Experiments in Product Design
Majored in Industrial Design, minored in Sanding.
There's no cure for foam lung. :(
Variable-voltage night lights with sensors, so they turn on by themselves and get brighter as the environment gets darker. The idea is to leave them in dark corners and under the bed in kids' rooms so they don't, you know, freak out at night.
Wrote and designed the product booklet.
CNC router + Bondo + vacuum-formed polystyrene + acrylic sheet and... tulle. The tutu fabric.
The electronic bug innards. Courtesy of engineer David Chin.
Using the CNC router to make an interlocking 3D puzzle. Don't they look like Eskimo Pies in the last picture? Wait, do they still make Eskimo Pies?
I want to say that this pre-dated the "twee design" fad, but I can't.
Unlike most of my projects, I didn't come up with a dorky name for this one. Charles Odell and I made it out of scrap from the wood shop and standard plumbing supplies. You spin the table top to adjust the height up and down. Ralphie likes it!
Adjustable height + space-saving funky base = pretty awesome functionality. More functionality than I'd originally thought — I ended up using it a lot for working on the floor.
Like many group projects, this was a disastrous, but educational, lesson in "What Not to Do" and "Oh, This is What That Phrase 'Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen' Means." Wrote and designed the product booklet.
FITS stands for "Furniture Institute for Technology and Sustainability." I did not come up with that one. I think this table is still in use in the SFSU Design Department somewhere.
Modular packaging for 3-packs of light bulbs. When you open the top tabs, the light bulb is automatically lifted out of the packaging, so you don't get paper cuts trying to squeeze your giant sausage fingers into the little paper box.