Find out how we developed the form and features on The VO1CE™ Pebble, to discreetly guide a person step-by-step through an effective communication mnemonic.
The VO1CE™ Pebble is a simple beautifully designed, handheld 'aide memoire’. The brainchild of Executive Coach and public speaker Josie Gammell, it acts as the physical embodiment of her proven methodology. The form and features on its body, discreetly guide a person step-by-step through her mnemonic. Rooted in the familiar form of pebbles found on a beach, it fits comfortably in the palm of the user's hand and can be discretely slipped into a pocket or rest on a surface as a prompt.
Whether preparing to deliver a presentation, conduct an important work meeting or engage with a challenging individual, it acts as a reminder of key points and emphases, helping people to speak with clarity and confidence.
History and Symbolism
We researched the history and symbolism of amulets and lucky charms from 25,000 BC up to the present day to better understand how humans imbue objects with meaning, the symbolism of good fortune and the confidence objects can provide. We helped Josie craft a story around the humble power of a familiar pebble form.
We evolved a Design DNA, with the watchword ‘Elemental’ in mind and developed five concept directions, settling on the pebble form. We researched numerous materials including marble, alabaster, glass and Corian before settling finally on porcelain.
Further refinement came through the use of modelling clay, foam, CAD modelling and 3D-printed resin before engaging Anglo-Japanese ceramicist, Reiko Kaneko, who provided invaluable porcelain prototyping and production expertise.
Josie Gammell, founder of The VO1CE™ Pebble, alongside Tristram Keech, Creative Director at The Imagination Factory, share the development journey of the VO1CE pebble: