We started with developing a Mood Board around radios in both the home made and consumer fields. this mood board can be seen below
I have had an extensive look on-line at example of people building their own internet radios. Sites like Instructables give detailed accounts of their process and some common themes have emerged. There are many examples of radios being built out of old radios with the insides removed. This process allows for more freedom if you do not have access to a 3D printer or laser cutter. The most common process however does involve using a laser cutter or 3D printer. I believe that this process is more valuable to us due to its open-source nature. Using a 3D printer or a laser cutter we could simply put the files up onto an Instructables page our self and create an easy to use open-source dialogue. Many of the Instructables examples are very clunky and basic, they look cheap and I believe that this is the problem with the current open source processes available. The intention with our design is to not look out of place on the shelves of John Lewis.
I took a trip to John Lewis to have a look at their current product line. I feel that desk research is great if you need quick and easy information, but nothing beats actually physically interacting with the product itself. John Lewis displays a great deal of stylist and on trend products, because of this I always use them to gain a perspective of the current market trends. The styles of radios that are popular at the moment seem to all have a real wood “wrap”, as can be seen below in my photographs. This style acts in parallel to the contemporary craft scene that is so popular at the moment and it makes perfect sense to use this form of styling in our piece. I intend to prototype some of these designs to see how appropriate they feel in the context of our design.