TITLE: The Power of Portability
DATE: 8/24/2004 08:19:00 AM
Many times the studio design process is all about play with materials and color.
I put forth a motion today that we strive to make at least a few of our new designs this year out of a desire for portability.
The Post-It note was designed entirely for the purposes of portability, usability, and adhesiveness. You grab them. You jot something down. You stick it into place.
Put on your thinking cap with me and consider these ideas based on what medium you might work within…
Painting – Canvases that are small enough to ship, stack, and save space
Furniture – A line of high-end tables that can be folded down or the legs could come off for easy crating and shipping
Glass and Ceramics – Shipping methods that include shrink wrapping pieces to cardboard so they don’t ‘rattle’ and utilizing a box-within-a-box system with spray foam to hold the center box in place as padding
Wearable Fiber – Packing work for a show or customer in a way where it will minimize wrinkles when you create a tube (with your name or web site on it for additional promotion) that the work can be rolled around and then placed within a second tube
Photography – Framed miniatures ship well and are more affordable for many people who love your work but can’t invest in larger, framed pieces
Email me your fresh ideas on how your new portable designs might be easier and less costly to ship. I would love to hear what you have come up with!