I enjoy playing golf with my family members on the weekends and I often do so. However, while playing golf, I discovered that carrying golf balls in the pocket of my pants is inconvenient; therefore, I decided to create a faux leather golf ball holder for greater experience in golf.
A basic template for the golf ball holder:
73_Golf ball pouch_HahnsAtelier_A4 size
Throughout the second unit of Product Design, students, including myself, mainly focused on developing the skills of ‘Define & Inquire’ and ‘Create & Improve’ by creating diverse types of unprecedented models of a smell detector. This unit’s goal was to promote the creativity of learners from inspirations and render the students to the actual making process.
Smell Detector 1000i, a prototype of my intelligent smell detecting device, is crafted to describe various smells nearby. The function of my product is simple. Clicking the black button with or without the display detached from the body part will render the machine to detect the smell. If the smell is pleasant, then a green light will illuminate in the ‘check’ icon. If the smell is strange, then a yellow light will illuminate in the ‘question mark’ icon. If the smell is detrimental, then a red light will illuminate in the ‘exclamation mark’ icon. Moreover, detaching the display to the machine will provide more information about the smell detected by specifying the object, showing the picture of it, etc.
One dominant inspiration that I got for my smell detector was from a flashlight. Especially the mechanism of holding the flashlight and clicking a button to light it up.
For the duration of the first unit in the Product Design class, students have designed and built a box called a “Lightbox”. Generally, a lightbox is a suitable size box that contains a landscape of a unique place. As an inspiration and representation of my lightbox, I chose a baseball stadium which is one of my favorite places in the world. Personally, the baseball stadium is a memorable place because I used to enjoy going there watching baseball with family members or friends.
My biggest obstacle throughout the whole project was my plan A being unavailable. Plan A’s goal, which was my original scheme, was to only render the scoreboard to illuminate. Thus, I created an additional structure that can retain the lightbulbs to brighten the scoreboard and which can also function as a spacer between the background layer and the scoreboard layer. Unfortunately, when assembling the layers, that lightbulb frame fractured. As a consequence, it was ineluctable for me to proceed with plan B: illuminating the background. Finally, the finalized model of my lightbox was impressive but the wonder of ‘what if plan A succeeded?’ still remained in my mind.
One of the skills I learned or developed includes my knowledge of Adobe Illustrator. During the unit, I learned the fundamentals of utilizing the illustrator and became proficient in creating shapes and polishing them. In addition, I was able to acquire a knowledge of how to paint more elaborately by using tape.
One piece of advice I would give a future student doing this project would be “inspect, inspect, and inspect”. The principal reason for this advice is that I have witnessed a multitude of students failing due to not inspecting their work. For instance, Samuel, who is also a Product Design student, did not fully scrutinize his work on Adobe Illustrator before laser-cutting the pieces and resulted in wasting wood. Hence, it is best to examine and check your work before proceeding to the next step.
Overall, I think my lightbox was a success because it effectively represented the characteristics of a baseball park and renders the viewers think of a crowded and cheerful baseball stadium which is amusing.