Eyeglasses Precedents – Product Design
My muse for this project is Emily Blunt. She is a very well known actress and has inspired me for years altogether and thus I decided to design glasses for her through some of the concepts that I thought of by attempting the variant steps in this unit.
Design and Constraints:
I started off by building my design into a real life glasses that my user would wear and eventually landed on how it would match my user’s style and aesthetics. For the constraints part, I did not have a varied range of materials to pick from since I wanted to work with Recycled Plastic and not acrylics and therefore my final product was rugged and rustic. We were also not able to develop upon the lenses since it was tricky to fit the lenses into the frame.
I have gathered all of my inspirations and ideas as well as notes for developing eyeglasses for my user – Emily Blunt, that fit into her best interests and aesthetics in this Padlet. It includes my brainstorming a wide range of ideas and innovations to work on my product. They helped me innovate new ideas from them by relating them to nature and things around me. The Padlet mentions my inspirations and why they inspired me:
Some of the procedures that we performed to refine our design of products during a conceptual for our eyeglasses. These drawings helped me perceive the concept from various angles which in turn helped me develop on them. Using these practices, we were able to implement our creativity and imagination into the concepts.
Deliberating on various ideas and putting them on paper helped me decide upon the various concepts. Following this, I shortlisted concepts that would fit into my user’s requirements and style. It helped me visualize the concepts in a detailed manner, thinking about each and every aspect of the glasses to refine my design.
After creating a couple of orthographic projections, I was able to think about the minute details, such as the hinges on the sides and the nose pads near the bridge of the glasses. It helped me perceive the glasses well.
Through this process, I was able to project my glasses from different perspectives and also decide upon the dimensions.
3 Selected Ideas:
1st idea: Leopard Print Glasses – I have chosen this idea since I believe it brings the glasses closer to nature and matches my user’s aesthetics and interests.
2nd idea: Octagonal Shaped Glasses – This idea is something subtle yet impactful and therefore fits in my user’s and my interests perfectly.
3rd idea: Triangular Glasses – These glasses have an efficacy to them by adding a completely different concept to my idea and making it look funky as well.
All of these ideas have a relatively thick frame which plays an important role for selecting them since they fit the needs of my technology perfectly.
Electro – chromatic lenses:
For the lenses of my glasses, I decided to add a technology to them. I added the technology of “Electro – chromatic lenses”. It is a technology from Boeing 787 aircraft; Gentex company.
- These have a layer of gel between the glass panes.
- For sunglasses they require increase in opacity or manageable voltage variation.
- Gel will have minimal effect when applied between powered lenses; converse/ concave.
- Increases structural strength of glass as it creates suction between two frames.
Fundamentally, these lenses are meant for changing lenses to your comfort with just a button that is wired around the frame and has tints from the lightest to the darkest (that is seen in the image the change in tint from light to brown), which provides good coverage and protection for the eyes, according to the surrounding. To an extent, they can be taken as multipurpose glasses.
Leopard print glasses:
I finalized by choosing the Leopard print glasses since they best suit the users interests an aesthetics and the design was something I admired the most because of the inclusion of unique features, like the size and depth and also the pattern really inspires me as it gives a chic look and adds to the exclusiveness. Some of the main features and reasons why I chose the design would be because of its rigid and strong body which is required for the technology for my lenses. It helps in incorporating electro optical technology into the glasses as its electrical components require space.
This procedure helped ease out the planning for what I decided upon for my glasses regarding its characteristics and functionality. Taking a leopard as my inspiration, I developed upon its attributes and how they are depicted and related to the glasses.
These practices helped us get familiarized to the software, Affinity Designer, and start working on vector designs to not let it pixelate and form a refined product.
Lettering: Kuromi vector drawing:
Coca-cola and cadbury logo tracing:
We went through a tutorial to learn how the tools of the software work and implement them in creating our designs.
Vector Drawing for Designs:
I planned out my designs on Affinity Designers, I started off by tracing my designs from Procreate and after decided upon the dimensions. Getting the dimensions right was a major task, sometimes they were bigger than I expected (#1) and some were undeniably small, in fact tiny (#2 and #3). While the other times, I was not able to get the dimensions and depth of the cardboard right for the slots that acted as hinges. Finally, I decided upon a design that is shown in the last picture of my designs. I refined the design since I found the prototypes to be extremely rigid with not many curves.
These were the results after the designs I sent through were laser cut.
A few attempts later:
After creating a couple of prototypes, I finalized the dimensions and decided the following as the finalized ones.
As mentioned earlier, I found the previous prototypes for my glasses very taut and they did not have much curves and fluidity as such to the design which did not seem attractive and appealing to me. So I decided to add more curves to my prototype to make it look more alluring and powerful.
Making of Recycled Plastic Sheets:
This procedure of making a plastic sheet is closely related to baking. We started off by choosing the shredded plastics according to colors. The plastic that I chose was number “5” which is said to be better for laser cutting and doesn’t melt easily, leading to a refined product. After, we greased the container for the plastic to shine and heated into the oven. Lastly, the plastic was compressed into a sheet.
The first plastic sheet cracked since it was not thick enough and therefore we performed a second trial.
The second plastic sheet was thick and worked out perfectly for the product. Although, the second sheet did not attain the glaze compared to the first one as it was not greased.
Leopard Print Electro-chromatic Eyeglasses – BLUNTS:
Lasercut Recycled Plastic:
When the vectors were laser cut, the slots cut into the frame of the glasses were not wide enough for the sides of the glasses to fit. Therefore, I had to file the edges of the sides to make it thin enough to perfectly fit into the slots. This procedure finalized the prototype.
The final model of the eyeglasses turned out to be really good. It is seen that they have a rustic and rough touch to it. This was because of the recycled plastic we used. The recycled plastic does not give a clear-cut prototype since it has a rugged look. And since I wanted it to be my contribution towards the environment, I wanted it to be recycled plastic. I feel the product met my expectations except for the rustic look.
My poster effectively describes the working of my product. I have added all the important details into it that convey the significance of each and every role of the eyeglasses.
Reflection and Feedback:
From my peers, I was told that I had missed out on the explanation of the electro – chromatic lenses and thus I managed to include it into my blog in time.
Reflecting back on my design, I would say it was a work that I was very grateful to do and because of this subject I was able to perform in such a unique project and creating my own glasses! I thoroughly enjoyed this unit and was able to know what I could do better and improve at. Thanks to Mr. Griffin, Mr. Jerry, Ms. Pao and Ms. Jinjing for making this happen! I am highly obliged to work with them.