- Mother of two children, age 2 and 4
Two rounds of user-testing were conducted during the research phase. We were teamed up to create various models testing ergonomics, function and form, and observed the behaviors and response of the children and their parents. Some of the feedback that guided Pico's creation includes:
Multiple rounds of concepts were generated, with a focus around ambiguous profiles that encouraged imagination during children's play. Scaled sketch models were created visualize the forms and proportions in 3D before determining the final dimensions.
The main body of Pico was created out of foam due to weight considerations, whereas the storage unit was made of plywood for structural purposes. The prototype was then covered with a textured upholstery for a more compelling aesthetic appeal. Pico's wheels were externally sourced to ensure its safety and stability. Meanwhile sides of Pico were completed with satin finished plywood to balance the main colors of the body, providing a visually appealing appearance for the home when the toy is not in use.
Pico was deemed highly popular amongst the three children (age 3-6) who participated in the final user testing.