Pop Socket

Industrial Design / Mechanical Engineering

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The Client

30 Million people across the world own popsockets

PopSockets makes empowering, fun, and expressive products that help people phone better.

“Stop the drop, get a grip.” ~Popsockets

The Product

Popsocket is a unique smartphone accessory that provides multiple kickstands, management for your headset, and ergonomic grips for your texting, calling and gaming convenience.

The Challenge

Pop socket inventor, David Barnettcame to Speck Design with a drawing on a napkin. This meant development would truly be starting at ground zero for our team. However, the key component of the design, the folding mechanism, was the biggest challenge to our team. Other considerations included choosing the correct material for adhering the PopSockets base to the phone and cost-effective manufacturing since this was a small independent designer.

The process

Since the shape of the PopSocket was determined to be round per the inventor, Speck’s Design team focused on the forms and materials of the collapsable base. Experimenting with different plastics helped flush out the balance, tactile feel, and potential durability pitfalls. It also allowed the team to give the product a substantial, quality feel. Our guiding principle in the design for manufacturing was keeping initial manufacturing costs attainable for a product designer entering the market for the first time.

the outcome

PopSockets have become a cultural icon and are a nearly ubiquitous feature on phones around the world. They are an empowering, fun, and expressive product that bring joy and ease to cellphone users. PopSockets has sold over 230 million of its iconic phone grips in 75 countries and now has an expanding ecosystem of related products, including phone cases, wallets, and mounts.

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Product Description

30 Million people across the world own popsockets

PopSockets makes empowering, fun, and expressive products that help people phone better.

“Stop the drop, get a grip.” ~Popsockets

Project Overview

Popsocket is a unique smartphone accessory that provides multiple kickstands, management for your headset, and ergonomic grips for your texting, calling and gaming convenience.

Project Approach

Pop socket inventor, David Barnettcame to Speck Design with a drawing on a napkin. This meant development would truly be starting at ground zero for our team. However, the key component of the design, the folding mechanism, was the biggest challenge to our team. Other considerations included choosing the correct material for adhering the PopSockets base to the phone and cost-effective manufacturing since this was a small independent designer.

30 Million people across the world own popsockets

PopSockets makes empowering, fun, and expressive products that help people phone better.

“Stop the drop, get a grip.” ~Popsockets

Popsocket is a unique smartphone accessory that provides multiple kickstands, management for your headset, and ergonomic grips for your texting, calling and gaming convenience.

Pop socket inventor, David Barnettcame to Speck Design with a drawing on a napkin. This meant development would truly be starting at ground zero for our team. However, the key component of the design, the folding mechanism, was the biggest challenge to our team. Other considerations included choosing the correct material for adhering the PopSockets base to the phone and cost-effective manufacturing since this was a small independent designer.

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