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Design Trends: The Appeal of Transparent Design

As an industrial design firm, we love to keep in touch with all the major product design trends that come and go within the product design community. As technology, innovation, and design grow and change, there are a lot of different trends that help teach us what does and doesn’t work in terms of efficient product design.

An industrial design firm like MAKO Design + Invent is always dedicated to not only keeping in touch with some of these interesting product design trends but also trying them out, seeing how they work, and studying their effect on the functionality and effectiveness of a product.

If you remember any major product design trends from the ’90s, you might remember the popularity of transparency in electronic products. From phones to handheld gaming devices, transparency in our product was a fun and innovative way to approach aesthetic design in some of our favourite daily products.

As design has evolved from the 90s we’ve seen less of the popular transparent product design trend as the more modern and minimalistic design has become increasingly popular. However, like all trends, product design trends come back around once more to refresh our minds on the appeal of why they were a top product design trend to begin with.

As an industrial design firm, we’ve noticed that minimalism has become a huge trend in product design. Thus, MAKO has picked some of our favourite transparent product designs to assess the appeal of this recurring trend.

A Turntable Redesigned With a Transparent Product Design

Vinyl turntables have found themselves to be quite popular as they’ve made a great comeback as novelty items and as a collector’s hobby. The passion that a lot of people have for vinyl and record players is that they appreciate the sound quality of vinyl more than other forms of music listening.

Having a high-quality turntable stands as the most vital centrepiece of having a functioning record-playing system – therefore, for this reason, designers and audiophiles all over the world have worked to design and create some of the most high-quality record players that produce crisp and clear sound that any audiophile would appreciate.

Inspired by the Dieter Rams 1955 Braun PC 3 SV, Gearbox’s Automatic Turntable MKII is a transparent design reinvented into the classic turntable! With a high-quality functioning belt drive and Bluetooth connectivity, this record player is sure to suit both the aesthetics and sound quality needs of audiophiles everywhere.

The slick, see-through design adds a unique and interesting element to the record player as you easily see through the device, allowing you to witness the mesmerizing way that a turntable works internally!

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A Famous Beginning for Transparent Product Design

Nothing gets as minimal as this transparent speaker named – Transparent Speaker. Initially starting off as a Kickstarter project, Transparent Sound is a Swedish audio brand that creates audio products that are simple, functional and high-quality. Their main belief as an audio brand is to create home products and objects that never feel outdated even after years of purchase.

Their collection of items is popularly known for their extremely minimalistic and monochrome design that showcases how simple and aesthetically pleasing it could be for audio products to exist not only as functional products within the home but conversation pieces that add sophistication to the home’s décor.

The speakers are designed to be just as much as high-fidelity and high-quality sounding products just as much as they are designed to be great interior pieces. The speaker is made with the exact essential pieces that make the speaker function.

The most appealing aspect of the transparent speaker is its transparent design, which shows the inside of the speaker and the minimal amount of tech pieces actually used for the speaker to function. The speaker’s structure is supported by a simple black or white frame and encased with tempered glass panels, giving the product a more luxurious and delicate feel.

Transparency in fashion isn’t a relatively new concept, as using see-through materials, such as silk, rayon or the trendy nylon, has been employed to make statement pieces in many fashion lines over the past few years. However, a relatively interesting and equally controversial product design trend is transparent design in bags or luggage.

Our possessions are generally private and personal to us, so what does the use of having a transparent bag or carry-on do for us? For those who are invested in the world of fashion – transparent bags have become a new staple piece that trendsetters are beginning to invest in.

Following the idea of minimalism, the product design trend for carry-on luggage gives fashion fans the chance to stand out at airports by doing the complete opposite of what most people would do – conceal their private belongings.

The appeal of the transparent design not only serves as a statement piece but also a new way of approaching minimalism. The structure and design of the see-through luggage from an industrial design firm’s view show how simple and put together the whole piece is. One benefit is that the user is easily able to find their items without the need to rummage through their bag.

If you have a great new invention and you’d like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO today and visit our website to find out more. Or feel free to give us a call at 1-888-MAKO, and we can set you up on a call with our product strategist!

About: MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, small manufacturers, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial designmechanical engineeringelectrical engineeringpatent referralprototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry's leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Click HERE to learn more about MAKO Design + Invent!

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