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The convenient umbrella

Chen Age 9

beijing, China

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Manchester, England, UK

We are a group of two fashion designers and two interior designers in first year Manchester School of Art who are hoping to combine our different skillsets and create a beautiful product from one of your amazing inventors' ideas.

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Made into a real thing by Met makers. A group of mixed interior design and fashion students.

They created this real working prototype of the Convenient umbrella, they even added a friendly robot design to give an extra fun twist!

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Final product
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Final product
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Materials and experiments
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Materials and experiments
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Sketches and research
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Sketches and Research
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We all started to sketch up some rough ideas of what we wanted the bag to look like and the different kind of designs we could have which would make the bag more appealing to children. This included us drawing up different ideas of where the umbrella could be attached/stored on the bag. Once we had decided on the design of the bag our two fashion students finalised the design and produced some final sketches.
Below are some images of the sketches we produced.

Beginnings
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At the start of Unit X we had to decide on which one of the projects on Little Inventors we wanted to recreate. When deciding on this we had to think about the skills that each of us have and how we would be able to use them in the best way possible. We decided on using ‘The Convenient Umbrella’ invention by Chen age 9, as we all thought this would be a really interesting and realistic product to make. As a team, we came up with ideas for how the umbrella would attach to the bag and how our target audience being a young child would be able to use it.

We began to make our prototype of the product and thought about how big it would need to be. Doing this helped us to quickly visualise what the final outcome would be, and how we could adapt it and make it more user friendly. From this we knew we had to do further research into different materials and mechanisms that we could use which wouldn’t be too heavy for the product, but still be durable and hard wearing.