Product Design Project

A plan for success
This project really grew out of a desire to support students who were creating a candy company for Mr. Reck’s CA class. Since I have provided it for those students, others have asked if they could either:
  1. Create a candy company even though they do not have Mr. Reck for CA, or
  2. Develop another product or brand of their own (with ideas ranging from Fashion to Personal Electronics).

The answer, of course, is YES! As long as you have an idea, go for it. Do not try to do this if you do not have an idea. You’ll either get stuck half-way, trying to come up with something or come up with something lame just to keep going. If you have no ideas, go do Visual Design.

This is an Independent study! I expect that you will:
  • Work hard
  • Be awesome
  • Blog seriously about what you're doing to help develop the project
  • Be self-directed - This is an independent study. This document should guide you as you get started. Then, you should start taking the project in a direction of your choosing. Either way, you should remain actively engaged with the project until the end. Alternately, you could do another project. Being idle is NOT an option.

Inspiration and guidance

You're going to need some inspiration for this project.
I AM NOT GOING TO WASTE 3D FILAMENT ON A PRETTY RENDER OF YOUR LITTLE HOUSE, KEYCHAIN, OR NAME ON A RECTANGLE.
This is a product design project! You need to design something that is:
  1. Unique
  2. Useful or Interesting
  3. Designed by you (not downloaded from the internet)


Content warning: The first video, below, contains reference to wellness class topics.


If Youtube is still blocked or not working, here it is on Edpuzzle.


If Youtube is still blocked or not working, here it is on Edpuzzle.

Helpful articles

The invention process

Examples of student Inventions
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Example Designs

Do not simply download and print these designs. You need to make your own!

Design tutorials:

The following tutorials will help you prepare to make a mock-up or prototype of your product in 3d.

REMEMBER: If you plan to print your prototype, our maximum build size at the moment is 6 x 6 x 6 inches or 15.25 x 15.25 x 15.25 cm. If you are designing a product that is bigger than that, and you want to print, you will have to create a scale model of your product that does not exceed 6 square inches.

Example: Student Desk Prototype

Advanced - Solidworks

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Solid Works is a program that allows you to draw in 3-D and use a 3-D printer make it come to life.While doing this project you need to keep up to date on your blog post.These posts should consist of what you are working on and in the post you should show a picture of the project.To post a picture you have to use the snip tool then save it as a picture then you have to upload it to the blog post you are working on.

Tutorials

First Solid Works tutorials: Video walkthroughs:

Projects

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Intermediate - Sketchup

Most of you will likely use Sketchup. It is the best choice in terms of detail and flexibility for your design needs. It's also fairly simple to grasp.

Start here:


Other New users tuts:

Toolbar Series:


Intermediate skills
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Beginner - Web apps for 3d

TinkerCad

3d Tin



Printing Your Prototype

Information to follow on using the Cubify app to prepare your project for printing.

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REMEMBER:
If you plan to print your prototype, our maximum build size at the moment is 6 x 6 x 6 inches or 15.25 x 15.25 x 15.25 cm. If you are designing a product that is bigger than that, and you want to print, you will have to create a scale model of your product that does not exceed 6 square inches.

Then watch:

Tutorials:
Cube videos from the company.

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Establishing your Brand

If you're doing this project, I assume you already have a great idea for a new product... Of course, no one is going to support your awesome new product unless you can find a market for it... It's time to do some research. You need to find data on the problem that your product solves / what is it's brand niche etc... Good luck.
  1. Open your Portfolio, Then, go to the Pages tab and add a blog. Call it "Blog" (don't forget to change your comment settings).


  1. Enter your blog and click "New Post". Call it "Brand development part 1". In your post you should answer the following questions:
    • Brainstorm some possible names for your company / product
    • What products and/or services do you offer? Define the qualities of these services and/or products.
    • What are the core values of your products and services? What are the core values of your company?
    • What is the mission of your company?
    • Who is your target market? Who do your products and services attract?
    • What is the tagline of your company? What message does your tagline send to your prospects

Branding stuff you may need


Meet Adobe Illustrator

Establishing your Brand

If you're doing this project, I assume you already have a great idea for a new product... Of course, no one is going to support your awesome new product unless you can find a market for it... It's time to do some research. You need to find data on the problem that your product solves / what is it's brand niche etc... Good luck.
  1. Open your Portfolio, Then, go to the Pages tab and add a blog. Call it "Blog" (don't forget to change your comment settings).
  2. Enter your blog and click "New Post". Call it "Brand development part 1". In your post you should answer the following questions:
      • Brainstorm some possible names for your company / product
      • What products and/or services do you offer? Define the qualities of these services and/or products.
      • What are the core values of your products and services? What are the core values of your company?
      • What is the mission of your company?
      • Who is your target market? Who do your products and services attract?
      • What is the tagline of your company? What message does your tagline send to your prospects?

More Illustrator

  1. Brush Tool
  2. Pen Tool

Logo / Label Design

First


  • Go learn about Typography. Read and watch everything here. THIS IS ESSENTIAL TO GOOD DESIGN!
  • Do these Illustrator Lessons:

  1. Type (intro)
  2. Type 1
  3. Type 2

  • Do these Photoshop Lessons:
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  1. Intro
  2. Preset Manager
  3. Brush tool
  4. Blending Modes

Second


  • Do these Illustrator Lessons:

  1. Shapes & Paths
  2. Simple Shape Math
  3. Eraser & Blob Brush
  4. Pucker, bloat, twirl, & Crystalize

  • Do these Photoshop Lessons:

  1. Layer Styles
  2. Popping text
  3. Text fx
  4. Textures on text

Third


  • Project: Create a logo in Illustrator. You can do this for yourself, as mentioned in the videos or for your product. You’ll eventually need to do one for your product, but it’s good to have one for yourself too.
  • Extra time? Place it in Photoshop and apply some layer styles.
  • Put it on your Portfolio.
  • If you’re a Seventh Grader, put it on the first slide of your 10x10.pptx
Using the information from the previous steps create a personality or character for your company that represents your products or services. What is the character like? What qualities stand out? Is the personality of your company innovative, creative, energectic, or sophisticated?
Use the personality that you created in the previous step and build a relationship with your target market that you defined in Step 5. How does that personality react to target audience? What characteristics stand out? Which characteristics and qualities get the attention of your prospects.
Review the answers to the questions above and create a profile of your brand. Describe the personality or character with words just as if you were writing a biography or personal ad. Be creative.

Package Design

First


  • Now that you have a logo, it’s time to look at package design.
  • Before designing your package, you should check out the Dieline.
  • Bear in mind, the main tutorial on the package design page isn’t the only resource there. There are a lot of tutorials and templates available. Choose what fits your product.
  • Create your first iteration of packaging and post to Edmodo for feedback.

Second

  • Go look at someone else’s Package design and give feedback.

Third

  • Take a crack at Product Modeling. This may be awesome with sprinkles or a disaster. Give it a shot. See how it turns out. If you’re happy with the result, put it in your presentation or portfolio and share to Edmodo.