Element of Surprise
It was quickly agreed that the Bachelor’s Project required an ample theme that we both found interesting. It also needed to include as many different design aspects as possible to create a comprehensive demonstration of our skills. One demarcation from the beginning was that we wanted to make several products which had to be tied together: design and build a pair of visually coherent functional products, which all contain a positive element of surprise that enhances the usability.
video | product showcase
A short video that aims to show the main features of the finished products and spike further curiosity.
Design and build a visually coherent pair of funtional products, which contain a positive element of surprise that enhances the usability.
research | defining the why and how
It causes interest
Makes for a memorable and interesting experience
Causes learning and awereness
Makes emotions more intense (up to 400%)
Is often part of the best memories
Causes attraction toward the source of the surprise
to create surprise
One has to violate the subject's expectations. To achieve that, one firstly needs to specify what those are.
Target surprise attributes
Fool the eye
Create false expectations
Change ordinary solutions
Fool the mind
Around 400 answers
At first the aim was to make three products: a backpack, headphones and a watch, but this was changed because of the time limit.
These are just some of the sketches generated during the 3-4 week ideation period.
prototyping | Testing & building
what we were after
A pair of easily foldable over-ear headphones.
what we were after
A backpack that becomes flat when empty.
development | details & features
hard & flat
Lots of trying and testing went into making the backpack ergonomic and comfortable despite its unusual design.
Making the headband fold into the headphones was a challenge, taking 4 weeks to solve.
The inside of the headphones could only accomodate 90 mm, meaning the headband needed to extend by a factor of four.
Working through everything, both big and small, like the exact angle of the headpones or the shape of the metal lock on the backpack's strap.
final products | surprise & usability
Flat and light when empty, just as big as your things when full. Easy to store, easy to use.
Pull apart to turn ON
Twist away from you
Put on head and pull
Small and durable when closed, full-sized and comfortable when in use. Pull apart for ON, close for OFF.
Usability powered by surprise
When the novelty of the surprise wears off, you're left with products that are light, durable and made for mobility.