Product Redesign

My idea for this project is to create soap packaging that is less disposable and can be reused or repurposed.

As the COVID-19 pandemic reaches its third year, the demand for sanitization products is inevitably growing. Most soap packaging we see on the market are either plastic-wrapped, paper-wrapped, or cardboard-boxed. These packaging methods are not only unsustainable, but they also do not serve any purpose for the user experience. The packaging, in most cases, is merely a disposable item that serves its purpose of holding product descriptions until it is bought and never cared for again. I want to create a multipurpose soap packaging that can be used as a soap dish and reused with other products in the future.

My soap packaging redesign is reusable, portable, and more eco-friendly. Rubber is the main material used to create this design. It is a flexible material that doesn’t break or tear easily. The soap will come inside the hand-shaped soap dish, which can be opened through the zipper on the back of the hand. The finger gaps on the palm of the hand will allow water to filter through when used as a soap dish.

2 Buckets challenge

Beginning our product design course, we brainstormed global issues to get us thinking about product designs ideas that could potentially attempt to fix or spread awareness on these social issues.

Made with Padlet

We also listed many large influential companies around the world and tried to approach these global issues from the perspective of these companies.

After reviewing the ideas the class came up with, I chose three design prompts that interested me to focus on:

  • Gender-neutral clothing inspired by ocean pollution and affected ocean life (spreading awareness)
  • Reusable and less excessive packaging for food products
  • Toys created from recycled materials

Wearable: Mr. Cleanmouth

The wearable project asks students to design a wearable product that is beneficial to people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout this unit, I came up with a total of 16 designs promoting “anti-infection” goals such as social distancing, sanitization, and temperature testing for different targeted audiences. Eventually, I chose Mr.CleanMouth, a shoulder bag design for children, as my final design.

(first idea sketch for Mr. CleanMouth)

After deciding on my final design, I began developing my idea and creating a prototype of Mr. CleanMouth with scrap fabric. Because Mr. CleanMouth is a shoulder bag created for children, I decided to create the product using soft, stretchy fabric and fill Mr. CleanMouth’s dinosaur-shaped body with synthetic fiber. I cut up some old socks I found at home and hand sewed the pieces together. I don’t have a lot of experience with sewing and constructing with fabrics, hence my prototype was quite flimsy and incomplete. In the end, I only created the mouth area of the shoulder bag.

(Prototype of the shoulder bag, created from old socks)

After “failing” the attempt at making a physical prototype of my product design, I decided to go back to the drawing board and create a fabric pattern for the “stuffed animal” part of the shoulder bag. By examining the design from different sides and analyzing the structure of stuffed animals from reference photos, I came up with a “direction” of Mr. CleanMouth’s fabric patterns.

(Fabric pattern for Mr. CleanMouth)

After drawing out the fabric patterns for Mr. CleanMouth, I’ve gained a better understanding of my product as a 3D object. Hence, I began working on presenting my product by illustrating my design digitally. Using the skills developed from the face tracing assignment, I used the pen tool to illustrate the design of Mr. CleanMouth on Adobe Illustrator. I created an open-mouthed illustration for Mr. CleanMouth to show how the shoulder bag can be used.

(digital illustration of Mr. CleanMouth using the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator)

Here is the final presentation poster for Mr. CleanMouth:

Throughout this project, I’ve gained a lot more experience with design development and refinement. I can successfully create a design that is beneficial and appropriate to a target audience. Considering the limitation of materials due to the coronavirus pandemic as well as my lack of sewing skills, I was not able to produce a full prototype for my product. If possible, I could have cut up a stuffed animal and modified it to resemble my design idea.

Lamp Design

I think I did a good job of incorporating ideas and executing them into the lamp design. The concept of my design was supported by visual elements. The design is creative, realistic, and convenient. If possible, I could create a physical prototype of my lamp with clay. I have had plenty of experience with clay in the past. It is a very flexible material that will allow a broad variety of possibilities. However, clay is not a translucent material. This means that in order to create a more accurate model of my design, I will have to learn more about acrylic and plastic materials and how to “mold” the material into a designated shape or design.

𝕎𝕙𝕠 𝕒𝕞 𝕀

𝕨𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕕𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕜 𝕡𝕣𝕠𝕕𝕦𝕔𝕥 𝕕𝕖𝕤𝕚𝕘𝕟 𝕚𝕤?

The process of coming up with an idea and transforming that idea into a physical product.

𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕤𝕜𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕤 𝕕𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕙𝕠𝕡𝕖 𝕥𝕠 𝕝𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕟?

How to use Adobe Illustrator (hacks and secrete tools)

𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕚𝕤 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕓𝕖𝕤𝕥 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕣 𝕞𝕒𝕕𝕖?

An acrylic painting of my friend.

𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕕𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕨𝕒𝕟𝕥 𝕥𝕠 𝕞𝕒𝕜𝕖?

Something fun and original, hopefully also purposeful.

𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕤𝕥𝕣𝕖𝕟𝕘𝕥𝕙𝕤 𝕕𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕔𝕒𝕟 𝕓𝕣𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕥𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕝𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕟𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕚𝕟 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕔𝕠𝕦𝕣𝕤𝕖?

As a visual arts student, I really enjoy coming up with new ideas and am eager to express my inspirations into physical products. I have the experience of utilizing different materials/mediums to achieve different effects in my artworks (e.g., pencil sketch, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, gouache paint, wood/acrylic laser-cut, digital art, sewing, knitting, ceramics, printmaking). I believe my artistic skills will be able to help me design a product that is complete, meaningful, purposeful, and aesthetically pleasing to a general audience.


Overall, I am pleased with how my illustration turned out in the end! I was quite nervous about using adobe illustrator at the beginning since I do not have a lot of experience creating artworks with digital media. But after this first project, I feel much more confident about using the pen tool and adjusting subjects on different layers in illustrator. Not only was I able to successfully trace the image of my face with the pen tool in curved lines, but I also made sure that the colors in my face complement each other to create a subtle and realistic image to the audience. Although my attempt at color adjustments was not terrible in this project, I did find this process to be the most challenging step. While the eyedropper tool can easily collect any shade/color on the reference image, the uneven surface of the face(as a result of being made out of color blocks) can often end up looking unnatural and abrupt. One evidence of this can be observed from the character’s hairline. The chocolate brown color gradually blends into the rest of the forehead. However, the warmth from the color has quite a sharp contrast with the character’s hair color, which has a cold tint to it. 

As a teenage girl, I choose a soft pastel colored pallet with floral patterns in the background to celebrate my hopeful attitude toward the class, as well as the fresh beginning into a new year and new semester. The quote “be a better version of yourself” is my goal for the new year, which can also be taken as a goal for this class, such as developing more skills, building my creative thinking and challenging myself into achieving better grades than last semester.