attention to detail



What benefit/experience your idea provides ?

Don't Underestimate

The Importance of Details to the Overall Impact

Functional requirements

  • structural stability
  • center of gravity (visual center, actual center),
  • charging port,(holes on the surface, ).
  • movements (Securing wheels, rails, rotational movement,
  • space for extension,
  • enough room for airflow(like a vacuum cleaner), straight-through suction path
  • hidden parts (power cords (Dyson))
  • anticipate troubles, use design to find a workaround
  • access for maintenance
  • respond to the intended experience
  • housed in an ergonomic position, optimal control,
  • tilt angles,
  • easy to carry/hold (create patterns)
  • easy to push/open

Visual cue

  • guidance,
  • usability (how to hold, push, grab, retract, replace)
  • buttons/switches (hidden or exposed),
  • indication lights,
  • texture and sound (speakers)
  • compartments
  • Visual attention- imbalance, surprise, unexpected, visual echoing

Psychological reassuring

  • visual weight,
  • balance, closure, continuity
  • design affordance-reduce human errors-slot, guideway
  • visualize redundant safety measures

Gestalt psychology—perceive entire patterns or configurations, not merely individual components.

  • connections
  • joints,
  • axis,
  • transition between surface, transition between parts
How to manufacture?
  • Constraints- anticipate the trouble and reduce the risk
  • place mating lines strategically (wall thickness),
  • CMF
  • draft,
  • enhance walls (ribs),
  • reduce material waste and consumption

How to assemble?

  • minimize parts and labor in assembly
  • optimal choice on mating lines again(make assembly line run smoothly)
  • easy to be disassembled (consider packing & storage)
  • offset surfaces to provide a margin for human error
  • design a tool or fixture for easy assembly


  • reduce size,
  • minimum order, choices of manufacturing process
  • material choice
  • screen(software)
  • maintenance


  • address volumetric considerations and constraints (product architecture/internal components)
  • styling, visual perception, reducing visual weight, gestalt, patterns, rhythm
  • use the multi-sensory connection to create memory-engaging all senses, sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste
  • fashion trends
  • marketing- how the design looks in motion (the rise of short-form video on social media)