Wallet Prototypes – Sarah Tram

Last Friday, after interviewing two classmates about their ideal wallets, a few key points stuck out to me. I kept these important key points listed below when prototyping a mesh of my interviewees’ ideal wallets.

  • Must have a clear pocket for easy access to photo ID and/or Hokie passport (mainly for riding the bus)
  • Needs to be as compact as possible, and not too big.
  • Needs around 3 to 5 slots for cards, a maybe a small space for a few bills, as cash is sometimes carried around.

With these main focal points in mind, I began designing and exploring options.


Option #1:

Both interviewees spoke about how they always have their phone and wallet on them all the time, whether it be placed in their jean pockets or purse. However, one interviewee said they generally like their phones to be as slim as possible, and because of that, doesn’t necessarily like phone wallets.

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The idea behind prototype #1 is to have both the phone and wallet connected, in a more elegant manner than just having an adhesive back to hold cards. The wallet is magnetically attached to the back of the phone/phone case and can be removed easily, and flips open to reveal 5 card slots and a small back pocket to reveal a slot of folded up bills. The flap wallet is held together with a small magnetic latch in on the side. The front of the wallet offers a protective plastic to display Hokie passports and/or ID’s. The front plastic wallet is able to store two cards, specifically meant to store both important ID’s.

Option #2

Here in this prototype, I explored the option of combing just the wallet and keys, as one interviewee spoke about how important it was to have her keys and have it be detachable.











This prototype has slots for 5 different cards and on the front features another clear plastic slot for two ID’s (hokie passport and ID). On the right side of the card holder/wallet is a spring loaded switch, which when pressed displays a certain card placed in that slot (similar to how it is show in the first photo). Right below the switch is a detachable key chain holder piece, where keys can be attached to and easily reached. On the back is a small pocket for any small bills the user may have.

Option #3

This option explores having the most versatility as a wallet by itself, while out having a phone or key attached.

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In this prototype, the Hokie P and ID is displayed on the front of the wallet with a plastic covering for clear and easy view. The wallet itself folds out to display a three tri-fold wallet layout. The first layers are inserted with 4 card slots. The last layer is a slot folded small bills. The last layer/fold can be detattached to provide a more customizable experience for the users, in case they just need certain parts of their wallet but do not want to carry around such a large wallet. The size and an easily compact wallet was the main focus of this last prototype.

1 thought on “Wallet Prototypes – Sarah Tram

  1. This project is well documented (maybe make the images a bit bigger) and demonstrates your design process nicely. Your final prototype is somewhat conventional and I think you could have pushed harder on engaging with the topic. Overall, good work. Consider also integrating your response to the class feedback in your post.


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