1) Sourcing Appropriate Materials
I found out on my upcycle project that designing the concept is only half of the logistical battle. I spent more time specifying and tracking down the appropriate materials than I did on the design and fabrication combined. Whenever I had forgotten something I would have to make an extra trip to track down a suitable option. During each consecutive trip to McGuckin’s I found better materials that achieved the aesthetic and functional design better than the previous versions. It felt like I was iterating prototype designs without actually fabricating each version.
2) Achieving the “Naturalist” Aesthetic
The design goal of this design is to strive for a very natural aesthetic. This is why I chose to create the rod out of bamboo. The challenge will be promoting that aesthetic in all the other components that will be necessary to complete the design. The reel is the biggest challenge as they are inherently industrial looking since they are die cast, machined or injection molded parts.
3) Enabling the Functional Elements within the Aesthetic
While the goal of creating this project is convey the aesthetic is the chosen medium, it would be nice to have a functional fly rod at the end of the endeavor. My focus is to strive for the aesthetic first and define how the road will function based on what the design will allow for after.
4) Prototype Iterations
I am confident I can mock up the design with proxy material for both the aesthetic and functional facets of the design. That said, since I will likely need to specially source a few of these components, I may only get one shot at combining the aesthetic and functional components into the final design.
5) Balancing Design Goals with a Target Cost
Anyone whom is familiar with fly fishing know that the gear can get expensive quickly. While I entirely willing to spend the correct amount of money to make a beautiful rod that functions correctly, I am not looking to shell out over $100 for the first spin of this design. Perhaps once I have worked out some of the kinks, it will be less of a concerning to spend more on a refined design.
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