Monday, 21 November 2011

Sherlock Kids Wheelbarrow - Sand pit project

A sand pit project is often the term for a pet project, something pie in the sky that you don't expect will end up in production. It is where you might play as a designer.

The brief to design a high quality children's wheelbarrow for Australia's premium wheel barrow brand SHERLOCK was never a sand pit just had to end up there. Designing quality products for children's play and in particular outdoor play is particularly rewarding.

Silvan Australia CEO Michael Tricarico's brief to EJO design was to provide concepts for a premium children's wheelbarrow with innovative features and as a build your own experience for parents or grandparents. Features evolved like the easy grab handle that doubles as a hanging point and the front bumper that protects interior walls and is a foot so unit can be stored against a wall preserving floor space. Fasteners and assembly details were developed to ensure Santa would not be up all night Xmas night.

This project also assisted RMIT industrial design students to see an industry based project from concept to production with early concept sketches, mockup and prototypes shared with students as the project evolved.

The Sherlock kids wheel barrow has arrived for Xmas 2011.


Sherlock Kids wheelbarrow.

Sherlock Kids wheelbarrow designed by industrial designer Ian Wong

Catalogue product release for Sherlock kids wheelbarrow.

CAD render of early concept shared with RMIT students during product development.

Early 1:1 mockups to test ergonomics and proportions. Students at RMIT industrial design observed design practice first hand.

Assembly/Knock down kit details explored.

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