Use different techniques to generate as many ideas as possible.
On the notebook, I brainstormed several ideas on different criteria. I focused on three main criteria which were ‘Rolling’ method, color/designs, and materials. Each sub-topics were linked with specific criteria to gain various ideas. I used this brainstorm format from the inspiration from ‘poplet’. This brainstorm allows me to look back at a wide range of ideas if one of them did not work out well.
I tried to brainstorm ways I can make specific parts of the table. The parts included the ‘Rolling’ section, shape of shelves, color of shelves, and all other related parts of the table. Below are some quick sketches and ideas that I tried to brainstorm.
‘Rolling’ Section Brainstorm
Color of ‘Rolling’ Section Brainstorm
Model and share your ideas. Justify your choices.
I drew some observational drawings for different tables that had shelves attached to them, because they had the most similar aspects on what I was trying to design.
For my first observational drawing, I added my ‘rolling’ section as an attempt to visualize what I was going to make. The color or the shape of the table was what I was aiming to look the same.
For my second observational drawing, I just tried to draw the exact same shape of another table.
Make a detailed plan including time and resources.
In this stage, I decided to use cardboards, straws, and simple materials, because it was a rough model of what my final product was going to look like. I made a small-scaled size model of the Rollable Table. By recording measurements, quantities, and other necessary details, I made a detailed plan that includes a list and a sketch.
- Cardboards (laser cut?)
- 10 Straws
- Tape/Glue gun
- 2 A4 Paper (Black and White)
- 20~25cm by 8~10cm Floor/Top Cardboard x4
- 15 cm by 8~10cm Sides (1) Cardboard x2
- 3cm by 3cm Cut Rectangles Cardboard x4
- 8cm by 8~10cm Sides (2) Cardboard x 2
- 6~8cm Cut Straws x?
- Paper 6~8cm by ? x
- First, I would cut out all the cardboard pieces I need with precise measurements.
- Second, I would cut out the straws and paper pieces I need with precise measurements.
- Third, I would put together the general shape of the table using cardboards (excluding the rolling section for now).
- Fourth, I would stick the pieces of cardboards with the glue gun.
- Fifth, I would make the rolling section using straws and papers in a different place.
- Sixth, I would attach the rolling section onto the general shape of the table with cardboards.
- Lastly, I would fix any fragile or unnecessary parts.
I drew a sketch of separate parts of the design. Since the materials used in this model are mainly cardboards, I first sketched different parts and added measurements along the way.
How will you know your design is successful? What is the success criteria?
Below is the success criteria table. Based on the success criteria, I can judge whether my product was a success or not later on.
|The Rollable Table needs to be easy and convenient for the customers to use.||Whenever a customer rolls the handle, the rollable section attached to the table should roll every time.|
|The Rollable Table needs to be easily moveable.||Since a table is a furniture that may be placed in several locations, it should be always ready to move easily. For my Rollable Table, this would be a challenge to consider, because the rollable section would need to be strongly attached so that it would not fall off.|
|The Rollable Table should have a non-rolling section.||On the table, people may want to place objects that should not roll off the table. A stabilized section, just like a normal table, is needed in the Rollable Table.|
Through the whole process of planning out my idea for the first prototype, I created my first Rollable Table using simple materials. I included specific measurements and developed some ideas for the rolling section along the way.
In the future, when I create my final product, I am going to use a laser cutter to build my table part and advance my rolling section using more strong materials.