Hey! Iâ€™m Irfan,
This is a quick summary of the projects Iâ€™ve had the opportunity of working on over the past two years as a industrial designer at the Harman Design Center in China.
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ANALYSIS IDEATION DEVELOPMENT Irfan Kachwalla / Primary Designer Joshua Fischer / Design Manager Sangmin Yu / Senior Designer Shufen Guo / User Interface Designer
THE NIGHTSTAND IS BECOMING A NIGHTMARE! What if there was a device which could simplify this?
*Night路stand , noun, a small low bedside table, typically having drawers. Not be confused with a one-night stand.
-Small screen +Device agnostic +Cable management -Docks dead market trend -Form factor similar to Competitor product
+Unstable during interaction +Large table footprint +View angle -Not device agnostic -Difficult cable management -Docks are dead market trend
+Device agnostic +Compact footprint +Optimum screen size +Stable interaction area +Rear cable management +view angle +Easy access charge ports
$99 3D+Render+Digital Compositing
Legibility is a key deciding factor for the users during purchase, getting the screen size just right to tell the time from across the room or even in the morning without their spectacles. Recharging their smartphone and wearable at the end of everyday has become routine, and the able to do this with ease by their bedside without having to worry about chargers or sockets.
Great sound at every moment, let it be their morning alarm, listening to their favourite radio station or just watching movies all afternoon in bed.
They wanted to wake up better and naturally, hence just like a warm sunrise the lamp comes on in ascending soft glow to prepare your body subconsciously a few minutes prior to their alarm. Tired of constantly having to turn the clock away before bed or change the screen brightness to avoid screen glare in their eyes, the horizons incorporated a simple light sensor thatâ€™s constantly monitor the users ambient lighting conditions to fine tune it for optimum comfort and legibility.
Marketing Photographs+Post Production
Minimising the number of parts by means of a single rubber unibody with zero external tool parting lines. Resolved it successfully using a seven core slider tooling.
Aesthetically appealing in maintaining the balance between large size requirements for acoustic performance and smallest foot print possible on the night stand.
Diffusing the brightness of the Lamps multiple LEDs to provide an even glow, while at the same time avoiding any internal shadows and hot spots. Solved using internally textured light panel.
Protecting the original design intent from analysis into development and various budgeting meetings with successfully achieving retails USD$99.
MINIMIZING SPLIT & LINES
FABRIC GRILLE TO MATCH
INTERACTION MOCK UPS
ZERO VISIBLE SCREWS
LIGHT KELVIN TEST
The speaker was developed with a special UI interaction options through a software upgrade and functionality aspects to integrate well into the hospitality environment. Successfully implemented in the Hilton and Marriott hotels worldwide.
Marketing Photographs+Post Production
CMF RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT Creating a special colour palette for India. Irfan Kachwalla / Primary Designer Andy Tsui / Project Manager
PANTON E PANTO
COLOURS THAT UNITE 35,000,000 INDIANS
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Indias cultural diversity adds to the complexity of picking a palette of colours that would be perceived well and acceptable, hence implementing the colours shared by their sport idols was a key opportunity prior to the Cricket World Cup. The project started of with introducing a single existing product in the limited edition colours, however with the positive response from the Indian market it soon expanded into a full range and brought more business to the company.
THE THREE TITANS CRICKET EDITION
Mock up+Renders+Post Production
Creation & mock up packaging graphic
Permutation & combinations for colour mapping
Cmf documents Sample reviews
Promotional items during the World Cup
Graphics patterns Using the products
ANALYSIS IDEATION DEVELOPMENT Irfan Kachwalla / Primary Designer Damian Mackiewicz / Design Director Soojung Choi / CMF Designer
The easily recognisable small orange JBL logo thatâ€™s been ever present on all our speakers you see at concerts, stadium or theatres since the past 60 years was the primary source for inspiration.
Small & Pocketable
Colourways for all days
Proportions of the logo
Sketch sessions exploring the possibility of integrated charging cables and fixation.
Exploration and refinement of the concept was done directly in 3D.
3D printing various sizes to help narrow down and get a real feel of the proportions.
Acoustic mocks ups to hear the sound performance we would get with such a compact size. Boxes, little boxes on the hillside.
Strength in simplicity, the rugged bumper protects the grille from getting scratched when face down.
Users can use their favourite music festivals backstage passes as the lanyard or just about anything to hang with it.
They can play music or use the mike for video conferencing with their friends. Even if they donâ€™t have a fancy smartphone they can still connect their old iPods using an auxiliary cable.
Pre production samples
08 FUN COLOURS
30 NBA TEAM
First introduction to the development phase at Harman. Taking a project from ideation stages through the development phase and successfully into stores. Irfan Kachwalla / Secondary Designer Matthias Schmiedbauer / Primary Designer Haoyu Li / User Interface Designer
SOUND YOU CAN SEE Todays market is saturated with portable speakers are only enriching the audio experience. Pulse is the first portable speaker which brings together immersive audio & visuals to elevate your experiences.
$199 Image Credit: JBL Marketing Team
Take control of the music and lights atop the speaker or wirelessly across the dance floor.
Responsibilities during the development process.
CONTROL PAD INTERACTION ACCESSORIES 2D ILLUSTRATION CMF DOCUMENTS REGIONAL COMPLIANCES DESIGN AWARDS APPLICATION FACTORY VISITS LOGO APPLICATION PATENTS APPLICATION SAMPLE TESTING QUALITY CONTROL GRILLE COLOUR QUICK START GUIDES
ANALYSIS IDEATION DEVELOPMENT Irfan Kachwalla / Primary Designer Joshua Fischer / Design Manager Sean Barton / Project Manager
SMALL & MIGHTY
Users want movies & concerts to feel realistic at home without having their neighbours complain.
Current solutions are way too big for their temporary rented apartment.
They are sharing their current speaker between the multiple smart devices they own.
+Follows existing language -Small circumference makes it too long to match required acoustic volume benchmark
+Down firing drivers +360 sound diffuser +Slim discreet form factor +Does not cover TV sensor
+Slim discreet form factor +Possibility for vertical orientation +Does not cover TV sensor
$179 3D+Render+Post Production
MULTIPLE SCREENS ONE SPEAKER. SoundShift was developed from the insight that the user behaviour to multi screen between their television, tablet and smartphones during usage was increasing and demanding. Soundshift enables users to wirelessly connect multiple devices to the speaker and switch between them by simply pressing play.
EVEN BETTER TOGETHER Users a able to create an ecosystem of JBL speakers to spread the sound and pump up the volume.
START SMALL & GO BIG Users have the option to further Boost their cinematic experiences by adding the wireless subwoofer.
Multiple variations of the model were made 1:1 scale and in Rhinoceros to help reach the final goal which was a curvature continuous shell beneath which the basic layout PCB, twin drivers and bassport were layered for space optimisation before being handed over to the mechanical engineers.
INTERNSHIP ACADEMIC PROJECT WORKSHOPS
2010, 05 Months, France
Domyos is one of the worlds leading fitness brands of Decathlon with a turnover of more than a one billion. I had the opportunity of working on multiple footwear and a wellness products during this internship. Irfan Kachwalla / “Bollywood” Intern Aurelien Petit / Senior Designer / Mentor Pascal D’amico / Senior Designer
Quick masking tape 3D sketch explorations, colour mapping for different textures and surface treatments.
Creation of technical packages for communication to digital designers.
Creation of colour palettes that were complimentary to our apparel Winter and summer collections.
Identifying opportunities in a saturated market of footwear through axis spider mapping with found one in hightops training footwear.
Quick photoshop during ideation session, this concept combined a separate Sock & Sandal to aid in pre and post fitness activities like yoga.
To solve the problem of hightop footwear getting to hot to wear for long periods I incorporating a heel pump which pumped air through the support straps capillaries to cool the sweats maps with every step.
ACADEMIC PROJECT OTHER
2011, 04 Months, India
ACADEMIC PROJECT Lighting for Indian home in the near future. Irfan Kachwalla / Senior Student Achille Biteau / Student Team Manager Abhimanyu Kulkarni / Design Director, Philips We were an International Team Of 07 Students.
ACADEMIC PROJECT OTHER
We interviewed multiple users across India, to hear how they perceived sense and simplicity, observe how culture influenced the insights.
In the store, we gained valuable insights from retailer and sales personnel regarding the users affinity, decision making process and behaviours.
We organised all our analysis content into booklets to be able to efficiently infuse them during the creativity phase of the project
Working with completely new materials like fibre glass, concrete and foam we were able to create a realistic 1:1 Scale Model within two weeks.
ACADEMIC PROJECT OTHER
Taking inspiration from the light bulb itself we created a versatile luminaire. A mysterious sculpture inside the home which came to life as the ambient glow revealed it self from behind the one way mirror.
2009 / 2010 / 2011
WARM UPS BRAINSTORMING INSPIRATION BOARDS STORY BOARDS POST IT IDEAS CONCEPT PACKAGES Irfan Kachwalla / Creative Design Catalyst
BICYCLE FOR INDIA
Communication for Public Safety during daily commute.
Concepts to satisfy India knacks for snacking.
Creative concepts on how a French company could enter the Indian market around axis of services and products.
Creating a user experience scenarios around the AOI for a family.
During my design studies I encouraged my spontaneity by participating in multiple creativity workshops and materclasses conducted by professional from the industry.
FORM EXPLORATION DETAILING QUICK IDEATION STORY BOARDS
FORM EXPLORATION SKETCHES
Practise makes perfect.
Speakers for iMac, 01 Hour.
Possibilities of new processes and materials, 30 Minutes.
Wearables Ecosystem, 02 Hours.
FORM EXPLORATION SKETCHES
Furniture speakers, 02 Hours.
USER ANALYSIS SKETCHES
Creation of utopian scenarios and user personas to help identify the real people who are using our products
Quick meeting sketches with our manufactures, explaining the construction of the accessories provided successfully now with all the JBL Synchros premium headphones.
Harman luxury audio brand workshop exploring the new opportunities for the brand in existing and new market segments.
IRFAN KACHWALLA INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER
CONTACT email@example.com Skype: ikachwalla
MASTERS OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN MANAGEMENT 2009-2012, India DSK INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL DESIGN
AGE 27 Years CURRENT LOCATION Shenzhen, China
LANGUAGES ENGLISH Full Proficiency HINDI Bilingual MANDARIN Elementary
ABOUT ME Rode motorbikes across Vietnam, from Hanoi to Hochiminh city. Ran my first marathon last month. Drink juices way more often than I drink coffee. Dog person and currently growing a beard.
DESIGN FOUNDATION 2007-2009, India MAHARASHTRA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN
SKILLSETS SKETCHING Quick sketching Illustrations Story boards Exploded views SOFTWARES Photoshop Illustrator Indesign After effects Rhinoceros Keyshot Quick prototyping Digital compositing
AWARDS iF 2015, Go REDDOT 2015, Go 2015, Boost 2014, Pulse
INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER 2012-Currently, Shenzhen, China HARMAN DESIGN CENTER
PUBLIC TRANSPORT MASTERCLASS 2011, Four Days, Team Project Guided by Benoit Collete. TEAGUE
DESIGN INTERN 2012, Six Months, China GNOSIS PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT FREELANCE DESIGNER 2011, One Month, India DESIGNLIFE DESIGN CONSULTANT 2011, One Week, Team Project DECATHLON DESIGN INTERN 2010, Six Months, France DECATHLON, DOMYOS DESIGN INTERN 2009, One month, India DESIGN DIRECTIONS DESIGN INTERN 2008, One month, India MARKOTECH
FUTURE SNACKING WORKSHOP 2011, Team Project Guided by Creative Director. PHILIPS BACKPACK MASTERCLASS 2011, Individual Project, Guided by Hieu Nguyen. TARGET FAMILY CONCIERGE EXPERIENCE DESIGN WORKSHOP 2011, Five Days, Team Project Guided by Lun Cheak Tan. DELL IMAGINEW CREATIVE WORKSHOP 2010, Seven Days, France DECATHLON CYCLE FOR INDIA CREATIVE WORKSHOP 2009, Driven by Head of Innovation. DECATHLON, B’TWIN
Design Brief Business Goals
CONCEPT GENERATION Brainstorm Scenarios Creative axis Post-it Session Sketch Sessions 3D Printing
Manufacturing Processes Ergonomic Study Surface 3D Model Details User testing CMF Document Sample Reviews Product Testing
PRODUCT Evolution History Design Language Mood boards Problems USER Perceptions Key Use cases Story Boards Lifestyle Trends MARKET Benchmarking Perceptions Technology Emerging & Existing Design Insights Key Product requirements Business Opportunities
CONCEPT EVALUATION Criteria evaluation Proposal Packages Quick Surface 3D Models Mock ups
COMMUNICATION Realistic Renderings Lifestyle integrations Packaging Marketing Strategy Presentations
COLLABORATIONS DESIGN MANUFACTURE
Teams I’ve collaborated within to develop products.
“I had the pleasure of managing Irfan when he was our intern at Gnosis. His ability to create compelling form language and to clearly communicate complex ideas through excellent illustrations put him above and beyond most interns. He worked well with our team, handling the same work as our full time staff and contributing to a number of projects. He is focused, professional and easy to work with. I would happily work with Irfan again and would recommend him without hesitation.”
DESIGN DIRECTOR, GNOSIS firstname.lastname@example.org
JUNIOR ID, CHAUHAN STUDIO email@example.com
FOUNDER, DESIGNLIFE firstname.lastname@example.org
“He has a strong ability to absorb all details in his surroundings which helps him to summarize and find appropriate opportunities. He has strong illustration skills to communicate his idea quickly, as well as digital & verbal communication skills to express his thoughts. He is always curious and passionate about collecting artefacts around him which is reflected in his personality. A strong team player who is always motivating, involved and invested in the work he does. Irfan is spontaneous, adventurous and a risk taker. Definitely a person to meet or to work with.”
“Irfan has worked with DesignLife, on one of the challenging projects for the Camera equipment. He has handled the Research, analysis & initial idea generation phase of the project, with me. He is sincere and analyses the brief well. I admire him for his work ethics and attitude towards design. He is quick learner as well. We love his sketching and quick illustrations skills. We wish him best for his future career and would love to see him develop into one of the good designer around.”
“Irfan was intern at Domyos for six months. He is a young talented designer student with a great creative mind helped by a thirst of discovery and a good mastery of hand-sketching. More, Irfan is serious and has always the famous Indian smiley face, it was very pleasant to work next to him!”
SENIOR DESIGNER, DOMYOS email@example.com