This project involved development of a battery backup for Photojojo.
I wanted to approach the design differently than the product typically available on the market. Batteries are boring, plastic boxes. I considered that wood would be a warm, organic material that could be carved into an exciting form.
I ripped a sample battery pack apart and used it as a basis for a prototype. Then I commissioned my Solidworks design to be CNC'd out of maple.
The brief for this project was to create a compact tripod that could be used with a small bluetooth remote instead of the dreaded selfie-stick.
I sketched and explored a variety of concepts. But we all agreed that the folding tripod was the strongest so I continued to develop this.
I wanted to design a novel folding function and accommodate any phone with any case. The design was developed using Solidworks and an FDM 3D printer.
One challenge was designing the product to level so some adjustment was needed.
I explored how this adjustment could be made. This example shows a slot which allowed the leg to move up and down.
I came to the conclusion that the simplest and most elegant method would be to put the phone clip on a ball and socket swivel.
Unfortunately, this project's development was cut short due to the financial situation of the company.
This was a fun project based on a concept by Matt Carr (Design Director at Umbra). He wanted to design a mixed deck of playing cards, so to speak. He entrusted me with the fun part: drawing the fun and scrappy 80's themed graphics. I had help from Kamilla Nikolaev (graphic designer at Umbra) to format for printing.
Originally, I was fairly literal with my illustrations, drawing portraits of 80s pop stars. (RIP Bowie.)
But we decided it would be best to adapt the standard illustrations with personas.
The Apple Juice battery pack was a fun, quick project released for holidays at Photojojo. It was based off of a pun Darby (Photojojo Pun Master and graphic designer) came up with. I was responsible for designing and sourcing the product and packaging.
I created a graphics layout and created a few concepts, but it was Darby that made the product sing with her graphics skills.
I developed the packaging graphics based on a template provided by our supplier.
This product ended up being one of the top selling products for Photojojo during the 2014 holidays. Photographs by June Kim.
Umbra wanted to develop a simple bag clip for the kitchen category. At the time, Umbra's aesthetic was playful and contemporary. This informed my approach to the design.
I started with market research and realized that something minimal and low cost was needed. I took the classic clothespin as an example of simplicity since it didn't need springs or extra parts to work.
This prototype progression illustrates the evolution of a simple bent wire to painted 3D printed form.
I invested time to develop the surfaces in Solidworks. I ensured that surface continuity was maintained with at least G2 class transitions. I also simplified to remove unnecessary material.
This is a development rendering of the new product. The colour matched an existing product colour palette used at Umbra.
This 4th year project had a simple premise: to design any light fixture you wanted. I was inspired by the effect of putting an object in the middle of 3 mirrors, each mirror being at right angles to each other. A 1/8 object becomes a 3D form in this setup.
I thermoformed a 1/8 sphere and placed it into a corner mirror.
I thought the effect would be enhanced with a larger clear sphere around it.
I then 3D modelled and CNC'd a larger thermoform mold to create this larger transparent 1/8 sphere.
The framing had a slight recess to keep the mirror flush.
The effect I desired was achieved and I was happy with the results. An atom-like shape occurred which was somewhat of an unexpected but welcomed outcome.
And why not have a shot with me in it.
Solidworks Part Replication
This is the final project for an advanced Solidworks CAD course taken at Carleton University.
I had to perfectly replicate a part from an existing product using Solidworks, 3D print it, and finally refine the fits. The white part in this image is a 3D printed version.
The part I chose was ambitious. It has complex surface transitions and geometry that was difficult to measure.
All the internal details were created to fit with all the parts.
Here is a walk through of the process of constructing the 3D CAD file.