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Product Finishing & Customization

There are 5 major factors in the product finishing.
(some might be additional selling points to the product)

1. Textile (customization) for seat surfaces
– need a CATALOG of colours and fabric types (*fabric testing is still ongoing)
– choices limited to what is available
(raw, carpet finishing, felt finishing, artificial fur finishing, synthetic animal skin finishing) etc.

2. Surface graphics on product
– need another set of CATALOG of various custom 2D ink designs for the side walls of the product (this adds value and character to the product itself)
– choices limited to what is available
– black ink only
– designs will be generated accordingly (I will do my own artworks)
*these are samples borrowed online just to show how it would look like
A 3D visualization of modules with surface graphic designsurface-graphics-test

3. Instructions/Steps graphics (ongoing research)
– this information will be simplified to just simple graphics showing the basic steps
– in the real manufacturing process, this info will be printed on the interior side of each parts
– each parts will be labelled as A,B,C etc.
*Image borrowed from an Ikea product manual

4. Product packaging
– product will be packaged flat together with all the needed parts
– all these parts will then be *vacuum packed and stacked together
(like the ones for clothing and food items)
(saves space and waterproof)
– flat packing allows easy storage at the point of purchase and also easy mobility for both the retail workers and the customers

5. Point of Purchase
– product will be flat-packed and stacked upon another, thus a sample of every module will be displayed along with the catalog of the various finishing
– this design will be sold in separate pieces, which means customer have to buy the 4 modules individually to complete a set
– this allows customers to choose what modules they desire to own and use for their kids

Design refinement (final dimensions and proportions)

After several weeks of testing and drafting, I have settled with a set of dimensions for my designs. These numbers are took into consideration the mudularity factors. The angles are made fixed to allow all modules to be matched nicely when placed sides by side. The height and width dimensions are set specially for kids 5years old and below.
*although overweight or bigger kids of that age are not considered in this study.

This is the proportion for one of the modules

There will be a total of 3 or maybe 4 modules in this design set.
This is the overview of all the modules (in side profile)

This is the overview for the “Main Frame” dimensions (minus “Interior” and “Outer Shell”)
finalda [Converted]