Suhani

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Category: Product Design

Lamp Design

Lamp – Product Design

Introducing Mushroom-Lava Lamp

Design Concept/Problem:

My user case for this project is my friend, Pia. She requires a reading lamp. Her interests inspired me and matched the concept I decided upon and thus I planned to design a lamp for her through some of the concepts that I thought of by attempting the variant steps in this unit. After taking a look at her interest, I decided to add bits of each of her interests. I designed a lamp that is an amalgamation of nature, science, music, architecture, and reading. The lamp has a mushroom figure which relates to nature and with the melting-like feature of the shed, it is perceived as melting lava; since the top of the lamp is supposed to be lamp lava that relates to science. The lava-like droplets of the shed also can be perceived as melting wax of a lit candle; a real-life example. The base of the lamp is a vinyl player since it is supposed to be a reading lamp, therefore, adding a music element to the project.

Design and Constraints:

I started off by building my design into a real-life lamp that my user would utilize 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 the materials I required for my design were very specific and high budget, therefore I could not implement the Lava Lamp and Vinyl elements in my prototype and the mushroom shape was also not well defined. Due to all of these constraints, I was able to understand that my design is very complicated and I would have to alter the design to reduce such complications.

Inspirations:

I have gathered all of my inspirations and ideas as well as notes for developing a lamp for my user case – Pia, 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:

Made with Padlet

Thumbnail sketches:

Deliberating on various ideas and putting them on paper helped me decide upon the various concepts. Following this, I shortlisted the concept that would fit into my user’s requirements and aesthetics.

Mindmapping:

Mind mapping helped me define the characteristics of the product more efficiently by permitting me to analyze the sub-parts/systems of the overall product. It helped me visualize the concepts in a detailed manner, thinking about each and every aspect of the glasses to refine my design. Therefore, I could work upon individual parts of each product that inspired me and helped me to integrate these parts for an advanced product for the problem.

Refining and Generating Ideas:

Scamper:

In scamper, I provided information about how I might edit the product by using the techniques that scamper stands for. It helped me combine, magnify and eliminate all the ideas that I selected.

Ideation Matrix:

This procedure helped ease out the planning for what I decided upon for my lamp regarding its characteristics and functionality. Taking various ideas as my inspiration, I developed upon its attributes and how they are depicted and related to the lamp.

Modeling:

Modeling helped me to look at my design with a new perspective altogether and made me redefine my idea well. I jotted down below the details of my modeling and how I brought it together as a lamp with an amalgamation of various ready-to-use materials.

Perspective Drawings

This is one of our practices for freehand perspective drawing which enables us to analyze the model in a 3D render and develop upon it.

Isometric Sketches:

Through this process, I was able to project my lamp from different perspectives and also decide upon the dimensions.

Orthographic Projection

After creating a couple of orthographic projections, I was able to think about the minute details, such as how the bulb will be fixed into the socket of the trunk and the shed of the lamp; making it real with the materials available. It helped me perceive the lamp well leading to a well-defined plan for the project.

Plan:

After planning, I recognized certain areas that I had to work on and started thinking about the dimension for each article of the project for the prototype.

Since the 3D printer is relatively small in height; 14 cm, I had to divide the trunk in half so that I could attain the height for my lamp which I desired. Although, I decided not to print out some of the elements of the project since they did not match what I was looking for. The articles that I did not print were the base.

Elements of the project:

These were some of the major elements of my project which I was not able to include in my final prototype due to lack of resources.

Vinyl Base:

I decided to design the base of the lamp a vinyl player so that it had an additional feature of music to it. Since it is a reading lamp, music could be played while reading.

Lava lamp Shade; Mushroom structure:

I planned to add a scientific element to my design which is also exciting to observe; a lava lamp. It is a wonderful way to present science in a fun way and it worked as a lamp as well! Combining chemistry + elements of light, this combination could not have been better. This also had a feature related to a mushroom and candle, the shed and melting-like features of a mushroom and melting droplets (which also represent lava) relate to a lit melting candle.

Mushroom-Lava Lamp

Designing:

Shed Material:

Since there were some constraints, therefore, I could not make my original design with a lava lamp but instead, I decided to make the shed for my prototype close to what it should be like according to my design. To give this effect, I decided to use bubble wrap and styrofoam plastic to make an effect like lava and add colors. For this,  we picked out plastic from the collection of plastics at ISB and decided to heat-press it together so that it formed a sheet. The following pictures show our attempts.

Trial #1:

Shed process:

Shed disaster:

Since we didn’t cover the upper layer with a sheet material for the prevention of direct contact, one of our trials failed.

Shed material:

Finally, this was the shed material that I used.

Lamp Trunk:

I decided that the trunk of the lamp could be 3D printed so I started to design the trunk. I found a template on “Thingiverse”. The following is the template.

Vase template

Lamp Trunk 3D Modelling

Since the maximum height for anything to be printed in the 3D printer is supposed to be 14cm, therefore, I decided to divide the trunk into halves with different colors so that it could blend with the lava lamp. I also made the trunk hollow since the wire of the lamp is supposed to go through.

Lamp top                                                                                                                                                                             Lamp base

3D print-out:

The results:

Prototype:

My first trial for the design was 50% the size of the original.

Developing into a working lamp:

3D printing process

Bulb Socket:

Since I used a hanging bulb for my lamp because I thought that it suited my design the best. Although the bulb did not fit perfectly into the hollow trunk, I decided to use the cardboard pieces provided in the box of the bulb for it to stay stable and thus stuck it inside of the lamp.

The Bulb:

One of our constraints was only white bulbs. However, I believed that the color yellow-orange would suit my lamp better. Thus, I decided to spray paint the bulb.

Lamp base for wiring

My 3D design for the lamp did not include a gap/socket for the wire to go through and the lamp to stay stable. I decided to use a foam sheet and cut it into the shape of the base which would provide grip and would be easy to cut.

Mushroom-Lava Lamp

Feedback:

I believe that I could have worked on it more efficiently. For eg, the shed of the lamp was comparatively rough because of the indecisiveness of the dimensions. Although I tried to fix the lamp’s shade using the resources I was provided with.

Reflection:

Reflecting back on my design, I believe I could have made some of the elements more efficient and in a fine manner. Although, because of some of the constraints, I tried my best to work on it as efficiently as I could. It is a work that I am very grateful to perform. Product Design has taught me to refine my design skills and helped design a lamp! 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. Su, and Mr. Julio for all the help and for making this happen! I am highly obliged to work with them.

Eyeglasses Precedents

Eyeglasses Precedents – Product Design

Design Concept/Problem:

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.

Inspirations:

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:

Made with Padlet

Observational Drawings:

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.

Rough Sketches/Drawings:

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.

Orthographic Projection

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.

Isometric Sketches:

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.

Ideation Matrix:

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.

Vectors

Practicing

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:

Practicing tools:

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.

 

Prototypes:

First Attempt

These were the results after the designs I sent through were laser cut.

#1 design

#2 design

#3 design

A few attempts later:

After creating a couple of prototypes, I finalized the dimensions and decided the following as the finalized ones.

Final Prototype:

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.

Final Procedures

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.

Plastic Sheet:

Trial #1

The first plastic sheet cracked since it was not thick enough and therefore we performed a second trial.

Trial #2

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  Eyeglasses:

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.

Poster:

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:

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.

Reflection:

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.

Insulation Design

PRODUCT DESIGN – SOUND INSULATION PROJECT

Problem:

The design center is an open space and hence there are a lot of distractions since the sound/noise caused in the area does not allow people to work in a focused and efficient manner.

Affected individuals:

The ones affected by this problem are those who work and study design concepts in the design space, it especially impacts those who happen to get distracted easily.

Directions and Constraints:

I have completed this project in nearly a month. That was enough time for me to work and decide upon a good and solid solution for the problem. In the beginning, the directions provided were from the document and verbally by the teacher where we were supposed to design and develop a concept by brainstorming different ideas and working on them through the procedures given by the design teacher. The materials that we were provided were used to structure the idea in the form of a model, like, clay, cardboard, ice-cream sticks, etc. One of the main constraints faced during the development of a product for the problem was that we were not provided any walls to work on, so products like sound-proof wallpaper, foam boards stuck to walls, etc, were not possible. The design space is not big enough too so having wheeled foam boards would also be an obstacle while working.

Inspirations:

I got my inspirations from a few sites that the teacher had shared with us. 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:

Made with Padlet

Ideas:

The ideas that I came with up while looking for inspiration helped me mold my design into a solid one.

 

 

 

 

Paneled metal board – to move around and block sound/noise created in the various areas of the space and magnets that can be used to stick/hang something fun on it!

Honeycomb mount -to regulate sound by acoustic fibers making a shape of a beehive to bring it closer to nature by mounting them.

Designed glass barriers – Insulating sound through sliding doors wherein the glass becomes the barrier, with the glass being thick enough to have an aquarium within.

The wall – A collection of all the listed ideas together on the same wall/area to make it efficient.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soundproof paint wheeled boards – Insulating sound in a portable manner since the idea is on wheels where you can paint plus create art on it using soundproof paint.

Soundproof graffiti – These are boards on which graffiti can be created by using soundproof spray paints!

Sound-absorbent hopscotch mat – On this mat is a hopscotch design that can be played on and absorbs sound as well.

Sealants – These sealants help stick soundproof wallpapers, acoustic soundboards, and fiberglass tightly to make them efficient to their fullest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suspended foam boards – These foam boards are suspended from the ceiling, parallel to each other because of which the sound travels between them and is then absorbed.

Fiberglass – This can be used in windows to make the area totally soundproof as well as making it durable.

Acoustic soundboards – These have various designs on them and are stuck to the walls to absorb sound easily.

Oval atmosphere –  A dome that will help to regulate sound by making a closed area itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soundproof wallpaper – These are stuck to the wall with the help of sealants that have attractive designs.

Glass sound barriers – The room’s surrounded by the glass barriers on wheels, making them portable. They can be used in any area of the design space!

Floor underlay – This is embedded under the floor which is convenient since it does not act as an obstacle.

Bubble wrap covers – These can be used as curtains to modulate sound and or the fun part, the bubbles can be burst!

Sliding doors – Can be used as barriers and have attractive patterns.

Mounts – For hanging soundproof panels, boards, etc.

Selected ideas:

 

  1. Honeycomb Sound Insulator – I decided upon this idea wherein it would be hung from the ceiling since there are no walls as such and previously decided for it to have a speaker attached for playing music.
  2. Anti-vibration floor mat – This plays a multipurpose role by having a hopscotch design on it such that it can be played on and absorb vibrations/sounds as well.
  3. Metal Panelled wheeled boards – These metal-paneled boards are on wheels which makes them portable and you can attach your creativity to them with magnets!
  4. Soundproof graffiti – There are boards that can be moved around anywhere and for the fun part, people can come around and make graffiti on them!
  5. Sound-absorbent paint wheeled boards –  These are wheeled-boards with sound-absorbent paint on them and upon which u can let loose ur art skills for an aesthetic look or use it as a board for organizing.

Procedure:

A few procedures that we utilized are shown below:

SCAMPER:

In scamper, I provided information about how I might edit the product by using the techniques that scamper stands for. It helped me combine, magnify and eliminate all the ideas that I selected.

Perspective drawing:

This is one of our practices for freehand perspective drawing which enables us to analyze the model in a 3D render and develop upon it.

Isometric drawing:

The isometric drawing for my design. It helped me redefine my idea and work on it better.

 

 

 

Mind mapping:

 

Mind mapping helped me define the characteristics of the product more efficiently by permitting me to analyze the sub-parts/systems of the overall product. Therefore, I could work upon individual parts of each product that inspired me and helped me to integrate these parts for an advanced product for the problem.

Here it is seen how I have used every part of the product to refine my idea.

  • Taking the concept of honeycomb wall using either the fiberglass or anti-absorbent hopscotch mat material, acoustic fiber.
  • I took it closer to nature by implementing the idea of the suspended honeycomb made of acoustic fibers to make it look like a beehive. Another reason for hanging it is that there is not enough space for walls, since there are not many walls in the first place.
  • Using the bubble machine and bubble fluid for producing bubbles as shown in the Padlet.

Modeling:

Modeling helped me to look at my design with a new perspective all together and made me redefine my idea well.

The Design – Honeycomb-bubble Sound Insulator

The design is in the form of a honeycomb, mounted from ceilings and made from acoustic fibers. It consumes the least amount of workspace as it is mounted on the ceiling. It is modular and can be integrated with more hexagons to cover a larger area or increase efficiency. It has a bubble machine right in the middle, which produces bubbles that helps in scattering the sound and adds a fun element to it! While you might think that bubbles are a visual distraction, they burst quickly so that they will not be much of a distraction and you can also control the rate of  production of bubbles.

Structure of the design:

This is how it will be displayed in the design area. The product will be mounted above the tables. 

Detailed Structure:

Labellings:

Pros:

  • Consumes the least amount of workspace as it is mounted on the ceiling.
  • Honeycomb adds a vibrant touch to the room and brings the idea closer to nature.
  • Bubbles!!! FUN!!!
  • Bubbles diminish noise by scattering the sound.
  • Acoustic fibers making it cheap and eco-friendly.
  • Sizes can be flexible according to the room.
  • Is modular and can be integrated with more hexagons to cover a larger area or increase efficiency.

Cons:

  • Requires refill of bubble fluid.
  • Bubbles can be distracting at times.
  • Mounting will require physical effort.
  • Due to it being mounted, accessibility is reduced.

Poster:

 

Poster Feedback:

Peer feedback helped me see what people think about my design

Conclusion:

This project was a great experience! It helped me think out of the box for a new design all together. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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