In the end I decided to work between three of my ideas from these last weeks. My benchmarking idea was a knit cap with two LED's sewn into the front and back of the hat. It is also the idea that I used for the Scamper activity.
Going up against the cap, I have a helmet liner (as in for a bicycle helmet) that is trimmed with a line of LED's, aiding visibility.
Lastly, from the very beginning of this course, high heel crampons or now what are called minimal crampons. They're simple straps you can place around any shoe, and have stabilizing skins on them.
Through working with my pugh chart, the minimal crampons won. Now I need to work up a product name for them. I want these to be a useful device, but one associated with dressing up. They're meant to be used with more formal or fashionable shoes. I want packaging that emphasizes their light profile, making them easy to slip into a purse or coat pocket. There are some connotations I want to avoid when talking about hiding them in a purse and that they're modeled after crampons (because we all know what that rhymes with). When describing them, I call them minimal crampons and that makes me want to keep the name very simple as well. One word.
I settled on Claws.
I appreciate that the name is incredibly truthful. It has plenty of truthiness. It speaks to their form and function There is a bit of a playful connotation, or possibly a metaphorical (the claws come out) one as well. Are we now allowing people to tap into their animation side?
I played around with spelling Claws' differently. Or translating it into different languages as well. All romance languages spell the word 'claws' with a g in the word. Giffre, garras, artigli...
Scandinavian and dutch tongues are more similar to our word klauwen, kløen, karmai, klor...
In the end, what I liked best was the classic english spelling. Everything else quickly became too childish or unpronounceable.