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Globetrotter - The Ultimate Mobile Workspace

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Hi all,

 

first post on this forum, super excited to have found a community of product designers :) I'll kick off with a contribution to this challenge, I hope to use it as an excuse to practice sketching and concept creation. It would be great to get some feedback on the process =)

 

Concept

 

My concept is 'the ultimate mobile workspace'. A designer's toolbox is not only the markers he draws with, nor is it just the computer he draws on. I believe the world is an important part of a designer's toolbox: it is a source of inspiration and also the frame of reference: a designer should not only create something that is beautiful, but also something that is relevant to it's surroundings. An important part of designing is going 'out there', experiencing the world from different perspectives and living (or trying to live) through the eyes of others. The perfect toolbox would be complete: offering the designer all the comfort and functionality he needs whilst letting the designer go out into the world to design from the user's perspective. However, designing in the open is a very dynamic process. Thus the toolbox should be adjustable for all situations.

 

Idea

 

The 'Globetrotter' is the ultimate mobile workspace. It offers complete and easy assistance to the designer: from a complete workspace with a desk, computer and water dispenser to a small and ultra portable bag.

The four parts of the globetrotter are:

 

- Mobile: A car trailer that offers the designer a studio-like experience on the go. Whether you are in the mountains in the snow or on a sunny beach, the Mobile Globetrotter offers extreme comfort and a homely work-experience.

- Xtra Mobile: For those times that a trailer is just a little bit too much, the Xtra Mobile Globetrotter offers all the tools a designer needs while on the road or in the air. A suitcase-sized toolbox that clicks right into the Mobile Globetrotter.

- Portable: Detach a special compartment in the Xtra Mobile Globetrotter and you've got yourself a handy backpack containing everything a designer needs for on-location work. From a laptop to a cup of coffee, this portable toolbox allows you to work efficiently anywhere, anytime.

- Ultra Portable: Tired of lugging around your tools but still want to be able to sketch that random idea at the most unexpected time? Dislodge this tiny bag from the Portable Globetrotter and you're ready to go!

 

These four parts are all part of each other, like Matryoshka dolls. This way you can quickly and easily switch between toolboxes.

 

In short: a trailer, suitcase, backpack and small bag.

 

Contents

 

Here you can see the tools I want to include in the Globetrotter. feel free to skip this if you don't like lists ;)

 

Mobile: (((iPad Mini, iPhone, paper, water bottle, pens/pencils/markers, hobby knife, headphones.))) ((MacBook Air, portable beamer, paper, Intuos 5, portable mic, compact camera, portable Hard disk, water bottle, thermos, extra battery pack, pens/markers/pencils, headphones, something to draw on, extra space, USB stick )) (Small Cintiq, portable speaker, snowball Mic, USB Dock, compact camera, water bottle, thermo, extra battery packs, iPad 4, cap, extra clothes, hip flask, pens/pencils/markers, headphones, bed) Mac Pro, 2x27" display, beamer, paper, cintiq, music, Yeti mic, USB Dock, desk lamp, Canon Cinema DSLR, whitescreen, 2 TB external Hard disk, water, coffee machine, Batteries, sun shade, extra clothes, Strong drinks, glasses, pens/pencils/markers, hobby knifes etc., lightbox, filing system, 3D printer, docking station for iPod/iPad connected to speakers, Wifi hotspot, bed, fan, books

 

 

Xtra Mobile: ( (iPad Mini, iPhone, paper, water bottle, pens/pencils/markers, hobby knife, headphones.)) (MacBook Air, portable beamer, paper, Intuos 5, portable mic, compact camera, portable Hard disk, water bottle, thermos, extra battery pack, pens/markers/pencils, headphones, something to draw on, extra space, USB stick ) Small Cintiq, portable speaker, snowball Mic, USB Dock, compact camera, water bottle, thermo, extra battery packs, iPad 4, cap, extra clothes, hip flask, pens/pencils/markers, hobby knife, headphones, bed (?)

 

Portable: (iPad Mini, iPhone, paper, water bottle, pens/pencils/markers, hobby knife, headphones.) MacBook Air, portable beamer, paper, Intuos 5, portable mic, compact camera, portable Hard disk, water bottle, thermos, extra battery pack, pens/markers/pencils, hobby knife, headphones, something to draw on, extra space(?), USB Stick

 

Ultra portable, iPad Mini, iPhone, paper, water bottle, pens/pencils/markers, hobby knife, headphones.

 

 

Light grey items are included in the slot(s) below. the more brackets the lower the slot. I will try to cut down on duplicate items by making items in a lower slot accessible to higher slots, but compromises will have to be made. Please give a shout if there is something you would like to add to/scrap from the list. Making the toolbox mobile is more important than including all the items, though I think it should be possible to include them all.

 

Notes

 

I realize I got a little carried away with thinking about what an ultimate toolbox would be for a designer. I know the concept could be realized, but at such a high cost that nobody short of Jonathan Ive would be able to afford it. However, I don't think the task is to design something affordable, so I decided to have some fun ;)

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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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thanks man :) is there any gear you would like to add to the list, or do you think it's complete?

 

I've started on doing some sketches. I wanted to start with the smallest stage - the shoulder bag, because that way I can make sure the devices in there are accessible once I build it into the next bag.

 

I found that material is very important when designing the shape of a bag. I think for this design I should try to achieve a non-consumerist product. Through material and shape I want to achieve the goal to make this a product that you can use for your entire life. (Not like recent Apple computers that die after 2 years). What's important there is that the material actually looks better with wear and tear. So I started looking around and I found that the schoolbag I have certainly does not meet this criterium. However I remember my dad's bag which is made of leather and metal. That bag didn't become uglier with use: it gained character. I also saw that my desk, made of wood, doesn't look bad, despite it's 25+ years of service.

 

So I decided that I want to use wood, metal and leather in my bag. To keep the bag light I decided to use aluminum, plywood and leather straps. The plywood I'm going for is Cherry wood plywood (my favorite kind of wood), steam-bent into shape.

 

I'm including a few sketches. In the first sketch you can see some rough ideas and me trying to find out how I want to organize the bag. I've chosen not to let it be an 'open' bag. Instead the bag has different slots for the different objects inside. My current bags don't have this, and I frequently find my pens scattered on the bottom of the bag. To avoid this each pen has a slot, as does the water bottle, iPhone, iPad and the paper. Then there's still space for an extra slot where you can put things like keys etc.

 

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Then I started thinking about the construction of the bag. I decided to fill the middle with a block of foam. On top and on the sides the plywood and on the bottom, front and back a bent aluminum sheet. On the top there's an aluminum lid that doesn't' fold open, it slides. I still have to figure out how this will work exactly, but I kinda like the idea of sliding open your toolbox, this gives you a much more orderly and dignified time when you open your toolbox than if you had to fight with the flap that you have to awkwardly hold open with one hand.

 

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Finally a sketch where I put together my ideas so I can remember what I had in mind when I continue my work.

 

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I you have any tips for my sketching, it would be very much appreciated! I have never followed classes or anything like that, so having a human (and not a tutorial) tell me what to do would be great =D

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So, little update on my process. I decided to scrap my last design: too many parts, too chunky and the moving part is annoying. I decided to go with a unibody-style chassis purely made of aluminum. It's lighter and stronger than wood. On top you've got slots for an iPad mini, iPhone, some Deqtiq markers, a pencil/pen and paper. The sides of the bag have magnets, so on both sides you can clip on either a thermos, a holder for pens/pencils or two little leather bags . The flap on top is made of leather, it too closes with a magnet. The thermos is made of aluminum, with a leather sleeve around it. The shoulderstrap is padded on the inside with pure sheepswool.

 

The items on top go into the slots like SD cards in a camera. Push them down so they spring out a little bit. this way the toolbox really feels like a piece of industrial equipment, and more like a toolbox than just a small bag. plus it is great to hear a little 'click' when you're taking out your marker to make a quick sketch. And this bag is really small, about as wide and tall as an iPad mini and 5 cm thick.

 

The slots for iPad and iPhone automatically dock the devices when they're inserted. On the bottom of the bag there's a micro-usb port, when the bag slots into the backpack this automatically slots into a cable so the devices can be charged automatically.

 

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On the drawing the slot for iPad and iPhone are a bit too thin. In reality this can be compensated by making the slot for the paper a bit thinner. this slot has a divider in the middle, so you can divide used and unused paper. There is space for one pen or pencil in between the deqtiq markers, these can alternatively be stored in the extra leather etui that clips on with the magnets on the side.

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A quick sketch I made to explore the design of the backpack. It's inspired by an awesome bag that I have and use very regularly. The main bag is made of polyester, the front has a leather push (with stretchy stuff on the sides to make it stretchy, and also it's in the same shape and color as the lid of the shoulder bag. The shoulder bag is on the lower right-hand corner, so you can easily reach it without taking off the backpack, this way you have quick and easy access to the things inside.

 

The shoulder bag slots into a connector, so it can charge with the battery pack which is in the front compartment. The front compartment has a kind of drawer with slots for the battery, Hard disk, USB stick, Pico Projector (from Optoma), Blue Snowflake Microphone, any compact camera and a box that is filled with drawing pencils/pens/markers etc, which can double as a board to draw on. The box is made of wood, the drawer of rubbery plastic.

 

The back compartment has room for the MBA, paper and intros 5. The left-hand side has a little push for a thermos bottle (the one that can be attached to the shoulder bag)

 

The back of the bag is padded, making it softer, and creating space between the bag and your back for ventilation. The shoulderstraps are made of leather with sheepswool. They can easily be detached, so one can be used as the strap for the shoulder bag. The whole bag has a hard shell so it keeps its shape.

 

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Any advice/comments/critique is very welcome :) It'd also be great if you could comment on my sketching, maybe there's some technical trick I'm missing ;)

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And a quick sketch I did to figure out what I want to do with the suitcase. Top half is the backpack, bottom half is suitcase, you can fill it with whatever you want. You can slide the two parts apart to use the padded back as a mattress.

 

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My final submission :)

 

Sorry to say I didn't have enough time to make some neater sketches… And no colors, cuz no markers ;)

 

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I decided not to go with the trailer idea: the idea is just too crazy, plus I don't think it makes sense to make one for designers in general. If one where to design one you'd have to look at the designer that is going to use it: what are his habits, preferences, and how does he/she plan to use it.

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