First off, I really like Asian food and I always have a pair of chopsticks with me. 95% of the time, I eat my lunch with chopsticks. Once the quarter ended and furniture students discarded their offcuts of delicious wood, I seized an opportunity.
in addition to the offcuts- Shopbot lent me a Handibot to prove its usefulness within the industrial design curriculum. I used this exercise to teach myself how to use the machine.
Ever since I started design school I wanted to design sports equipment. My career path didn't go that direction BUT I still wanted to make something. Therefore, I set out to create the lightest and most breathable shin guard possible!
I started with a 3d scan of my leg using "remake" now ReCap from Autodesk. The scan wasn't perfect but it was a great starting place for my geometry and a unique fit.
I used a combination of Rhino, Grasshopper, and tSplines to create the cellular shape and map it to my 3d leg.
tumble bath smoothed the edges for a cleaner finish
the 3d prints cost me roughly $90 so i sought out to make copies and gain some of that cost back
this addition allows me to mimic injection molding and be more material efficient
these get worse because I needed to learn the importance of cleaning your mold properly
add spaces to shinguards
once i got the fabrication down, it was time to play with color combinations and personalization
This project was a huge turning point for me. One, I wanted to be very intentional about posting progress and two, I wanted to do a limited product run for some of my friends. What I learned was far more valuable and long lasting than any college fabrication course could have ever been.
after sketches - made 1:1 scale models
the models offered me great user feedback- which effectively got rid of the "cool" design additions that were foolish
plan was to CNC the outer form and then cast a negative mold from the positive form of the spatula. I opted for a 3d print
i didn't make this mold in a pressure pot, so the mold got bubbles. Those bubbles in turn made their imprint on the casted silicone piece
The idea for Widsom Pup came from repetitive observation. We would hold critique days and even though my students would see a range of craftsmanship and intent on the wall; rarely would they comment on it. I understand that we are polite in the south. BUT if it is the job of a designer to have and express that opinion, how could I enable that?
I decided to try a card game as a way to deflect some of the personal opinions and just speak honestly. The range of cards helps view the presented work from various angles and the overall goal is the make the work better. Its hard to be better if the discussion lacks honesty and multiple view points.
The fun parts happen when students struggle to represent the cards. Say, if they hate it and they get "I love it" card. They then have to identify something that is positive and go against their initial feelings. The constraint to play within a card has been also successful in making students rely on their design vocabulary instead of their emotion. If you are interested in giving the game a go, the link is below. The Wisdom Pup "Bullet" and I would very much appreciate it.
This collection is a more of a hodgepodge, I saw problems or opportunities and fixed them through modeling or more tangibly with a 3d printer.
One fateful day I realized that I wanted some new shoes and everything that I saw made me sad. So I decided to do something about it... these are the results of filling this void in my life.
I was challenged by a crafty venezuelan italian to do something big... I interpreted this as be more flamboyant with my class projects. What resulted was and is a great way to start a cultural change within a department. If you don't like the way your workspace looks... do something about it!
This project has more substance behind it than meets the eye. Some great friends of mine longed to adopt a kid locally. Unfortunately, its an expensive undertaking so our bible study group pooled together to see how we could raise money for a worthy cause.
What do people want? What will a large demographic pay for for some concrete and some felt? To this day its one of my proudest moments providing unique industrial deisgn objects to help place a child to a wonderful family.
Shift means a lot of things to me but the top two are allowing creatives to detach from technology and focus on people as well as humbly working with an incredible group of people who feel like family.