Packing is a stressful process
Moving is a tense experience. Multiple items need to be organized, packed, and loaded efficiently. Due to anxieties and distractions experienced during this time, this task is often unnecessarily difficult. Items are easily lost, forgotten, or damaged.
People are more likely to make mistakes when feeling stressed.
Product benchmarking performed by online research and visiting department stores revealed a lack of products that can perform multiple functions related to packing.
Design a versatile packing tool that is easy to keep track of and can perform multiple functions required for packing.
To start off the project, I began to explore different concepts with rough thumbnails sketches. This stage was primarily dedicated to determining how different the product could be from what currently exists on the market as well as which aspects of the packing process it should address.
Keeping it simple
After the first round of sketching, I realized that, for a task such as moving, users would most likely prefer to work with a tool that they were already familiar with, rather than something that they would have to learn before using. Because of this, it was evident that the best solution would be to modify an existing product.
I created a variety of rough models in order to better assess how the product would appear in a three-dimensional space, as well as its overall comfort for the user.
After building and evaluating my rough models, I returned to two-dimensional sketching in order to explore whether additional features would be possible as well as to refine the overall form and aesthetics.
After further development of the design, I created a functioning 3-D printed prototype to evaluate its appearance in a physical space and its overall utility.
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