My roommate found a functional but locked gen4 (?) ipod touch with a cracked screen in a cab. It sat on his end-table for approximately six months before I decided to buy an ipod cable and find a youtube video on how to reset it. So we’ve been enjoying having an ipod for a while but it bothered me that the thing was so breakable. Now, I could’ve just gone down to Five Points and copped a plastic ipod case for probably a few bucks, but that would be too easy. No, spending a few weeks worth of spare time prototyping, that’s obviously the way to go.
The one constant theme to my design was that it should be made all from one piece. If you can just add pieces all willy-nilly, that’s cheating and what’s the fun in that?
prototypes. it helped that I was unemployed during the bulk of development.
I have no regrets, though; it (eventually) came out awesome.
my apartment was flooded with bits of cardboard everywhere to get this result.
the initial design was to slide the ipod into the rightmost side of case. When I developed the latching mechanism, making a “door” out of the right side, I realized there was a much simpler, more functional design possible (bottom row of prototypes): folding the sides around the ipod and latching it on the back
here’s the latching bit on the final version, the first real design breakthrough (I use the term loosely, it’s not like i’m going to the moon, here.) the cool thing about it is that you can also thread your belt through. a physical anchor is very important to all the shit I carry, so integrating that idea was always on my mind from the beginning. ancillary benefit!
getting the lengths dialed in so that the latch didn’t overshoot the docking part was another prototype exercise, but now I can slide the whole case into the dock at work no problem.
so, here we undo the latch…
to reveal the final design breakthrough, the puzzle-piece connector that holds the sides together so your hands can futz with the latch.
and here’s the exploded view.
to my mind, the air pockets created by the corrugation are superior padding than plastic or rubber. also, judged against the average person, I’m fairly anti-consummerist and committed to recycling and especially re-using, so that partially explains my reticence to consume moar plastic; though, obviously, the environmental benefit of this exercise is effectively zero. but, you know, I gotta be me.