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LATT: "EASY AS IT SHOULD BE"

Product Design 

Summer 2019 | 2 Months

OBJECTIVE 

Design a product allowing individuals with one arm to hang clothes with ease 

OVERVIEW

Summer project under the guidance of Georgia Tech professors to create an innovative prototype allowing individuals with one arm to easily hang clothing with ease as opposed to traditional plastic hangers. I applied the design process from user research at the Center for the Impaired, ideating sketch models in varying materials, modeling company branding with icons and logos, CAD drafting our final product, to photoshopping renderings in context for presentations. ​

Recognitions: Awarded Georgia Tech "Top Project" in our class for the product's efficiency and simplicity, Presented in front of Design Firms

MATERIALS

Foam core

Chipboard

Pink foam

Wire

Plastic 

TOOLS

Adobe Photoshop

Figma

AutoCAD

Fusion 360

BRANDING CHOICES

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RESEARCH OVERVIEW

 
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IDEATION

 

When designing my product, I realized the importance of balancing creativity and aesthetic appearance with pragmatism. Many of my initial concepts included magnets, zippers, and other elaborate processes that in the end weren't realistic in terms of implementation.  Plastic hangers are ubiquitous today which means my design had to be efficient, simple, and easily mass-producable. A more complex contraption would not necessarily make my product more useful for my users. I sketched several ideas for varying hanger concepts before settling on one concept. 


"The world market for hangers is estimated at 50 billion units annually, good for a market value of $25 billion. The cheapest are the metal wire hangers which are offered free of charge at dry cleaners. These cost a mere eight to twelve dollar cents each to manufacture." — The Blue Economy

 
 

STORYBOARDING: HOW IT WORKS

 

MODELING

Experimenting with varying shapes and materials using wire, foam-core, chipboard, cardboard, thin plastic, and tape

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Wide shoulder arch-shaped foam core model

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Made narrower to fix bulkiness; thicker on edges; experimented symmetry with 2 pieces

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Used  bendable wire to experiment; easy to use but too flimsy to be mounted

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Added chipboard for more support on both sides; Added more area to mount onto a stand

Made the arm shorter to prevent shirt from being caught; Added thin plastic covering to reduce friction

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Fusion 360 & AutoCAD Models 

Preferred attributes of product production​

  • Low Friction Plastic

  • Packaged in 10

  • Mounted to Wall

  • Variety of Colors

  • Easy to Use

 

CAD DRAFTING

 

FINAL PHYSICAL MODEL

 

FINAL PRESENTATION