For every successful product there are a unique set of design principles that help guide and prioritize design decisions, ensuring that the end product effectively meets the needs of the end user as well as the standards of the company selling the product.
The following design principles have been created to help you as a designer get inspiration, provide some guidance and understand where the USMC is trying to go with the Modular Logistics Vehicle Project.
MODULAR - Interoperability is all that matters .
Design for standard connection points, sizes and feature sets to make it customizable to multiple use scenarios.
BREAKABLE/HACKABLE - Design for the need, but anticipate the unexpected.
New and specific needs will arise and Marines find ways to make things work for them, it’s what they do. Design with the understanding that the final product may be non-permanent, torn down or built up.
UNDERSTANDABLE - Intuitive for users of all types to use, modify and share functional builds
Users of this system should not need to be trained on how it functions, how modules swap, or even how to easily modify it.
FUNCTION OVER FORM - Fewer format features maximizing usability over aesthetics
This is an exercise in developing a well functioning system for a broad group of users. Aesthetic details should be used only to serve the purpose of the other design principles.
CAPACITY - Room to hold more. More people, more equipment, more functions.
One thing that there can never be enough of is storage and cargo space. As you design try to incorporate as much functional storage space as is possible. It won’t go unappreciated.