As we had finalised our final design, for real this time, we wanted to create a 1:1 scale model of Totum with the matching packaging as our product was centred around the sensory aspect of being able to touch, smell, interact and play with it. We felt our message for Totem would be more clear if our audience could interact and experience our adult toy.
As I studied my Product Design BSc undergraduate degree at MMU I was familiar with the timescales and how long in advance to send off files to be laser cut or 3D-printed. I knew the materials available and what were the optimal ways to make use of our university resources to create a good prototype. We decided the 3D print the base, donut, diamond and ball shape as we were not trained on the wooden lathe and therefore couldn't make the pieces wooden as we had prefered. However, all the other pieces we thought would be best to laser cut and then glue the layers together to create the required thickness. We purchased other pieces such as the dowel, beads and string for the finishing touches on Totem. We also wanted to create one of the packaging proposals for Totem, again using the laser cutting resources. We believe this would further advance the overall feel of the product, as well as showing what it would look like from an advertisement standpoint.
One of the key themes of our concept was the natural label and we wanted enhance that with exploration and experimentation with one hundred percent natural dyes and essential oil scents and finishes. Many toy companies, including examples like Maya Organic, are showing the how more natural choices do not mean a compremise on quality or colour.
Our toy is not only designed to be sustainable through longevity, and seen as a 'toy for life', but for critics such as myself who do not truely believe anything can be sustainable through longevity in our throw away society, our material choice has made it possible to be put back into the nature that inspired it's design. Both Najla and myself experimented with colours uses foods, drink and spices while Phoebe looked into adding essential oils that would not only give the piece another sensory dimension through smell but adding a beautiful varnish to the wooden piece.
One thing we had set out to do from creating Totem was make an advertisement video alongside that emulated tradition and gave the spinner a life of it's own. Our story for the video was about a spinner that could not spin until all of its shape friends came to join him. We wanted to use a old-fashioned style of filming called stop animation the video is truely a series of images where the creators have moved pieces one image at a time. This remined my of examples such as the Sony advert, which were not only spectular to watch but also made me appreciate how much time and work would have been put into making it possible.
Even though our brief was vague and non of the examples aboved 'needed' to be produced, we as a group used the open brief as an opportunity to create and experiment with our creativity. I believe themes we discovered and the activities we undertook in this presentation will be persued later in my design exploration for my personal agendas.
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YouTube. (2017). Sony Advert - She's A Rainbow. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4NVKsRMeMA [Accessed 4 Jan. 2017].
Mayaorganic.com. (2017). Channapatna Wooden Toys, Educational Toys & Décor | Online Shopping India | Maya Organic. [online] Available at: http://mayaorganic.com/ [Accessed 4 Jan. 2017].
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