LATT: "EASY AS IT SHOULD BE"
Summer 2019 | 2 Months
Design a product allowing individuals with one arm to hang clothes with ease
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
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
Experimenting with varying shapes and materials using wire, foam-core, chipboard, cardboard, thin plastic, and tape
Wide shoulder arch-shaped foam core model
Made narrower to fix bulkiness; thicker on edges; experimented symmetry with 2 pieces
Used bendable wire to experiment; easy to use but too flimsy to be mounted
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
Fusion 360 & AutoCAD Models
Preferred attributes of product production
Low Friction Plastic
Packaged in 10
Mounted to Wall
Variety of Colors
Easy to Use
FINAL PHYSICAL MODEL