Category: Sketches & Model-Making

Soft Goods Product

Soft good product: Tote Bag

Features: Different compartment sizes for different things. Fit A4 sizes and for tablets/iPad.

Compatible for: People who likes to stay organized without bringing extra smaller compartments. The ‘built-in’ compartments/pockets minimizes space.

Things to consider: Ezlink card, makeup, earpiece, brooches, pens, accessories, ruler(very important for designer), notebook, tissue, penknife, scissors etc.


Initially started with the idea of simply aesthetic. However, it changes along the way in my ideations as I wanted the tote bag to be more functional- especially for people like me. (who prefer to have different compartments in bag)

I had also explored the different types of joining the sides together. Below are the some smaller scale mock ups of different types of joining of the tote bag.

Afterwards, I chose one of the joining methods and began working on the mockup scale 1:1 using the black paper provided.

(back of the tote bag)

(front of the tote bag)

(tote bag with stuffs inside)


As the compartments are the main selling point of the tote bag, I decided to explore the different sizes for the compartments. First, I listed down the things that considered highest priority / most importance. (based on my personal judgement)

Highest importance– Ezlink, earpiece, phone, balm, ointment, medicine.

Most of these items stated above are small-sized and can be fit into 1 compartment by themselves.

Mid importance – Notebook, ruler, pens.

Low importance – Tissue, stationary eg. scissors, penknife, glue etc

And then I proceed to source out for the materials needed. Ideally it would be in synthetic leather- so that it can holds the weight of the things inside. However, I tried out the final product in felt as it is cheaper and easy to sew.

Things to improve/take note: For further improvement on this design, I could explore in different material- more rigid and could hold weight.

Images below are some of the different cuts of felt- in order to combine them as one.

Final outcome …….to be shown.

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.