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BRIAN CHIU PORTFOLIO/2014


TABLE CONTENTS of

individual projects /01 Fogo

4

/02 Torre

14

/03 Pebl.

24

/04 Lift

28

team projects /05 Feast

36

other works

38

curriculum vitae

40


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Fogo A versatile portable grill and f ire pit Fo g o a d d res s the l ack o f vers a tility, ease of use, por tability, and e n jo y me n t f o und i n m any o f the por table grills in today s market. T h e d e sig n o f Fo g o was d ri ven by intensiv e Human-C entered re se a rc h a nd m arket s tud i es . A second por tion of this project w a s c o n d ucted i n co nj uncti o n w ith Univ ersity of Houston E n tre p re n e urs hi p s tudents , where they dev eloped an estimate o f e n tre p reneurai al co s ts and rev enue. C o n t r ib u ti o n / U ni vers i ty o f Houston Entrepreneurship Program Du ra tio n

/ 4 weeks , 20 1 4

U n i v e r s i t y o f H o usto n Ind ust rial Design Exh ibit ion 2014


Problem

Grills are often one-dimensional, difficult to use, and hard to transport G r i l l i n g in th e U ni ted States has al way s been an ex perience limited to a f ew h o lid a y s and tai l g ati ng . I t’s al so been an activ ity domitated by a n i n d iv id u a l ra ther than a co m m una l and group ex perience.


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C oncep t

Fogo is an outdoor grill that’s fun, portable, easy to use, and can be used as fire pit Fogo ta ke s c u es f ro m b arb eq ue cul ture around the w orld. G r i l l i n g sh o u ld be a co m m unal and i nv iting ex perience, not a n i n t imid a t in g o ne. Fo g o i s eas y to set up, transpor t, and a l l ow s g ro u p s to s i t aro und and enj oy it as a por table fire pit. Fogo a lso a llo ws yo u to cho o s e b etw een coal or propane fuel.


65% 76% Americans own a gas or charcoal grill

Use their grill three or less times a year*

Why not make a grill with compatible with both?

Why not make a grill that is fun and easy to use? INDIVIDUAL

8,200,000

total gas grill shipments

5,917,000 total charcoal grill shipments

PORTABLE

STATIONARY

National Barbeque Association, 2013. Table H1. Web. Feb 20 2014.

OPPORTUNITY

GROUP


*Consumer survey results

49%

75%

Why not make a grill that is easy to carry and incredibly lightweight?

Why not make a grill that serves as a grill and a fire pit?

Grill in places other than home*

PRICE

Weber Jumbo Joe

Son of Hibachi

Quick-Grill

FireSense Notebook

Weber Go-Anywhere

Weber Q

SIZE

$60

240 in2 18 lbs.

$80

170 in2 19 lbs.

$75

273 in2 7 lbs.

$50

234 in2 8 lbs.

$55

160 in2 15 lbs.

$260

280 in2 45 lbs.

$45

187 in2 10 lbs.

$190

285 in2 60 lbs.

Char-Broil Table Top

Char-Broil Table Top

EASE OF USE COOKING

Americans enjoy bonfires while outdoors*

SAFETY

PORTAB.

STORAGE CLEANING

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Powder-Coated Steel

Dual Air Control Vents

Easy-to-clean Stainless Steel Grate

Locking Aluminum Carry Handles


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Easily converts to propane

Removable silicone-coated can be used as pot grip


With its carrying arms folded up, Fogo’s low center of gravity provides a safe fire pit.


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02

Torre A French Press constructed from wood and steel To r re , S p ani s h f o r “to wer ”, decontructs a traditional French press a n d p ro v id es a s i m p l e and m i nimal coffee brew ing solution. B y c o n so l i d ati ng the tum b l er and filter, y our morning brew can be h a d stra ight f ro m the pres s wi t hout unsightly and difficult to clean p lu n g e r s. The pro j ect’s co ns traints required modularity as w ell as t h e u se of s teel and wo o d l am ination. C o n t r ib u ti o n / Veneers p ro vi ded by Brochsteins, Inc. Du ra tio n

/ 4 weeks , 20 1 2

U n i v e r s i t y o f H o usto n Ind ust rial Design Exh ibit ion 2013


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Pa r t s o f a t ra d i t io na l Fr ench P r es s


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Ho w to u se a t ra d i to n al fr e n ch p r e ss


Dual Silicone Gaskets

Oriental Walnut Veneer lamination for insulation Reverse Flow Filter Stainless Steel Vessel


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Ho w Tor r e Works.


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Torre makes brewing, cleaning, and enjoying rich, pressed coffee simple and beautiful.


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03

Pebl. A bedside clock with a soul.

Pe b l. is th e p ro d uct o f an i nves tigation into the relationship betw een human s a n d o u r e v er yd ay i nteracti o s with simple electronics. An alarm clock is on e o f t h e mo re i nno cuo us el ectro nic dev ices, how ev er it to controls a large c h u n k o f o ur l i ves . H eck, i t even sleeps nex t to us! I sought to create a more p e r so n a l a nd em o ti ve co nnecti on betw een the user and the low ly bedsid e c lo c k . It f u ncti o ns as a di g i tal a larm clock , but w hen it is “ pet” before bed, t h e c lo c k f ace di s app ears as it falls “asleep.” A script is intiated in w hic h a d if f u se d LED beg i ns a rhythmic pulsing, simulating the breathing patte r o f so m e o n e i n d eep s l eep . Pebl. uses an Ardunio UNO microcontroller, a se r ie s o f c apaci ti ve to uch s ensors, and a projection for its dispay. Du ra tio n

/ 4 weeks


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Pe bl. f oc u s e s o n c r eati ng a n e m ot ive c o n n e c ti o n bet w een th e use r a nd a s i m ple ma ch i ne.


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“ O n e d a y , i n t h e f u t u r e , r o b o t s w i l l d o e v e r y t h i n g f o r u s . I t ’s a d r e a m that refuses to go away. Over the coming years, robots are destined to play a signif icant part in our daily lives -- not as super smart, functional machines, nor as pseudo life forms, but as technological cohabitants. But how will we interact with them? What new interdependencies and relationships might emerge in relation to different levels of robot intelligence and c a p a b i l i t y ? T h e s e o b j e c t s a r e m e a n t t o s p a r k a d i s c u s s i o n a b o u t h o w w e ’d l i k e our robots to relate to us: subservient, intimate, dependent, equal?” - D u n n e & R a b y “ Te c h n o l o g i c a l D r e a m S e r i e s ”


04

Lift A RIM molded tool to improve bike transportation L if t wa s an i d ea b o rn f ro m the personal ex perience of being a daily b ike c o mm uter. Getti ng aro und the city on a bike often consists of o v e rc o m ing o b s tacl es that can’ t be ridden through. Lift address t h e a w k w a rd hand l i ng and uncomfor table positioning of hav ing to lift a n d c a r r y a b i cycl e. The des i g n w as then to be submitted to Pro to m o ld ’s “Co o l I dea! Award ” and meet their machining a n d b u g e t co ns trai nts .

C o n t r ib u ti o n / Pro to Lab s Du ra tio n

/ 2 weeks , 20 1 3

O ff i c i a l “C o o l Id e a ! Awa rd ” s u bmission


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U rban com m u te r r u n in to ob s ta cle t h a t c a n’t be r i d d e t h r o u g h. W he the r u p t h e s ta i r s , a cr o t h e t ra ck s , or on t t h e m e t r o, i t ’s a pa i n .


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rs es en its os s to

Assist in lifting for storage

Assist in getting up those dang stairs

Easier to manipulate in tight spaces


C ontracted muscles

Ped al s g et i n the way o f knee

Not enough clearance

The most common methods of carrying a bike.

H eav y b i kes can b e p ai nf ul o n the s ho ul der

Lack of control


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Lift lo w e r s th e cente r of g ra v it y o f t h e bike wh ile c ar r ying, allo wing you to u s e n or m a l mus cle g r oups th at ar e us ed f or lifti n g, as i f y ou w e r e lifting g r oce r y bags or a br ie f c ase. L i f t c an als o be w rapped ar ound th e top bar and se at t u be, p r o vi ding pa dding f or your s h oulde r agains t the an gl e of b i ke. Being eas ie r to lift, th e bike f eels lighte r an d e asie r to manue ve r up stair s and th r ough cr o w ded s pa ces.


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05

T EA M PRO J ECT

Feast Conceptual dinnerware with a focus on manufacturing

We we re app ro ached by accl ai med chef, Philip Speer of Uchi Restaurants , to d e sig n a s eri es o f s er vi ng platforms to be used in a series of priv ate , h ig h - c o n cep t di nners . Our m a in goal w as to redefine the dining ty pica l d in in g ex peri ence and cul ture. We drew our inspiration from the changin g la n d sc a p e s o f the d evel o pi ng w orld, from the neolithic to the industria l a g e . We were g i ven a b ud g et of $375 to manufacture 30 plates. C o lla b o ra t i o n / J i m m y Tran C o n t r ib u ti o n / U chi Du ra tio n

/ 4 weeks

P H IL IP SPEER


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OTHER WORKS


tap! 2014

A project sponsored by Theatro, a star t u p ba se d out of Dallas, TX. ta p! is a w earable comm u n i c a t i o n dev ice for the retail industr y that uses touc h se n si n g , voice recognition softw are, and GPS techo n o l o g y to i mprov e the retail ex perience

t i m b e r. 2 0 1 4

timbe r. is a handcrafted cooking and ser vi n g u te n si l t hat prov ides the user a spoon, spatula, fo rk, a n d knife. timbe r. can also be used as a hors d’ o e u v re s plate. It is inspired from prehistoric tools a n d c a r v e d out of pine sourced from sustainable fores t s

Wa l l T i l e I n sta l l a t i o n 2 0 1 3

Modular w all tiles w ere created by v acuum fo rmi n g 1/ 4� sty rene. Each tile functioned as a v essel t h a t h e l d a h ousehold object. This installation w as per fo rme d a s a studio and published in the Inte r na tiona l Jo u r n al of Inte rior Arc hite c ture + Spa tia l De sign , Vo l . 2

To r re Pac k a g i n g 2 0 1 2

T he packaging for the Torre press is meant to fe a t u re t he modularity and craftsmanship of the pro du c t . T h e branding is minimal y et effectiv e, using a bo l d c o l o r schema and crisp lines that reflect the ae st h e t i c o f t he design.

S ug a r 2 0 1 3

S uga r is a 3D printed lapel pin insipired by t h e su g a r sk ulls commonly found in Mex ico during D i a de l o s Muer tos. Suga r can be printed in either w h i te g l o ssy ABS or 14K gold and is my first foray into 3D pri n te d f ashion, a topic of design I am deeply intere ste d i n .


“A well-travelled, ambitious and multi-skilled artist with global aspira

A broad thinker with a sharp mind, creative eye, and passionate heart.

As a third-year industrial design student, I’ve discovered an inherent d

implement good design in a way that improves our lives and the world

EDUCATION

2005-2010 University of Texas at San Antonio

B.A. English

2011-2015 (PROSPECTED) University of Houston

B.S. Industrial Design

EXPERIENCE

AUGUST 2013 - PRESENT Burdette Keeland Design Exploration Center

Assistant

Supervised and assisted in the use and repair of equipment. Advised fabrication of models and projects.

AUGUST 2007- MARCH 2013 University Outdoor Programs

Senior Trip Leader and Coordinator

Led outdoor group trips ranging from rock climbing to backpacking to white water paddling. Specialized in rock climbing and paddling instruction. First Aid and WFR certified.

MAY 2009 - JUNE 2010 Blue Sky Graphics

Junior Graphic Designer

Graphic design and web development for various local businesses and artists.

AUGUST 2008 - MAY 2010 University of Texas at San Antonio

Teaching Assistant

Assisted students with English composition.


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desire to

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SKILLS Photoshop Illustrator InDesign Solidworks

BRIAN CHIU 1478 Sugar Creek Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77478 832.282.0861

Keyshot

bgkchiu@gmail.com

Prototyping

SPONSORED PROJECTS

COMPETITION PROJECTS

PUBLISHED WORK

EXHIBITIONS

2013 Annual Industrial Design Exhibition U of H 10th Anniversary Industrial Design Exhibition

LANGUAGES

English Conversational Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin)

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

IDSA Member, freelance graphic design, rock climbing, backpacking, world travel, cycling, Crossfit

Brian Chiu's Industrial Design Portfolio Spring 2014  

Third-year industrial design student

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