect to see this one used again in future episodes. Also this is the 170th episode. That makes this just as special as every other episode. I thought it was important to mention. Those interested in the answer to the next test should pay careful attention to what 170 could mean. Hosted with lack of hindsight despite the term by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 2 Aug 2022
22:60
September 02, 2022
#168 Design Series Part 25
#168 Design Series Part 25
Mechanism design This is part 25 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 22nd June 2022
31:18
August 25, 2022
#169 Designing for rare occasions
#169 Designing for rare occasions
There are primary problems, there are secondary problems and then there are those other problems (tertiary problems?) that are largely insignificant but if not solved the functionality of the design can be, on rare occasions, drastically affected. For the most part if they are not solved there is no issue but on those rare occasions where it does happen it could have longer term problems. We have a light look into this. Let us know if you would like more on it. Houston by M.Boer and S.Schekman on the 7th July 2022
28:07
August 19, 2022
#167 Design Series Part 24
#167 Design Series Part 24
The mechanism This is part 24 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 7th July 2022
30:07
August 12, 2022
#166 Design Series Part 23
#166 Design Series Part 23
Mechanisms This is part 23 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 30th June 2022
29:44
August 05, 2022
#165 Drone Soccer
#165 Drone Soccer
Now I know you are surprised to hear that we, two aeronautical engineers, are discussing something aero related but it is true. More over we are two aeronautical engineers with very little understanding or interest in sports that are forcing our misconceptions, misunderstandings and lack of caring into what could be your favourite sport. Your thanks can be sent through to ToastingDesign@gmail.com. Your comments can be emailed to
24:33
July 29, 2022
#164 Design Series Part 22
#164 Design Series Part 22
Mechanism design This is part 22 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 22nd June 2022
29:28
July 22, 2022
#163 Inverse Design
#163 Inverse Design
The design field is full of buzzwords. These words are typically elegant ways of summarising a complex approach or way of analysing something. It is good to actually understand the nuts and bolts of the principle, idea or method. You may find it is something you have always done and now someone has just come up with a name for it. Like the Schekman - the task of actually finishing a design project - when last did you pull a Schekman? yb detsoh M. Boer and S.Schekman on the 1st June 2022
29:48
July 15, 2022
#162 Design Series Part 21
#162 Design Series Part 21
Design Refinement This is part 21 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 6th June 2022 Episode analytics
31:16
July 08, 2022
#161 Novel Innovation
#161 Novel Innovation
The reinvention of the novel is bound (pun intended) to be met with stern and rigid backlash. Persons simply like having the physical pages before them. Its something to hold onto, to quickly flip back and forth on (where is Gondor in relation to the Shire again? - to the map page). While there are mass and dimension savings with ebooks its just not the same.  Then again maybe I am getting the word novel mixed up with novel. Maybe that is the point Hosted on the shoulders of innovation (and bar stools) by M.Boer and S.Schekman on the 26th May 2022.
28:28
July 01, 2022
#160 Go Figure, Skating
#160 Go Figure, Skating
This has nothing to do with figure skating, we don't know the first thing about figure skating. But in thinking of titles for the episode the only skateboard related things that came to my head was avril lavignes skater boi and I'm not going there. I don't even want to know what that says about my psychosis. So rest assured we are talking skate boards. Unless you want to hear about design around figure skating in which case let us know at ToastingDesign@gmail.com. At least itll let me know someone reads this. Hosted by the boys, M. Boer and S. Schekman 26th May 2022
26:14
June 24, 2022
#159 Irrationally Unconservative
#159 Irrationally Unconservative
More words, more phrases, more ways in which you can get yourself lost in "am i doing a preliminary design" or "is this complex analysis." Brought to you by the 3rd year aero class of 2022. Not literally, we could try let them speak but it would either be the quietest episode yet or alternatively a s*%$%W#tshow of noise as everyone tries to talk to you at once. So instead Boer and Schekman will paraphrase the idea and principle. Or is it Schekman and Boer. Or is it just Schekman talking to himself?  Hosted by R.D Madock and T.J. Wo on the 31st Feb 2000. 
24:39
June 17, 2022
#158 Shopping in the dark
#158 Shopping in the dark
Load shedding (look it up) is becoming such a mainstay in the lives of South African's that the topic of how can we be better at shopping in the dark, makes more sense than installing a generator in the back. That's not quite what we are talking about here but at the very least its a significant part of the deal.  Hosted which a torch and quickly burning match by M.Boer and S. Schekman on 11 May 2022
25:16
June 10, 2022
#157 Drones....
#157 Drones....
Who would have thought that two aeronautical engineers would get into a conversation about airborne systems, airports, drones and/or Marakesh. Unfortunately the last topic was cut off due to sponsorship restrictions. The sponsor apparently was not happy that we had beards... It's all very complicated. Most complicated of which is we don't have a sponsor. Hosted in poor lighting but improved visibility from drones by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 26 April 2022. 
30:59
June 03, 2022
#156 Being Better than Britain
#156 Being Better than Britain
I think it is natural for engineers to look at something and say "I can do that better." Statistically it will be an engineer that is right when it's said. With that in mind, we have a go at thinking of how (why?) we would be better at racing some pom's and baguette'ers across the channel.  Hosted with riding motorcycles off of V-22's and into a F35 exhaust by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 26 April 2022. 
28:60
May 27, 2022
#155 From Wham O's to Beards
#155 From Wham O's to Beards
Have you ever wondered what all conversations between two bearded men end up moving to? The number of podcasts where about 20 minutes or audio is removed simply because beards comes up and we lose focus. Well today we let it happen.  Hosted with beards tucked and mustaches combed by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 30 Mar 2022
34:22
May 20, 2022
#154 3rd year design Sem 2
#154 3rd year design Sem 2
The first semester is nearly up but it is worth giving thought to what is coming up. Design works best when there is time to think. This topic is targeted at those of you in 3rd year mech or aero design in 2022. There are still general lessons covered though for those of you not targeted. Hosted while hatching plans by M.Boer and S. Schekman on 30 Mar 2022
22:52
May 13, 2022
#153 The unknown paths
#153 The unknown paths
There is little worse in design that putting in a significant amount of time to a development only to realise that the intended solution to the problem (the design) can't work. In many ways it should have been caught earlier. Fear of this unknown path in design can lead to a paralysis in some, preventing progress. There are ways or methods in seeing what to do. Some of these may even be discussed in this episode. Failing that there is always toast. Hosted by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 23 March 2022
17:55
May 06, 2022
#152 Design Series Part 20
#152 Design Series Part 20
Functional Analysis This is part 20 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 23 March 2022
31:59
April 29, 2022
#151 Internal Users
#151 Internal Users
Imagine a bubble. It is not a soap bubble but a design bubble (not suitable for bathtubs). Inside this bubble you could be said to be internal to the bubble. Outside the bubble is a whole world of issues and problems. Don't think about that world, stay within your bubble. But also grow your bubble so that more of that horrible outside world comes in... I may not be selling this as well. Try listen to the podcast rather. Hosted on the 9th March 2022 by M.Boer and S. Schekman
17:53
April 22, 2022
#150 Design Series Part 19
#150 Design Series Part 19
Iterating and reconsidering This is part 19 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 9 March 2022
41:01
April 15, 2022
#149 Swarming Casualties
#149 Swarming Casualties
Some of the more difficult problems to approach are those with clearly defined issues. A mass casualty event involves multiple persons in need of medical attention. This is not necessarily the direct problem that needs to be solved. Along with drones and swarms (why not, we are aeronautical engineers) we break down some of the more alternate approaches to this general problem. Hosted through waffles (luftwaffles) by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 2 March 2022
30:18
April 08, 2022
#148 Design Series Part 18
#148 Design Series Part 18
The monitors This is part 18 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by "M. Boer" and S. Schekman on an undisclosed date and released on the first of April 2022.
24:49
April 01, 2022
#147 Teflon
#147 Teflon
Teflon has in no way sponsored this episode nor are we under any duress to talk about teflon. But it is still worth a discussion in the context of using the "miracle" materials that become famous from time to time.  Hosted safe in corrosive world thanks to Teflon by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 2 Mar 2022
22:53
March 25, 2022
#146 Design Backwards
#146 Design Backwards
Our quiet hosting site is distrusted in this episode, apologies for the repetition or break in flow. It is obviously what happens when you disobey the universal law of first establihsing the problem before worrying about the solution. Although this is nothing compared to the consequences of choosing concept 2.  Hosted with toast on the brain, at hypersonic speeds with a hiccup or two by M.Boer and S. Schekman on 9 Feb 2022.
21:22
March 18, 2022
#145 Design Series Part 17
#145 Design Series Part 17
Further Development This is part 17 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 9 February 2022
29:21
March 11, 2022
#144 MECN4005/6 2022
#144 MECN4005/6 2022
The 4th year capstone projects are the final assessment of the engineering curriculum for mechanical and aeronautical engineering at wits (ideally anyway). We aren't discussing design elements in this episode nor what problems to undertake or propose (it's too late for that). Instead we cover, in depth how the projects will run. For 4th year students, you likely would have heard this already (literally). For others, well, take a listen too. It can't help to know what is coming your way.  Hosted from two alternate timelines, both of which still feature Jeremy, by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 16 Feb 2022
55:14
March 04, 2022
#143 Marsh mellows at a distance
#143 Marsh mellows at a distance
The time for talking about toast is coming to an end. We set our sights upon the horizon of other foods on which to set this podcast (and Jeremy's creations) upon. First up, marsh mellows.... mellowing in design? Designing Marsh? Maybe we should just stick to toast. Glass blown toast, made using remote surgery machines and a complete disregard for problems. Done. Hosted in anodised colours by  M. Boer and S. Schekman on 2 Feb 2022
20:17
February 25, 2022
#142 Design Series Part 16
#142 Design Series Part 16
Option Evaluation This is part 16 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 2 February 2022
36:32
February 18, 2022
#141 Project Ideas 2022 Part 4
#141 Project Ideas 2022 Part 4
This is the final episode in this series looking at potential design project topics and problems for the year ahead. While focused on final year projects, it can still be seen as applicable to all aspects of design.  Hosted using the unconventional approach of being in person by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 26th January 2022
33:21
February 11, 2022
#140 Project Ideas 2022 Part 3
#140 Project Ideas 2022 Part 3
Back at it to drive home some points based on queries and comments already coming in. While focused on final year (4th year) project topics, the topic still applies to other years of study and design in general.  Hosted while on a roll (bread roll of course) by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 26th Jan 2022
23:37
February 04, 2022
#139 Project Ideas 2022 Part 2
#139 Project Ideas 2022 Part 2
It's time for final year students to propose ideas for design projects in 2022. There are some hard learned lessons in the this process and while the topic in general has been covered in previous years we discuss updated points based on our lessons learned in 2021. Hosted without worry by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 19th Jan 2022
28:29
January 28, 2022
#138 Project Ideas 2022 Part 1
#138 Project Ideas 2022 Part 1
It's time for final year students to propose ideas for design projects in 2022. There are some hard learned lessons in the this process and while the topic in general has been covered in previous years we discuss updated points based on our lessons learned in 2021. Hosted bright eyed and bushy tailed by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 19 Jan 2022
28:05
January 21, 2022
#137 The Need for Speed
#137 The Need for Speed
Design is, in part, about thinking that you can do better. Whether it is that you can make a system more efficient, that you can make a system safer or that you can go faster. Defining the problem can be a bit tricky here. This is mostly because it is more about over coming a self set challenge than overcoming a problem (why do you need to be safer or faster). As a skill challenging exercise such a thought exercise is well worth it but don't necessarily think that this is now the be-all and end-all of what man kind needs Hosted while kicking tires and lighting fires by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 15 December 2021
17:54
January 14, 2022
#136 Dyson
#136 Dyson
To be clear this has nothing to do with product placement, subtle advertising or paid advertisement. This podcast was inspired by the video linked here: https://youtu.be/zFCFe38EIfE.  Hosted without ads by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 15 December 2021.
27:37
January 07, 2022
#134 Design Series Part 15
#134 Design Series Part 15
Option Evaluation This is part 15 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 15 December 2021
25:28
December 24, 2021
#135 Clean Sunlight
#135 Clean Sunlight
New, mod or convert. What do you do? When your current car isnt performing do you buy a new one or modify it? Do you convert the lawnmower in the back yard to tear your across the highway at 140km/hr, open cockpit style? When your office desk is running out of space do you modify it (clean up the damn papers and tidy up), buy a new desk, convert it into the trash heap it basically is already lock up the room and forget about it or, as I was taught just pull out the drawers and put a desk extension on for more desk space (a modification). As usual these age old questions are not answered here but others are... I hope Hosted through reflective mirrors by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 24 November 2021
29:48
December 24, 2021
#133 Design Series Part 14
#133 Design Series Part 14
Detailed Conceptual Design (The meat is going on the bones) cont. This is part 14 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 24 November 2021
36:01
December 17, 2021
#132 Burgers and Boats with Influence
#132 Burgers and Boats with Influence
Warning, this episode may leave you hungry. Not hungry to design (that's weird). Hungry for nautical knowledge (I'm sure it's a thing). Alternatively just hungry for a burger. On a side note there should be a poll on Spotify.  Also we talk about Design. Hosted with a captains hat and skull and cross bones flag by M.Boer and S. Schekman on 10 Nov 2021 - Arrrrg
35:47
December 10, 2021
#131 From wet to dry
#131 From wet to dry
If your mind went there from the title then steady on now, this is not that type of show. On the other hand if you yourself have wondered how you could keep wearing that designer jacket while at a water theme park, besides the obvious questions I have for you, then you may find this useful. Alternatively you may want to consider talking to someone (not a professional - just anyone. I know engineers are unsociable introverted sociopaths {just me?} but sometimes its actually good to bare through the mindless drivel spurting from someone else if only to reasonably have an excuse to explain why it is they are wrong). Also, I really think there are some good ideas in this podcast - it's almost sensible (for which we apologies and promise to return to ridiculuous in future episodes). Hosted while high on tesla sauce by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 10 Nov 2021
25:56
December 03, 2021
#130 Never Enough Criteria
#130 Never Enough Criteria
You wouldn't steal a car You wouldn't steal a handbag You wouldn't steal a television You wouldn't steal a movie Why would you have too few criteria... you monster. Hosted in person, in arms reach, and in mild panic by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 20th October 2021
25:43
November 26, 2021
#129 Design Series Part 13
#129 Design Series Part 13
Detailed Conceptual Design (The meat is going on the bones) cont. This is part 13 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 20 October 2021
25:25
November 19, 2021
#128 Design Series Part 12
#128 Design Series Part 12
Detailed Conceptual Design (The meat is going on the bones) cont. This is part 12 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 1 October 2021
25:23
November 12, 2021
#127 Design Series Part 11
#127 Design Series Part 11
Detailed Conceptual Design (The meat is going on the bones) This is part 11 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 1 October 2021
24:38
November 05, 2021
#126 Falling with Style
#126 Falling with Style
This week we take a break from the design project and return to a comfortable past time: thinking illogically in order to solve problems. Ground based ideas are starting to become stale (its a toast joke - a laugh was appropriate and expected, please reprimand yourself appropriately) so we are moving up (thats a life joke - these are not as good when I have to explain them to you). Because the chameleon couldn't taste the lemon (that's the punchline to a joke - because I can). Hosted on a freefall of ideas by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 10th September 2021
25:44
October 29, 2021
#125 Design Series Part 10
#125 Design Series Part 10
High Level Concepts cont. This is part 7 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 10 September 2021
20:53
October 22, 2021
#124 Design Series Part 9
#124 Design Series Part 9
High Level Concepts cont. This is part 9 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 3 September 2021
28:22
October 15, 2021
#123 Design Series Part 8
#123 Design Series Part 8
High Level Concepts cont. This is part 8 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 3 September 2021
23:19
October 08, 2021
#122 Design Series Part 7
#122 Design Series Part 7
High Level Concepts cont. This is part 7 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com).  Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 10 August 2021
23:21
October 01, 2021
#121 Design Series Part 6
#121 Design Series Part 6
High Level Concepts This is part 6 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 10 August 2021
31:37
September 24, 2021
#120 Trains
#120 Trains
Schekman In review of the more recent episode descriptions it has become apparent that the connection between the description and the content is almost completely absent. In previous discussions this issue has been brought up and the committee of Toast was assured that there would be an increase in relevance at the least. This is contradiction to the contract that we have subsequetely created and are still awaiting your signature. Could you please sign this contract at the earliest convenience so that we may have actually take action against your insubordination. Sincerely The Toast Board for J.E.R.E.M.Y. (B. James, K. Ernst, G. Rakobela, S.J. Essop, Q. Mashau & T. Yacoob) Hosted on the rails that are the scripts by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 20 July 2021
21:11
September 17, 2021
#119 Design Series Part 5
#119 Design Series Part 5
URS Refinement This is part 5 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consecutively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 20 July 2021
28:01
September 10, 2021
#118 Equivalence and Alternatives
#118 Equivalence and Alternatives
I'm not big into definitions or trying to constrain design to set terminology. But terms are useful in conveying ideas and communicating your design (mime just won't cut it for mechanical martini shakers). Two big words which are commonly viewed as interchangable are pass and fail but these are quite different. Two other words are equivalent and alternative. While alternative tends to be more easily understood. It is equivalence which is seen to be equivalent to the other (see what I did there - no you didn't. You read it.).  Hosted by coming to an equivalent solution alternatively by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 13 July 2021
27:43
September 03, 2021
#117 Unique Solutions
#117 Unique Solutions
There are always alternate options. Some are better than others (see episode 118 for more). But sometimes you see an idea that is not necessarily better or worse but completely different to the way you may have thought to approach it, whether constraining yourself to a particular view point or based on your own knowledge and experience guiding you down a single path. To illustrate this I found examples of unique solutions that I would not have come to and tested what would Boer have done (WWBHD - a new motto for the podcast).  Hosted non-uniquely by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 13th July 2021. Links if curious: Turbine blade transport: https://www.reddit.com/r/BeAmazed/comments/oe757e/transporting_a_massive_wind_turbine_blade_up_a/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3 Balloons inside balloons: https://www.reddit.com/r/BeAmazed/comments/aiafmj/this_is_how_they_put_ballons_inside_a_ballon/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3
23:31
August 27, 2021
#116 Making the Problem Real
#116 Making the Problem Real
There are some many different ways to find, define and refine a problem. While one way may work in a given situation it is not always applicable in another. For example watching the news might give you an idea for a problem orientated around Covid (unless you are listening to this in the far future in which case, replace Covid with whatever apocalypse type event is currently annoying you). But watching the news will not always give you ideas on problems. Or at least it might not give you ideas for your particular field, interest or speciality. We do our best to discuss something around this sort of topic. Hosted for real by M.Boer and S. Schekman on 29th June 2021
28:12
August 20, 2021
#115 Post Release Iteration
#115 Post Release Iteration
Don't you just wish that you could keep working on that design project? Keep going until the complete product is sitting in your hand (or in front of you at least - don't sit an aircraft on your hand). No? Is that just me? Ok what about once the project is done telling you to get back at it after your lecturer has told you how terrible a job you did in the first place? Still no? Really? Shame, I guess. Design never ends, there is always more work to do be done. Its engineering purgatory. Hosted forever by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 29th June 2021.
25:27
August 13, 2021
#114 Jet Packs
#114 Jet Packs
How to plan and setup a Toasting Design episode. Step 1) Completely ignore the problem until randomly hit with an inspiration from either a student, a book, a Guinness world record (our forte), a youtube video or a random epiphany in the middle of the night. Step 2) Spend a few minutes planning it out and telling the other host about it. Step 3) Get excited about the topic. Step 4) Completely drop it when you realise the conversation during the podcast has inspired something else entirely. Today that was jet packs.  Hosted while high on jet A1 by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 10th June 2021 Apologies for audio quality. Should be back to normal next episode. Also if you are reading this Gremlins, please keep Jeremy.
24:32
August 06, 2021
#113 Keeping Busy
#113 Keeping Busy
As engineers the simple things that keep most NonEn's (non engineers) busy and entertained simply isn't enough for us. We need more. Such as taking chess and making all the pieces little robots that fight or play water polo in a pool of carbon dioxide that you have to run around in instead of swimming but cannot breathe in either. We like to take things up a notch with most of the fun figuring out how do actually set it up in the first place. So we did that. Hosted while dizzy by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 10th June 2021 Apologies for poor audio quality. The gremlins kidnapped Jeremy. Also the microphone didn't work for one of us.
28:60
July 30, 2021
#112 Design Series Part 4
#112 Design Series Part 4
Design Planning cont. This is part 4 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consequteively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com) Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 1st June 2021
35:54
July 23, 2021
#111 Design Series Part 3
#111 Design Series Part 3
Design Planning This is part 3 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consequteively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com) Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 1st June 2021
30:40
July 16, 2021
#110 Training Day
#110 Training Day
The idea that you are either born a designer or you are not is a bit nonsense. Design is a skill which is learnt. It is a skill that needs to be exercised and one that requires training. A large point behind this podcast is to discuss ways of doing so and while discussed in the past we are going through it all once more, hopefully from a different angle. Let us know if you find these content types of interest (toastingdesign@gmail.com) Hosted under cover by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 20th May 2021 
30:03
July 09, 2021
#109 Design Series Part 2
#109 Design Series Part 2
Problem Identification cont. This is part 2 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consequteively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com) Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 20th May 2021
29:39
July 02, 2021
#108 Learning from history
#108 Learning from history
Been there. Done that. Got the marksheet. It's been done so why look back, design about looking to the future. Right? No? Well aren't you the smartass. Ok, well that's correct. While it is good to keep ideas expanding and not be stuck in ideas or approaches from the past, it is also important to be aware of ideas from the past. How many times have you seen documentaries where the presenter claims that the system was "ahead of it's time."  These ideas don't always work but maybe the reason for failure is not applicable anymore with modern technology. At the very least these ideas represent a possible alternate option to have considered or have a sub system or facet that is still useful or beneficial. Hosted on penny-farthings by M. Boer and S.Schekman on 7 May 2021  
24:59
June 25, 2021
#107 Design Series Part 1
#107 Design Series Part 1
Problem Identification This is part 1 of a large series of episodes where a design is developed from scratch and starting at the problem identification phase. Episodes will not be released consequteively as time is needed to do some work in the background. Input and suggestions are welcome (toastingdesign@gmail.com) Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 7th May 2021
28:35
June 18, 2021
#106 We have gone to far
#106 We have gone to far
While we discuss the student issue of going into too much detail in a design, Jeremy's adventure continues.... He was done, putting down the candy cane pen, Jeremy sat back in the fruit cake chair and marvelled. This was it, the pun that would end all puns. The recipe for a single piece of toast that would finally have Boer look at him with respect instead of... well what was that look? Was it pity? Was it fear? Fairly the time with Burt jumping out the cake instilled fear (how did Burt sneak in the shotgun) but that was different. Poor Anton. Snapping back to reality Burt finally took note of the children. They had casually taken to sitting opposite him at the table and were now staring at him with cold dark eyes. The heat at his back still pulsed through his jacket. What were they cooking, Jeremy wondered. Maybe I could send that to Boer, he thought carefully. Oblivious of his peril Jeremy stood up, waited for one of them to speak and upon the silent stares being returned Jeremy slowly reached for the piece of paper on the table with this latest idea. Trying to be both nonchalant and secretive in the motion, Jeremy failed to achieve either. The boy reached out and took the piece of paper, never breaking eye contact not appearing to blink. The girl beside him remained motionless but with an equally unblinking dark stare. Jeremy mulled it over. He was certain he would lose this fight. Where was Burt when you need him (out jousting the lawn mower most likely). Surely he would remember this idea. This amazing idea at that. With eyes repeatedly darting between the paper and the boy Jeremy reached out slowly. A single shake of the head by the girl, stopped him. So that was it. With a nod of his head in agreement Jeremy waited a few awkward moments and then strode back out through the broken door. Hosted after having gone a little too far by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 20th April 2021
37:29
June 11, 2021
#105 Using the Users
#105 Using the Users
Having wandered through the wilderness for the past four nights, Jeremy stumbled upon the gingerbread house. Out of bread crumbs and with nothing but a photo of Burt, Jeremy knocked on the door. The muffled, thick sound of gingerbread against knuckles gave him pause for thought. Why had he not thought of this before? Assured of his purpose he burst in with an air of confidence and nary a thought of the occupants. Muttering and with a smile of wonder, Jeremy strode past the two children maliciously staring into the door of the blazing oven, sat at the kitchen table and began work on his next idea. Hosted by the users defined as M. Boer and S. Schekman on 20th of April 2021
25:06
June 04, 2021
#104 We save the Olympics
#104 We save the Olympics
There is a clear distinction between guessing, estimating and specifying. It is, however, not always clear when to do what or what is good enough in a given situation. Its certainly not a case of choosing one and deciding thats what will be done but rather what is possible based on the information at hand/available and what accuracy is needed. This was going to be the topic today but instead we got distracted by pole vaulting relay races... can you blame us? Hosted while armed with athletic equipment by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 13th April 2021
21:56
May 28, 2021
#103 Combatting bad habits
#103 Combatting bad habits
That title may have made this seem very exciting. Possibly even a big topic. And from a certain point of view (thanks Obi), it is. But at the same time, it's about misuse within design and how to counter it. Again. We had fun. Hosted in a gingerbread house by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 13 April 2021.
25:58
May 21, 2021
#102 The Misused Toaster
#102 The Misused Toaster
While toothbrushes may be reasonably used in other applications (just don't brush your teeth with the same brush that cleaned the air filter) and seat belts or airbags should only be used in one way, toasters can feasibly be misused but maybe shouldn't always be. In another tangent (who saw that happening in this podcast) we discuss cooking methods and suggestions for you to probably avoid at home. Hosted toastily by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 30th March 2021
27:19
May 14, 2021
#101 That's not how you are supposed to use that
#101 That's not how you are supposed to use that
Engineers are great problem solvers, finding uses and applications for systems and products that may have been unforeseen or unintended. Other people are also good at doing the same but not necessarily with the same forethought or consideration to the consequences. The challenge for the designer, then is first accepting that this will happen and then deciding what to do about it. Resign to the idea and let it happen, rise to the challenge and make the design good in other applications or (my personal favourite) try to out think people and counter all the loopholes so that misuse is severely punished or simply not allowed.  Hosted in a way we did not see coming by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 30 Mar 2021
32:42
May 07, 2021
#100 Episode 100: The Hundredth Episode (+3)
#100 Episode 100: The Hundredth Episode (+3)
After 100 episodes there is one clear point that regardless of everything else that we have covered, emphasized, taught, forgotten, argued over or dreamt up: No matter what you do to it toast is toast. Also concept 2 is going to win. Hosted fondly by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 25th March 2021.
49:02
April 30, 2021
#99 The Seven Steps Part 2
#99 The Seven Steps Part 2
Design is about numbers. Concept 2 (or 5) for example. Today we talk about 7 steps (or skills or actions) of an engineer during design. Is there significance to this now that it is considering the podcast is being released just before that maths test? Is this us subtly hinting to you that the answer will be 7? No. Don't read too much into it (the answer is obviously the square root of two pi). Apologies for the poor audio quality Hosted by repeating ourselves because we are professionals by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 18th March 2021.
30:48
April 23, 2021
#98 The Seven Steps Part 1
#98 The Seven Steps Part 1
Design is about numbers. Concept 2 (or 5) for example. Today we talk about 7 steps (or skills or actions) of an engineer during design. Is there significance to this now that it is considering the podcast is being released just before that maths test? Is this us subtly hinting to you that the answer will be 7? No. Don't read too much into it (the answer is obviously the square root of two pi). Apologies for the poor audio quality.... unless you enjoyed it in which case you have something to look forward to for next week as well. Hosted by repeating ourselves because we are professionals by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 18th March 2021.
30:03
April 16, 2021
#97 Complex Problems: The Definition Part 2
#97 Complex Problems: The Definition Part 2
There are four characteristics of which the solution to a complex engineering problem must comply with at least one of the following. i)  are not obvious, require originality or analysis based on fundamentals; i)  are outside the scope of standards and codes; ii)  require information from variety of sources that is complex, abstract or incomplete; iii)  involve wide-ranging or conflicting issues: technical, engineering and interested or affected parties. These points tend to cause confusion, at least for students. This is largely down to a lack of critical evaluation of what is read. Allow us to break it down for you. Hosted and broken down again by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 16 Feb 2021 Keys: Problem definition, complex problems, solutions to complex problems, critical evaluation, and's and or's
34:19
April 09, 2021
#96 Complex Problems: The Definition Part 1
#96 Complex Problems: The Definition Part 1
There are three characteristics of which a complex engineering problem must comply with at least one of the following.  i)  are ill-posed, under- or over specified, or require identification and refinement; ii)  are high-level problems including component parts or sub-problems; iii)  are unfamiliar or involve infrequently encountered issues; These points tend to cause confusion, at least for students. This is largely down to a lack of critical evaluation of what is read. Allow us to break it down for you. Hosted and broken down by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 16 Feb 2021 Keys: Problem definition, complex problems, critical evaluation, and's and or's
36:11
April 02, 2021
#95 The glue that holds our thoughts together
#95 The glue that holds our thoughts together
To be clear please do not use a hot glue gun to stick together your thoughts. Pritt is much better.  Otherwise just listen to the podcast.  Hosted in a hotly debated discussion by M.Boer and S.Schekman on the 9th Feb 2021 Keys: Problems from products, different options for problems, glue guns, functional analysis
29:39
March 26, 2021
#94 Washing up on problems
#94 Washing up on problems
Is wanting something more convenient reason enough to invest in a new (possibly) expensive system? How do you rationlize or quantify convenience? Okay so you might be saying that it comes down to time committed (if not then please go back, and say it before reading this previous sentence - thanks). But how much time is inconvenient? That's dependent on who ever's time it is. Okay what if you said it's about energy input required (once more, please go back and say it, play along now). Yes, that is a good point (your gold star is in the mail - south african postal service though) but once more there are ranges over which someone might consider a certain energy input too much or even impossible. So what then? Refine the problem, acknowledge the limits to the hypothesis and look into countering the counter arguments that may be made.  Also listen to the podcast. Hosted on spin cycle by M.Boer and S. Schekman on the 9th Feb 2021 Keys: problems from products, breaking down the problem, functional analysis, problem refinement
26:11
March 19, 2021
#93 Being Considerate
#93 Being Considerate
The consideration of design functions, properties and requirements is one of the more important aspects of design. It starts right when the problem is being identified and sometimes earlier in helping identify a problem to start with. It then goes on until the very end ensuring that the designer has accounted for the various functions that the problem solution needs to have. It is easily over looked and pushed to the side and it is similarly easy to see when this is what has happened. Hosted in consideration by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 2nd Feb 2020 Keys: functional considerations, design considerations, URS, problem identification
31:44
March 12, 2021
#92 Design Specification
#92 Design Specification
It is one of the more over looked or disregarded of report sections and yet one of the most important to examiners. This section details and specifies what the solution to the problem is. It is not about throwing out every number that was ever calculated during the design development. It is not about showing off your creative writing skills in how you imagine the system will be manufactured or how much it will cost when the furthest you got in the design development was choosing the type of engine you would use. It is also not about throwing up every CAD rendered view of every component that you happen to develop. The design specification is about the solution. The previous sections validate, support all the information and will show off the hard work you have done - you don't need to try "impress" the examiner in the design spec section as well. Specified by M.Boer and S. Schekman on the 2nd Feb 2020. Keys: design specification content
28:01
March 05, 2021
#91 Details III: This time it's detailed
#91 Details III: This time it's detailed
In this third installment on detailed design, we talk about detailed design. Not very controversial but that's what tends to happen with the end of a trilogy (a trilogy until we decide to make it a 5 parter that is). Detailed design in the context of a student project does not allow for the student to do EVERYTHING, there simply is not enough time. So it is important then to understand and determine what does need to be done (and there is always something). Hosted on the inside track by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 26th February 2020 Keys: detailed design, identifying what needs to be done in detailed design, detailed design of a land based vehicle.
30:14
February 26, 2021
#90 Problem Defining and Refining
#90 Problem Defining and Refining
The problem and the solution is not a "chicken and the egg" situation. It is quite clear which one comes first. There are times however when a current solution has inspired a problem in the sense that the problem has been identified based on an investigation into a product or system that happens to have been the current solution. This can lead to a whole lot of issues that designers need to be very careful about. Hosted by S. Schekman and M.Boer on the 26th February 2020 Keys: problem identification, problem refinement
30:30
February 19, 2021
#89 Details, details, details
#89 Details, details, details
That there be where the devil is... at least so the saying goes. It also be where no student want to go (at least not correctly). Is it because it gives flashbacks to the other courses? Is it because it has a bad habit of showing that the preliminary design was really bad? Is it because? The response to your answers are the same regardless: shame.  Hosted purposefully in detail by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 19th Jan 2021 Queries, comments, suggestions and general rants can be emailed to toastingdesign@gmail.com Keys: detailed design, aircraft design, considerations during design, concepts in detailed design, focusing what is necessary.
30:24
February 12, 2021
#88 Its all in the details
#88 Its all in the details
Detailed design can be a noun or verb. The former implies that a large number of parameters about the design can be specified. The latter deals with how you get to that point (you have to do detailed design in order to have a detailed design). What does this matter? Almost nothing. Why am I then going into it? Because the important thing to understand is that definitions are not important. Detailed design (both kinds) are inevitable and necessary, you cannot get out of it (while being successful) nor find a loophole. So don't make the famous mistake of trying, accept it and move on. Hosted on the fence by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 19th Jan 2021. Queries, suggestions, comments can be emailed to toastingdesign@gmail.com Key: detailed design, what to look out for, how to approach it, what is required
31:21
February 05, 2021
#87 Packing it in
#87 Packing it in
When it comes to going on a trip its the before, the destination and the after that is what people want. No one wants the middle stuff, specifically the packing. It takes forever and never seems to work as well on the return way back. While it is great to go minimalist this is not always an option so something needs to be done about it. If your first solution was "magic" then I don't think you understand how this podcast works. Alternatively if you thought "just don't go in the first place," while I like your thinking, it defeats the purpose of a trip. Also we would really run out of podcast topics quickly if we just went to "just don't," as a solution. Hosted volumetrically by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 12 Jan 2021. Queries, suggestions and comments can be emailed to toastingdesign@gmail.com Keys: alternate options, the problem, refinement of the problem, branching off topic
30:16
January 29, 2021
#86 4th year design topics 2021
#86 4th year design topics 2021
A design topic for 4th year needs to be based on a complex engineering problem. This is itself a challenge to some but the nature and relevance of the topic is focused on in this episode. Given the current state of things (as of Jan 2021) it is easy to get lost in current world events and determine problems that exist. Where care needs to be taken is that an design project will only be running in the second half of the year. In between the now and the then, things change, problems are solved and problems stop needed to be solved.  Hosted in the now by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 12 Jan 2021 Queries, suggestions and comments can be emailed to toastingdesign@gmail.com. Keys: complex problems, planning a project, finding information, refining a problem
27:30
January 22, 2021
#85 Bring the holiday home
#85 Bring the holiday home
Cards on the table (a 5 of spades, 2 of clubs and pick up 4 uno card if curious), we had no idea what direction this episode would go in, even after having started it. That is sort of how design sometimes works and you need to roll with it. Note that it doesn't take 1 week of stumbling around though so as far as excuses go, "I took a bit of a tangent to a new idea" buys you about an hour; you still need to explain what you did the rest of the week. Hosted with holiday memories by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 8th December 2020. Keys: problem identification, concepts
27:47
January 08, 2021
#84 Jumping over Leonardo
#84 Jumping over Leonardo
The combination of entertainment and design can be a difficult one. On one hand you have a scientific method with quantifiable proof's, substantiated arguments and an inherent logic. On the other you have what tickles the fancy of a crowd and this is typically impossible to quantify, argue against or apply any sort of logic to (there is a reason you don't see engineers with psychology degrees and vice versa). Hosted with high hopes for a new year by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 8th December 2020
29:41
January 01, 2021
#83 Festivities and Design in Hindsight
#83 Festivities and Design in Hindsight
Complements of the season! Of course if you only listen to this at a later date then I am left having to just complement you. On what you may ask? Well on listening to this podcast of course (unless you are actually listening to this around december end 2020 - in which I am only complementing you on the season). In conclusion to the year we look back at what happened with design, the good and the bad. Probably more of the bad given that that is what we remember better.  Hosted jolly-ly by M.Boer and S.Schekman on November 17 2020.
44:56
December 25, 2020
#82 Mowing down the concepts
#82 Mowing down the concepts
With design, there are no clear "right" ways or "wrong" ways and it depends on what works for you. Having said that, there are plenty of "wrong" ways and in part these are contributed to the designer wanting to skip steps or force a design in a particular direction. There are also terrible ways (no inverted commas there, they are just plain and simply terrible!) and those are the ones you should not do, they are not recoverable or fixable. We present a mix of these today with regard to concepts and the need of a lawn mower. Hosted jolly-ly by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 10 November 2020 Keys: problem identification, functional analysis, concept generation, concept evaluation
42:32
December 18, 2020
#81 We told you so
#81 We told you so
Reading through the complete disaster of a design report is depressing and agravating but, as always, there is a silver lining. In this case it is our chance to remind you that we told you so! That all those daft ideas, poor choices (or lack of choices), continued selection of concept 2 or insistence of comparing blue helicopters to aluminium aquariums were highlighted, colour coded, stated, repeated, drawn and acted out as warning. So if you are guilty of these "great" moves then thank you for giving us something to bitch about. Hosted with extra salt by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 20th October 2020
38:28
December 11, 2020
#80 Designing between the designs
#80 Designing between the designs
Design is a skill and skills need to be practiced consistently. So in breaks where you don't have anything to design or projects to leave until the last minute, consider some background tasks or ideas to keep things fresh. Or don't... You could always do you own thing and give us more things to talk about in consideration of the obscure and weird inexplicable ideas that are pursued. Hosted skillfully (for the most part) by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 20th October 2020 Keys: design skills, what you need to know, the design process
26:58
December 04, 2020
#79 Drawing out design to make it faster
#79 Drawing out design to make it faster
Engineers tend to deal with images and figures better than text and words. The use of drawings/sketches/rendered views, etc. is all but critical for a design. Stop fighting it, accept it and embrace it. Its not the dark side (unless you the dark side is better, in which case it is the dark side). Also seriously, if you have found Jeremy, keep him. Hosted in animation and pictorially by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 6 October 2020 Keys: the executive summary, problem definition, substantiation of ideas, design methods
37:05
November 27, 2020
#78 A lit bit of different design ideas
#78 A lit bit of different design ideas
In the current conclusion to the application or use of scientific principles to a design methodology, we discuss a series of different principles. There are more (the law of thermodynamics is an interesting one to try this with as is survival of the fittest). Keeping to only one design principle, ideology or approach allows for the potential for you to miss different ideas that may be far better than what may come from your standard approach. At the very list it tests your own thinking to find and fix flaws or gaps. Give it a go. Hosted through equal and opposite responses by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 6th October 2020 Keys: the design process, iteration, optimisation, alternative perspectives of design.
23:53
November 20, 2020
#77 Completely inconsistent
#77 Completely inconsistent
It's easy. Are you complete with your work? Yes? Then you have been inconsistent. Does that statement hold true throughout? I really hope not. In design, however, it holds up well and is a good lesson to keep in mind. Also becomes it implies that you are never done in design if you have been consistent, which is a sad truth (there is always more you can do). Hosted incompletely because of consistency by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 22 Sept 2020 Keys: when is a project done, integration of systems, iteration of systems, alternate perspectives of design
28:14
November 13, 2020
#76 Heisenberg's uncertainty with design
#76 Heisenberg's uncertainty with design
The original approach to this topic was schrodingers cat. The idea being that after you complete a design it is both a failure and a pass until someone looks at it. That got depressing quickly and required much toast to pull us out of that slump. Following on from us wanting to not consider the future submissions that are yet to be we moved onto the principle of not getting distracted with things that don't matter. Hosted in the now by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 22 Sept 2020 Keys: considerations in design, planning out the design, the design process from a different perspective 
19:05
November 06, 2020
#75 The What If's in Design Part 2
#75 The What If's in Design Part 2
No more interuptions. Just good ol' design of the ultimate gardening system, now with added pest seek and destroy action and the ability to hover. When we look back at what happened and how the machines took over we have only the weeds to blame.  But what if you used sunlight to burn out the unwanted life in the garden? What if there has been enough ran to turn the ground into mud and the design can no longer move? Hosted as close to being in the outdoors as the podcast is likely to get by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 8 September 2020. Keys: accounting or what ifs in design, functional analysis of systems
38:53
October 30, 2020
#74 The What If's in Design Part 1
#74 The What If's in Design Part 1
To interupt or not interupt. To account for every "what if" during the design or to run on with it and hope it works out later.  It has its advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand it stops you running ahead with the really bad ideas and wasting too much time but on the other hand it means that when all you wanted is a coffee machine you somehow end up figuring out how to both hard boil and fry an egg.  Interrupted repeatedly by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 8th September 2020 Keys: accounting for what ifs, accounting for worst case scenario, potential group work methods, design choices, iterating.
24:56
October 23, 2020
#73 Getting Functional Part 2
#73 Getting Functional Part 2
It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of a person's fears and the summit of their knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Toasting Design. Completely off topic as usual by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 1 September 2020 Key words: Functional considerations, design considerations, problem defining, concept generation, practicing functional considerations
31:02
October 16, 2020
#72 Getting Functional Part 1
#72 Getting Functional Part 1
You can define a function as the action for which a person or thing is specially fitted or used or for which a thing exists or any of a group of related actions contributing to a larger action. Does that help you understand it better? It doesn't for me but thats mostly because design doesn't work by dictionary definitions and when dealing with functions on your designs there are different and varied ways in which they are considered and these may be different between design engineers. What we discuss here is just one of those approaches. Hosted considering the hosts are M. Boer and S. Schekman on 1 September 2020 Keys: Functional considerations, design considerations, problem defining, concept generation
19:14
October 09, 2020
#71 Matching your habits to your thoughts
#71 Matching your habits to your thoughts
It's been said before but Design needs time. Time to review your ideas and critically evaluate your decisions (should you really have used a dog sled as inspiration for your martian rover? - no. No you should not have). Time is also necessary when coming up with ideas and tackling problems and choices with the full spectrum of tools/skills/options at your designs proposal - did you consider using environmental factors as a potential propulsion system? We don't tell you what to do per se here but there are suggestions and take note that certainly what works for one of us is no guarantee to work for the other.  Hosted by taking a quick trip in a bus by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 25 August 2020 Keys: approaching roadblocks in design, being more creative in your problem solving, thinking outside the box
28:28
October 02, 2020
#70 Assessing what should be assessed
#70 Assessing what should be assessed
You are designing a bicycle to compete against a standard off the shelf model. In competing you need to know what information is required to begin your design and ensure that it succeeds (i.e. solves the problem). What do you need? The water bottle size that be accomodated? The pressure required to activate the breaks? The seat density? The material density of the pedals? None, right? (yes that is right - go back and correct yourself as necessary). Getting the correct information is important and while insufficient information is not good, having too much is also not ideal. At the very least you have a very inefficient use of your time as you now are sorting through your seat densities and water bottle models while trying to get the actual information that you may need (mass, sizes, top speeds, etc.). Assessed by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 25 August 2020 Keys: design requisite knowledge, irrelevant information for a design, filtering information
24:43
September 25, 2020
#69 Designing research
#69 Designing research
Did we design a new form of research? Well no (that should be obvious). Did we design the original research? Again no (that would be impossible without time travel). Did you not ask these questions? Oh. Well that's different then. Did we apply design in our own research. Yes. You can't not do that. You can apply design really badly in your own research but you certainly cant get out of it completely. If this has shattered your dreams of being a researcher and getting as far from design as possible then firstly I think you have picked a very odd line of work / hobby and secondly I am not sure why you have got all the way to episode 68 realise this. Hosted as a surprise by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 4 August 2020 Keys: Differences between research and design, using design in research, using research in design, literature surveys
24:09
September 18, 2020
#68 Requiring regulation regarding requirements
#68 Requiring regulation regarding requirements
In retrospect the issue with the final idea proposed within has a major problem. The parents are likely to want to play just as much as the kids. That may have been an overlooked matter. No Jeremy's were harmed in the recording of this episode (and yes, there are multiple Jeremy's) Hosted by ignoring the constraints and requirements of M. Boer and S. Schekman on 4th August 2020 Keys: URS, PRS, requirement based problems, breaking down the problem using the URS
31:46
September 11, 2020
#67 Playing with grounded constraints
#67 Playing with grounded constraints
Having developed the playground swing set it was noted that the enclosure was sufficiently airtight that a child would only have 2 minutes of oxygen before he/she would pass out and the next child could get a turn. In hindsight the consdiration of the parents and owner of the grounds should have been taken into account as pit underneath the swing was, based on a survey, found to be unethical in the way it removed the child in peparation for the next rider. Also the suffocation was not well received. On the bright side though, all requirements were met. Hosted while bouncing ideas on a seesaw by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 30 July 2020 Keys: URS, PRS, constraint based problems, breaking down the problem using the URS
25:21
September 04, 2020
#66 Less waffle, more toast
#66 Less waffle, more toast
Let's get to the point, no more meandering about, no more senseless discussion on whether Jeremy or Burt is worse human being, stop the unnecessary reminagining of the their backstories. Plain and simply: we talk about design. Also Jeremy is the worse person. Hosted quickly and concisely by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 30 July 2020 Keys: writing concisely, unnecessary content in a report, how to approach the writing of a report
23:51
August 28, 2020
#65 On a more serious note
#65 On a more serious note
August is Women's month and we thought we would tackle the serious topic of gender based violence in the context of engineering design. Hosted by M. Boer, T. Mangera and S. Schekman Keys: Importance of problem identification, focusing on the problem, considering worst case scenarios,
45:40
August 21, 2020
#64 Student Projects Part 2
#64 Student Projects Part 2
In this stunning conclusion to the long awaited discussion we in no way meet your very limited expectations. What we do instead is talk about design and design projects. It really is (pun intended) our bread and butter. That pun is enough to make me want to change the name of this podcast to breading design but that just sounds like we are dipping design in bread crumbs to deep fry. Admittedly we can play on this further with design being finger licking good (though obviously don't lick your fingers - wear your mask and stay safe!) but I think its cause all sorts of canon issues for the intros. And yes there is a canon to the intro's. There is a, now, massive document detailing the universe we have created in which Jeremy and Burt now life. It is a complete waste of time but I'm not throwing that away for a good pun.... not yet anyway. Hosted while side tracked by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 21 July 2020. keys: 3rd year mech design projects in sem2 (part 2).
19:54
August 14, 2020
#63 Student Projects Part 1
#63 Student Projects Part 1
What do you do when first given a design project? After the obligatory whimper, obviously. Are you asking the good questions or are you immediately looking for the loopholes and ways to make your life easier? Finding and exploiting loopholes can help and is a part of design but they have their place. I also assure you that students of design know how to find loopholes. So instead we discuss the projects and see what good questions we can ask. Hosted by way of an interesting loophole involving toast by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 21 July 2020. Keys: 3rd year aero design project sem2 , 3rd year mech design project part 1 sem 2.  
23:09
August 07, 2020
#62 Con - wait for it - cepts
#62 Con - wait for it - cepts
Concepts are probably the best part about engineering design. The consideration of alternative options are the reason we have tank treads instead of just wheels, aluminium skinned aircraft instead of fabric covered ones and choosing your next cellphone can be time consuming. So its a big topic to discuss and delve into and one we will undoubtably return to in the future. Hosted instead by Burt Russel under the guise of M. Boer and S. Schekman on 30 June 2020 
28:44
July 31, 2020
#61 Concepts again
#61 Concepts again
Fire. Fire good! Fire fun! But sometimes it's not and when it's not then the fun needs to found in ways of stopping/controlling/manipulating it. When doing you will have options. Different ways of stopping/controlling/manipulating the energy. And when it comes to design, your options are your concepts. So let's do come up with some ideas. Hosted through the imagination of the imaginary Jeremy by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 30 June 2020
22:14
July 24, 2020
#60 Concepts à la Boer and Schekman
#60 Concepts à la Boer and Schekman
There is more than one way to fillet a fish, there is more than one way to introduce the podcast and there is more than one way to back flip off a car in a high speed pursuit so that you land on the car behind you and use the impact to propel you up the side of the building. Okay so maybe not that last one but it is important to always consider your options. When it comes to generating options or concepts in design there is more than 1 way to go about this, none of them are necessarily wrong though they all have advantages and disadvantages. Also I know this is a long one, we lost track of time and there isn't a convenient break. If there is ever doubt as to whether we like design, consider that we need to stop ourselves from talking more each episode. Sometimes we forget to though.  Hosted using smoke signals while jousting by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 24 June 2020
47:51
July 17, 2020
#0 Introductions
#0 Introductions
Welcome to Toasting design where we talk about engineering design, Burt Russell, Chef Jeremy and hypersonic trains that educate children about the importance of sarcasm. Timestamps for future reference: The good stuff: 0:00 Host introductions: 01:38 Purpose of podcasts: 03:48 The Design Process: 08:48 Hosted for the first time, 62 episodes in, by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 14th July 2020 Keys: Introduction to main hosts, purpose of Toasting design, the design process
01:04:51
July 14, 2020
#59 WFH Police
#59 WFH Police
Working from home has advantages and disadvantages. It is also not for everyone or every business. Many, if not most, of you would say the police force cannot operate in a work from home type setup but why not? What is the purpose in a police station in this day and age? Pursuing ideas like this are, at the very least, a good way to stretch ideas and perceptions of what you know. We are not saying we know the answers nor that our ideas are correct but if no one questions anything then there can be no progress. Hosted while working from home by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 17 June 2020
22:50
July 10, 2020
#58 Guessing
#58 Guessing
To guess or not to guess and to what level and why to guess and when to guess... that's the quote right? If not then it's mine. Guessing is a big part of design but there are skills that are needed and times for which it is inappropriate. Not to be taken lightly. Hosted with our left feet in, our right hands out and shaking that nonsense all about by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 17 June 2020
25:38
July 03, 2020
#57 Practical Recaps and Intros
#57 Practical Recaps and Intros
What incentive is there to recap the previous years course work when starting a new year of study? Would it be helpful to get introductions to course material before the course started? Would you do it if the cost of getting it wrong might result in you flying off the edge of a cliff?  All retorical questions obviously, you would have to do it.  Hosted using claymation and stop motion photography by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 2nd June 2020.
23:22
June 26, 2020
#56 The office
#56 The office
No, we are not reviewing the tv series and we are similarly not deciding if the british or american versions are better. Instead we are considering how one would make an office more social distance friendly. How do you get around Martha who insists on leaning over you, cheek to cheek and prodding your monitor? How do you avoid those awkward passes in the hallway with that employee who you are sure is called Jarred but everyone calls Bill? What is the expected norm when it comes to using the shared microwave? Hosted un-ironically by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 2nd June 2020
30:33
June 19, 2020
#55 The never leave home - home Part 2
#55 The never leave home - home Part 2
Knowing that the never leave home will need to consider work, family life, recreation and health where do you then start? Do you rush into it or plan it out? Do you get rid of the family so that your design development becomes similar? Why not quit your job at the same time? Ok, that might affect mental health (not having an income and all), so maybe don't do that. Also family is important so probably best to release them from the basement. What else can be done? Hosted through hyperbeli and abstract thought by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 26 May 2020
31:56
June 12, 2020
#54 From problem to function
#54 From problem to function
Knowing the problem is one thing. Knowing what to do about the problem is the second thing. But two unconnected things (get your head out the gutter) drift apart. The link between the "why" and the "therefore" is almost just as important. Imagine you were told that students cheating in exams is the problem and therefore the problem will be solved but chemically altering the brains of students to stop them contemplating cheating. Would you accept those two statement from the start (if so then please consider some courses on ethics) but if not then understand that while a big jump in logic is obvious even a small jump is enough to derail a project. Hosted by a combination of time travel and inter dimensional nonsense that cancelled everything out by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 26 May 2020
28:54
June 05, 2020
#53 The never leave home - home Part 1
#53 The never leave home - home Part 1
It is likely that you don't want to be kept in lockdown and required to remain within your home for extended periods of time. If you were required to, however, is there a type of home or design of a home that would allow you do so comfortably and without the negative effects such as cabin fever, isolation and unproductive. While we won't strictly look at solutions, we tackle how to begin this sort of design. Hosted telepathically using the internet by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 20 May 2020.
21:24
May 29, 2020
#52 Grinding through beans to find problems
#52 Grinding through beans to find problems
While it is unlikely you are going to be sent back in time to implement or carry out designs, as an exercise the implementation of systems in different environments. On the other hand if you are being sent back in time, please do something more than just get rich making home coffee machines. There are waffle irons too! Hosted by way of worse code digitally altered to sound like voices by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 20 May 2020 
27:49
May 22, 2020
#51 Medical Transport Part 2
#51 Medical Transport Part 2
Right back into the coffin-rotisserie. A series of surveys were conducted and people were quite fond of the name. Things changed for the worst when informed of the intended purpose of the revolver beds so those responses were deleted from the survey in order to preserve the good form first drawn up. Also those persons that were still in favour of the name after finding out the function have now been reported to authorities just to be on the safe side. Hosted by way of virtual toast (the crunch is real, the taste is not) by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 12 May 2020
34:55
May 18, 2020
#50 Medical Transport Part 1
#50 Medical Transport Part 1
When you put it as a coffin-rotisserie-for-patients this idea may not seem like the best one. So don't word it like that. Instead see it a medical-ferris-wheel-on-wheels. That almost sounds fun if it werent for the pandemic, emergency or fact that you are technically in a coffin on a rotisserie (minus the open flame and knife sharpening chef). Hosted by way of carrier pidgeon and wire joined tins by M. Boer and S.Schekman on 12 May 2020.  
32:40
May 15, 2020
#49 Cleaning Clothes by Design
#49 Cleaning Clothes by Design
So the washing machine is broken. You whip out your trusty swiss army knife adamant that this is your time to prove to the world that you are capable and able to support yourself.  Long story short is that good news, the machine wasn't broken, you just needed to plug it in. Bad news is that it is now most definitely broken (its a set of wires, not a vine covered door Indiana! next time lose the blade). Never to let life get you down you decide you will fix the situation and no, buying a new machine doesn't work (that is just admitting defeat). Hosted on the line by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 5 May 2020.
24:47
May 11, 2020
#48 Design Tools Part 2
#48 Design Tools Part 2
In this second part of a pentalogy that will only have two parts released, the use of tools (again the inanimate sort) are discussed. On a side note would the use of an artificial intelligence as a design tool count as (a) cheating, (b) just begging for Terminator to become a reality, (c) manipulation, (d) rude, they are people too or (e) I like cheese.  Hosted remotely by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 5 May 2020
27:23
May 08, 2020
#47 Sport is boring
#47 Sport is boring
Sport is an interesting topic from the perspective of design. The problems that call for solutions tend to be more difficult to nail down or substantiate. The solutions involve a lot of the fluffy side of design such as aesthetics and public opinion. In this way they force budding engineers to consider factors that are likely to be outside of their design experiences or teachings. Also they are a fun topic to come up with the bat-sh#t crazy ideas. Hosted from the cupboards under the staircases by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 28 Apr 2020 
27:54
May 04, 2020
#46 Design Tools Part 1
#46 Design Tools Part 1
There are many types of tools and tools can themselves use tools. To undertake design with your bare hands (though they are themselves tools - i.e. to undertake design without tools) is arguably very inefficient. So don't be a tool and instead use tools (the inanimate sort - manipulation is not part of design). Hosted remotely by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 28 April 2020.
24:31
May 01, 2020
#45 Emergency: Ostrich
#45 Emergency: Ostrich
Is your Ostrich always getting sick? What do you mean you don't have an ostrich? Without an ostrich how are you reliably making south african toast? Enough questions. Enjoy the episode Hosted online by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 21 April 2020
25:07
April 27, 2020
#44 Filming sci-fi golf
#44 Filming sci-fi golf
Do you need more than that title? Well other than the disclaimer that by hoverboard we mean a board that hovers not some annoying gadget that mimics a segway. Hosted online by M.Boer and S.Schekman on 21 April 2020
24:52
April 24, 2020
#43 social distancing by design
#43 social distancing by design
Lockdowns are "great" but it is also nice to be able to get out. But what is out? What does out mean? What would one want to do while out? Why do cars have cup holders but not toast holders? Would you buy groceries from a person in a bubble suit? Is it worth going to a hardware store when you cannot walk around and try find the tool you haven't yet bought? If going out meant having to exercise would you go? My answers would be: not in, not in, because, crumbs, maybe, maybe, I guess. What are your answers, say them out loud as you listen. Be weird! Hosted online by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 14 April 2020
24:37
April 20, 2020
#42 formula lockdown
#42 formula lockdown
Picture the scene, the TV flashes a solid red background followed by a yellow then green. A mad scramble, the hollow sound of a loose plastic wheel, slipping and scuffing broom handles on the floor. Frantic screams as Mom's favourite takes an early lead but then Dad's team turns on their "secret weapon" and the dull whirring of the leaf blower takes over. Around corner 4 the Dachshund puts an end to a young champion in a misinterpretation of the honour system.  Dad levels the playing field as the carpet unfolds and the ensuing pileup flings the driver across the finish line. Honestly, who would need to go outside anymore? Hosted online by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 14 April 2020
20:45
April 17, 2020
#41 The ultimate triathlon
#41 The ultimate triathlon
When studying design it is easy to envisage or want to create those designs that work towards the betterment of mankind, the type of thing that ends world hunger, prevents deaths in traffic accidents or saves us from a oncoming asteroid impact. But there are also those designs that are less "impactful" but are nevertheless applicable and worth pursuing. Sports and designs related around sports are one such example. Would the world be any worse off if Bobsleigh racing hadn't been invented? Likely not (besides the obvious lack of a Cool Runnings movie which would be a shame) but I think you can agree that the design of the vehicles has its place in our society (maybe less so in South Africa admittedly). Hosted online by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 7th April 2020
17:38
April 14, 2020
#40 Multipurpose vs Single Purpose
#40 Multipurpose vs Single Purpose
A screw driver can be used for a number of different applications and very few of them were envisaged. While it may be overkill I think it adds a little something extra (grease?) when you use one to butter your toast. So why are we not designing our screw drivers to butter your toast, slap that annoying mosquito or act as a powerbank for your cellphone? Alternatively why is your cellphone not just for phone calls, why not use a proper dedicated mirrorless digital camera, ultrabook and kindle reader instead and keep the cellphone as just a phone?  Also who else is not able to say multipurpose without hearing multi-pass and then recalling that scene from The Fifth Element? Just me? Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 7 Apr 2020
19:38
April 10, 2020
#39 searching and rescuing
#39 searching and rescuing
If a person crashes their bike in the middle of the desert and no one sees it, should you (a) post your thoughts on youtube, (b) discuss it in a podcast, (c) eat toast, (d) ignore the person, eventually they will just go away or (e) make sure they have metal in their gear and pass a giant magnet over the desert until the rider is collected. The answer is of course (f) because design is not one of those topics that always fits nicely into 5 basic options and you sometimes need to think out of the box. Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 31st March 2020. 
20:29
April 06, 2020
#38 keep it simple steve
#38 keep it simple steve
When considering the design of a power generator for your island holiday home you would not immediately start moving into the design of the start button's shape. Well rather, you should not immediately do that. There are far bigger concerns and factors that should be considered first. Not whether global warming will result in your holiday home needing to be submersible or what colour the harnesses on the dolphins will look like. None of this is actually discussed in this episode but the general idea is instead (though I do now want to discuss an underwater holiday home pulled across the oceans by dolphins - humanely of course!) Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 31st March 2020. This episode was recorded online due to lockdown restrictions, apologies for poor audio quality.
20:06
April 03, 2020
#37 not so naked on Mars
#37 not so naked on Mars
Apparently clothing is required on Mars. The design of a washing machine for Mars is not a problem worth solving. This tumble drier discussion (20 minutes on cool) covers the problem of clothing for the lucky folks going to live on Mars. The Zebra car-wash provides no solution! The overall clothing concept that was designed; cleans, protects and introduces physical exercise simultaneously. End of the day, peel it off, count sheep and dream of Earth...... Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 11 March 2020
21:32
March 27, 2020
#36 Failing to fail is not failure
#36 Failing to fail is not failure
Not everything is meant to work, you are though. So work! Some things work by failing in a planned way. This makes no sense, but it is true, particularly for advanced complex systems. Modern cars are actually a post-accident safety cell that looks cool when the accident is reversed. So how do you start with a safe protective ball of suspension bits that encases the fuel tank and get great cornering performance before the bits become a ball? What design considerations go into this madness? Why was the destruction of Benson II (the coffee plunger) even discussed?  Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 11 March 2020
20:54
March 23, 2020
#35 Antarctic brainstorm
#35 Antarctic brainstorm
Ignoring the menu of hot-frozen toast with goosebump jam and icicle sauce. What design considerations go into food production on Antarctica. Where will the power come from? Mars is both like and unlike the southern polar region. Would blizzard kite-propelled mobile generators work? Would they stop for Penguins? Why did the Penguin cross the road? Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 6 March 2020
26:33
March 20, 2020
#34 Dominant ideas
#34 Dominant ideas
In a game of dominoes are the dots real? They are definitely more real than dragons. It is important to realise that dominant ideas and dominating personalities might negatively influence design work. Be wary of specialists, respect them but be careful of letting specialists make important design decisions. The design can fail if domination dominates. This occurs in daily life and in group work too. It happens right under your nose, no, not that! That is a moustache called Larry, he knows no excel, yet he is excellent at hairodynamics. Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 6 March 2020
17:32
March 16, 2020
#33 Why are some things just so?
#33 Why are some things just so?
Is perception a stapled caveat? Why is the design of the staple a staple of the stationary world of stationery? Arguments for and against the design of 2, 3 and 6 wheel multi-passenger vehicles are made. These design considerations are circularly discussed. The answer is 4. Always 4. Not 3. No. Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 4 March 2020
19:35
March 12, 2020
#32 Design criteria
#32 Design criteria
When choosing your bread for toasting you don't (shouldn't anyway) make the decision purely based on the piece that is at arms reach. There is the bread type, brand, slice thickness, price, state of freshness, availability at the store/bakery. Design is the same (minus the bakery). Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 4th March 2020
22:52
March 09, 2020
#31 fixing a bad design
#31 fixing a bad design
You've burnt your toast and now need to decide what to do with it. Do you start over, get a new piece of bread and crack on or do you dust off the burnt pieces and spread that butter? Alternatively if you keep burning the toast maybe just get a new toaster. Hosted by M. Boer, S. Schekman and C. Schulte-Brader on 28th Feb 2020
19:46
March 06, 2020
#30 Designing outside your comfort zone
#30 Designing outside your comfort zone
Designing something outside your comfort zone is inevitable. It comes down to a confidence in your skills and breaking things down to what you know. Also you can remember that if ever uncomfortable when undertaking a design just imagine all the information as being naked. Apparently that will help.   Hosted by M. Boer, S. Schekman and C Schulte-Brader on 28th Feb 2020
17:48
March 02, 2020
#29 Bad Habits: "Laziness"
#29 Bad Habits: "Laziness"
It's not that you are lazy, it's not you. It's me. I'm not Lazy.  Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman
25:41
February 28, 2020
#28 Functional Analysis
#28 Functional Analysis
Infinite staplers and stealth coffee mugs. These are the solutions that design provides, it is the duty of the design engineer to know when to say "no."  Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 21st Feb 2020.
28:05
February 24, 2020
#27 What we don't lecture in the design courses Part 1
#27 What we don't lecture in the design courses Part 1
I would think you can imagine the list of what we don't lecture is quite extensive but specifically we are focusing on those topics that are relevant to the design process and design methodologies. So if you are here for bear hibernation habits or an indepth discussion on your nasal cavaties then you may be a little disapointed and likely also listening to the wrong podcast. Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 14th Feb 2020
19:35
February 21, 2020
#26 Painting Cheese on Toast
#26 Painting Cheese on Toast
Whether painting a cargo ship, "square" lecture theatre or a piece of toast, you need to run the numbers. Having said that, we in no way condone the literal painting and subsequent consumption of toast.... unless you have edible paint. Although what is the difference between edible paint and standard sandwich spread? Define edible. Define spread. Define toast and then eat it.
25:47
February 17, 2020
#25 Open ended problem examples
#25 Open ended problem examples
We may need a new toaster but the crumbs are still there... Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 7th Feb 2020
25:21
February 12, 2020
#24 Keep your eye on the problem
#24 Keep your eye on the problem
Getting distracted in design can have large ramifications in terms of did you know that human eye has an angular resolution 0.01667 degrees? And that can make things confusing.  Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 7th Feb 2020
22:42
February 07, 2020
#23 Mission Planning (Mech edition)
#23 Mission Planning (Mech edition)
Are mech's better than aero's? Would the average ground temperature near a volcano cause the coefficient of friction to increase with increasing hill gradient or would the ratio of air in the atmosphere be noticeably lower such that aerodynamic drag can be ignored? Preposterous questions you might think but would a mech or an aero give you a better answer? On a side note, we discuss mission planning in a mech project context. Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 31st January 2020.
17:55
February 05, 2020
#22 Mission Planning (Aero Edition)
#22 Mission Planning (Aero Edition)
Yeah. Yeah. Cool. Hmmm. Yeah. Anything. Ya. Ya. Exactly Ja! Hmmhmmm. Ja. Yeah. Hmmm. Okay. Okay. Kay....... I need a better script. Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 31st January 2020
21:09
January 31, 2020
#21 How we learn and why
#21 How we learn and why
If your car breaks down do you: (a) dismantle it in order to work out why it broke down (b) set fire to it and make it all just go away (c) try sell the car off as "slightly used" (d) argue with the car and insist that it's choice in breaking down was wrong and that you should be given a second chance (e) all of the above None of the above are recommended but if you do any of these please do write in and share your story, I could do with a laugh.  Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 24th January 2020
20:42
January 29, 2020
#20 Intro to Design Planning
#20 Intro to Design Planning
To plan or not to plan? That is the question. Easy answer though... plan, always plan... sometimes... if you have time... Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 24 January 2020
22:41
January 24, 2020
#19 UG Projects 2020 Part 3
#19 UG Projects 2020 Part 3
3rd year design projects for Mech's and Aero's 2020 There is a loophole to the 3rd year design projects. It is really quite simple. If you pay attention, put in the time and solve a problem that actually exists you will pass the project... who would have thought?  Hosted by M. Boer, T. Mangera and S. Schekman on the 17th January 2020.
25:22
January 22, 2020
#18 UG Projects 2020 Part 2
#18 UG Projects 2020 Part 2
2nd year design projects 2020 Will a toaster work on Mars with the different atmosphere or will there need to be a specific model just for use on the red planet? Also what about the deck chairs? Where will we get the wood? Hosted by M. Boer, T. Mangera and S Schekman on 17th Jan 2020
19:01
January 18, 2020
#17 Biker Problems
#17 Biker Problems
Defining a problem has never been so easy. Not that we necessarily tell you how, but in a more general sort of way it is easy. In other news we discuss a self defined problem and how what information and details were necessary to define it. Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 9th January 2020
36:36
January 15, 2020
#16 UG Projects 2020 Part 1
#16 UG Projects 2020 Part 1
Do all 4th year projects need to focus on swimming pools? Do we know anything about Kreepy Krauly's? Is this the decade/year/month/week where we remain on topic? Is Toast still relevant in 2020?  Some of these questions discussed in this weeks episode. Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on 10 Jan 2020.
16:37
January 10, 2020
#15 Skateboard design
#15 Skateboard design
Is a skateboard determined by a design, product or report? Yes! Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on December 6th 2019.
29:03
December 15, 2019
#14 The Design Trinity: the process, the product and the report
#14 The Design Trinity: the process, the product and the report
The design process, the product, the report. Whats the difference? What makes a good one and what makes a bad one? What habits are associated with each? Are skateboards still relevant? Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on December 6th 2019.
19:33
December 11, 2019
#13 We approach design differently
#13 We approach design differently
Podcast hosted by M. Boer, M. Atkins and S. Schekman on 29th November 2019.
20:55
December 09, 2019
#12 Deduction and Induction
#12 Deduction and Induction
Today we discuss design by deduction and induction. Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 22nd November 2019
26:01
December 02, 2019
#11 Optimization and Iteration
#11 Optimization and Iteration
Today we discuss iteration and optimization in design. Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 22nd November 2019.
21:32
November 29, 2019
#10 Moons and UAV's
#10 Moons and UAV's
Today we discuss design. Very novel I know! Hosted by M. Boer, D. Van Aswegen and S. Schekman on the 15th November 2019.
40:41
November 29, 2019
#9 TRIZ Part 2
#9 TRIZ Part 2
Today we continue to tackle how we apply TRIZ in our designs. Hosted by M. Boer, and S. Schekman on the 9th November 2019.
29:13
November 29, 2019
#8 TRIZ Part 1
#8 TRIZ Part 1
Today we tackle how we apply TRIZ in our designs.  Hosted by M. Boer, and S. Schekman on the 9th November 2019.
20:20
November 29, 2019
#7 Role Playing Design
#7 Role Playing Design
Today we tackle a design task given a predetermined world.  Hosted by M. Boer, C Schulte-Brader, R. Reid and S. Schekman on the 1st November 2019.
28:39
November 29, 2019
#6 4th year projects
#6 4th year projects
Today we discuss the 4th year capstone projects for 2020. Hosted by M. Boer, C. Schulte-Brader and S. Schekman on the 25th October 2019.
25:18
November 29, 2019
#5.5 How not to ask questions part deux
#5.5 How not to ask questions part deux
Today we continue the discussion of asking and answering questions in design. Hosted by M. Boer, R. Paton and S. Schekman on the 25th October 2019.
28:00
November 29, 2019
#5 How not to ask questions
#5 How not to ask questions
Today we discuss how questions are asked in design both in terms of a student asking questions to a supervisor but also in terms of the sort of questions you should be asking yourself during the design process.  Hosted by M. Boer, R. Paton and S. Schekman on the 25th October 2019.
21:57
November 29, 2019
#4.5 First years...
#4.5 First years...
Today we discuss the first year mech design project for the course FEBE1004. Hosted by M. Boer, T. Mangera and S. Schekman on the 18th October 2019.
29:08
November 29, 2019
#4 Levels of Design
#4 Levels of Design
Today we discuss the levels of design. Hosted by M. Boer, T. Mangera and S. Schekman on the 18th October 2019.
23:50
November 29, 2019
#3 Hypersonic Trains
#3 Hypersonic Trains
The third design podcast discussing assumptions and how miscommunication between designers and supervisors can lead to issues. Hosted by M. Boer, D. Van Aswegen and S. Schekman on the 11th October 2019.
40:49
November 29, 2019
#2 The Boy/Girl Problem
#2 The Boy/Girl Problem
The second design podcast discussing the design approach to repopulating the earth and how design is different across years of study and industry. Hosted by M. Boer, T. Mangera and S. Schekman on the 4th October 2019.
43:16
November 29, 2019
#1 DJ Dogs and Hands Free Kitchens
#1 DJ Dogs and Hands Free Kitchens
The first podcast discussing two suggested design topics. Hosted by M. Boer and S. Schekman on the 27th September 2019.
35:55
November 29, 2019