I tend to think a lot during the sketching process as opposed to 3D Modeling like with Fusion 360. With this particular project I am attempting to figure out a good chunk of the overall functionality and scale of the product while at the same time leaving the specifics for the 3D Modeling phase just ahead.
Perception of Value and Brand: Since this is a timer that is meant for the budding/intermediate chef I nneed the overall brand value to be slightly above average to still give the timer a sense of specialized equipment (especially for the design concious chef who loves doughnut shaped things).
Personality and Character: Approachable, yet still professional. I need this thing to blend in as an intriguing yet timeless cooking countdown.
Ergonomics and Usability: The diameter of the timer should fit approximately in the hand the same as a donut. For reference I am meuring water bottles at the large end of grip (i.e. diameter of a hydroflask). Having texture on the turning top of the timer will aid smaller hands with fine tuning to the correct time setting.
Masculine/Feminine: Fairly Neutral, slightly more feminine due to the soft looking form, masculine due to the edge linesand caulated details.
Trend/Timelessness: My intended use of the transparent material will give the product a slightly trendy feel with what I consider to be a more timeless use due to the interesting fuctionality and intentional aesthetic choice.
Slight more refinement than thumbnails with some final exploration into the hinge mechanism. Looking forward I will be working on more with the proportions of the materials as well as the texture and interaction options for the top of the timer. Might play around with having a texture similar to sprinkles on the top!