We need a casing/box design for a prototype product with a touch screen that’s untechnical in design and appeals to a wide audience. The material should probably be sheet metal or sheet plastic, which is then cut and bent to shape. The final volume of the casing should be around 1-3 liters. It should be able to stand easily on the table, even if the screen is used a lot.
First, we would like you to make several concept sketches about how it might look. One or more will be chosen for further design. Next, you’ll need to create additional specific versions based on our feedback and requirements, and one or more will be carried out to production. Depending on the price of the design and the production, we will produce several versions to find out which one our customers like the most. You may offer a quote for the sketching and finalizing services separately.
Usage: The user sits on a chair, and the device is placed on the table. It’s similar to an old-fashioned TV, but the user can use touchscreen functionality. The screen should be positioned at a pleasant angle that makes it comfortable to use and see.
We will need a casing for two different screen sizes: 13” and 15”. If the model is not similar for both sizes, we will first produce only one of them.
It should look untechnical, inviting, friendly, mature, simple, and old-fashioned, much like a bread box, TV, or old radio (but simpler). It’s a device you can use with touch screen, but without breaking or being difficult to use. Some of the key features should include:
power switch on the back or side
power cord in the back
one button on the right upper corner, next to the screen
the front cover (where the screen is) should be without seams or joint so as not to detract the user’s attention
easy to clean
reasonable price to produce in large amounts (will be designed again after the prototype is accepted, with roughly the same looks)
If possible, the design should feel like vintage/retro household appliances or Ford Thunderbird (1955-1972) or Jetsons (1972), but simpler and more untechnical (this is not an important requirement, especially in the prototype).
It would be nice if the price of the production can be seen on-line or from some web-based services.
Assembly of the screen should be easy and sharp. You are allowed to use pop rivets, although not in the front. It’s not required to open the casing without a drill.
The screen we plan to use is an open-frame monitor.
We will need another model that is easy to take with you and extremely easy for the user to assemble it for using it in the table. At the moment, we will probably make only the old TV-inspired solution (which should not be excessively big).
The attached picture is an extremely crude outline of the end-user and the casing :-) , and definitely not good enough to be a sketch (but may give you some further ideas) .