HOW MIGHT WE encourage cool-dependent product use by remedying storage issues?
I learned industry standards for manufacturing design in my winter quarter Northwestern elective Making Things: Manufacturing & Materials Selection course. My personal studio project was a concept exploration of a tabletop cooler appliances, which I named Evrchill, including the creation of a preliminary consumer product.
Final deliverables can be downloaded below.
User research: Observation and Interviews
Market and patent research
Product Requirement Document (PRD)
Iterative concept ideation through sketching, prototyping, and 3D modeling
High fidelity rendering
Material and manufacturing method analysis
Cost analysis and product value assessment
CLIENT & COURSE DELIVERABLES
User research insights
User research frameworks
Weekly studio crits
Low fidelity prototypes
High fidelity renderings
Bill of Materials (BOM)
Final project presentation to industry professionals
RESEARCH & DESIGN PROCESS
RESEARCH & SYNTHESIS
Our studio aim was to design a consumer product of interest, informed by the processes of human-centered design. My work began by observing users in their kitchen, then conducting interviews to probe for pain points and identify needs.
These insights were organized through framework analysis to identify the root problem. Key areas of interest that were explored through brainstorms, and general market analysis to assess existing solutions.
IDEATE & PROTOTYPE
Once the solution space was identified, I began exploring available technology, as well as preliminary requirements for manufacturing and materials selection. In an effort to confirm previous market analysis, white space was identified through extensive patent research.
This enabled low fidelity prototype sketching, which was user tested and re-developed in iterative cycles.
My final presentation included high fidelity renders, and a proposition for an ecosystem of products for both consumer and commercial use beyond the kitchen, was pitched to an industry professional. I developed a persona and navigated through a user journey map narrative to tell a consumer's story from their perspective, using deep insights from extensive research, for the EvrChill Fruit Bowl product.
My product concept was received well, and I am currently working towards filing a preliminary patent and identifying funding for next step developments.