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various robotics equipment laid out neatly on a white board
  • Written byJames Winston
  • Published date 19 December 2018
various robotics equipment laid out neatly on a white board
3D, Interior and Spatial Design Insights Spring School. 2017. Camberwell College of Arts. UAL. Photograph: Luke Watson.
Don’t let things go to waste- you never know when they might be useful. Learn how to think like a product designer with some top tips from tutor, jw.

Be a practical hoarder

Video: filmed and edited by jw

Being a product designer is all about problem solving. Regardless of the brief it’s essential that you’re always questioning, investigating and exploring objects and materials that are already in existence.

As jw has demonstrated, looking closer at or taking apart products can teach you about how things are engineered or constructed. The resulting parts could just help to inspire you to make something that improves on the original design or give you an idea for a completely different product.

And don’t overlook the everyday items that you would usually recycle or throw away. Regular or un-usual packaging can be a lifesaver for 3D model making when you’re short of money or time to experiment with your ideas.

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