- Brainstorming users:
I brainstormed a lot from the start for the users, however, I think having a pair of glasses for my cat is pretty cute. My targetted audience is focusing on pet owners that like to dress up their pets, and also the age group of the pet owners would be targetted to age 20-30, and the pet owner would like to post their pets on social media such as Instagram, youtube.
I did some thumbnail quick sketches, with organic shapes and geometric shapes.
I did some isometric drawings however I find it quite confusing.
Side View Sketch:
More information about the USER:
I am inspired by this Bauhaus graphic design. I like the vivid colors and the shapes that this designer used. Which later on in my final prototype I would be using vivid red color. Also for the shapes geometric shapes instead of the organic shapes for the outer line of my glasses.
The prototypes that are being created by the cardboard are very bendy and the edges are very rough, this is not an ideal material to use. In this prototype there are triangles that are at the side top of the glasses, this is inspired by the Bauhaus poster also my cat’s ears.
Then I use Adobe Illustrator to make this laser cut. I did some practicing with vector points before I created my glasses.
Practice Vector Points:
In this sketch I did not like the squares it is kind of dull and plain, it did not fit in my aesthetic.
Sketching with Ai.
Sketch 2; I changed the squares into an organic shape circle adding more design elements and making it cuter.
In this sketch, the biggest problem is that the triangles are connected to the round part of the glasses which means that the laser cut machine will cut through. So then I had to use the ‘scissor tool’ to delete the vector points that are between the triangle and the round part of the glasses.
Prototype 1 with AI
I stretched the glasses a bit longer so it is not that short for my cat.
Cut out version:
I had used laser cutting this design onto cardboard, this is not a good material to use for my final design. This material is soft and when my cat wears it she will probably rip it apart.
This is a photo of my cat and the glasses PS together. I am planning to take home the glasses tonight and try them out on my cat.
This is my other prototype that is made out of acrylic, this material hard, shiny. This material looks aesthetic but in this prototype, I can not make a bend over the nose part of the glasses, since the laser cutting can only cut flat.
I brought the glasses home, and I got some interesting feedback from my pets.
When I got home I found out my dog is at the door so I tried it on her. She cannot stay quiet so I had to pull her a little bit. The glasses were her size but the elastic was too small to put on her head. However, when I tried it on my cats the glasses were too big.
I have 2 cats and the glasses were super big for them, and for some reason, my cat keeps biting on them.
For the next step, I would be shrinking down the size and also considering what materials I would be using for the hinge of the glasses. Maybe doing a normal hinge but pets don’t have the ear to support. Based on research, the pet glasses also have the hinge like the human ones, so I’m probably going to create a hinge instead of elastic.
Overall, I think the glasses look fashionable but not really useful. So maybe for the next step, I shall change this into a human version and also maybe a glasses for my dog.