Project Brief Reverse engineering is a method to understanding how a product works and to emulating the product. This practice is performed on a Black & Decker Citrus Juicer. This was an eight week project.
Product Study I took apart the Black & Decker juicer and analyzed each component for form and function. To demonstrate mastery of the juicer design, I measured and modeled each component in SolidWorks.
Process analysis I tested out the juicer and noted design opportunities I encountered throughout the process. I recorded my experience and observations: what I liked, what I didnâ€™t like, and what I could improve. 9
ReDesigning Based on my findings from the product study and process analysis, I updated to form of the juicer to improve not only the appearance, but also the user experience of interacting with the juicer. The changes in design were implemented through the SolidWorks models of relevant components.
Original Design Analysis FORM Wide cylinder; cumbersome body Outer reamer is too pointy Old-fashioned contours Awkward lid and handle Cartoon-ish
USABILITY Power cord is short Small volume Not balanced well; difficult to carry and pour 12
NEW DESIGN ANALYSIS FORM Tall and slender pitcher Rounder outer reamer Simple, sleek contours Comfortable, rounder handle Attractive; can be displayed
USABILITY Longer power cord Volume for a family of 4 Center of gravity closer to hand; easy to carry and pour 13
flatpack studio stool
Project Brief In a studio, the right stool can make the world’s difference in a designer’s productivity and attitude. This stool is to be customized for a 36” tall table and a 5’7” tall user. Project constraints involve limited material of a single 5’ x 5’ sheet of 3/4” baltic birch plywood. This was a five week project.
Product Benchmarkng & RESEARCH I surveyed existing stool designs, focusing on forms and functions best suited for the studio environment. Particular consideration was taken regarding seating comfort, good posture, and storage of personal items. Measurements were also taken on the ideal relationships between the user, the ground, and the 36â€? high table. 20
Successive iterations were modeled at 1”=1/4” scale out of foam core.
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CNC router to cut plywood Two stools may be constructed from a single sheet of the 5’ x 5’ plywood
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Two dowel rods to reinforce backrest
Notched joints with wood glue for easy assembly Water-based polyurethane finish to protect wood and give slight sheen
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Backrest (1) 3/4â€? Oak dowel rods (2) One-piece side frames (2) Small contoured slats (15) Footrest (1)
Lower back support with coat-hanging arches Contoured seat for comfortable seating Curved seat and straight back to encourage upright or active postures Footrest for tailored seating or standing experience Back landing to keep bags & coats off the ground
whale-seasoned salt & pepper shakers
Project Brief biomimicry (n) the process of using elements from nature to inspire form or function of a designed object Biomimicry is explored to create a product that responds to a human problem. This was a two week project. 29
problem description Salt and pepper shakers are primarily designed for public use in a restaurant or dining hall. Practicality is the main concern, and aesthetic is overlooked. To incorporate these seasoning dispensers into the home, a sense of elegance and charm need to be implemented.
model-making process I first made a low-fidelity model from pink foam, checking dimensions and curvatures--making changes as needed-and ensuring the perfect form to fit one’s hand. For the final appearance model, I used polyurethane foam and finished it with sandable primer. 6”
Product Materials This set of salt and pepper shakers would ideally be made out of ceramic and bamboo. Ceramic is lightweight, durable, and smooth to touch, and the soft clay or liquid slip can be easily moulded. Bamboo is more sustainable than most hardwoods, and is naturally more scratch- and water-resistant.
Product Features Curvature fits to hand A tailored seasoning experience: more holes for pepper shaker, less for salt Seamless union of parts; a defined set Bamboo base visually elevates shakers for an elegant look Base provides stability and balance
Sketches design drawing
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education BFA in Industrial Design, 2019 Minor in Business University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 3.96 / 4.00 GPA
Professional experiendce Industrial Design Intern LifeFoundry | Oct 2017-Present Design Assistant Interior Planning and Design | May 2017-Aug 2017 Promotional Marketing Manager & Graphic Designer Makergirl | Oct 2015-Oct 2017 Consultant Illinois Business Consulting | Jan 2017-May 2017 41