Ideation Sprint: Hot/Cold Travel Mug

The Ideation Process

original sketch of Hot/Cold travel mug

For this week’s sprint, we brainstormed various designs regarding commuting. Sitting inside Paccar’s library, I began to sketch out ten unique ideas that had to do with travel and commuting from place to place. Like in class, I used the technique of timing my sketches so I never was able to pause or question what I created. I also decided to write in pen instead of pencil so I did not have the opportunity to erase what I drew. This helped keep the creative juices flowing while I sketched out ideas. In the second round of sketches, I decided to design a travel mug that professionals would be able to take with them to work that could hold both a hot beverage and a cold beverage (ie coffee and water) instead of having to hold two separate containers (ie coffee mug and water bottle) while commuting to conserve space.

Brainstorming in the Ideation Sprint

Looking Back on it

Different sketch of travel mug

I had one main concern regarding how to keep the temperature of the hot and the cold drinks constant, for the travel mug. In some designs I decided to put an insulator barrier in between the two sections, whereas in other designs I completely separated the two, but connected them vertically with two separate containers. I also struggled with thinking about which materials I wanted to use on the travel mug, like metal, plastic, and ceramic. In the future I would research which products have the best insulation, and use it to keep the hot drinks warm and the cold drinks chilled.

How did you chose your “most promising” sketch? Which variables did you consider?

I decided to create the travel mug, because it seemed the most useful in the real world. I enjoyed creating different designs and products around commuting, but the design I moved forward with seemed the most practical. In the end, I decided to choose the product that I would want to use or purchase in the future. It also seemed like the design with the most variation to sketch ten different times. For example, I considered how to split different compartments (vertically and horizontally) and deciding how someone could take a sip out of one compartment, but not spill the other compartment.

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