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The Marshall is a classic small speaker. It has a retro look and convenient operation, and can have incredible sound quality through a simple Bluetooth connection.
Nowadays, more and more people love retro products. According to research data by RESEARCHGATE, about 46.7% of people own their own retro products. Marshall will satisfy the retro interest of users, while bringing the most cutting-edge technology and excellent music performance.
In the design part, I first started the product analysis of Marshall. This allows me to better understand the design language & internal strycture of Marshall products, which helps me to design products that match the brand.
What is Marshall?
Easy To Carry
A solid black color with some gold buttons and logos. For the appearance of the material, I chose to use the leather to restore the style of Marshall audio products. The finished product should be clean & simple & easy to use.
Marshall's design language is very specific and monolithic, and I don't want to break it. Therefore, my idea is to quickly and casually look for more possibilities based on simple geometric shapes to give this speaker as interesting a look as possible.
I also did a lot of quick rendering to try out more possibilities, I tried to make the original single geometry more crazy and exaggerated, but the effect seemed completely out of the brand's design language.
“Marshall has always been my favorite speaker brand because it has always been adhering to the classic and simple design style. After i finished the quick sketch, I asked some professions for their thoughts on my relatively exaggerated design. The advice I got was to do something closer to the Marshall style in order to accepted in the actual brand language."
Made of 10 lb Foam
10 lb FOAM MODEL
For the practice model, I used 10 lb Foam to make the shape. I knew that the battery compartment should be made larger to take into account the space for the wires. So I started to change the size of the internal area. I cut it in the middle, punched holes around it and secured it with wooden sticks, this was done to better fit my internal parts.
Made of 20 lb Foam
20 lb FOAM MODEL
After many measurements, I chose to use 20 lb foam directly to make the final model. First, I used the template to draw the position where the mill is needed, and battery of the mill. Since the front section is very thick, and I need to completely open it long time and is easily damaged. The shell edge of the model. So I drilled it through bit by bit with the drill bit, and then used the mill to trim the edges. The internal structure adopts the same approach as the previous.
READY TO ASSEMBLE
In the choice of color matching, I also used Marshall's classic black & gold color matching. It looks more retro. After the shells were all sprayed, I started to debug the position of the keys. I didn't finally paint the internal main body until they were fully working.
Let's begin to assemble.
The challenge that the Marshall speaker project has brought me is unprecedented, I need to constantly change and adjust the placement of the internal parts to achieve the best control experience and performance.
How Things Work Inside.
What I Learned
Through this project, I have a better understanding of the model making process, and I have become more proficient in using various machines. More importantly, it improves the logical way of thinking when solving problems. For example, when I solve the arrangement of internal parts, I change the structure of the impression into two parts, the inner and outer parts. These experiences will be of great help for future design
Let's begin to assemble.
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