Category Archives: Product Design

Who Wants Some Toast?

To conclude this project, I am very pleased with my final model considering my skills in 3Ds Max.  I quite liked this project at the start but, as I said in my character blog, I know I don’t have enough preparation and experimentation work before I started my final design, which was due to unforeseen circumstances, timing and eagerness to start the 3Ds Max modelling.  I started to engulf myself in this project when it was too late to bulk up my work and wish I had more time on it.  None the less I’m content with my final outcome.

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Stone wall wrap:


Finishing the Model

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After speaking with my classmates and tutors about all of my ideas the most attention was on the toaster idea.  This toaster would toast on famous, well known Derry phrases or words onto your bread. So I decided to research different styles of toasters to get me started.

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More Sketches

More sketches of my ideas.  I was steering towards the humorous design because I think the Irish have a good sense of humour and lots of phrases and memories that could be manipulated, for example: your mother/grandmother would threaten you with a wooden spoon so you could do a wooden spoon but make it a weapon.  Most of the memories I thought of are ones that everybody can relate to.  Even thought everybody is from different walks of life we all seem to have the same aspects of growing up.

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Initial Ideas & Sketches

I found this picture in Instagram and thought it would be a great way to interpret the gas mask from the troubles in a fun humorous way.

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Image from Instagram user: emilyspruce

Initial Ideas & Sketches

When I was thinking about popular things that Irish people do I thought about how we are known for drinking tea and always offering it to people so I looked up novelty cups and came across a couple of different ideas.  I then modified it to be related to Irish cups of tea.

I loved this idea with the different measurements of wine to match how bad your day was.  Then I thought it could be adjusted to suit tea because when people sit and chat over a cup of tea it’s a chance for them to talk about their day or about things that are going on.

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This design of these teabags is brilliant! It could be changed to be soldiers attached to the teabags, iconic people from Derry’s history, places well known in Derry or famous phrases.

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Novelty Idea’s Research

To start this product design project off I researched novelty gifts to get some idea’s and to see how creative they can be.  I had a look through Tumbler, Instagram and loads of different websites.

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