Introduction: Designtool

With this designtool we are supporting designers who have struggles during the process they are going true. The tool helps with organising and optimizing the documentation, you can transport prototypes without damaging them and it is also used for presenting your design process and the outcome. The tool exists of several panels which can be connected, there is the possibility of hanging the tool onto the wall to have a good overview. The panels are made out of felt so there is the possibility to work with Velcro. There are standard modules included in the designtool but also Velcro is included so you can add as much modules as you want. All the parts of the tool are modular so you can personalise as much as you want.

Step 1: The Equipments for Creating This Tool

  1. Synthetic felt minimum (thickness: 5mm, 1680 g/m2)
  2. Sheet of colour Felt (Thickness: 3mm, 500g/m2)

  3. Needle and thread

  4. Scissor

  5. Cutter

  6. Ruler

  7. Pencil/Marker

  8. Self-adhesive Velcro

  9. Baldric

  10. 10 buckles

  11. 4 transparant A4-bags

  12. 4 A4-folders (multiple pages) in different colours

  13. A3-sketchbook

  14. PVC-labels in different colours

  15. coat hanger

Step 2: Cut the Panels

Cut 4 smaller panels (50cm x 35cm) out of the bought 5mm felt plate with the cutter.

Step 3: Cut the Strips

Cut out of the 3mm felt plate with the scissor 10 strips of 2cm x 7,5 cm, 8 strips of 2cm x 15cm and 4 strips of 2,5 x 30cm.

Step 4: Sew the Strip

Attach 2 strips with dimensions 2cm x 15cm to each felt panel with needle and thread as shown in the picture above, do this for the 4 panels. The sewing pattern that is used is cross stitching.

Step 5: Attach the Buckle

Assemble the piece of the buckle shown in the picture below onto the felt strip, do this for all the felt strips that were attached in step 3 to the panels.

Step 6: Sew the Other Strips and Attach the Other Part of the Buckle

Attach 2 strips with the dimensions 2cm x 7,5cm with the other part of the buckle assembled on it onto each of the 4 panels. Again needle and thread are used as attachment.

Step 7: Attach Velcro on the Strips

Stick Velcro (2,5cm x 10cm) onto the 4 felt strips of 2,5cm x 30cm.

Step 8: Handles

For 2 of the strips made in step 6, sew the part of the felt strip without Velcro together so you can use this strips in the final product as a handle.

Step 9: Standard Modules

Attach the Velcro to the modules: the 4 transparent A4-bags, the 4 A4-folders, the PVC-labels and the A3-sketchbook.

Step 10: Coat Hanger

Assemble the piece of the buckle shown in the picture below onto the coat hanger, use 2 strips with the dimensions 2cm x 7,5cm.

Step 11: Assembly Final Product

Now all the different parts of the designtool are made, everything can be assembled to each other.

Step 12: Extra Modules

If you want, you can add other modules with Velcro on the panels.

Step 13: Folding It Up

For transporting the tool fold the panels. You can use the strips from step 6 to hold the panels together and the handles out of step7 or the baldric to transport it.

Step 14: The End

Well done! Now you can start designing like never before, have fun.