This thread is for the discussion of design methodologies and how you approach your design process.
For example I have had a dilemma recently where I am in the process of designing a multi purpose device but cannot decide what the primary purpose/use of the device will be(for multiple reasons).
So in short - let's talk about challenges we have faced during our design and mock up phases and how we overcame these since we all know that adequate planning goes hand in hand with a well thought out final product.
the purpose of multi purpose devices is to display it in the bottom of the cupboard somewhere.
design something that does one job well. then add features. the multitool for example. it's a pocket knife. who doesnt need a pocket knife? but then you get a trade off over time between how useful carrying around a fucking toothpick and rope cutter and bottle opener really is. but then there is the market for a real all in one tool.
so tell us OP, who do you think will buy your multitool and for what purpose?
Use case should dictate design, not just some unfocused desire to make a thing.
List what it is to be able to do. That won't compromise your IP, and since multipurpose devices will suck at most tasks you can get some input on how to distribute the suckage to best advantage.
Consider multitools. They suck, but they suck less than not having a tool. Users select based on their personal task priorities. I for example most need pliers, cutters,knives and screwdrivers. A multitool can be with me when my shop is not, or at hand to save travel to get a tool.
>>designing a multi purpose device but cannot decide what the primary purpose/use of the device will be
that's not designing, that's just fucking around. You figure out what your device is gonna do, using input from people who would really use it, figure out what functions it has to perform, and figure out how to fulfill those functions.
Thanks for the input guys, sorry I havn't been able to respond as quickly as I normally would be able to.
Anyway I think you've all basically given me the ideas I need to do what I need to do. That is decide on a primary purpose followed by some more user research.
Oh so you're from one of those countries that went full pussy mode?