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Garage & Basement Storage Research
Target

Garage & Basement Storage Research

Target

Successful product development road maps start here


Target sought to improve its Storage & Organization business, and asked Michael Graves to conduct a research project in order to determine unmet consumer storage needs in the garage and basement. Going into the project, Target understood that these areas tend to be the “dumping ground” for the household, and therefore, should be ripe for design innovation.

Narrowing the gap between fantasy and reality


Like so many design research projects, this one started with ethnography. We recruited consumers who would invite us into their homes, so we could see their spaces, listen to their stories and observe their pain-points. We paid close attention to the gap between the “advertised fantasy garage” and the reality of how life is actually lived. With each insight, we built a narrative around unmet consumer needs and the opportunities that these presented to Target to fill with new products.

After many ethnographic research visits, we distilled the garage and basement storage challenges that consumers repeatedly faced into 5 main classifications:

Labeling, Access, Flexibility, Maintenance and Safety


We proceeded to develop concept sketches that communicate potential solutions that could be developed into products. Target shared this work with key vendor partners who used it to develop their own product development road maps.

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