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ANTI PIST

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ANTI-PIST

 


Duration: 2020.01.20 - 2020.03.27 

// Internship project

Collaboration partner:

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Anti-Pist is an independent project conducted during my internship at POC Sweden. Including research, sketching, and prototyping. The project resulted in a working prototype. 

The aim of the project was for POC to explore the possibilities of a resting idea,  a freeride backpack with a vest, and for me to get an understanding of the company and their work. 

Me shredding with the final design proposal

photo: own right 

Sneak peak!

About the brand:

TO PROTECT LIVES AND REDUCE THE CONSEQUENCES OF ACCIDENTS FOR ATHLETES AND ANYONE INSPIRED TO BE ONE.

POC is a world-leading and rewarded company within protection gear for gravity sports athletes. First entering the market of ski racing with their innovative helmets but have over the years widening their product range and are today also big in cycling sports. 

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- POC's core value

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Explore the possibilities of a freeride backpack with a vest

( a nice ide I don't have time to do)

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The task:

During my time at POC they wanted me to choose a product and develop a proposal. I was interested in widening my hard goods knowledge and learn more about soft goods, so I asked the body armor manager Henrik if he needed any help.  He gave me quite a chewy task.  

Henrik Björkman

Product manager / Body armor & backpacks, POC design apartment

Overview of the project

Since it was an explorative project without any frames, the research went wide and deep and it's prototypes high and low.
If you are in hurry I offer you a shorter overview to scroll through. 

The final working prototype.

A freedrider & avalanche backpack with attachable vest

Interested in the full process?

Just continue to scroll down

Process in numbers:

answers

stores

digital iterations

paper mockups

textile prototype

interview

www hours

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Reserach:

Ideating:

Prototypes:

  1

 17

  4

  1

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survey

 46

 48

hand sketches

volume prototyp

  1

  3

  1

Research:

Survey
Store visits
Observations
Journey mapping
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I wanted to include 
both Pro riders and
leisure riders in my
research since I thought
they encounter
different problems.
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- Professionals riders do possibly have problems with wear, tear, and experience being in a wide range of environments. On the other hand, they can lack experience with trying and search for different products themselves since their gear is often sponsored from tip to toe.


Leisure riders are the opposite, often lacking the experience of literarily taring a product to pieces, but they have the interest and experience of spending time discussing the best product and having the freedom to try them out.

- thoughts about user groups 

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SURVEY RESULT

13 questions  -  17 freeride skiers

Highlights from survey:

I tried to summarize my survey result and took out the most common answers and categorized them into four themes.  

Motivation, preferencessafety needs,

activities when not skiing

Credible findings:

But some questions had the same answers from every single participant. It was the questions “What’s the joy about freeskiing?”, “Describe a really good day at the mountain!” and “How do you spend your days when you’re not skiing?”.

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I choose to ask this question because I wanted to get to know the essence behind why people are spending time and money with a bit of extreme activity. The answers became the foundation of the aim of the project.

Another question had a very similar answer: what they brought with them on these adventures, which of these items they most frequently used, and which they very seldom touched. Therefore I created a hierarchy among the items.

Design aim:

 To grasp the desired feeling of freedom
& to provide more opportunities for a really great freeriding experience.

Intended persona:

Spends time in nature all year round and enjoys physical movement and adventures. Is searching for the little extra and is not scared to push the comfort zone. Don’t want to ignore the thirst or energy dip for not making the gang stop to wait for you to take off your backpack. Nor want to take off the backpack for tucking away the skins for the ride.

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Potential environment:

Always stay hydrated & energized

Touring environment which
offers many rides between hikes.

Welcome to my research studio

Usually in

backpacks:

Skins

Extra clothing

First aid kit

Money

Sunscreen

Food

Extra batteries

Water bottle/

Camelpack

Camera

Snacks

Multitool

Powerbank

Thermoflask

Telephone

Sunglasses

Extra gloves

Extra beanie

Probes

Extra goggles/lens

Windsack

Seat cushion

Passport

Insulated blanket

Possibly in/on

backpacks:

Telephone

Sunglasses

Extra gloves

Extra beanie

Probes

Extra goggles/lens

Windsack

Seat cushion

Passport

Insulated blanket

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Proto #01

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8 kg

*exl. extended rolltop

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30 -
35 liter

First proto & calculations:

After gathering all the gear freerider's might bring along on their hikes, I divided them into potential pockets such as avalanche equipment, waterproof pocket, insulated water bottle pocket, and main resizable storage.

I taped them together to get a grasp of the proportions, weight balance, and pocket access. 

I calculating the dimension of the pockets so I could estimate the liter of the backpack.

Proto #01

Problem definition:


How can we create a backpack that provides the freedom-loving freerider the faith and security to challenge their limits? 
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Key focus

DRY

 

Waterproof

Handle wet stuff

- Skins

- Gloves

- Beanie 

EASY HANDLED

 

Easy to find

in pockets

Easy handled straps/zips/etc

Easily handled pockets

COMFY

 

Light-weight

Comfortable

- Wide hip belt

- Shorter back

- Adjustable back

- Compressible

Balanced weight (ABS)

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Limitations

30 - 35 liter

3000 kr (exl. ABS)

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Own addition

SUSTAINABLE MATERIAL

Durable, repairable & easy to recycle

FLEXIBLE USAGE

 

Daypack, MTB, climbing, hiking, laptop pocket, removable ABS, removable mini-pack, removable straps & flexible attachment functions

Since I discovered that all the user's had similar
lifestyles and daily enjoyed other activities despite skiing, 
I got further proof of the need for a versatile product.
A product that not laying in the closet waiting for
the next freeride adventure.

- research notes brought into my problem definition

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Inspiration:

1.  Form board

2. Detail board

Sketch process: