Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Jackie week 2

Hi team so this is the break down of what were doing next based on last nights conversation *(also in email)*:

Jackie: Open ended survey questions for users
Jackie: Profit Margins google doc set up (linked to the bog gmail we should all have access let me know if you don't):

Huy: Listing of up to 200 skate shops with in 5-10 mile radius of The New School
Huy: Questions for skate shop sales people
Huy: Listings of skate parks and skate hang outs around NYC

Anthony: Manufacturing research

Yu-Yi: Branding (colors etc)

Everyone: 5 possible names
Everyone: Other bag ideas
Everyone: Other places that sell bags and skate brands
Everyone: Think about a Web presence/outlet 

Things to keep in mind my take away from in class discussion?:
Keep in mind profit margins > manufacturing > small volume > right margins > ID how to revenue

5 Bag name ideas based on some interent research about skater slang:
     -Ride and wrap
     -bag of boarders

Open ended Survey questions:
1.  What kind of bag do you currently use (back pack, messenger bag, purse)?
2.  On a typical day how efficient is your bag for caring everything you need?
3.  What is your modes of transportation do you use?
4.  Have you ever had to carry large awkward shaped items, what was that experience like and how did you transport them?
5.  What are your thoughts about water proof or water resistant bags?
6.  Do you skate board? If so, how do you transport your board?
7.  Do you have friends who skateboard? If so how do they transport their skate board?
8.  Would you consider buying a bag to carry a skate board (for yourself or a friend)?
9.  If you answered no to the previous question how would you feel if the bag was multi purpose and was albe to hold items other than a skate board?

Bassed on the recent list serve topics regarding surveys and reply alls I think we should look at other outlets for this survey   I have a friend who can send it out his network of people.  I can also post it to my list at work.  We can also send the survey out to other class groups that we are in.  I also think the survey should be a bit shorter maybe 6 questions.

I also had a idea for a bag addition.  This is a sketch of it:

If we add an extra strap to keep the bag closed it will be more secure and if its shorter than the first one we can maintain the A-symmetrical design.  And I have been looking into if there is a way to make it ergonomic based on strap placement.

Some other places we would look at for bag selling:
     -Yellow rat bastard
     -street venders

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Weekly Update - Yu-Yi Chen

Hi guys,

Here are some sketches of the bag design.

And I also have an idea of our logo want to discuss with you guys.

I have sculpture background,

so maybe I can make a little tag with plastic,

and the tag will be intaglioed.

Just like embossment.

and we can use chain and key ring to attach to our bag.

or we can just stick on our bag.

Weekly Check In - A. Driscoll

Hey guys!

Here is the prototype I made.  There are a few design things that need address.  Things like how it hangs from the shoulder and concerns about stress points at the straps.  I think we need to abandon the whole compact ability of the bag and just make some super sturdy and waterproof.  There still is no one out there that are producing bags like this.  BURRITO!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Huy's weekly check in

Hello, welcome to the the braintrust that is now known simply as Hyper Mega Corp. We are aiming to make a high quality waterproof skateboard bag. As the group leader I set up the teams infrastructure, including this blog, our spiffy new e-mail account; , and have tried my best to stay in contact with each member of the team. A few of us live an hour away from Union Square and we all have hectic schedules so a planned group meeting had to be pushed back. I did get the chance however to meet individually with all members of the team and had conversations about our expectations and hopeful outcomes of this project. Needless to say we are very excited to move forward. I have also begun a pre-round of validation by informally speaking to several local skateboarders at the Lower East Side skatepark. I never told them what we were planning on creating, I just asked them simple questions like; 
How often do you skateboard? 
Do you carry your skateboard with you everywhere you can? 
Do you like it when your skateboard gets wet? 
Most of the skaters I spoke to use their boards for transportation and recreation as much as the weather permits.
Product development sketches.

Extremely rough prototype, made out of a painter's drop cloth. There will be a much better prototype very soon.


Bag paper prototypes and sketch

Hi its Jackie again:

So here are some sketches and some paper prototypes of some origami inspired bags.  Please note that the blue is meant to be straps that would attach to buckles or fasteners to keep the bag closed.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Hey guys here is the link to the tyvek place on 57th.

I called them and they said that the place on 57th is just their office but, if you order and have it shipped, it will be only 1 day shipping since the warehouse is just over the river in NJ.

I went to Mood this and got a ton of trim, buckles and some nice water repellent fabric.

I am designing the roll top cross body bag prototype. Huy is prototyping the top flap design. And Neon is designing some crazy cool origami crane catching a fish bag. ***Yu-Yi - come up with some other alternate design.

Prototype soon to come.

-A. Driscoll

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hi Jackie here, been doing some thinking about what to sketch up/ prototype with Tyvek for a skateboard bag.  I am going to try an Origami design for skateboard bag.  Partly inspired by the PBS documentary Between the Folds and other bags I have seen.

Origami (折り紙?, from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper" (kami changes to gami due to rendaku) is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding

skateboard is a type of sports equipment used primarily for the activity of skateboarding.

Bag (also known regionally as a sack) is a simple tool in the form of a non-rigid container.

Inspiration/ reference web sites:

whats out there:

See you soon,

Tuesday, February 19, 2013