Every Day Prototyping Materials

Rapid Design Charrette

Use the design process to redesign an every day object. 

Define the Problem

Empty Your Pockets! Find the problem.

Think of an object that you use/interact with everyday.

Describe what you love or don’t love about that object. 

What problem does it solve well? What problem could it solve better?

Write a problem statement to direct your process and guide your design.

Collect Info

What problem did you uncover in Define. 

Post some inspirational media that explores how your object might solve your problem better.  

Brainstorm Ideas

Sketch your informed your ideas

Put some early ideas down on paper that reflect what you found during the Collect Info step. You also might take more photos to show specific new ideas you have.

Consider uploading:

  • hand sketches
  • site plan drawings
  • a quick study model of all your first ideas.

You can also use craft supplies and paper-prototyping materials like pipe cleaners, construction paper, used paper towel rolls. Get creative! 

Develop Solutions

Ideas Mature Into Solutions.

Draw a more detailed sketch or use software such as Google SketchUp, AutoCAD, or Revit to illustrate your ideas. You can upload photos from your SketchUp model or link to video fly-throughs of your digital or physical models. 

Don't forget to get feedback!

Final Design

Did you solve your original problem?

The final step of the design process is to create more finished drawings that illustrate your ideas to others. Remember, your explanation text and the types of drawings, images, and models you share need to tell the whole story of your project to someone who may or may be familiar with the original problem.