Titanium Keyholders And Brain Farts
I just spent the last 10 minutes “snooping”….
Well, to be more accurate, I’ve been snooping through old photos on my computer – photos from up to two years ago I forgot I took.
One of the photos was for some funky titanium prototypes (more on those in a minute).
But, just for a moment, I’m going to go completely off tangent here…
(feel free to skip all this because it has nothing to do whatsoever with titanium, everyday carry, my latest Kickstarter project or anything like that…)
More and more recently I feel like I know nothing. And I really do mean nothing.
Nothing about life. Nothing about business. Nothing about socialising. Nothing about NOTHING.
As you may know…
I’m fairly prevalent with launching projects on Kickstarter.com (this is my 8th project now).
In fact, running projects on Kickstarter is one of the main reasons I’ve been able to build a business, leave my job (at the end of last year – woohoo!) and make mad titanium gear full-time. It’s pretty cool.
And it’s real weird. A few weeks ago I fancied myself as some sort of “Jedi Master” at running Kickstarter projects… but, all of a sudden (and I really can’t figure out why), I feel like I know about 1% of what I should know about Kickstarter.
I’ve gone from “knowing everything” to knowing nothing.
And it’s not even just Kickstarter (that’s just one example). It’s everything. I suddenly know nothing about everything. Like I said: weird!
Is this what happens when you’re 32? (actually, I thought I was 33 since September last year… until I double-checked just now. So, I just got a FREE year… bonus!). You think you know a bunch of stuff… and then you find out you know literally NOTHING?!
Anyway, let’s get down to business (titanium business!)….
I found this these photos of some old titanium prototypes from a long time ago:
As you can tell – these are key-holders.
They are something I just never got around to continuing with.
But the funny thing is… I personally use one of these right now. I’ve got my three main keys AND a USB stick on it. I love the fact there is no “jiggle” sound from it.
The problem is (and, truthfully, it’s one of the main reasons I never pursued it):
I know that Customers who invest in it will have to put it together themselves. There will be screws, posts, washers, spring-washers and o-rings. I have images of people getting really frustrated with it.
Oh, and believe it or not…
A big part of my testing process is visualizing myself as a Customer who just receives the product I’m designing and testing. I try to put myself through every way they are going to interact with this design.
And so, with the above keyholder design, I have a “horror movie” playing in my mind of Customers getting frustrated with all the little pieces while trying to set it up using all the washers and o-rings… and throw the whole thing in the trash!
Maybe my fears are unfounded. Not sure.
I’m trying to come up with a solution that doesn’t use loads of little washers, screws and such – but not managed it yet.
However, it seems to be a good design (and I say this because I personally use one of these prototypes all the time… and I don’t carry stuff unless I need/want to!).
…and that’s all I’ve got to say about that. (Forest Gump anyone? :-P)