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 use different models, depending on which stage in the development process we are at.
We also deliver models to architects or others requiring appearance or geometry models of projects they are working on.
A simple model, often made of cardboard, which we use to quickly obtain ideas of various solutions.
A scale model is a copy of the product in a size other than the original, often smaller.
Geometric model/Test mock-up
These 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.
An 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.
These 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.