Having researched and reviewed several competitors, we were able to identify the key components that were often compromised on; poorly considered features and aesthetics, unergonomic handlebars, and cheap wheels.
We conducted a thorough UX research exercise (during lockdown, no less!) that determined the top features people wanted in a light suitcase, and the pain points they wanted to be resolved. That informed the components that needed to be featured in the brief.
From there we began sketching and 3D designing the possibilities of redesigning the shell, wheels, and handles to be extremely light, but maintain their rigidity and strength.
The next stage was to prototype in 3D before sending it to the factory. With our prior experience designing suitcases, we had the foundations to prototype and work with familiar materials that we knew would answer the brief.
Utilising aerospace-grade polycarbonate was an obvious choice due to its strength, flexibility, and weight.
The wheels were the final part of the suitcase we focused on, most lightweight suitcases used only two standard wheels requiring you to tip the suitcase over when you needed to use the wheels with very limited mobility. This led us to design our own custom double spinner wheels that can be used without the need to tip over the suitcase to use its wheels.
Thanks to the research, sketching, and 3D prototyping processes, the end result was a beautifully designed lightweight hardshell, double-wheeled carry-on suitcase with intuitive components and considered ergonomic features, weighing less than 2 kilograms.