Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Designing socks - our Lucky Monkey gifts

After completing the first step of designing socks for our Lucky Monkey, the brainstorming session, it's then time to get to the part we love best - hand sketches. 

Designing socks - our Lucky Monkey gifts
Hand Sketching our Lucky Monkey
We are firm advocates of the pen and pad and enjoy starting all of our projects in this way. After our hand sketches are completed, it's then time to transfer over to digital with the aid of our awesome digital sketch boards.

Here is our first design of our Lucky Monkey. After sending this over to our sock factory; two main alterations were advised and required.

Designing socks - our Lucky Monkey gifts
Our Initial Monkey Design
Firstly, the design was too colourful! Even the very best of weaving machines, in this case it was, can only manage 5-6 colours of yarn. We simplified the design to have just 4 colours as this makes the product more manufacturable and also helps save costs by reducing complexity.

Secondly, the design had too much detail. As much as the headband looks great, the fine weaving required would potentially have an effect on the look of the product and overall quality.  This lead us to simplify design.

Designing Socks: Simplifying and refining the look of our lucky monkey.

This was the next design from our team and again we submitted to factory for feedback.
Designing socks - our Lucky Monkey gifts
Simplifying and Refining

After the design was finalised, the factory then provided us with a grid map of our Lucky Monkey sock. Each individual square represents a sewing point. This sewing pattern is then interpreted by computer for production.  Shading represents the different colours of yarn needed. This allows us to picture how big or small we want our monkey to be on our customised sock.

Designing socks - our Lucky Monkey gifts
Grid map of our Lucky Monkey 
You always need to talk through designs with factory. A small issue with our design was the positioning of the logo on the base of the foot - potentially causing discomfort when walking.  A quick shift of design, and our monkey socks were ready for sampling. 
Designing socks - our Lucky Monkey gifts
The Final Design
Monkey Socks are now in sampling so check back on our promotional product blog for more case studies.  

Our next blog will be about the packaging and tag aspect to our lucky monkey socks; be sure to keep an eye on our friends at ODM's twitter and Facebook to be the first to find out when it is posted.

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