I have a project right now creating flip flops and would
love to get insight. (this is reposted) Here's our story so far:
- As we're generating & finalizing designs, we've
considered finding an experienced industrial designer to help us avoid typical
pitfalls. For this, we may seek out students & professors at industrial
design schools and poking around maker spaces that prototype for companies. But
at the same time, we'd be keen to hear other product routes options.
- We're planning to visit several manufacturers in Nicaragua
and Costa Rica closer to the end of the year once our prototype is finalized.
When looking at samples created from our prototypes, we're really curious
as to what we should have our eyes and ears focusing on.
- We also don't have experience in products that require
sizing - unsure if we create our own molds for sizing or operate off existing
models. FYI, materials of our sandals could be one or a combination of leather,
vegan leather, rubber, recycled rubber, ariaprene, etc.
My main question is this:
What should we be looking out for in prototyping &
manufacturing, especially outside of common sense, and are we taking the right
approach wanting to find an industrial designer?
Any guidance from you all would be tremendously helpful, especially
since this is outside of normal web & software questions.Cheers in