Advice to students studying product design. I've seen a lot of product design students producing really expert renderings, but their designs wouldn't work in production. This is simply because they have been too quick to get into CAD without making models/prototypes to see if their designs work. So I wanted to make an instructional video, championing the benefits of making models to test ideas and not jumping into CAD too quickly. This is a summary of some of the things I have learnt on my design journey, from university to being a professional designer for 7 years. Whilst I was putting the video together, I remembered the Baz Luhrman Sunscreen song and decided to use it as inspiration for my own version. The narration for the video is below: Students of product design - make models. I have seen hundreds of portfolios, where students have been too quick to use CAD without first testing their ideas to see if they will work. The long term benefits of making models to quickly identify and solve problems has been proven by product designers over and over again. The rest of my advice is purely opinion. I will deliver this advice with a large nod to Baz Luhrmann, now. Design is a journey, when you begin a project you should not know what the end destination looks like. Do not be in a rush to get to the final solution. Get lost, go down many paths and enjoy what you discover. Always go too far and then come back. Research, know your audience, walk a mile in their shoes and if you can't, try to understand all the nuances surrounding who you are designing for and what you are designing. Never stop asking why. What ever you design, always try to make it new in some way. The brief is king, challenge it, exceed it, but you must answer it. CAD is only one tool, currently it cannot tell you how something feels or behaves in your hand or how heavy or uncomfortable it is in use. A pretty picture of a design is not a product. Take things apart, you cannot hope to improve anything if you don't know how it works. If you take a found object and put a light bulb in it, you are just up-cycling. People say you are only as good as your last project, rubbish! You are only as good as your next project because of everything you have learnt. Make lots of mistakes and learn from them. No real good has come from forcing anything, take regular breaks. Never think, 'that will do'. Don't design to make money, design because you care and trust me about making models. more at www.producttank.co.uk
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This is a product design sketching and rendering tutorial that I've put together for industrial design students. Sketching is something that I know I should do more of, but we're all busy people, so I've picked up a few drawing and rendering tips along the way to make things faster and look better especially for those of us who know we are not as good as we should be. I would like to thank Ben Davies from Rodd Industrial Design for teaching me most of this stuff, it was a long time ago, but - credit where its due. In this video I set out how product design presentation sheets used to be created using pen and marker techniques, which is making a come back at the moment. I then look at the common mistakes we all make from time to time and how to a few simple things will vastly improve the look of your presentation sheets. Finally I focus on how to make a very professional looking product design presentation sheet in a short space of time using Photoshop and then show that even if you prefer to use drawing programs or apps on your tablet or computer, the process is very much the same. I hope you enjoy the video and if interested in seeing more, hit subscribe, because more good stuff is on its way.
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my channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/producttank Product Tanks DIY camera crane for GoPro hero3 cameras. To improve my video's I bought a GoPro camera and then made a camera crane/jib/boom to go with it. I watched other home made camera crane video's, but none of the ones I watched had the functionality that I wanted, so I decided to have a go at one myself with added features to improve performance. This crane was made for less than £40, including the quad pod, which is far less money than many camera cranes on the market and it has more functionality. It can be split into three parts for easy storage and transportation and is light weight and adjustable. This is the result of a 2 day build to make from scratch with all materials bought from a hardware store. I've drilled holes all over the head to reduce weight, but in reality this isn't necessary and it also makes it look a lot more complicated than it actually is. The most important thing is that I've used in-line roller skate bearings where ever there will be friction so I get smoother filming. I bought 10 from Amazon for about £3 and they work perfectly. Or I've used poly propylene office files cut into disks to eliminate friction between two surfaces. I'm fairly pleased with the results. www.producttank.co.uk
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http://www.producttank.co.uk A product design for an innovative prototype clothes peg designed to help people who suffer from arthritis. This shows the product design process by taking an idea to help improve the life of someone with arthritis. Pegging out clothes can be difficult with current "clothes peg"/"clothes pin" designs. Product Tank has designed this innovative model to improve hanging out washing by making pegs easier to use and improving the way they hold washing on to the line, making the grip stronger, so less clothes blow off the line in high winds.
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This is Product Tanks story of the design for a smart-watch from initial idea, through sketching to model making, giving an overview of the product design process for a smart watch concept. It is also a good overview for product design students of the design process.
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I wanted to show you how I built a free DIY camera stabilizer for my GoPro digital camera without using any tools, just Lego, tape, elastic bands and a sheet of paper. Following the GoPro camera crane that I built here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z55Wh4oeZSI people commented that whilst they liked the design, they couldn't make it for themselves, so for this project, I wanted to build a DIY system that anyone could make without any tools. I made a standard camera stabiliser for my DSLR, but it was far to heavy for prolonged use and difficult for anyone else without a workshop to replicate. I turned to Lego as it's fantastic for building rigs for all sorts of things and lots of people have Lego or know someone who has, even if it's been in a box in the attic for many years as mine had. There are lots of videos of camera stabilizers on youtube, but this one is different as my design also includes a vibration mount that uses elastic bands to counteract shake. It's based on the design of the Steadicam system, but unlike the Steadicam systems I have seen, my vibration system cushions horizontal and vertical movement. I think this really helps take out the vibration caused when walking and is a simple step further than many free home made systems out there. The GoPro is perfect for using in a camera stabilizer system as they are light enough to use all day without your wrist aching. The only problem is without a screen, its impossible to frame shots, so I improved the design further by adding a handle system that holds an Ipad or other tablet with the GoPro app on it, this could also be modified to hold a mobile phone. Current Camera stabilisers on the market are really expensive for what they are and I hope this video shows how easy it is to make one for yourself, either for free, or for very little money. At the end of the video I make an indoor design using cardboard, tape, a sewing needle, a golf tee and some coins, just in case people watching don't have any Lego near-by. Following requests, here is a parts list for the Lego version. You can buy peices from various suppliers on the internet, depending on your location. Quantities of each part are at the end after the equals. Camera Holder (for the Go Pro only): Connector peg = 2 Plate 6x10 = 1 Technic Brick 1x8 diameter 4.9 = 2 Technic Brick 1x6 diameter 4.9 = 2 Technic Brick 1x4 diameter 4.9 = 1 corner plate 1x2x2 = 2 plate 2x4 3x diameter 4.9 = 3 You will also need an elastic band and a sheet of paper or thin foam. Balancing Arms: Technic Brick 1x16 diameter 4.9 = 7 Technic Brick 1x12 diameter 4.9 = 4 Cross Axle 6m = 10 Bush for Cross Axle = 22 Plate 2x10 = 1 Technic Brick 1x8 diameter 4.9 = 1 Brick 4x2 = 3 Connector peg = 4 Small Elastic Bands and Selotape Tensioning system: Technic Brick 1x16 diameter 4.9 = 4 Connector peg = 24 Connector peg cross axle = 6 half bush = 6 Technic Brick 1x2 diameter 4.9 = 10 Technic Brick 1x6 diameter 4.9 = 8 Technic Brick 1x8 diameter 4.9 = 8 Technic Brick 1x10 diameter 4.9 = 6 Technic Brick 1x12 diameter 4.9 = 2 Technic Brick 1x4 diameter 4.9 = 1 Plate 2x8 = 9 Plate 2x10 = 5 Plate 2x12 = 2 Gimbal: 3L joint - have to use ebay Cross Axle 6m = 1 Bush for Cross Axle = 2 Connector peg cross axle = 1
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My You Tube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/producttank A fold up wheel barrow/yard cart that I have been designing that has greater adjust-ability and stability than ordinary wheel barrows and folds up for easier storage. The design was inspired by a chopping board I had been working on that folded up to transfer vegetables from the board to the pan. I thought it was a good idea and looked at other products that I could create using this mechanism. So I designed a wheel barrow that could lay flat for storage and be used as a work mat, then fold up into a wheel barrow. The problem was that it was awkward as a large flat sheet and I hadn't really improved on wheel barrow or yard cart design. I went back to the drawing board and redesigned the barrow so that it folded up into a more compact form. As I did this I also realised that one of the advantages of designing a barrow that folds up is that you can also more easily incorporate adjust-ability, so in this design the handles can be raised or lowered to better suit the height of the user. The project doesn't stop there, as I have also had several further ideas for wheel barrows that can grow or shrink to adapt to the size and shape of the loads they are carrying. If you like it, please click the like button. Many thanks PT. more work on www.producttank.co.uk
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Product tank Camera panning device: I have a relatively expensive tripod, but it has developed a sticky spot, so as I pan, the resistance changes and as a result, what should be a smooth bit of filming, becomes jerky. Its really annoying as the pan is smooth until the tripod hits the sticky patch, I push or pull a little harder to get past this and then it jumps forward. It really messes up the filming. I can't fix the tripod and I can't find the receipt. So I thought about how to make a relatively simple DIY Camera panning rig. I'm using roller blade bearings that I bought from Amazon for £2.59 for a pack of 10. At that price they are cheaper than chocolate bars, so if I wanted to I could use a whole pack, but for this project I've just used six, but if I built this again,from what I've learnt, I'd only need to use four. I've used a series of plywood pieces to construct the camera panning rig that rides on the bearings to give a really smooth result. For the purposes of the video, I attached the rig to my home made quad pod, that I made when I built my Camera Crane. This is so that I can still use my tripod to do the filming, but you could just screw a camera shoe to the panning rig and mount it to any cheap tripod.
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A chopping board prototype design that turns into a bowl and back again for transporting chopped vegetables and or meats to a pan for cooking. In the continuing story of Product Tank and his adventures in product design, I have developed this design to make food preparation easier, safer and more fun. The design is simple to use and easy to clean. The prototype is made from wood and polypropylene, but in production would be made from food safe plastic and have live hinges, so that it can be manufactured in one piece. Towards the end of the video I show how one design idea can spark another - as I have taken the mechanism and tried to apply it to a wheel barrow design. The finished result can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EQUBuTHTmA&list=UUxyQKi7ipjA3Cz-VQUYanNQ&feature=share&index=1 more on my website: www.producttank.co.uk
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This prototype camera tripod is designed to be used one handed, it's much quicker to set up and adjust than a traditional design so it's ideal for action camera users with GoPro type cameras or camera enthusiasts and professionals alike, it's a super tripod. Setting up a traditional tripod requires a lot of hand dexterity and you generally need to use both hands. But a lot of the time our spare hands are full carrying other equipment which we have to put down before we can set the tripod up. There is a need for a more inclusive tripod that can be operated easily with only one hand. After a bit of head scratching I built this one handed tripod prototype (well this is actually about version 3). My design is similar in size and weight to a standard tripod, but it can be used entirely one handed. My design has several advantages over traditional tripods. It's easier to use and adapts to different terrains more quickly, you simply hold the tripod out and shoot out the legs. Moving locations is easier and faster too as you don't have to make multiple adjustments. Because everything is controlled from a central hand grip, the economy of movement required to set up and position the camera is greatly reduced. This innovation means it will be much easier to use by everyone. The prototype is made from aluminium square extrusion, off cuts of plywood and beech hard wood, a bit of pine, some rubberised tube, a few springs and some odds and ends including a sink un-blocker. I would prefer to use slightly stronger springs, but because of the mechanical advantage I get from the locking arms, the tripod can easily hold more than the weight of most cameras. The brick used to demonstrate this in the video, weighs just under 7 and a half pounds. In production my super tripod would look completely different to the prototype, but there's a hundred improvements to make and lots of other ideas to incorporate too, including a very cool hot shoe idea I've had. www.producttank.co.uk
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http://www.producttank.co.uk Save the sea bed prototype trawler doors. I researched how fishing nets and trawler doors damage the sea bed. So I tried to invent an innovative solution to raise the trawl doors off the sea floor to try and prevent or reduce them stirring up the sediment and then reintroducing plastic particles back into the food chain. I conducted several experiments in my garden pond by making models until I arrived at something that showed promise. To be put into production it would need a lot of work, but it is simple and would be easy to maintain and repair whilst at sea. The idea is a leg keeps the trawler doors away from the sea bed. The leg keeps in contact with the sea bed and moves a set of fins to adjust to the changing contours of the sea floor. As the sea bed rises, the fins are lifted up to lift the trawl doors higher in the water, so that the contact with the sea bed and damage done is kept to a minimum.
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Episode 3 of Students of Product Design is all about sketching, rendering and creating presentation sheets of your design ideas. In this episode I look at simple hand rendering techniques to improve your presentation sheets using a variety of artists materials including pens, pencils and markers. The main message of the video is that it doesn't matter what materials you use to create your concept design presentations, it's about communication, about how easily and clearly you can tell a story and about how well you have answered the brief. There are various techniques I use to improve the quality of my finished sketches. Drawing slowly improves the quality of your lines and outlining with a thicker black pen will help make your design ideas stand out. Adding drop shadows, a background square and some targeted notes also makes your presentation sheets look more professional. I use a variety of materials but some industrial design students have contacted me to say they can't afford expensive art materials, so to demonstrate that it doesn't matter what you sketch with, at the end of this video I create a design presentation using a set of children's crayons, a few felt tip pens and a Biro. Concept design presentations are about the strength of your ideas and how well you communicate those ideas, as well as how well you can draw. I hope you enjoy episode 03 of Students of Product Design, I'll always try and answer any questions you have if you post them in the comments box. www.producttank.co.uk
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How to make a DIY camera tripod. Following the video I made on my DIY GoPro Camera Crane, a few people asked for a tutorial on how to make the quadpod, so here it is. This is an incredibly sturdy, easy to make, fairly cheap design, that can take a lot of abuse. I can stand on it easily and I'm about 11.5 stone, plus the extra 0.5 stone I don't want to admit. It's also lightweight, weighing less than the professional tripod I originally bought before I made this. It does take a tiny bit longer setting up though, but you can't have everything. Following the original quadpod (4 legs) version I also in this video, show you how to make two different parts, the top and cross brace, so that you can transform this into a tripod version. It's not quite as sturdy as the quadpod, but is still incredibly strong and should be quicker to make and set up and slightly cheaper. If you want to make this you will need the following: 8 meters of pine strip, 35mm x 15mm 1 - 15cm square piece of plywood 16 - M8 or M6 bolts with wing nuts and washers. Screws and glue and some masking tape. It will also help if you have a pillar drill, mine was really cheap to buy, but if you only have a hand drill, its not a deal breaker at all. If you want to see the tutorial on my GoPro Camera Crane, go here: http://youtu.be/Z55Wh4oeZSI If you like my DIY Camera Tripod video, don't forget to give it the thumbs up and if you want to see tutorials on anything else, let me know. PT
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This series 'Students of Product Design' is aimed at anyone interested in the product design process. This first episode looks at innovation, how to innovate and how simply changing the structure of the brief can impact on how innovative you can be. This series won't just talk about stuff, the plan is to share with you as many of the things I have learnt in the last 15 years (or so..) as possible through each stage of the design process to help you become far better designers than I can ever be. I'll be looking at research, sketching, model making, portfolios and a whole load of other things. I often think of youtube as a speed learning tool. Have you ever seen the Matrix films where Neo first learns martial arts by uploading a programme to his head or Trinity learns to fly a helicopter in minutes, that's how I see Youtube, Youtube is our version of the Matrix. So this series which is primarily aimed at students studying industrial design, product design or design engineering in university is designed to do just that, give you a knowledge boost to hopefully make your projects, designs, presentations and portfolio a lot better to improve your chances of getting a position as a designer, or your projects if you want to start your own company, anything related to design. I also hope with the content, that everyone will be able to take something away from it as many of the tips I'll give over the course of this series will be applicable to lots of areas of life. There's just isn't enough out there on product design, compared to say cookery shows it's very under provisioned and so I'm trying to redress the balance. I have a lot more planned, so please be patient, stay tuned and follow me, so that you can be alerted to when the next video is launched. www.producttank.co.uk
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Product tank concept electric city car. I designed and then built a model car that addresses many of the problems older people face with current vehicle designs. The idea being that if you can make cars easier to be used by the people who struggle most, you make them easier to use by everyone. I looked at all the aspects the elderly find difficult with current vehicles - getting in and out of cars, loading and unloading the boot/trunk area, seeing to reverse etc and I tried to address each of these issues. This video was created just before car manufacturers bought out rear parking cameras etc, There are some neat slide out loading and unloading options and the windscreen wipers have additional functionality. The model took about 6 months to make as I wanted to design the interior as well as the exterior of the vehicle. The model is made on a pine wood shell, covered in mdf, card and felt. more information at: http://producttank.squarespace.com/car/
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In students of product design episode 5 I look at prototypes and model making. One of the reasons industrial design projects are not successful is because the designer didn't make enough prototypes to test ideas, prove concepts and highlight problems. Industrial designers have to make prototypes. You can never assume that just because something has been done before, you can progress straight to manufacture without prototyping your design. In this video I demonstrate this by designing a pair of pliers. A simple change to the handle means in use it pinches the palm of your hand. A quick prototype highlights this and saves time, money and embarrassment. So you have to do this phase in the design process to identify problems. But this isn't the only reason to prototype. Prototyping and model making is used to develop new mechanisms, test people's opinions, get important feed back in focus groups and trial different user interactions to work out how acceptable or feasible a new method of doing something would be. So for me, a good prototype is not the one that looks the most beautiful or is the most well made, it's the one that answers questions and moves you forward. Sometimes these are the ones that are a complete disaster as much as the ones that work. It can take more thought and effort to work out how to design the prototype to prove your idea, than the actual design itself. James Dyson said he had to make 5127 prototypes to get his first bag-less vacuum cleaner right, which is why today rapid prototyping is so useful, because of how accurately you can create prototypes from the data that will eventually go for manufacture. But rapid prototyping is not always cost effective or practical to use, most companies only have access to machines with relatively small bed sizes, so it's currently not the right method to use when developing anything large. There is still an important need for more traditional techniques. So don't underestimate how many questions you can answer quickly with card, sellotape,pieces of rubbish and Lego. Students of product design complain that they can't afford materials, but I learnt that everything we surround ourselves with can be repurposed as long as you always use appropriate safety gear and act responsibly. If you are in college or university, take advantage of everything available to you, because you will rarely have access to so much fantastic equipment under one roof again and progress to prototyping as soon as you can, because it will move your designs on faster. I hope you enjoy 'Students of Product Design Episode 5'. More of my work is here: www.producttank.co.uk
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www.producttank.co.uk An amazing adjustable table lamp I've designed and prototyped to see if I can better the traditional anglepoise lamp. The design uses a cam, that when released means the design becomes totally flexible until the cam is once again locked and then the whole lamp becomes rigid and locks in place to direct light to what ever the user wants to focus on. The model is made in wood and the design was inspired by the mechanism used in a simple toy. I also designed and built the table you see in the video.
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http://www.producttank.co.uk A prototype kitchen I designed to help my Nan do things more easily and also aid people in wheelchairs. The sink can be split into two with an adjustable divider or removed for cleaning large objects. The preparation area is recessed to avoid spillages and high tech boilers eliminate the need for using pots and pans. The design can be easily updated so that it can change to meet our needs as we get older. The height is easily adjustable so that it can be used standing up or sitting down. In many cases our current kitchen designs don't adapt and change with us. The older we get the less capable we are of coping with the upheaval of having a new kitchen fitted in the home we are familiar with and want to stay in for as long as possible. With this design hopefully some of these issues have been addressed.
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In Students of Product Design Episode 6, I give a series of prototype and model making tips and tricks, to help designers bring their ideas to life faster and more accurately. The episode looks at traditional methods and techniques. With advances in rapid prototyping, some designers can be tempted to create everything in CAD and then print parts out, but creating forms by hand first is such an important part of the design process and I think leads to better designs. In this episode I cover working with blue foam, sanding techniques, loads of finishing techniques for wood, filling materials, spraying with car spray paints, creating textures, cheap ways to bend wood and plastic, jigs and a host of other techniques and tips. But it's not an exhaustive list. I realise I left a few things out, joining metal pieces together with car body filler when you don't have any welding equipment, or using old nail files to sand difficult to reach areas, there are loads more tips and tricks to include, so for much more advice the YouTube and the rest of the Internet is the best resource. I have also recommended a good book: Prototyping and Model Making for Product Design, by Bjarki Hallgrimsson At the time of release, this book is available on Amazon and other vendors. I could go on and on as making design prototypes and models is one of my favourite subjects, but we have to move on, in the next episode of Students of Product Design, I'm covering giving design presentations to clients.
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Here's a simple, really functional camera slider I've built. There are loads of DIY camera slider video's, but this design is a little different, more like a camera glider as it doesn't rely on rails, so you get extra functionality and its really simple to make. To make this design you will need: 12mm thick plywood, it's best to buy this from a local merchants. 2 bolts with wing nuts An office file made from polypropylene A plastic edge strip from a DIY store, some double-sided sticky tape, 4 screws A ball head camera mount. (I bought mine from Amazon for about £10). Some extra offcuts of wood for feet and stiffening ribs. Masking tape and a poly pocket I am sometimes pretty shaky when moving any camera slider about and some people are just better at it than others (me), but the important thing is practise. With the ball head mount and a few adaptors you can put any camera you like on to this design, and it will work equally well with a DSLR or a GoPro camera. I hope a few of you have a go at building this and get good results. Thanks for watching. PT
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http://www.producttank.co.uk Product Tank has designed and built this prototype model toaster to test out a few ideas for possibly improving current toaster designs on the market. The design has an innovative way of holding the bread, is simple to use and prototype elements create toast without letting crumbs catch on the elements and burn. A clever crumb catching tray is easily removed and can be placed in the dishwasher.
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In Episode 4 of students of Product Design, I'm mainly looking at using photo editing software to render hand drawn design sketches to make my product design presentation sheets look more professional. Having photographed a sketch and imported it into Photoshop, I cover a simple set of techniques that I use for all my presentation sheets, laying down a base colour, an effect when necessary, shadows and highlights. To understand the idea behind this, I look at materials and the different properties they have, how they react to light and easy ways to look at this and apply what you see to your presentation sheets. The most important message in this video is that most of the time I don't know what's right, but over the years I have developed a good eye for what's wrong with my presentation sheets, a bad perspective, the wrong colour etc, so all I do is keep making my sketches less wrong and each time I do this they creep closer to being right. This is all I do when designing a product, I keep tweaking each part of the design until it's as good as I can make it. At the end of the video I look at how to develop a brand language that can be applied to other products as a company diversifies its product range and expands in to other markets. Lots of industrial designers cleverly use colour, form, texture, materials and a logo to strengthen a brand and reinforce its values with consumers. The example I create is a bit tongue in cheek and very cheesy, but hopefully shows the basics of how it's done. I hope you enjoyed Students of Product Design episode 4. If you have any questions, let me know - I do try to answer everyone who asks a question, but sometimes it's not possible if the question is asked through Google Hangouts etc. PT www.producttank.co.uk
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Following the Lego stabiliser video I made, a few people asked for a build tutorial. This video shows you how to build a simple DIY Lego Camera stabiliser. I've used a GoPro Camera, but if you own another small video camera or a smart phone, you can easily adapt the design to suit what ever you have, as long as you understand the principles. I have greatly simplified this build from the previous design, so that it is easier to make and uses less Lego, so will cost less to build than the previous design if you don't already have enough Lego lying around from your childhood. I like making things and I like making camera stabilisers, they appeal to me because of the principles and the fine tuning involved. But if making things is not where your passion lies and you just want to get straight to the filming, camera stabilisers are now so inexpensive, it would make much more sense to just purchase one.
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In this second espisode for Students of Product design I'm looking at research. As a student I was often tempted to skip the research phase of a design project and jump straight into sketching concepts, because that was where I felt most comfortable. It wasn't until I was employed as a product designer that I realised how important product design research is. As I've stated in the video, product design is for people, so you have to research their struggles, motivations and desires, otherwise you'll just end up designing things for yourself. Research improves the quality and outcome of your projects. Design Research is quite a difficult subject to tackle in a YouTube video and a lot of the time the only way to learn is to simply get out and talk to people, ask questions and develop your communication skills. It's also important whenever possible that you record your research, so you can review it to see what insight people have given you, to analyse where you can improve and when you're a student, to prove to your tutor that you haven't spent the whole time in bed! Research is the one thing many industrial design students don't do enough in university. There is often a barrier to it, because students feel they should be spending their time learning other skills like sketching and CAD, for some reason, talking to people requires confidence, which is why students often hide behind surveys put up on forums. If you are confident you can ask people in the street, but if you want to start with something less intimidating, talk to family and friends, or join a discussion club, but don't ignore doing research, it's at the core of good product design. I hope you enjoy Students of Product Design Episode 2, further reading can be found below: A great resource for design research: http://www.uxbooth.com/articles/complete-beginners-guide-to-design-research/ Watch out for leading questions: http://researchaccess.com/2013/07/leading-questions/ If you need responses from professionals and a great resource for all things product design: www.core77.com http://boards.core77.com www.producttank.co.uk
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http://www.producttank.co.uk An updated video of a product design for an innovative prototype kettle I've been playing around with. The design is easier to fill carry and pour. By making the design easier to fill and use, the hope is that it's easier to for people with poor grip and weak wrists. I made a mock up/model that I tested on friends and family. The lid flips out to create a funnel that makes the design easier to fill. A gauge on the top of the handle (like a petrol gauge) gives an easy view for the user and lets the user know when the kettle is full. The design is insulated, so that the water will keep hotter for longer, saving energy when reboiling. There are multiple grip positions, for comfort.
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This is the latest from Product Tank in the series I have made about the design and prototype of an innovative smart watch. Following the last video on the new product development of my smart watch concept, various people suggested improvements that I have tried to incorporate into the product development of this design. I have made a much slimmer version of the smart watch concept with an improved clasp mechanism, a better strap and slimmer watch face. The watch face is split in to two elements, one watch face tells the time, the other gives a connected feed about incoming emails and appointments. There are more videos on my channel: and more info on my producttank website www.producttank.co.uk
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Students of product design episode 7 covers how to give a concept design presentation to a small group, but the techniques can be used for presentations to much larger audiences and will also help with portfolio presentations. A concept design presentation doesn't begin when you sit down in front of the client with a set of drawings, or when you're preparing those drawings a week before. It starts the moment you first meet the client, you need to build relationships. One key to this is to just be interested in the client, people are interesting and with just about everything in life things always go far better if you show you're interested in them. I once saw a quote by Bill Nye, 'Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't'. So before the presentation, keep talking to your main contact, keep them updated with progress, be interested in what they're up to and their suggestions, good design, good relationships, good business is about continuous communication. The presentation doesn't end once you have shown the last concepts either. You need to close the presentation, by managing expectations, letting the client know when you will need a response to hit the next deadline, helping the client reach an informed decision, agreeing the next stage etc. With any set of concepts, you'll have your favourite, often there's one that's stronger than the others, but any one of the designs a client chooses will be a good outcome, because they will be one of you or your teams designs, you can't loose, unless the client doesn't like any of them. If theres a design you're presenting that you really don't want them to choose, why is it in your presentation. Unless you have to present a series of concepts that a group of people came up with. Then there may be one you don't like, because we all like different things, but as long as it answers the brief, doesn't create confusion or you can't give a strong argument for leaving it out, then it should be included it in your presentation, to give the client breadth of choice. This is important to consider when you work in a team and also a good argument if it is your design that another member is trying to exclude. There are masses of useful links out there to help so as promised in the video, here are some links not necessarily specific to product design which I like and think will be useful: http://muledesign.com/2014/09/13-ways-designers-screw-up-client-presentations https://99designs.com/designer-blog/2013/03/19/5-tips-on-how-to-prepare-a-design-presentation/ http://www.richardbaird.co.uk/2012/05/10/the-designers-guide-to-presentation/ http://www.proedgeskills.com/Presentation_Skills_Articles/difficult_questions.htm This is a good link to how to deal with clients who want to feature creep: https://community.uservoice.com/blog/when-to-build-requested-feature/ In the video I briefly cover how to calm nerves and one relaxation technique that has really helped me, relaxing my shoulders. This is a good link to more relaxation techniques and ways to deal with nerves. http://www.inc.com/larry-kim/15-power-up-tips-to-make-you-a-better-presenter.html http://www.skillsyouneed.com/present/presentation-nerves.html http://lifehacker.com/how-to-calm-your-nerves-before-making-a-terrifying-spee-1677504967 Finally if you have specific questions not answered by a Google search, then you can always post a question on the forums at core77.com to get advice from industry professionals. I hope you enjoy 'Students of Product Design Episode 7' and it helps when you have to give a concept design presentation. More of my work is here: www.producttank.co.uk
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In students of product design episode 8 I cover putting together an interview design portfolio and an Internet portfolio for a graduate. When I graduated many moons ago, Internet portfolios were in their infancy and things were clearer. You sent a company your CV with a cover letter and a teaser which was a group of nice images of your designs, if they liked you, they invited you in for an interview and you showed them a paper version of your portfolio. These days the whole process is more complicated, to interview you can take a paper based portfolio, a laptop, tablet, memory stick, you can use a host of different presentation software or log on to the Internet and go to a portfolio hosting site. I think it's become a bit confusing, especially for a graduate. The number one most important thing you can do for your portfolio, is create brilliant work to go in it. There's a reason for putting so much effort in to your projects, good work stands out. Everything you then do in your portfolio is window dressing to show your work off in the best possible way. So in episode 8 I use a demonstration project and show how I would prepare it for my portfolio, covering tips and tricks to best tell the story and maintain the flow of the story through the whole project. In a product design portfolio you show what you've done, but it demonstrates to an employer what you could do for them, your potential. I see lots of portfolios put together from the designers point of view, not the employers. You need change your mindset and think like an employer to show the interviewer what they need to see to make the decision you want them to make (hire you). I see lots of student portfolios full of basic mistakes. They don't flow well, they contain images that show poor decision making, images that are not juicy enough or don't set the scene well and portfolios where it's confusing what job the student is applying for, because they show a mixture of design work and art work or paintings. Some employers may like to see what else you can do, but there is also a danger that it can look like you haven't done much design work so had to pad out your online portfolio with paintings. if you don't have enough design projects, create some personal projects, do more design sketches, make physical or CAD models. If you also want to pursue a fine art career, create a separate portfolio that shows your art on a hosting site for artists. Unless you're going for a multidisciplinary position, If you try and make your portfolio do a bit of everything, it could end up not working brilliantly for anything. It's just advice, so please take away the things that you think are relevant to you and leave the rest behind. I hope you enjoy 'portfolios students of product design episode 8' More work available here: www.producttank.co.uk
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www.producttank.co.uk A failed project I started without research, I heard that my Nan was struggling to chop her vegetables, because of her weak wrists, so I sprang into action. It turns out my Nan doesn't have a problem and if she did, then she could just buy pre-cut vegetables,, but it was an interesting design challenge and I learn't a lot. No one gets it right all the time! ;-)
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http://www.producttank.co.uk An innovative idea for a pop up world. A table and chair prototype that I designed to pop up from the floor when the user presses down on a lever, so that the designer can have his lunch and then the whole thing collapses when he has finished eating. I also designed pop out knives and forks so that he can eat his lunch. Made from wood and string, it was meant to be a bit of fun rather than anything serious.
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I am a product designer, it's not what I do, but who I am. I design objects and make things to try and improve the world around me, that I then video and share on Youtube. I also create product design, sketching and model making tutorials. Please have a look at a few of my videos and if you like what you see, please subscribe, because more interesting things are on their way.
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http://www.producttank.co.uk A product design for an innovative prototype kettle I've been playing around with, By making the design easier to fill and use, the hope is that it's easier to for people with poor grip and weak wrists. I made a mock up/model that I tested on friends and family. The lid flips out to create a funnel that makes the design easier to fill. A gauge on the top of the handle in easy view of the user and in the style of a car petrol guage lets the user know when the kettle is full.
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Product tank smart watch design packaging and connectivity. This is a video showing the prototype packaging and connectivity of the smart watch I designed. The video shows how easy it is to put the smart watch on and then the idea behind being able to connect it to a tablet, via na app, so that it can then down load your calendar etc. More information at: www.producttank.co.uk
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http://www.producttank.co.uk A design for a prototype chopping board that transforms into a bowl and back again. The idea is that this can be used as a choppong board to prepare vegetables and then transformed into a bowl to carry and tip those vegetables into a pan or taken to the table as a bowl for dishing up. The design is simple to use with live hinges, so that it can be manufactured in one piece
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http://www.producttank.co.uk An innovative idea that uses a series of live hinges to lock a pan lid to the pan so that it can be inverted and the contents drained using one hand, or allowing someone with weak grip to hold the pan handle with two hands to make draining easier. The pan lid is easy to lift off, but a clever mechanism means that once it is locked the contents cannot escape. What if I only have one hand? Why should I have to tip everything into a collander creating more washing up? So I set about modifying my pan lid so that it can be used one handed.
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http://www.producttank.co.uk An innovative new product design for a clothes peg to help people who suffer from arthritis hang out their clothes washing. The clothes peg allows users to more easily peg out their washing, but also a clever idea improves the grip strength of the peg, so that it can easily hold the weight of a brick whist engaged, preventing clothes being blown off the line in strong winds, which is really annoying as you have to wash the clothes again.
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