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  1. Chili Pepper Ale

    Questions & Answers

    Hi Waikit, I didn't catch your previous post about the deadline. I actually just tried to post my final design at 5:30pm here on the west coast. Would it be ok for you to accept it?
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    The Introspective Toolbox

    Looking great! What program are you using for your sketches? I would suggest maybe adding additional compartments or utilizing for storage the space above where the pens are stored. Although it's a minor detail, I'll still ask since perhaps it might spark more thoughts for you: How is the tablet being held in place?
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    Chilli Pepper Ale's Toolbox

    Thanks for the feedback, Pandebus. Perhaps ‘essential’ wasn’t the best term for what I had in mind. This post should address what you brought up and start to clear up the path my design is taking. Fair warning, this is going to be another text heavy post. But don’t worry, sketches are coming! This post will cover my second brain storming session. Revisiting ‘essential/non-essential’ What I meant by the term ‘essential’ was the most basic bare-bones tools a person would need to design something. After some further thought, I think it boils down to three items: your mind, pen, and paper. We should all know that what makes us designers is not being able to make impressive CAD models. Rather it’s the ability to generate and explore ideas, for which all you really need is an open mind and an active imagination. However, what is an idea if it cannot be communicated, so pen and paper it is! So the refined list: Essential: · An open mind · Pen · Paper Non-essential: · Everything else a designer would ever use Next, I revisited the question of "what do I want a tool box to be/do?" and the different types/options of toolboxes I hit a wall when I came back to these points because I couldn’t think of anything to add, nor could I think of how to refine the lists. After some tea and some more pondering, I realized that these points led to a question I should’ve been asking myself all along: What kind of toolbox do I want to design? Of course! Being an open ended challenge, this question is the root of it all. I should’ve have been mindful of this question looming above all along. As I mentioned in my first post, I’m fairly new to designing. So I want to ask how does everyone else handle this question? Do you tackle it first thing, or at a fixed point in the design process? Or rather, in the way that I wish I had been addressing it all along, constantly revisiting and circling back to it, the anchor of design thought and process. Ok back to the toolbox! I decided now was a good time to explore the toolboxes currently available. In a way, this is just another version of my original list of types of and options for toolboxes. However, this was still helpful and definitely added more thoughts and considerations than the original list. Current toolboxes out on the market: · Hardware toolboxes for traditional ‘tools’ (Art supply kits mainly fell into this category) o Drawers o Fold out o Combination of both · Briefcase style · Messenger bag · Roll out bandolier style For some reason I kept feeling like I was missing a lot from this list. I think the feeling wasn’t of items missing from the list, as much of a question I wasn’t asking. So I asked: I’m a product designer. What do I, Chili Pepper Ale, want my product designer’s tool box to be, to do, and have? This was it. The missing link that I could feel through all of my brainstorming so far but couldn’t quite grasp. Up until this point I was throwing darts and scoring points, but I wasn’t aiming. This question let me take all the brainstorming I had done and directed it to one point, from which I could move onto the actual ‘designing’ phase. So the following is going to be a summary of the stream of consciousness that arose from the question above. I’ll sum it up at the end if you’re not keen on picking my brain. I’m a young guy and I’m on the go pretty often. Although I may not always notice it at the time, every sensory input I get is a form of inspiration. From the colors and the smells as I pass by the market, to the sounds of the city street, to the strangers I meet, to the laughs I share with old friends. A camera phone and a notebook suffice in quickly recording the images and thoughts I come across. However, if I am on the go and have a chance to stop to do some design thinking I’ll need a little more than that. For me, the next step in the design process after collecting ideas and inspiration is to lay everything out in front of me. Rarely do I have enough room to do so while I’m on the go. The solution? A tool box that allows quick access to and storage of a mood board or something similar where I can physically and visually lay out and spread my thoughts and ideas. Here is where all my brainstorming came together and pointed toward one idea: A messenger bag or briefcase style toolbox with some kind of mood board implementation. So that’s the idea I’ll be exploring moving forward. I’ll have some sketches in my next post as well as a mockup I’m going to attempt with the messenger bag I already have. If you made it through all of that, thanks for reading! Again, any feedback is welcome!
  4. Chili Pepper Ale

    Mobile Kit. (Exploration Stage)

    Looks like your ideas so far are the perfect update/improvement from your current toolbox. Are you planning on continuing to refine one of your ideas?
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    Globetrotter - The Ultimate Mobile Workspace

    A lofty design, but I like it! Looks like your 'toolbox' really is the ultimate designers workspace. I imagine you living in your mobile trailer never tied down to one place in the world, travelling the globe designing products. I also really identify with your message in your Concept section. A designer's inspiration can only come from experiences, whether that's sitting at home reading books or travelling and meeting new people and perspectives. In the end everything we do is an experience, and the more adventurous the better! Looking forward to seeing some sketches.
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    The Introspective Toolbox

    I really like the direction you're headed in with this design. It's much in line with my thoughts on the designers toolbox. I also agree with Pandebus that I prefer starting off with just my mind, pen, and paper in the ideation phase of any design. It's not until I have a clear vision with where I want my design to go that I actually start CADing and hammering little details. That being said, with the prevalence of tablets and the design ideas you have already, I think you should continue with incorporating tablet usage into your toolbox. I also like your initial breakdown of your tool usage at different stages of the design process. I wish I had organized my brainstorming a little more neatly like yours!
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    Toolbox Entry 'tucx'

    Great sketches. I assume the idea in the second set of sketches is the one you plan on moving forward with? How do you plan on balancing the overall weight with the portability of the toolbox, since it looks like the the weighted fold out features and hinges are going to be relatively heavy? I suppose some different materials could be explored to minimize weight, or perhaps you're going less for portability and more for a multifunctional/work station type design.
  8. Chili Pepper Ale

    My Designers "toolbox" Design

    Nice sketches, Chris. I'm guessing the second design is with a hardcase type material, similar to a briefcase? I'm planning to incorporate some modular elements into my design as well, but not to the extent that your design seems to use it. I'm looking forward to seeing where your design progresses and to see some more details on size, material, etc.!
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    Chilli Pepper Ale's Toolbox

    Hi everyone, here is my entry thread. A little background on me: I'm a recently graduated mechanical engineering student. I don't have much consumer product design experience, but ultimately that is the field I hope to enter. I figure entering this design challenge will be good practice regardless of the outcome of my design. I'm hoping I can get some feedback from the community on not just my designs, but my process and methods, too. Ok, enough about me... To start off, I figured a 'toolbox' in its essence is something that brings together items. Anything otherwise would be going beyond the scope of a 'toolbox' regardless of the open endedness of the challenge. Hence, off the top of my head I put together a preliminary list of tools a designer may need, separating them into essential and non-essential, in the sense of the basic tools a designer needs versus all others. Essential: Markers Pens Pencils Eraser Sharpener Rulers Paper Non-essential: Laptop and accessories Chargers/power supplies Prototypes Supplies for modeling Digital tablet (iPad, Wacom, etc.) I know the categorization isn't that accurate, but this was my preliminary list, just getting ideas down on paper. Next, I jotted down some ideas on different types and options for the toolbox itself: Portable/on the go vs. stationary/keep at home Just for utensils/tools vs. also for laptops, cameras, models, etc. Rigid material / box type vs. soft material / bag type Too finish my initial brainstorming session, I asked "what do I want a tool box to be/do?" hold tools (the obvious first thought) organize keep my tools safe and clean sturdy easy access, easy to open and close To sum up, my initial design steps were to explore what purpose a tool box serves, options for types of toolboxes, items a toolbox may hold. I'll post up my second stage of brain storming in my next post. Thanks for reading, and any feedback / criticism is welcome!
  10. I'll definitely check out some of those books as well as do some research on the online resources out there. I have a friend who goes to AAU so I can ask her for some info. Thanks again for the help Waikit!
  11. Hi Waikit, thanks for the advice! Right now, I'm leaning toward making my decision based on whether the courses will have any projects that I can use to start building a PD portfolio. If not, I think I might be better off saving the time and money and just learning from books, online courses, and design communities, like this one. For the most part, I have a firm grasp on sketching and CADing. Does anyone have any recommendations for good books or online courses that I can learn more about the PD process and the ID side of things?
  12. Hi everyone. I just came across this forum and this seems like the perfect community to get some advice from. I just graduated with an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering with a focus on mechanical design. I'm very interested in consumer product design and would like to pursue it as a career. However, my ME program covered consumer PD very little and I have only one project that would fall under the PD category. I'd like to try to find a PD job and/or apply for a graduate program in PD. The problem with that is it I don't have any PD experience or a portfolio. The Technology department at my university offers a PD and manufacturing certificate program, of which the only two classes I would still need to take to complete the program are "Green and Sustainable Product Design" and "Green Manufacturing Analysis & Management". However, since these are Technology classes, they approach the topics from the manufacturing side of the things more so than from the PD side. Is getting the certificate worth the time (one semester) and money (cost of tuition and money I won't be making working) of two courses that many not be that beneficial for me in terms of knowledge and building up a portfolio? How much would a PD and manufacturing certificate help me in finding a job or getting into a grad program? Sorry for the long post. Thanks in advance for your responses. I look forward to being a part of the forum!

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