I started sketching out my ski designs on paper in order to get a feel as what I wanted. I used my previous research of ski designs to get an understanding of the layout and common techniques that are used. Shapes are very common throughout ski designs as well as large images split across the two skis this was something I attempted to implement in my own sketches are shown below.
However after looking at these two designs they were quite messy and overcrowded and I felt as though the image would be ruined if split between the two skis. 99% of the time the skis aren’t perfectly next to each other and so the image would be distorted and not have the effect I wanted. The second design I felt was nice however it could’ve been worked slightly better and so I carried on sketching out better ways to use diagonal lines and shapes to make it look better and here it what I came out with.
I used the diagonal lines and symmetry on each ski for an effect, this will also enable the skier to know which ski goes on which foot – this is something I frequently have issues with when I ski. There are some styles of skis that having the skis the wrong way around effects the performance of the skis such as freestyle. I decided to name these ski’s as the ‘FreeStyle’ ski and gave them a French vibe using the colours of the French flag and putting a small flag at the bottom of them.
The image above is a new ski design that i sketched up, again I wanted to follow the idea of clean shapes and angles. I wanted the skis to be very vibrant and bold but with a clean design, therefore I used the logo in the top across the two skis and then a small shape at the bottom linking to the ‘alpitude’ branding strip. I really liked this sketch and so will use it as a final design, the reason I liked this is because it is clean and aesthetic and as a skier I would wear a pair of these skis.
My final ski sketch that I made was this one above. I wanted to implement a word that was said by one of my peers when I asked them what sprung to mind when I mentioned the word skiing and they said ‘Frosty’. This was an eye opener as normally people think “snowy” or “ice” but frost was something very different, therefore I wanted to make a ski design referring to this word. I have sketched some sort of ice/ snowflakes on the ski’s and will have a very pale blue background in order to fit with the frosty theme.