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Nothing wrong with found objects to speed up the mockup, need a ring, bottom of a can of soda, need a cool curve, look around find a plastic jug and your hot gun and bang it out. Two things, to remember when in doubt paint the whole thing white, noting tells the truth of the form like a monochromatic white paint job. The other thing, do it fast, so you are NOT reticent about chopping it up to make changes.jcharles00 wrote:So far I have used cardboard, foamcore, pink foam wood and wire and paper to make mockups. One of my instructors always told us to go get materials for exploratory prototypes out of the trash; cardboard, cups, bottles, etc. Some materials are better at informing your design as you start creating them, serving as a kind of formative feasibility investigation.
I recently grabbed "Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design" and found it to be a good collection of ideas for prototyping. I never knew that foamcore could look so nice!