Category: Research

Common contemporary bag types and shapes


Briefcase / Attache

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The classic shape (without the sharp corners), buckles, leather exterior, and practical interior compartments help make this bag a timeless addition to any working-man’s wardrobe.

Messenger Bag

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Often made from canvas and swung across the shoulder.

Classic Duffel / Carry-all Bag

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A large bag that can be held by a strap or handles, typically used for travel or sports.

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A more square version of the messenger bag.

Newsboy Bag / Satchel

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It’s similar to the messenger bag’s style, but its traditional canvas exterior makes it a little less formal than the latter.




A sack secured with two straps that go over the shoulders and is carried on your back.

The Cross-body

Any bag with a long strap that hangs off your shoulder and across your body.

The Evening Clutch

A small, handheld bag.


Typically a crossbody bag, this style’s round or oval bottom and drawstring closure give it the appearance of a bucket.




Medium Natural Open Top Canvas Tote Bag

A medium to large open-topped bag with two top handles


Typically a clutch or chain-strap bag, this rectangular style resembles an envelope because of its fold-over closure.

The Casual Day Bag/ Weekend bag

A large, wide bag with a top opening and two handles. Informal-looking.

Cosmetic Bag

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Bags of varying sizes and shapes with a zip closure lined to hold cosmetics.

Hobo bag

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A large crescent-shaped shoulder bag or any large bag that hangs from your shoulder and has a main compartment closure (unlike the “tote” which is normally open top)


A small bag worn over the shoulder that closes with a flap and often buckles.


A U-shaped design based on the bags attached behind the saddle on a horse, bicycle, or motorcycle.


A small, metal evening bag adorned with ornamentation like jewels or beads and often has a chain strap for carrying.


A handbag with a strong, typically angular structure.

Doctor bag

A stiff, rectangular bag with a flat bottom and a top, center closure.


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A small clutch shaped bag that comes with an attached leather or bracelet-looking strap allowing you to hold your bag and dance freely.



There are a variety type of bags available in different shapes, sizes, materials, colors & form. They each have different purpose- informal, formal, for gym, prom etc.










Research on soft goods design

A soft good designer basically conceives, develops and defines all design elements in order to come up with many different methods of design and visualization for the end-product. They would also have to communicate with manufacturers on print and execution, review and then approve. The ability to clearly talk through your ideas is considered important. So, I decided to look up for inspirations online for soft design goods that I will be considering making.

Below are the product sketches on shoes designing:

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The sketches mostly explored the materials, the form of the product- so as to create a pleasant user experience and also little details that improve the quality of product.

Next, these are sample product sketches on bags. They explored the different form of straps, functions (openings,closures) as well as material. (in order to make it lightweight, slim, etc) Before execution, they have to know the user’s body features in order to incorporate ideas/form that is suitable for them. Such as broad shoulders, back body form -are some of factors that must be considered in designing bags.

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In the upcoming posts, I will be sharing my ideations and sketches of soft good design.

Mobile Docking with Speakers

Concept: Sound of the waves- a mobile docking with speakers – pumping sound waves into the surrounding air            and towards your ears. This model is the literal representation of ocean ‘waves’ . Elements of nature .

“Sound of the waves”

Below are some of the initial sketches/ideations for this project. All of the ideations includes a mobile docking, speakers and also for charging. Out of all those, I picked one which I would like to explore more. The chosen design focuses more on its aesthetic qualities as compared to other elements/factors.

During the first stages of building foam models, I tried to model a pyramid in both blue foam as well as the white foam. I find that working with blue foam gives a much neater and cleaner edges as compared to white foam.

Then, I proceed in making the model for the mobile docking project. (in the scale 2/3 of original size) Below are some of the process images that I had compiled. First of all, I noted down the measurements needed, such as the size and thickness of mobile phone, wires, the backing for interlocking the stand etc. After which, I had drawn it out on the foam and then cut it accordingly.

Orthographic views of the chosen design (shown on the image above)

I tried using the heat cutter to cut out the organic form of my design. However, I find that it is taking too long and it would be faster to complete it using hand tools. As for the edges and the layerings of the foams, cutting it using the machine will have higher accuracy and produces nice clean edges.

(above is the final outcome of my model)

Reflection: Looking at the final outcome of my model, I feel that the workmanship can be better by using other materials- such as the compressed foam without the plastic surface- which were mostly used for the interior/architectural models. Besides that, laser cutting might give a higher accuracy design especially for the organic shapes.