Makedo (Cardboard Construction System) by Paul Justin
2018 - 2019, Golden A' Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design Award Winner
Children are endlessly imaginative. Ever eager to make indescribable thingamajigs for play, Paul Justin (PJ) sought to develop an open-ended construction system simple enough to enable his children (and many others) to independently create worlds of their own imagining. PJ's ‘aha moment’ was found in cardboard; a universally available, free and unlimited building block. Combined with the development of intuitive, reusable tools for crafting and connecting cardboard, Makedo was born.
Makedo is a simple to use, open-ended system of tools for creative cardboard construction. Makedo enables children to see value in everyday cardboard and to independently repurpose it into imaginative, playful and useful creations, all the while fostering the critical thinking skills of tomorrow’s problem solvers. Makedo comes to life in collaborative, creative environments such as classrooms, maker-spaces, libraries, museums and homes.
Design Challenges
As an own brand, there is a continual subconscious process of product development. Our ongoing objective is to apply Dieter Rams’ 10 Principles of Good Design. Our primary endeavour with Makedo 3.0 was to consolidate the design language of the Makedo system (four new tools which utilise a single handle design), extend overall capability for older makers 7+ without compromising safety (3+ safe metal blades), and reducing the use of plastics in our packaging (achieved 80/100%, sku dependent).
Production Technology
The Makedo system is manufactured primarily by injection moulding. SCRUs: PP. Tools: ABS. Blades: PA66 or SS#420. As our primary market is in education, we were highly cognisant of ensuring we maintained our position of affordability for newly introduced parts and kits. Consolidated design and material selection were key to achieving this. In addition, we offer a free library of printable part files which can be 3D printed to enhance, accessorise and hack the making process.
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