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couscous

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Creating a physical prototype Ė getting unstuck
« on: March 22, 2020, 11:30:56 AM »
I work in marketing technology/ operations, but Iíve always wanted to build a brand and learn how to bring a product to market. My goal is to develop a product for a niche group, with the longer-term goal of generating a small amount of income for when I become FI.

The past four months, Iíve been developing a housewares product -- a broom and dustpan combo that is rich in color and design with a brand personality centered around minimalism and a bit of rebellion.

Hereís an example of the spirit of my product/brand:
If you look at house cleaning ads, it's all about the woman cleaning up an already clean kitchen with khakis and a cardigan. I want to sprinkle some personality into the cleaning tool industry. And bring style/rebellion into your home by creating everyday items that are interesting. I want to create a broom and dustpan combo with unique color options and thoughtful design. Proving that everyday functional household items can reflect your style. I want my brand to be real and honest and with a bit of humor-all of which I donít see in the cleaning tools industry.

What Iím doing now
Iím working a local chapter of SCORE (a program that helps entrepreneurs work through their business plan and help you get to market) but Iím really stuck on creating the first physical iteration of a tangible product. I want to develop something so I can get feedback, refine the idea, and get additional advice on materials/market research.

This past month Iíve reached out to 6 artists and fabricators in my area with a product brief and background of my idea, but there has been little interest. I even met one guy in person, who was great but didnít have the bandwidth to add a smaller project like this.

From this post I hope to do a few things:
1) Get more involved in the MMM community, since Iíve followed it since 2017 and itís been a life-changerÖ this is my second post on the forum
2) Hold myself more accountable by talking with a larger group of people (you) about my ďstucksĒ so it can help me see my issues differently and move forward
3) Get suggestions from this community about how to get un-stuck and produce my first working prototype so I can get feedback and interest on the product

Although we are going through a worldwide crisis I still want to move forward with this. Producing something has always been a dream of mine, but the excuse of being busy and not knowing what to do has stood in my way.

JangoTraveled

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Re: Creating a physical prototype Ė getting unstuck
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2020, 07:49:56 AM »
Hi there!

It's a nice post for real :)

I see, you know about Agile and Lean methodologies of product development and that's the first good news.

However, what a problem to make your first, rough prototype by yourself? It's a basic step in Design Thinking. Prototyping as much as possible to collect as much feedback as possible. Otherwise. there always be blocks.

Just think about that - if you build really useful product, no matter how ugly or unfuctional it could be, the core idea would be representative enough to provide you with very first insights.


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Re: Creating a physical prototype Ė getting unstuck
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2020, 12:38:29 PM »
I have 0 knowledge of prototypes but for a broom and dustpan id be tempted to explore the following:

Can an artist sketch several artistic ideas to represent your dream?
Can you take an existing broom / dustpan combo and modify it to get the concept?

So much 3d printing resources are available also.


As a side note, the reason I remembered this post is because my GF commented on "needing" a cute broom for her salon the other day.  Before her comment, I honestly considered your idea to be stupid... I guess I dont get style/ fasion.   
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« Last Edit: April 06, 2020, 12:40:13 PM by Kroaler »