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Ch9. 拆招CMF設計談沒有錢錢也要全力以赴

CMF is a specific discipline within industrial design that focuses on the development of a product’s color, material, and finish. Unwrap CMF shares bite-sized stories of CMF Design to inform and inspire those interested in this niche yet fascinating field, with digestible contents for anyone and everyone. Comments and inspirations are welcome!

CMF treatment is the basic principal of a product quality. The pursue of details is also the self-recognition of being a CMF Designer.

Upon the diverse scope of responsibilities, CMF Designers also need to follow-up throughout manufacturing trials, which is the step of converting 2D computer-generated rendering into 3D reality. Meanwhile, its duty is not simply manufacturing follow-up, but also includes the attention to CMF details. (中文請見下方)

Why can IKEA bring price-competitive products that also has a winning quality? Both Industrial Design form factor and treatment of CMF details contribute to the fact.

At any budget, we should always try our best to bring out the highest possible perceived quality.

A work by Professor Hanyu Lin at Kaohsiung Normal University has inspired me to write this post. It is a very simple plastic funnel with every detail being nicely polished. Indeed, this is the spirit of CMF, as well as the respect for one’s own work.

As an industrial material, plastic has become a popular choice because of its price and ease of production. But because it is a man-made material without the essence of natural materials, the flaws on a plastic product is especially obvious. For example, VDI texture, flow mark, parting line, overflow – all of these are tiny little details that can determine the perceived quality.

I had to be super picky to be able to find some tutorial examples from IKEA. But overall, many of these are sold under $10. Within this limited budget, many CMF details are achieved at its highest potential – that happens only if we put all-in efforts.

Next time when you visit IKEA or other stores and see a nice-looking product, try to also look at how its CMF details are treated: what have they done with these details to be perceived above ordinary?

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Ch37. Unwrapping CMF Design on Higher Price, Higher Quality?

CMF為Color Material and Finishing,屬於工業設計旗下專注於產品色彩、材質、及表面處理工藝的關鍵一環。Unwrap CMF彩材拆拆圍繞著這個主題,以淺而易懂的小故事拆解CMF設計的日常。歡迎留言分享!

CMF處理可以說是產品質感的基本要素;對細節的堅持,更是CMF設計師的自我認同。

CMF設計師有多元的職責,其中包括生產製造的跟進,也就是將平面的電腦渲染圖轉換為立體現實產品的重要一環。這個時候,CMF設計師不只身負產線實現的責任,對CMF細節的掌控也是關鍵。

為什麼宜家有許多平價產品的質感能勝過其他百貨量販呢?工業設計的外觀造型及CMF的細節處理是重要的精髓。當然,宜家的商業模式出貨量等都是供應商積極配合的原因,但不能總是拿別人錢多、別人公司大作為逃避責任的流氓藉口??‍♀️

不妨轉個念頭:雖然錢錢不多,但全力以赴的我看起來超帥der~

會想到寫這篇是因為受到高師大林漢裕教授作品的啟發:一個簡約的漏斗塑膠製品,卻將細節做到完善,這就是CMF的精神,也是對自己作品的尊重。

作為工業材料,塑膠因為價格及可塑性的關係,成為各行業最受歡迎的量產選材之一。正因為塑膠是人造材料,沒有天然材質的底蘊,所以細節質感在塑膠製品上的成敗格外明顯。比如免噴塗塑膠上的咬花流痕氣紋分模線模具溢膠等,都是微乎其微又能定勝負。

我硬是雞蛋裡挑骨頭,終於在宜家陳列的廚房單品中找了一些科普案例。但整體而言,這些都不過是幾十塊的產品(以前在手機行業,留給外觀的CMF預算也不過如此),在有限的預算內, CMF細節並未被鬆散交差。全力以赴之後,就算還是有不完美之處,也至少不留遺憾。

下一次逛宜家或其他量販店的時候,如果看到「好看、有質感」的商品,不妨注意一下它們的細節處理:它們的細節上做了哪些處理,才使得勝於平凡?

延伸閱讀:
Ch37. 拆招CMF設計談貴就一定好?


裡外的咬花及隱藏的分模線都備巧思,是設計師和模具廠合作之下達到的最佳質感(林漢裕教授作品)。
High perceived quality via hidden parting line and VDI texture through thoughtful collaboration between designer and tooling factory (work by Professor Hanyu Lin).
模具邊緣的溢膠能使塑膠製品降一個檔次。
Overflow of injection can drop the product quality by a level.
某些情況,半透的塑膠會帶來廉價的質感。
In some cases, see-through plastic can be cheap-looking.
同是挖杓,不同的配色和表面處理就能產生質感上的差異(對比請參考LÄTTBAKAD)。
Different choice of colors and VDI textures can produce varying look and feel of the same product (see LÄTTBAKAD to compare).




CMF學無止境,善用CMF關鍵字在網上深入鑽研,歡迎大家留言補充。
Enjoy learning? Use the CMF terminologies mentioned above and continue on with your own research journey on the web. Comments and inspirations are welcome!
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Problem-solving ??? ?????. Former head of CMF at Motorola. A New York-based and world-traveling Design Consultant with over 13 years of specialty in CMF Design. 高雄囡仔,前摩托羅拉CMF設計團隊負責人,目前定居於紐約並遊牧世界,任自由撰稿人兼CMF設計顧問,持續投入在CMF設計的科普推廣,並為WGSN及羅技等公司提供CMF專案支持或諮詢服務。

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