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The Union Jack evolved.

We used a rapid, co-creative Design Sprint framework to re-imagine the future of Urban Armor Gear’s protective enclosure patterns.

Urban Armor Gear

Services Provided:

  • Technology Strategy

  • Product Design & Development

  • Software Development

Insight.

Today’s tools were built for yesterday’s design challenges.

With the speed at which product development is changing, design teams need new tools to more quickly respond to shifts in consumer demand. Using an innovative design framework, we can combine business strategy, computational thinking, and user research to generate, test, and validate ideas with lower risk and cost.

Computational Design Sprint

 

A framework combining Computational Thinking with a Design Sprint to rapidly address complex business challenges using algorithms and data-driven tools.

 
Map out the brief and break it down into discrete problems to solve.

Map out the brief and break it down into discrete problems to solve.

Generate concepts and explore a range of potential solutions.

Generate concepts and explore a range of potential solutions.

Build a prototype to test assumptions and fill gaps in our knowledge.

Build a prototype to test assumptions and fill gaps in our knowledge.

Demo the prototype with key stakeholders and plan for continued development.

Demo the prototype with key stakeholders and plan for continued development.

Idea.

Explore a broad design space within a unified design system.

Alongside Urban Armor Gear, we defined an algorithm strategy based on the iconic hexagon and Union Jack, focused on prioritizing performance, adaptive patterns, and rugged geometries. Computational tools were developed for the creation of an evolved brand pattern and texture tooling geometry, bridging the gap between design and manufacturing while increasing the collaboration between teams.

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Impact.

The Design Sprint brought UAG’s diverse team together to rapidly solve a difficult problem using a previously unimagined tool.

Our work with Urban Armor Gear helped align the team on an evolved direction for the brand’s design language while enabling designers to rapidly iterate concepts and produce a higher fidelity of design and workable geometry for manufacturing.

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Interested in using computational tools to tackle your next product development challenge?