Will it Bike?

Several trips to the market with each version to see how each bag loaded, how it looked and felt empty and full.

Photo credit to my couchsurfer Mathieu. You’ve got talent.

Boob Job

If you can’t remember what it’s for, you shouldn’t be designing it. In the software world I think our tools are so sophisticated that it’s especially easy to forget what you’re doing and focus on getting good at using your tools.

Who is it for? Well, I’m a guy but the first person to try on each of the prototypes was invariably a woman at TechShop. And some of the designs fell right off the table with the first wearing. “This wooden dowel is POKING me in an UNCOMFORTABLE PLACE.”

Wash, Rinse, Repeat

When I started, it took a day to make one of these things. I couldn’t sew. I ripped two seams out for every seam I kept. Now it takes about three hours to build a new prototype from scratch. Shanti’s 90 minutes seems pretty incredible to me still, since she had to deal with me and Brad while she made it…

Some features–like these cool wooden dowels–came and went over many iterations. I still like them, but the cost of adding them to a design that would be handed off to a shop to made–not to mention the unknown lifetime fatigue–kept them from making the final cut. Likewise with the ‘baguette sleeve’, a beautiful idea that used too much material and never got used no matter how many times I brought home a baguette.