By making a sketch model the correct 1:1 scale, it means it can be tested in a real life environment on the bicycle and with the user. Although my model was only made from foam board and masking take it was a crucial step that determined scale, form and function. I found this model a great resource for testing out my concept and was the most defining element to finalising my final design.
Using a sheet of paper to represent the 2 in 1 pannier storage/stylish handle visualises how this piece of the set works and to test if the dimensions were correct. I used my sketch model to determine the perfect sizing for the fabric.
I had designed a curved housing to fit in the shape of the pannier curve but also to fit under the bicycle seat. This image with the scale model of Sikker proves how this design worked well within the pannier rack and bicycle geometry.
Potentially the most important test was to see how easy it was to ride a bicycle with Svane by Sikker on the back. Initially, it was quite strange and slight adjustment as the rider is not use to the carry case being there. However, after a few seconds while the user makes themselves comfortable and adjusts themselves correctly, I found it can actually be an advance and offer some sort of lower back support to the rear. The product does not disrupt the ride or make the journey uncomfortable for the user. I filled the sketch model with some weight to represent the cat and the carrier finding that even in a foam model this was easy to cycle with.
In conclusion, I feel that if I had not created a series of sketch models and, most importantly, the final one, I would have been much less confident on the feasibility of my product. However, by testing and experimenting with scale I am extremely confident in my final design and, if given the opportunity, would feel comfortable in making a working model.
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