Photo Series: Apple Accessory Eval and Design-a-thon
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The Apple accessory design-a-thon has kicked into full gear at QHQ, and teams will be working throughout the night to crank out a set of finished products. We’ll be updating this photo series as the workshop progresses, so be sure to check back for newer images.
Ben Kaufman lead a rapid-fire evaluation of 53 Apple accessory concepts, with special guest panelists Lucas Thomas and Devin Guinn from Fab.com.
A large crowd of friends, family, and designers from around NYC joined the Quirky staff for our first ever Apple Accessories Eval.
After an hour of whirlwind debate, a total of 18 accessories were chosen, and the design staff got to work brainstorming each concept in preparation for a full-fledge design process.
Quirky designer Aaron Saxton sketches a concept for JenJ’s iPhone 5 Case with Kickstand and Carabiner.
As teams began to refine rough concepts into more concrete designs, others continued brainstorming well into the night.
By the end of the night, the Brainstorm room was piled high with stacks of flowcharts.
A team of Quirky designers draw concepts for Sonia Covarrubias-Garcia’s iPhone Bumper with Integrated Stylus.
While the design staff buckled down on product concepts, the Quirky Creative Team set to work on visuals. Here, graphic designers Ekta Mody and Justin Lackey begin research for packaging design.
Fab.com’s Lucas Thomas (in red) was one of several guests collaborating with Quirky designers on a stylized case concept.
The soundtrack for the night’s events was provided by the illustrious DJ Chuck Barry.
To keep the design process moving, staff members set up various stations around the office, allowing participants to actively work on multiple projects at once.
At 2am, initial sketches for the community design phases were collected, and the member votes tallied. Ben Kaufman and Co. then set about selecting the features and concepts that would be incorporated into the finished product line.
Ben Kaufman and designer Adam Paskow discussed concepts for functional iPhone cases, while community participants watch and chime in via Quirky Live.
Once the winning concepts were selected from the community design phase, the Quirky Design Staff turned to AutoCAD to bring the final products to life.
By 10am, the final form of each product began to take shape, incorporating elements of both staff and community design concepts. Here, designers Richard Ganas (left) and Faris Elmasu (right) discuss a render of Michael Pearson’s iPhone Corner Guards.