Prototypes and models

Our design process is user centered and prototypes and models are essential for user-testing evaluating the functionality and quality of the product.

At the same time we do collect valuable insight regarding the users´ thoughts, feelings and experience of a product.

In K8 we make different types of models, depending on which stage in the development process we are at.

Sketch model

gp-pappwA simple model, often made of cardboard, which we use to quickly obtain ideas of various solutions.

Scale model


A scale model is a copy of the product in a size other than the original, often smaller.

Geometric model / Test mock-up

kaiak-i-brukwThese models are used to get feedback from users at an early stage. One can test physical size, functionality, stability, limitations and possibilities. These models can be made from cardboard, plywood, metal, 3D print or clay.

Appearance model

gp-wAn appearance model is used to get feedback on the aesthetics of a product, i.e. shape, colour and expression. The models often looks like the finished product, but the functionality and the “contents” are missing. These models are often used as explanatory models in the “pitching” phase of a project.


betatopwThese models are mostly printed in 3D and have the same level of detail as the finished product will have. They are used to test the final solution prior to the product going into production. This is a good assurance for the client, as one is able to uncover any potential problems at an early stage, before the production tools are being ordered.

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