Yesterday I reviewed Wenchang’s Unbrellable.
I really like the tumbler concept of this product and the shape looks simple and exquisite. However, the function of this product did not be quite so clear until Wenchang explained it. For example, I noticed that there are 8 holes on this funnel and I was not sure in the design part of this stand – assuming one or uneven number of umbrella(s) would be put into the stand or the different weight of umbrellas, how does it work? Wenchang shared her idea of it, she told me that there would be lots of heavy particles like sand which could balance the weight at the bottom of this stand. We discussed the weight that suitable particles could have in this stand and thought more about different shapes instead of tumble function. I suggested if she could reference different shapes like fold and unfold, mulit-layers that could be suitable more types of umbrella in this function as well as saving more space.
For the light function of this product, I was wondering was it designed for public place, such as workplace where has more flowing of people, and how does it work, by battery or charge? Wenchang introduced this product would be mainly aimed the door place at home so that people who came home at night could find the objects much easier. I proposed to doing the survey of the demands in different places, for example, finding some relevant principle of how the battery could work in similar products and spaces so that could help her to improve her product in the practical process and achieve the outcome better.
I also asked the clock function, we discussed some possibilities of how to make this product have clearer setting. Wenchang told me she were thinking to remove this part and asked that, or, if it could project larger image on the wall when the user used it. I suggested she needed to consider more factors of space and selling point of this product. If it was designed as the multi-media home installation which would be set at the door place, it would be not quite necessary to set it due to people’s general behaviour. I proposed to think customers’ psychology, if the clock function could be separated from the installation as a small electronic time installation which could be presented for free with Unbrellable. On the other hand, if clock was designed by the effect of projecting, then the unrestricted space with living room need to be considered as well so that people could be easy to get time. I suggested her that she need to think about the selling point of this product itself, which, focusing one or two parts, such as umbrella stand and light sensor, instead of three functions. Besides, I said if it could add some signs on the installation for those who never used it before could be a good experiment to be more user-friendly.
Finally, I think this product will be competitive in either the creative concept or the function after building it up in a more practical parts, meanwhile designer need to collect the materials information in order to think which part could be removed or take less consideration on it, since it is a ingenious multi-electronic installation that can spend designer’s overload in making a practical outcome. After it has a direct evaluation, then it can be set a reasonable the price.