Archives December 2021

No Pain With All the Gain

Many have had the unfortunate experience of trying to pick out their morning toast and consequently burning their fingers on the toaster because their toast isn’t tall enough or the toaster doesn’t bring it up high enough for there to be enough room to grab their toast. That is where this design for a new toaster comes in. As part of my product design class, I spent time creating a conceptual design for a new toaster that would be wide enough for pieces like homemade bread and bagels to fit into the toaster without issue and the basket would rise high enough that even your small slices of toast can be brought high enough to grab.

Since this design was mostly conceptual, iteration was through multiple drawings. Those drawings as well as pictures of my final design can be found in the report below.

The StakCrate Photography Carrying System

For my product design class, we had a group project as our final. We had a variety of different groups of people that we could try to help out via a new design, and we chose to help photographers. Very frequently, photographers regardless of if they do their shoots out in nature or in a studio, have a lot of equipment that they need to carry. We got this information through interviews that we conducted with acquaintances that we had who were photographers. A wide range of experience and skill was represented through the different photographers we interviewed. Many talked about how safe transportation of their equipment was a major worry. Some have a dolly that they load up and they try to not drop anything as they transport it. This can be very dangerous, and if something does fall and break, it can be very costly to replace. Others just enlist friends and they all carry the necessary equipment. We heard frequently that Pelican cases were the best, but they were also very expensive. Our team decided that we wanted to come up with a new offering for photographers to transport their equipment that would be better than the Pelican Cases.

Once we decided what we wanted to make, as well as our goal, we began to come up with design ideas that we drew on 3″x5″ cards. Before we started putting any of these designs together, we had come up with over 150 different features we could put into the design. As we whittled down the features that we felt would best help our imaginary clients, we took inspiration from pack-out systems made by DeWalt and Milwaukee.

Due to this, we made it so that each case would have the ability to be wheeled around like a suitcase, but if you had multiple, you could stack them and wheel them around like an appliance dolly, with that configuration shown in the picture below.

We also made a physical prototype of our design and were able to get some feedback from others regarding it. They liked that there were different ways to roll the case. They did worry about the handle used to roll the case staying in place but were generally positive regarding the design.

Below you can see our final presentation as well as our report which contains more information on this project.

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