Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Edu-Summer

The learning farm has been in full-swing lately. We have almost entirely completed our plumbing and irrigation projects to move rain and river water up and down hillsides underground and above for various purposes, including washing, cooling and livestock feeding. Additionally, we have been doing some landscape design work with stones and trees, recently adding 21 tons of blue stone to our property. In all of these projects, our young farmer has been actively involved in understanding how the process of procurement and methods of design and building culminate in end results of value.

To up the ante a bit, and since it is product development time in the office, Mom setup a learning opportunity for our young farmer to get involved in the creative process of toy design for our upcoming 2012 toy line.

Challenge:

Design a bath toy made of foam that kids 0-6 could play with trucks/cars/machines and design their own vehicles with. Come up with simple design pieces that could be used interchangeably in multiple truck/car/machine designs initiated by young child.

Process:

Zhenerbee was provided with a base deign to work from. By taking some of the design elements, such as wheels that were shaped like round gears, he was asked to come up with a few new design mash-ups on his own.

Result:

After one hour, Zhenerbee successfully created two original designs by reusing design pieces from base design. The original artwork was presented to our professional design team this morning, and was successful in communicating the concept. It looks like our six year old will have some original drawings rendered as mock-ups for presentation to buyers in the coming months.

After this hard laborious process was completed, our young farmer spent the rest of the day in the lake playing in the sand.

Summertime in the LKA is off to a great start!

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