The configurator project explored the potential of a product co-creation platform for small studios that make bespoke (or customized) items.
One of the major points of friction for semi-bespoke production is the back and forth communication process inherent during customization. It’s one of the primary reasons most studios shun customization. Yet once a designer/studio has created a successful product eventually potential clients always request customized versions. A co-creation platform utilizing digital visualization solutions has the potential for smaller studios to expand both their audience and efficiency.
User & Audience
The user of a configurator could be interior designers, homeowners, architects, and product designers/studios. As such, I conducted research in each of said categories. To develop a more realistic prototype I focused on the Dovetail Bench by Analog Modern but conducted additional research with a number of other NYC studios and their clients.
Roles & Responsibility
I was the sole researcher and UX/UI designer on this endeavor. I’m grateful to all the interior designers, architects, former clients, and studios that participated.
Scope & Constraints
This project was a one-month self-scoped endeavor. I used various computer-aided design (CAD) software such as SketchUp and Rhino to create 3D models and also tested a number of augmented reality (AR) viewers to come up with a prototype of the experience. After a positive response from some of the designers and studios, I'm working on an MVP version utilizing some existing platforms such as ShapeDiver for customization and SketchUp Viewer and/or Kubity for Augmented Reality. Overall I believe there is an app to be made and a business model here, but I have yet to explore any funding options.