Stefan De Pauw-Insectorama Drawing Templates
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Interview with Stefan De Pauw : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Stefan De Pauw : I discovered laser cutting and DIY manufacturing a couple of years ago. Very fascinating that product design became suddenly available to the crowd, just like graphic design did before. I wanted to use those new options myself but now it’s hard to remember how I suddenly got the idea to make drawing templates. Possibly while playing Spore with my godchild on top of my lifelong fascination for insects. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Stefan De Pauw : I would like to get my design in production on a larger scale, make it available in stores. This will involve other production techniques and larger investments. Or maybe sell the concept. In the end I just want as many people as possible to be able to use them. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Stefan De Pauw : This is an in depth pursuit of an inspiration and also my first step in product design. I got inspired by the concept of laser cutting when I first saw the Ponoko.com website.
The discovery of this platform somehow spoiled me with a new array of creative possibilities but it took me a while to narrow them down into a good idea. I ordered my prototype at Ponoko and tested it out with a group of children who enjoyed it a lot. Then I finalised the templates and took care of packaging, personalised pencils, a website, a manual sheet, etc… Being a graphic designer myself this was a great self commissioned project to run from a to z.
.Frank Scott: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?. Stefan De Pauw : My drawing sets are manufactured in small quantities and I still take care of the rest of the production, packaging, distribution, protection, layout, everything. I'm still figuring out which of both paths I will choose. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Stefan De Pauw : My main audience are children between 6 and 10 years old but I’m an avid user myself. And I know some other adults who thoroughly enjoy it. Ok, it is a toy for children but I hope to inspire them with my drawings, to show them how far they can push the results. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Stefan De Pauw : My drawing set contains only parts and no complete shapes. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Stefan De Pauw : Apart from a drawing set used to trace clothes onto human figures I was unable to find other similar products that offered only parts to combine and to stimulate the imagination of the users. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Stefan De Pauw : Figuring out everything by myself required a lot of research. From production techniques, dealing with manufacturers, protecting a design, how to sell it, … I still have a lot to learn. I also have a full time job as a graphic designer and it is sometimes a hectic combination with this pet project that suddenly starts to grow. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Stefan De Pauw : I follow the Ponoko blog and they have a regular overview of interesting competitions but I never found anything where I could apply for. So one lunch break I looked beyond that point and found the A’ Design Award website. That was 3 days before the 2010 deadline. The rest is history :-) .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Stefan De Pauw : That designing is indeed 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent transpiration. .
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