Jaycon Systems was looking for design direction for a new product. They knew what it was going to do and how to get it to work, but not what it was going to look like. We were able to take their functional requirements and work out a design direction that they could run with.
Form development began with a series of quick thumbnail sketches to facilitate thinking and conversations about what the product could look like. Because we knew the name of the product was going to be WingBug, the ideation was guided by a combination of aerodynamic streamlining and biological references to insect.
As the aesthetic direction evolved, we began exploring different spatial configurations of internal components. We utilized a hybrid of CAD modeling and hand sketching to design shapes that consider how the internal components connect. At this stage in the process we started thinking about the device's assembly and potential manufacturing processes.
This product is effectively a sensor package that is mounted to the outside of an airplane. To protect the sensitive electronics from the extreme operating environment, the housing design had to consider water resistance, changes in air pressure and temperature.
3D CAD modeling allowed us to precisely control the form of the housing and generate files that were used by the client for prototyping and eventually served as the design direction to be fully worked out for production.