Process – Developing Concepts
By Brian Gates, President of
Design My Idea
In our previous article we explored what
it means to develop an idea and how to define your problem. In this
article we will continue our product development by using our problem
and criteria to help generate a variety of concepts.
Our problem: An individual has a cup of
noodle soup and only has access to one utensil in order to eat it
without removing the bowl from the table.
Our problem criteria:
Be able to consume liquid
Be able to consume noodles
Be able to consume other
items (chicken, vegetables…)
Must be a self contained
Bowl must remain on the
Additional items of consideration:
People of all ages can enjoy
The problem is caused by a
desire to consume the soup with proper dining etiquette.
This problem can be
experienced in a restaurant or home dining situation.
So let’s start generating some design
concepts to solve this problem. Do not limit yourself to all the
requirements but rather find solutions for each criteria. The idea is
to present as many ideas as possible and then go back to
refine/evaluate the ideas.
Solutions for consuming liquids – Straws,
Spoon, eye dropper
Solutions for consuming noodles – Fork,
Solutions for consuming other items –
Fork, chopsticks, spoon, tweezers
Single utensil solutions – Spork, spoon…
By using our problem criteria as a basis
for identifying solutions, we were able to look at the problem from
different perspectives and therefore generate a larger group of ideas.
Having this larger pool of concepts will benefit us when it comes time
to look at the advantages of each possible solution and allow us to
indentify key features our solution should contain or address.
In the next phase of we will evaluate our
concepts using a design matrix to allow us to zero in on best case
Brian Gates is the president of Design
My Idea, LLC. To learn more visit
www.designmyidea.com. Otherwise inventors can email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free at 800-862-0546.
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