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ALEXANDER MATTHEWS INDUSTRIAL DESIGN PORTFOLIO


JUNIOR DESIGN PORTFOLIO

PROJECTS


INTRODUCTION EDUCATION | EXPERIENCE | SKILLS

CAP CLOCK WRIST WATCH PLASTIC BOTTLE REPURPOSED

PNEUMATIC NAIL GUN POWER TOOL REDESIGN

FONDRE SOLDERING IRON ERGONOMIC TOOLING STUDY

PORTABLE WIND TURBINE BIOMIMICRY AND ENERGY COLLECTION

BICYCLE SOLIDWORKS INTRODUCTION

INTERPACT LUNCH BOX SOFTGOODS PRODUCT

FLATPACK CHILDREN’S CHAIR FLATPACK FURNITURE

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CURVILINEAR FOUNDATION FORM STUDY v

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RECTILINEAR FOUNDATION FORM STUDY

SOAP BAR FOUNDATION FORM STUDY

FAST FORM FOUNDATION FORM STUDY

MISCELLANEOUS OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM


DESIGNER INTRODUCTION

EDUCATION 5 years - San Jose State University - BS Industrial Design - Business Marketing Minor 1 Semester - ENSCI Les Ateliers - International Design Program WORK EXPERIENCE January 2015 - Exodesign - Industrial Design Intern SKILLSET Adobe Photoshop Illustrator InDesign Premiere Pro CAD & 3D Solidworks Rhino 3D

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Workshop Model Making Prototyping Painting Sewing LANGUAGES First Language English Conversational French


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PLASTIC BOTTLE REPURPOSED

CAP CLOCK WRIST WATCH

01 A three week project that I completed while studying abroad at French Design Instution, ENSCI - Les Ateliers. The objective was to consider opportunities in repurposing the components of an empty water bottle, restoring value and purpose. The focus of this project was sustainability

In my design process I used plastic-form studies in parallel with traditional sketching to enhance quick understanding through ideation. I determined that modern wrist watches can be fabricated from the plastic caps and transparent walls of a water bottle.


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PLASTIC BOTTLE REPURPOSED

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BILLION

23%

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BILLION

BOTTLES

PROPERLY

DISPOSED

MANUFACTURED IN 2015

RECYCLED OR REUSED

IN LANDFILLS OR POLLUTION ECOWATCH.COM


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A water bottle’s transparent 1 and simple2 form serve great purpose in our day-to-day life. How can its parts become youthful3 , usefull and unique4 once depleted of liquid?

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PLASTIC BOTTLE REPURPOSED

SKETCH IT, TEST IT P h y s i c a l m o c k u p s we re n e c e s s a r y t o ex p l o re band fastening and enclosure fabrication. Solution: Laser cut interlacing band and double bottle cap housing.


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PLASTIC BOTTLE REPURPOSED

DETAIL REFINEMENT Numerous iterations were made using flat-wall plastic bottles and an industrial laser cutter. I experimented with different patterns and fastening techniques for watch band. Found: Post cut bands yielded enhanced durability. Best fastening method: interlacing bands


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PLASTIC BOTTLE REPURPOSED

EXISTING WATCH FACE

INTERLACING LASER-CUT BAND


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Ca p Cl o c k’s laser - c u t h o u sin g an d b an d u t i li ze a water bottle’s components; restoring their value and purpose in a unique and sustainable way.


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POWER TOOL REDESIGN

PNEUMATIC NAIL GUN

02 During this six month project, I explored the redesign of a common househeld powertool. In the redesign my focus was in creating a power tool for the novice Do-It-Yourself user. Design a new generation nail gun for the DIY user

Through market research, user anlysis, two and t h r e e dimensional ideation and weekly design reviews from peers and professors, my design developed.

I determined that a power tool can be; less intimidating, more intuitive and iconic by design.


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POWER TOOL REDESIGN

After documenting a shop t e c h n i c i a n ’ s u s e o f a pneumatic nail gun I asked h i m s o m e q u e s t i o n about his experience.


THE P R O B L E M R e m ov i n g a j a m m e d n a i l f ro m the head of a nail gun is a t e d i o u s m u l t i - s t e p p ro c e s s .

“Set up and use can be i n t i m i d a t i n g f o r a n ov i c e u s e r.”

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D i s c o m f o r t i n u s e r ’s w r i s t a n d p a l m , d u e t o we i g h t a n d h a n d l e p o s i t i o n , m a k i n g ex t e n d e d u s e of this tool unpleasent.


POWER TOOL REDESIGN

EXPENSIVE

NON ERGONOMIC

ERGONOMIC

INEXPENSIVE

MARKET RESEARCH Comparing products by their ergonomic nature and overall cost. There is opportunity for a low- priced ergonomic pneumatic nailer.


PERSONA KATHRYN age 26 new business owner retail store Pasadena, California

Kathryn is a self employed urban resident and new business owner of her retail thrift store in downtown Pasadena. As a recent college graduate, she is renovating her new store with the help of friends and family members to save money.

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This is Kathryn’s first DIY project. She wants a set of tools that look nice, feel comfortable and are within her budget.


POWER TOOL REDESIGN

Sketches of visually interesting forms needed to be modeled for further understanding of user experience including; weight, comfort and components placement.


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POWER TOOL REDESIGN

DETAIL REFINEMENT While making the final mock up, it became apparent t h a t p l a c e m e n t o f ex h a u s t ve n t s n e e d e d t o b e p o i n t e d away f ro m u s e r. s o l u t i o n : I a n g e l e d t h e venting downward. Now released air flows opposite the user and directly toward their work surface.

Opening compartment for eased removal of nail jamming.

2.25”

2.25”

10”

1.50” 1.25”

4.25” 1.00” 1.50”

1.50”

7.25”

1.25”

Understanding internal components allowed for most compact form.

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POWER TOOL REDESIGN

PURPOSE The Diamant Pneumatic nail gun is designed for the hobbyist approaching DIY projects. The modern aesthetic encourages its user to store the nailer in the open, creating a positive connection to a product intended for do-it-yourself tasks.

GAUGED AIR CONNECTOR

NAIL REPLACEMENT TRACK


RUBBER OVERMOLDED GRIP

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DOWNWARD EXHAUST VENT

JAM REMOVAL COMPARTMENT


ERGONOMIC TOOLING

FONDRE SOLDERING IRON

03 Many tools are purposed for extened use and can quickly become uncomfortable. This issue can detract from task efficiency and enjoyment.

Study of ergonomics applied to the soldering iron

For more accurate insight, I worked with an avid solderer, Leroy, familiar with the uses of a soldering iron and how it can be improved for his hobby with model trains. Interviewing the user and understanding the tasks associated with soldering, my design process began.


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ERGONOMIC TOOLING

ERGONOMIC

HOME USE

INDUSTRIAL

NON ERGONOMIC

MARKET RESEARCH Soldering irons on the market cater to a wide range of users with the exception of model train hobbyists. There is opportunity for an ergonomic home based Soldering iron.


INTERVIEW LEROY age 53 model train enthusiast San Diego, California Leroy uses a single tip linear iron. Its narrow diameter causes discomfort in precise and lengthy operations. His corded iron makes repairs around the track more challenging. Intricate soldering tasks are difficult to see when the iron casts a shadow on the part he is working with. 028

“Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve been fascinated by the presence of trains. Being able to have a set at my fingertips; to build, repair and refine is pretty cool. My hobby has become one of my passions...”


ERGONOMIC TOOLING

I explored many forms of existing soldering irons and selected the ones which addressed the concerns of my persona. Moving from ideation to inital concepts, constant user-testing and feedback were necessary. Through sketching and making mock ups, words such as; function, comfort and efficiency were kept in mind.


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ERGONOMIC TOOLING

DETAIL REFINEMENT Equal attention and testing were factored into all details including the shape, sizing and location of the iron’s power button.


Fa c e t e d a n d w i n d i n g o rg a n i c f o r m p rove d m o s t c o m f o r t a b l e f o r ex t e n d e d p e r i o d s o f u s e .

Two - p a r t m o l d e d a n d r u b b e r i z e d p l a s t i c ke e p c o s t l ow a n d l i m i t n e e d f o r s e c o n d a r y o p e ra t i o n s i n manufacturing.

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C e n t ra l l y p l a c e d p owe r b u t t o n e n c o u ra g e s a m b i d ex t ro u s u s e f o r ve r s a t i l e c o m f o r t .


ERGONOMIC TOOLING PRE-SET TEMPERATURE TOGGLE

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY


INTERCHANGEABLE TIP

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INJECTION MOLDED HOUSING

Fondre’s organic contours are designed for both left and right - handed use. It’s internal battery allows for stationary and portable soldering.


BIOMIMICRY AND ENERGY COLLECTION

PORTABLE WIND TURBINE

04 A three week project that I completed while studying abroad at French Design Instution, ENSCI - Les Ateliers. The objective was to learn from the efficiency of nature and reproduce its engineering to capture and store energy. Study of biomimicry applied to the collection of energy.

I decided to approach this project with the idea of personal energy collection for a user on the go.

I envision this product suited for campers and urban dwellers to collect energy for powering small electronics.


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BIOMIMICRY AND ENERGY COLLECTION

HOW DOES IT WORK? Understanding the internal components of an upright turbine helped drive my design direction and incorporation of biomimicry studies. GEAR BOX TRANSMISSION

GENERATOR ROTOR

HOUSING

BLADE TOWER


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THE CONCEPT I decided to design a portable turbine storable in the base of an average sized backpack. I designed the turbine with intent to explore backpack integration during future semesters.


BIOMIMICRY AND ENERGY COLLECTION

EXPLORE AND REFINE After exploring forms of the base and wind collectors, I discovered that less material is best. This allows for easy storage and less added weight to a backpack.

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A. Turbine Receptor B. Rotation Duplicator C. 1.2.3. Removable Battery Cell D. TurbineThe Storage final Compartment design direction includes three battery ce l ls (C 1 ,C 2,C 3) p owered by t h e ret rac t ab le turbine stored in the base compartment (D). Height: 7.9 inches (20.00 cm) W i d t h : 13.0 inches (33.00 cm) D e p t h : 2.0 inches(5.00 cm) Weight: 4.4 pounds (2.0 kg)

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RETRACTABLE TURBINE

RECHARGABLE BATTERY CELL

STORAGE COMPARTMENT


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SOLIDWORKS INTRODUCTION

SOLIDWORKS BICYCLE

05 A three week project that I completed while learning about part assemblies and simple surface creation using solidworks. I designed a bike frame specific to my height and assembled all parts in completion. Focused on part assembly and complex surface creations.


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SOLIDWORKS INTRODUCTION

xs xs 43cm 43cm

xs 47cm

xs 50cm

xs 52cm

s 54cm

s 56cm

M 58cm

M 60cm

L 62cm

XL 64cm

HA Head Angle

71.4’

71.4’

72.1’

72.8’

73.0’

73.5’

73.8’

73.9’

73.9’

74.0’

47/50

SA Seat Angle

75.5’

75.6’

74.6’

74.2’

73.7’

73.3’

73.0’

72.8’

72.5’

72.3’

5’6”

50/54/54

ETT Effective Top Tube

48.5

51.3

52.1

53.4

54.3

55.0

55.3

58.6

59.8

51.0

5’9”

52/54/56

CS Chainstay

41.0

41.0

41.0

41.0

41.0

41.0

41.1

41.1

41.2

41.3

5’1 1 ”

54/56/58

OFF Offset

4.0

4.5

4.5

4.5

4.5

4.0

4.0

4.0

4.0

4.0

6’2”

56/58/60

WB Wheelbase

95.4

97.4

97.4

97.7

98.1

98.3

98.2

100.1

101.0

101.8

6’3”

58/60/62

ST SeatTube

40.6

44.4

47.6

49.3

50.6

53.3

53.3

57.3

59.3

51.3

6’4”

60/62

HT Head Tube

12.4

12.0

13.0

14.0

15.0

17.0

19.0

21.0

23.0

23.0

HEIGHT <5’2”

FRAME SIZE 43/47

5’3”

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SOFTGOODS PRODUCT

iNTERPACT LUNCH BOX

06 A semester project themed around softgoods product knowledge; from designing it to sewing it. The course objective was to design a product which encourages a healthier lifestyle for families with children. Design a softgood promoting healthy living for familiies

In initial stages of design process I worked in a team of four designers to collect research and interview young families within the Bay Area. Asking about â&#x20AC;&#x153;family routinesâ&#x20AC;&#x153; and understanding areas for improving family engagement, my design process began.


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SOFTGOODS PRODUCT

38% CHILDREN ARE OBESE

34% BRING LUNCH TO SCHOOL

12% DON’T EAT THEIR LUNCH WWW.CDC.GOV

PROBLEM Information collected from www.cdc.gov shares statistics of children’s eating habits in grades K-12, from the United States. How can healthier eating habits be encouraged through family and peer-to-peer interaction; making the idea of packing lunch, “cool” for young students ?


INTERVIEWS FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN “Between our family of five, we have so many different schedules that we don’t always get to eat meals together”

“Bringing lunch to school has never been considered cool, so my son rarely wants to bring his lunch from home.”

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“.. My kids are always forgetting their things in the classroom, including their lunch box, making it more challenging to pack their lunch for the following days.“


PERSONAS KIMBERLY & JASON MOTHER AND SON Kimberly is a full time banking executive with a six-year-old son, Jason.

They spend a majority of their day apart, while at school and work. Kimberly wishes they could interact more than just mornings and evenings.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outside of taking my son to school, soccer practive and doing homework together, I wish I could be a part of his days at school.â&#x20AC;?


EXPENSIVE

PERSONALIZED

GENERIC

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INEXPENSIVE

MARKET RESEARCH Comparing existing lunch boxes, most are generic with little room for pre-customization. There is market opportunity for mid-priced and customizable lunch boxes for children.


SOFTGOODS PRODUCT

Through sketching, I explored solutions encouraging kids to pack their lunch and not leave it behind. My ideation led to the concept of treating your lunch box like a pet; from picking it out, to taking care of it, there should be an emotional connection.


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SOFTGOODS PRODUCT

CUSTOMIZE &CREATE.

AT&T

LTE

YOUR INTERPACT

LET’S CREATE YOUR INTERPACT ! YOUR COLORS

YOUR NAME

LET’S MAKE IT

The first lunchbox that encourages parent and child to interact from the moment this intelligent lunch box is customized. The Interpact App also allows parents to locate their child (or misplaced lunch pack) Let’s interpact!

LOCATE PACK WITH SENSOR & APPLICATION


SMART-BRACELET NOTIFY “LUNCH HANGOUTS” WITH PEERS

TRACK NUTRITIOUS LUNCHES ENCOURAGING HEALTHY EATING

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FLATPACK FURNITURE

FLATPACK CHILDREN’S CHAIR

07 The objective of this project was to design a flat-packing piece of furniture which fastens together without additional hardware. All furniture components were to be cut from a single piece of 2.5’ x 5’ Plywood. The focus of this project was in woodwork and joinery

In my design process I used foam core mock ups to study interlocking forms and their ability to be cut from a single sheet of material.


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FLATPACK FURNITURE

IDEATION Sketches from this phase led to physical mock ups to d e t e r m i n e b e s t p ro p o r t i o n s a n d i d e a l c h i l d re n â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s futrniture. Multiple mock ups led to my final design.


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FLATPACK FURNITURE

FINAL DESIGN The clean lines allow this flatpack chair to fit into almost any surrounding. Its lack of hardware also allow for easy assembly and storage after use.


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FOUNDATION FORM STUDY

CURVILINEAR

08 Create a three-dimensional form using two perpendicular cuts in a single composition. My inspiration was from the form of a crashing wave.

Form development and understanding crosss sections.


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FOUNDATION FORM STUDY

RECTILINEAR

09 Create a well proportioned composition focusing on the presence of dominant, sub-dominant and subordonate elements between 3 perpendicular planes. I was inspired by cantilevered form of Frank Lloyd Wrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Falling Water. Focusing on visual hierarchy in form


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FOUNDATION FORM STUDY

SOAP BAR

10 For this foundation project I designed a soap bar, fit for every contour of the body. In my design I included two colinear draft angles, allowing a two part mold to be made from it. The project focus was to learn and use draft angles.


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FOUNDATION FORM STUDY

FAST FORM

11 Using foundation knowlege of two and three dimensionial studies; design and model a fast form focusing on cross sections, aerodynamics, and craftsmanship.

Focus on aerodynamics and moving fast form.

At the project â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end each design was evalu ated fo r a erody na mi c d esi g n , smo o t h su r fac i n g , p ain t fin i sh a nd its a bil it y to zip d ow n t h e race t rac k w it h an e m be dded C 02 c ar t r i d g e.


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OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM

MISCELLANEOUS

12 Outside of the classroom I am all about adventure a n d l e a r n i n g t h ro u g h l i f e â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ex p e r i e n c e s . I e n j o y t h e t h r i l l o f traveling, beauty of automotive design and any opportunity I have to give back to my commmunities. A whole is the sum of its parts and these are a few of the things that make me, me.

When I am not in the studio, you will likely find me photographing new sights, visiting design exhibits or trying different foods I have yet to taste. In all, I remain inspired by the world around me and my ability to positively impact its future, through design.


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Each photograph I have taken holds a unique story or inspiring experience that I would enjoy sharing with you. Thank you for your in terest in my s elec t ions of work.

-Alexander S. Matthews

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