In this design project, our class started something called a ‘lightbox’.It’s made out of wood, the layers designed on Microsoft Illustrator, cut by the laser cutter, painted, and assembled (glue) by ourselves. 

My biggest obstacle was…

Painting. I had what I wanted to do in mind, but I didn’t think of how I would do it. The colors and patterns I chose require a smaller and more detailed oriented brush instead if a background or extensive area brush. The colors of what I’m painting don’t really have many colors in real life, and while the train is used for transportation, the lightbox is created for decoration.

My Biggest success was…

The layers. While the painting aspect never turned out as I expected and wanted it to, the layers are a (*inserts thumbs up) success. However, the first time it was cut out didn’t go the way I expected either, I messed up the measurements, so the layers were too large to correctly fit in the lightbox. But other than messing up the measurements the first time, nothing else went wrong and turned out really well. After that, I fixed my measurements and got it re-laser cut, everything fit perfectly, and I was content with the current progress.

Skills I learned or developed include…

  • Microsoft illustrator 
  • design layers (ideas, thoughts, creativity, etc.)
  • hot glue gun (used it before in 1st grade, hard to believe, right?)
  • trial and error (finding out what mistakes were made and fixing or improving it)
  • aggressively bending LED lights (this one is just for fun, though it included lots of determination and sTrEnGTh, don’t @ me pls)
  • quick thinking and Big brainpower (if you messed up one layer, don’t worry, paint the other side, or start over, we’re not wasting any more wood)

Something I learned about myself during this project is…

  • I’m unorganized (always am and always was; I’m like the clean chaos if that makes any sense)
  • I improvise my idea while working on it (i have come to conclude that I never follow any plans anyone had made for me, even my own)
  • I don’t contain any logical sense (who would make their train seats white and the rest of the section a depressing grey? definitely not Sydney trains)
  • I’m creative (mainly because I have the most random thought and idea traveling into my mind, but never out. name one other person that spend hours debating themselves on whether a finger on its own is alive)

Something I like to change about my lightbox is…

The entire design. I view myself as a bit of a perfectionist, and even one little aspect of the lightbox that doesn’t appeal to me, I would most likely start over and do it again. The idea of looking out a train’s window in Sydney and seeing the beautiful view of a harbor isn’t terrible, but I should have acknowledged my personal skills beforehand.

I think my work on this project relates to the real world…

Ever since my family and I got back from Australia, a place where people go to the beach at least 3 times a month, my mother was missing the usual trips to the beach or a simple harbor. We would take the typical Sydney Railway train to get there, and every time we look out from the windows, we would always see a beautiful view of the waters. I simply just wanted to recreate the moments in a lightbox, but the sea turned into a lake.

One piece of feedback I’ve gotten on my lightbox is… 

One piece of feedback I’ve received was that the lightbox has a really caring and homey feel to it like somewhere parents would take their children to.

 One piece of advice I’d give a future student doing this project would be… 

Please try not to get distracted and start drawing multiple eyeballs on the scraps of your wood, like me. Just kidding.

have a plan that you are completely satisfied with; not too challenging and not too simple, and stick to it. I’m the type of person to improvise when constructing the project, and in the end, I wasn’t that satisfied with it as I expected myself to be.

Overall, I don’t think my lightbox was a success because…

it doesn’t resemble the purpose of the design. I made this as a memory of Australia, but it looks like some sort of twisted dimension. I changed the seat color from the real color the Sydney Railway train has, and it doesn’t look similar at all. I’ll do better next time.