Sketching: Why is it important?

Product design is a process that progresses from an idea to reality in stages.

Whether you’re designing a simple tool or a complex automobile, it all starts with an idea. And what’s the best way (and the fastest) to put down your idea on a paper?

You sketch it out.

To sketch is to design.

Sketching is an important aspect of product design and development. However, not many designers pay to sketch the respect it deserves. It’s just an afterthought.

There’s a lot of back and forth that happens between the various design stages. As the idea matures and needs refinement, sketching can become an invaluable part of your job as a designer.

Put ideas quickly on paper.

Charting down ideas immediately on paper is the most efficient way to evaluate them and see whether they’re worth exploring further.

It only takes a few seconds to sketch your idea. If you’re not satisfied with it, you can refine it or move on to the next idea immediately. Plus, it’s a great feeling to get the idea out of your head and have it on paper.

READ: How to encourage your kid to be a designer


Great for brainstorming and collaboration.

It’s natural for a group to lose focus and become disillusioned when you first present your design concept. Communicating what’s in your head with just words is extremely difficult, especially when you’re trying to put forward a visual idea. Sketching helps you to convey your design ideas to everyone in a simple manner.

Furthermore, sketches from team members can be reviewed and compared to consolidate the best ideas. Based on the features required, these ideas can be further refined to select the best design for your product.

 

It saves time.

Sketching saves a lot of time. Your first idea is rarely the best one. Thus, if you need to revise your sketch, it only takes a few seconds to update it or draw a new one. Doing the same on a computer may take hours, if not more.

Moreover, it’s a quick way to get client feedback and move ahead with a mutually accepted idea.  The more time you save deciding on an idea, the better you can refine it further. It’s all a matter of prioritizing, and sketching helps you with that immensely.   

It’s easy and fun.

Sketching is for everyone. It’s a universal language which everyone can understand. Anyone can sketch ideas and become involved with the product design process. A few basic shapes, lines, arrows, and stick figures are all you need to get started with sketching. Once you discover how easy and enjoyable it is, you won’t ever look back!

Sketching is a powerful communication tool.

Complex design problems are hard to solve without fleshing out the intricate details. Sketching helps you resolve them by fishing out the best ideas. That’s one of the major reasons why sketching will always remain an important aspect of product design and development.

If you have any experiences with sketching within the product design process, please share them with the Launchpad community.

How to Encourage Your Kid to Be a Designer

“I want to design cars when I grow up”

“I want to make rockets when I grow up.”

Being a designer is the ambition of many children. Given the proliferation of technology in our everyday lives, it’s not surprising that many choose to tread this path.

From social media and animated movies to mobile games and apps, children are exposed to design in every facet of their lives these days. The inspiration to be a designer can come from any place.  As a dutiful parent, it’s your job to make them realize their ambitions and help them find out whether designing is really apt for them.

Unlike science and maths, which are the prerequisites for getting into engineering or medicine fields, designing is mostly a creative venture. It cannot be quantified by raw knowledge or the marks you score in any given subject.

The first step to help your kid become a designer is to identify whether they’re really interested in design.

So, how exactly do you go about doing that?

It’s simple. You notice whether they like drawing or building things and are inclined towards solving problems. Once you’ve got that down, it’s time to encourage your kid to embrace design. Just like with any other skill, it must be honed and perfected through practice. This is where you can play an important role.  

Here are a few tips for you:

1.Teach them how to draw

Drawing is one of the most essential skills to be a designer. Unfortunately, most kids, even those who’re interested in drawing, never move past their first attempt. That’s ‘cause it may seem difficult initially.

Luckily, there are many amazing things that can be drawn very easily. And there are numerous online tutorials to teach the same. With your help and support, your kid will learn how to draw basic shapes and objects in no time.    

2. Give them more freedom to explore

Don’t pressure your kid to be a designer. Give him/her the freedom to explore the field on their own terms. If they’re happy just colouring and painting, let them be. Some kids may prefer playing with Legos. That’s OK too.

Creativity has no bounds. As long as your kid is creating stuff – no matter what – they’re being creative. Your responsibility as a parent and as a teacher is to play a supportive role. Be their anchor!     

3. Inspire them to learn

Provide your kid with subtle inspirations in their environment. Maybe you can leave comic books lying around your house and see whether he/she likes to read it. Sketching and colouring books are a good idea too.

Or you can try watching an inspiring documentary with them. Even visiting a zoo, museum or planetarium is inspiring for kids. The choices are aplenty.

However, inspiration without the right tools is a dud. Kids also need access to good pens, pencils, books and any other instruments to channel their creativity. Give them that. Though, don’t go overboard with them.

4. Lead by examples

Don’t just order them to draw something. One of the major reason so many kids hate studying is that they are forced excessively to do so. Lead by example, teach them how to recreate their imagination on paper, teach them the importance of communication via art.

5. Design schools

Every parent is able to invite some level of creativity in their child. But, in case you have reached your limit or are unable to organise their learning process, do consider enrolling them in a good design school. Enrollment can be done either offline or online, depending on how your child feels comfortable.

Here are some reasons why you should consider an online course: 5 Reasons to Join Online Courses in India

If your child is comfortable with learning online “Launchpad Academy” offers counselling and some of the best courses in the country. Also, it’s one of the few institutes that network with some of the best-known designers in the country.

6. Show them “what could be” and teach them “how to”

Show them what could be achieved if they learn to design their ideas on paper and teach them how to do it. Show them what has been created by the designers in the world around us, and how they have impacted our lives.

Only when your kid knows the what, why and how of designing, will you be able to make them willingly take up the subject.

7. Make it a habit

Persistence is the key to achieve anything that you desire. Kids learn by repetition, hence keep reminding them to practice until it becomes there habit. Just like good handwriting, a good design can only come from someone who practices enough.

Read this article to learn about the good habits of a successful designer: 7 Habits of Successful Designers

Designing is a highly competitive field. Prepare your kid to work hard and put in a lot of effort. Once your kid has got that down, it’s a breeze to realise his/her dream of becoming a designer.

Electric motorcycles in India that will change the way we travel

“How dare you?” is probably the most trending question right now among the environmentalists around the world, asking the world leaders to answer to a 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, how they are going to save the planet from climate change. Well, the answer was already in existence since Benjamin Franklin’s discovery, that flying a kite during a thunderstorm is not a good idea. Skip a few decades to 1800 A.D and ‘Alessandro Volta’ gave birth to the electric storage devices, what we call batteries. With over 2 centuries of R&D on the invention, the human race now stands on technologies that are a 100 fold more capable of harnessing and storing energy than the 1800s.

One of the optimistic uses of these storage units were found to be in running electric motors that basically ran most of the equipment back then until that is, the fire breathing IC engines came in the picture. IC engines were easy to use, gave more power, was less hassle and were easy to refuel, but, it had one problem- it was extremely polluting.

The changing climate conditions have put most of its blame on the industrial revolution and the careless overuse of fossil fuels, especially by convention fuel sourced automobiles. Even though the machineries are more efficient than before, yet the sheer number of them have balanced the pros and cons. The only way forward now is to shift to use of non-conventional sources to feed the need and greed of the transport industry. Here are few start-ups that have taken the foreground on transport on 2 wheels:

1. Revolt Motors: Revolt RV 400

The first electric motorcycle from the stable of Revolt Intellicorp, a Gurugram-headquartered start-up, the Revolt RV 400 is one of its kind electric motorcycle. Headed by Rahul Sharma, co-founder of Micromax Mobiles, The Revolt RV 400 boasts of being the first in its segment to introduce artificial intelligence in their production model. Speaking about its design, the RV 400 looks light, sporty and unique. The overall design bears a strong resemblance to the Chinese Super Soco TS1200R electric bike. Revolt remains static on its statement that almost the entire bodywork of the RV 400 is made in India, with the exception of the battery and electric motor being imported. Moreover, the starter motor and ECU are all developed in-house.

2.Harley Davidson: Livewire

Over a decade of its presence in India, Harley-Davidson has finally unveiled the ‘LiveWire’ electric bike in the national capital. The pure electric smooth hooligan looking bike stays true to its design elements as well as performance stats, ripping the tarmac with 0-100 kmph in 3.5s with a claimed range of 177km on a full charge. It comes stocked with an Lv.1 standard charging cord with a fast charging option available separately. The bike launched in August 2019 with enthusiasm among the customers pouring in. At 50 lakh expected price tag, the bike is sure to put holes through your heart and pocket, yet that is the price you pay for quality.

3.Tork: T6x

“Born On The Race track”, that’s what they like to tag it, and I do not have doubts about it. The T6x was born out of award-winning and extensively tested T1x, T2x, T3x and T4x motorsport models. Winning multiple awards in the wildly famous “Isle Of Man TTXGP” since 2009, that’s a decade of R&D, hard work and tuning right there.

Let me tell you this, it takes a lot to be good at something but it takes a hell lot to be the best and Tork has been on the winners’ path for long enough now. Built around a trellis frame, the commuter-friendly bike is propelled by a brushless 6kW motor, rated at 27Nm of torque and powered by lithium-ion batteries, the bike does not disappoint on any level. At full capacity, the T6X can ensure that you go 100 kilometres before the need to charge again which takes about 60 min to be charged up to 80 per cent. The T6X gets a 267mm / 220mm disc brakes in the front/rear and rides on 17-inch alloy wheels with tubeless tyres. Pricing the bike at 1.25 lakhs, the start-up is sure to hit the market sweet spot.

4.Emflux: ONE

If you are into superbikes, this is the bike you ought to look out for. Emflux Motors, India’s first-ever electric superbike company stepped in the arena in 2016, with a vision to make the shift to green a more fun experience. And, with its first offering, the Emflux Model One, a full-fairing electric superbike they have done just that. With a 60 kW (limited to 53 kW) liquid-cooled, AC induction motor to push it, the sport-focused bike can dash from 0-100kmph in just 3 seconds and hit a top speed of 200kmph, powered by Samsung’s lithium-ion battery. The motor churns out a peak torque of 84 Nm and a max power of 72 Ps at 8,400 rpm which in turn provides a somewhat decent range of 200 Kms. The battery charges up to 80 % in just over 30 min.

The list of features includes a GPS navigation system, Wi-Fi, a 6.8-inch TFT screen, Bluetooth, mobile connectivity and real-time vehicle diagnostics. Built over a tubular steel trellis frame, the bike is supported on 43mm USD front forks (upgradable to Ohlins Race or Track USD fork) and a gas-charged mono-shock unit at the rear (upgradable to Ohlins 46mm Monotube Gas Shock). The bike sports Brembo-powered 300mm dual-disc brakes in the front wheel and a single 220mm disc at the rear. Features such as a dual-channel ABS and regenerative braking are also included in the feature-rich package. The 17-inch wheels come fitted with Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres – 120/70-R17 at the front and 180/55-R17 at the rear. The superbike is priced between Rs 5-6 Lakh (ex-showroom).

5.Ultraviolette: F77

Offering us a sneak peek of the future, Ultraviolette Automotive, a Bengaluru based start-up is working hard to create their definition of a superbike, named the F77. The start-up is Backed by TVS with a 25 per cent equity, this bike promises us a future in AI, Machine Learning, AR, VR and modern design.

The F77, is the first model, from the house of Ultraviolette automotive, to be rolled out and resembles the street-dedicated look of the KTM bikes. So far, the F77 is known to come with a full-LED headlight set-up with DRLs at the bottom, USD forks with sharp styling and a clean digital instrument cluster. To add more to the plethora of modern features, are the dual LED tail lights, Metzeler M5 fitted rims with blue highlights, disc brakes on both the wheels, as well as Dual-channel ABS. The start-up is not only looking to advancing into the electric bike but also plans to develop energy infrastructures simultaneously to assist and support the EV revolution taking place.

“We are looking at finalising the technical specifications, including the charging specs and suppliers. The government has made good progress in defining the Bharat charging standards and we are working around it,” they said in talks with Autocar India. Basically, the F77 will be competing against the 200cc motorcycles in the market. The spec sheet of the bike puts our hopes on the high shelf with a 25kW/90Nm electric motor that boasts an acceleration of 0-100 km/hr in around 8 secs with top speed of 140 km/hr and an expected range of 150 km per full charge. As of now, the launch dates are not confirmed or announced for the bike but it can be expected that the F77 will take the stage sometime this year-end. As for the pricing, a tag of Rs 2 to 2.5 lakh can be expected for the electric bike.

6.Menza motors: LUCAT

Menza Motors is a Gujarat-based electric two-wheeler startup, are placing their foot on the EV segment by launching its first-ever motorcycle, the Lucat. It’s a sporty looking bike that shares the dynamics of a 200cc motorcycle but performs in-line with a 650cc bike. The Lucat is design elements are aligned ta cafe racer, which is pretty evident by how they have put in minimal bodywork, a low forward-leaning stance, 17-inch spoked wheels, clip-on handlebars and a single-saddle unit. Moreover, the customer can choose from a number of customization options like a double-seat option or a carbon fibre bodywork. It can be further personalised with over 77 colour options to choose from. According to the company, everything on the bike can be tailored to the customers need, except the chassis and the frame. The bike sources its power from an air-cooled brushless DC motor, which makes 24PS of power and 60Nm of torque (20 Nm @ 0 RPM) and can reach a claimed top speed of 121kmph.

The motorcycle utilises its 72Vlithium-ion battery, that grants it a range of 100km in the city and 150km on the highway. 0 to 100 per-cent charge takes 4 hours, though with fast charging 95 per cent of charge can be obtained in just 45 minutes. Compatibility with the normal household electric connector adds to its positives. The Lucat uses an aircraft-grade aluminium and steel spaceframe structure, supported on WP USD forks in the front and a rear mono-shock damper setup. Braking is taken up by a single disc up front and a rear disc brake. Its 17-inch (110/70) front and (150/60) rear wheels come stock with Metzeler Sportec M5 tyres. The bike weighing at 153kg is expected to cost somewhere around Rs 2.8 lakh (ex-showroom).

7.Orxa: Mantis

Taking a different approach, ORXA energies from Bangalore have expressed their interest in trikes as well as bikes. Unique in their own ways, Orxa energies’ Mantis are expected to introduce swappable batteries and also battery bunks, where you can visit get your batteries swapped. The Mantis has a range of about 200 Kms with an expected top speed of 140 km/hr. while no data on the pricing have been revealed, yet.

8.Emotion motors: Surge

eMotion motors, a Coimbatore based startup have joined the EV manufacturing battle for electric two-wheelers with their First in line, Surge. The render images for the bike have surfaced online and it seems like they have opted for a semi faired, lightweight motorcycle. With sharp and aggressive design structures the bike looks edgy and well proportioned, at least in pictures. It is yet to be confirmed whether or not Surge will ever make it to production, but one thing is confirmed that startups in India are taking eager steps towards electric mobility, and doing a good job at it. The eMotion Surge has been under intensive R&D for over seven years and has undergone 35,000 kilometres of rigorous testing. Its been driven by a 40 Ah lithium-ion battery which helps the bike push out a range of 100 kilometres on a single charge.

eMotion has hinted at a range extender battery pack which will enable the bike to sweep 200 kilometres on a single charge. The motor of the bike puts out 28 Nm of torque which enables it to do a 0-60 kmph sprint in less than 4 seconds. Moreover, the bike is supposed to have a top speed of 120 kmph, thanks to its ‘first in the segment’ semi-geared transmission. The bike will have features like smartphone integration, cloud connectivity, navigation, over-the-air updates, anti-theft safety features, geo-fencing and a 7-inch LED screen to complete the package. It will also have a reverse function, which could be used in tight parking spaces. While no word on expected pricing have been said yet, but we sure would love to see where it fits in the present market.

9.Mankame: EP-1

Bengaluru, the heart of all things start-up, has yet another gem to offer: A crowdfunded tech start-up called Mankame Automotive, building a 2 wheeled “Range anxiety killer” motorcycle named, the Mankame EP-1. An electric sportbike which they claim to eventually have a range of over 500 km on a single charge.Shocked, would be an understatement if they actually pull that out of their hat. The EP-1 will use a high-density battery pack and compatible motor-controller combination to give us a total range of 480 km @ 70 kmph on a full charge, on the highway. The bike can promise a range of 500-550 km in the city with active regenerative braking. Powered with a liquid-cooled 18.4 kWh battery pack, the bike uses a combination of high-density Samsung cells with a dedicated Matrix BMS system to monitor and control individual cells, ensuring a high level of safety and optimal efficiency.

The EP-1 is driven by an Aramid Kevlar reinforced belt drive system connected to a 40KW high-performance PMSM motor with 180 Nm available at the shaft, this ensures quiet operation and increased torque-jerk tolerance and eliminating any lubrication needs. The braking system consists of dual 320 mm front discs and a 240 mm rear disc with Brembo callipers, reinforced with dual-channel intelligent ABS and traction control with Machine Learning developed in-house.

The past few years have seen brilliant minds come forward and try to solve problems of the society, in volumes that have not been seen at any time before. Be it climate change or exhausting fossil fuels the young startups have been giving their all to save what is left. Electric mobility may solve part of the problems that we may face but at least it’s a step towards a cleaner greener society. So, what’s your take on electric motorcycles paving the path of electric mobility in India?

Top 5 Kitchen Design Software Tools

Since the introduction of CAD software in the 1980s, the interior design industry has adopted these tools to design and visualize interiors better. But even within the interior design industry, kitchen design occupies a unique position. Unless most of other furniture and decor, kitchen cabinets are not usually directly purchased from retail shops and placed in the customer’s house. Every kitchen has different requirements, thus making it imperative to create a good visual design before the manufacturing can start.

This is where specialized Kitchen design software comes into the picture. These software allow designers to create beautiful looking and functional kitchens in a fast and easy way. Nowadays, these software provide a lot more functionality than just creating designs. Some of these software offer post design features like Bill of Materials generations, cutting list generation, etc as well.

Here are the top 5 kitchen design software available in the market today, which will empower you to work as a kitchen designer – 

 

1. Infurnia

Infurnia is a completely online kitchen design software. Besides all the advantages of cloud-based software, like data backups & mobility, Infurnia is also one of the easiest and fastest kitchen design software to use. Using Infurnia, you can create kitchens of any shape and size. Infurnia offers a huge built-in library of cabinets, but the main power of the software comes from the fact that every single cabinet is completely customizable in every way.

Infurnia also offers cloud-based High-Quality rendering service. Infurnia’s web-based 3D design sharing is also a new addition to this industry and makes it easy to showcase your designs to remote customers. Infurnia offers post design features like production drawings, Bill of Materials(BOM), pricing quotations, and cutting list as well.

Price – $ 500 per year

Kitchen Design Software - Infurnia

Infurnia

2. 2020 Design

2020 Design is the Kitchen and Bath Design Software developed by 2020 technologies. 2020 Design is an offline only software. 2020 Design provides great tools for creating beautiful kitchens. The major USP of 2020 Design is the massive catalog of built-in furniture objects. You can customize the cabinets after adding them also. 2020 Design allows you a lot of control over the lighting conditions in the room, thus allowing you to create beautiful designs. 2020 Design is most commonly used by professionals in the North America market. 2020 Design doesn’t allow you to create new 3d models within the software.

Price ~ $1800

2020 Design

2020 Design

3. ArredoCAD

ArredoCAD is one of the more expensive software in the kitchen design industry. It offers powerful kitchen design features. It is a very powerful software but it’s not the easiest software to use on this list. The main advantage of ArredoCAD is its powerful rendering engine which generates very high quality rendered images. ArredoCAD also has a very large catalog of furniture built into the software itself. ArredoCAD also allows you to create some basic 3d models using linear or round shapes.

Price ~ $650 per year

ArredoCAD

ArredoCAD

4. KD Max

KDMax software is built solely for Kitchen and wardrobe designing. This software is not as feature-rich as some of the others on this list, but its relatively easy to use. You can create any kind of floor plan and then use the built-in cabinets to create the kitchen design. KDMax also offers post design features like cutting list and BOM generation. KDMax has a built-in rendering engine which provides a good quality HD renders of your designs.

Price ~ $500 per year

KDMAX

KDMax

5. Chief Architect

Chief Architect is a full-fledged interior design software, but it also has a very good kitchen design tool built into it. It is the most complex software out of all the above, so it provides you with more options but it also comes with a much steeper learning curve. Being an interior design software first, ChiefArchitect does not offer deep post design features like production drawings, optimized cutting lists, etc. Chief Architect offers a very comprehensive tutorial video package on their site for new users.

Price ~ $1995

Chief Architect

Chief Architect

 

Conclusion – Besides these top software, you can also use 3D software like SketchUp to design kitchens. KCDW is another cheaper option for kitchen design, although its 2D only drawings are not as visually impressive to a client as the other software listed above.

 

 

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INTRODUCING OUR NEW DESIGN FACULTY : ARUN KUMAR

Arun

 

 We are Happy to introduce and welcome our new mentor to Launchpad Academy.

Arun is a passionate creative with varied interest ranging from  Car Design , Design Sketching , Motor Sports, Travel and Adventure  .  He is graduate of MIT Institute of Design and has a post graduate degree in Transportation Design from  Istituto Europeo di Design(IED),  Turin.  Arun had also interned and worked at companies like Mahindra , Elixi apart from running his own Design Studio.

Arun has participated in many international design contests and his work has got wide spread coverage in International media.  He is skilled in freehand sketching, Marker rendering, Photoshop/ALIAS and he also likes to build stuff using Clay,MDF and wood. At Launchpad Arun will be creating content and delivering  online and classroom courses as well as workshops all over the world.  Please keep following our page for more updates on this . Meanwhile some of Arun’s work is displayed below.

P. S : We are launching a new classroom course in Bangalore with Arun, If you are interested, please leave a comment with your contact details or email us on info@launchpadacademy.in

 

sports car arun

 

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