1. DESIGN CONCEPT and 2. INITIAL LARGE NUMBER OF SKETCHES / IDEAS
The design concept is slowly teased from the design brief, using a wide range of initial sketches, with limited notes. You must spend time on this aspect of design and be prepared to sketch quickly (thumbnail sketches) and to seek the opinion of other designers and potential customers.
Thumbnail Sketches use to Develop an Idea
OTHER USEFUL PAGES
Design Sheet 1
Design Sheet 2
Select some of the ideas, after consultation with designers, stakeholders and potential customers and draw them using CAD. This will allow you to rotate, zoom in etc... and begin to refine your designs. Export a variety of views to your design folder / PowerPoint, adding more detailed notes to explain your ideas. Be prepared at any point to return to sketching and the seek feedback from others (see point 7).
Sample CAD Design Sheet
4. INITIAL MODELS
At any point during this design cycle, make models which will help you visual your ideas, to test them out, to check the ergonomics, to show to potential customers. You may have other reasons to manufacture initial models. Take a photographic record of your models for your design folder / PowerPoint.
Sample Design Sheet with Modelling
OTHER USEFUL LINKS / SHEETS
Modelling an Idea with Corrugated Card
The Card Model Development Section
Sample Model Sheet
Model Making - Record of Manufacture
Sample Scaled Model Summary Sheet