PRODUCT & BRAND DESIGN
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MUNITIO HEADPHONES

Vapor Studio 2012-2013

Vapor Studio was contracted by Munitio for a number of headphone projects ranging from ergonomic development of their first non-earbud headphone, to an on-ear model that would eventually raise over $400k on Kickstarter, to additional women’s and sport concept work.

While the Munitio brand had existed for a few years at the onset of the project, their product scope was limited to two in-ear models. A large portion of the design process involved exploration of what the future of brand could become through wider ranging product design.

Pro-40 Ergonomic Revisions

Pro-40 Ergonomic Revisions

Munitio came to Vapor Studio with a working over-ear headphone prototype, but its ergonomics were completely off. Using our headphone and human factors experience, we reworked their design to provide fit & function on par with the best in the industry.

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Pro-30 Design Brief

Pro-30 Design Brief

Pro-40 Earcup Assembly

Pro-40 Earcup Assembly

A goal of the Pro-30 was to simplify the mechanics of the Pro-40 earcup, which featured a 12-piece gimbal.

 Prior to the mechanization of the Pro-40 earcup, Munitio had created a beautiful milled aluminum housing. Though it was eventually lost within the Pro-40’s gimbal mechanism we saw its clean look & feel as the perfect inspiration for the Pro-30’s earcup.

Prior to the mechanization of the Pro-40 earcup, Munitio had created a beautiful milled aluminum housing. Though it was eventually lost within the Pro-40’s gimbal mechanism we saw its clean look & feel as the perfect inspiration for the Pro-30’s earcup.

v1 SKETCHES

v1 SKETCHES

v1 Earcup mechanism

v1 Earcup mechanism

Spring actuated earcup articulation

v2

v2

The client, much to my satisfaction, chose the most minimal of the v1 designs with small additional details like visible earcup hardware.

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v2 earcup mechansim

v2 earcup mechansim

Delrin insert (white) allowed articulation through molded flex notches

v2 Hinge/Folding mechanism variations

v2 Hinge/Folding mechanism variations

Final Design

Final Design

Final tweaks included resizing the earcups to be on the smaller side of the on-ear category to further differentiate the Pro-30 from the Pro-40 as well as final designs for the earcup and hinge mechanics and assemblies.

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PRODUCTION MODEL

PRODUCTION MODEL

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Earphone X

Earphone X

Brief

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v2 Concepts

v2 Concepts

v3

v3

Final Design

Final Design

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Women's Concept Collection

Women's Concept Collection

On-ear

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Women's Concept Collection

Women's Concept Collection

In-ear

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Women's Concept Collection

Women's Concept Collection

In-ear Sport

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