After being unable to find anything that met with her needs, a friend asked me to make a bespoke folio that she could use for business presentations.
She had certain requirements, and the challenge was making a case that met all of them, and still retained a character all its own.
This Instructable shows how i approached the project, and breaks down the steps i took to build it. If you're brave, have a go yourself!
The requirements i was given were :-
1. Hold an iPad 2 (make sure to check the actual dimensions, as they are all slightly different!)
2. Hold a Blackberry phone
3. Have somewhere to store loose leaf pages and a writing pad (A4 size)
4. A pocket for business cards.
and it was to be made of leather.
I was shown a typical faux leather business folder as an example, and immediately knew there was a much better solution to be found.
The next step was to quiz Rachel about how she used her current folder, how she prefered to use the ipad and what she hoped to achieve with this new product. Another question that proved to be vital in ensuring the case was right for the task was whether she was right or left handed.
This then informed the layout of the case, right down to putting a pen holder on the left side of the case rather than the right.
Watching Rachel hold the iPad and use it as she would in a presentation showed that it needed to be in landscape mode, and that it would be best located on the left of the case, with the phone off to the right.
With these points in mind, i then did nothing for a few days!
I find that i get a much better overall idea and design if i let my subconscious work on the details for a while. I mentally check in on the design every so often, but tend to leave it to mature on its own. Then when its progressed i find the idea jumps to the fore and i can examine and refine it before sending it back for more subconscious work. I know how mad that sounds, but it really does work!