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ERIC CALL


ERIC CALL

ejccall@gmail.com 707.592.9747

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Education

Skills

BFA Industrial Design / December 2013 / brigham young university

able to work well in groups, but also self motivated. ability to take a design from initial concept all the way through computer aided design and building prototypes. model making. rapid visualization. photography.

Experience Designer at Hencil / Draper, UT / October 2013Beginning at Hencil I was responsible for creating concept furniture for 3-Form. Since then I have been invlolved with everything from promotional products to exploring concepts for new line of in home wall accessories. Currently Hencil is designing an office chair inspired modern running shoes. intern at enlisted design / oakland, ca / june-august 2013 as a part of the product design team, i worked with two others in creating two pieces over the summer that now are ready for production. I was able to take the products from early ideation to finished technical drawings for prototyping. intern at coordination / berlin, germany / may-august 2012 as a part of the product design team, i worked with two others in creating two pieces over the summer that now are ready for production. I was able to take the products from early ideation to finished technical drawings for prototyping.

software: Adobe Creative Suite / lightroom solidworks rhino keyshot


HOW CAN A PIECE OF FURNITURE IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH?

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Being able to alternate between standing and sitting at work is widely recommended. Unfortunately, most jobs don’t offer more than a large desk and a chair. Sitting all day has been shown to weaken the immune system, as well as cause a decrease in stamina and energy levels. Standing at work is a simple way to improve your health and there should be a simple product that encourages it.

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THE CURRENT MARKET Many solutions exist for the larger office environment, but these products are very expensive and aren’t very practical in a smaller home office or studio setting.

HOME & OFFICE ENVIRONMENT People that aren’t working in a large office don’t invest in the current adjustable desk models. Instead they save money by creating their own home made versions. These compensatory behaviors show that people have a big need for a simple stand-up desk that doesn’t take up a lot of space.

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DESIGN GOAL

Create a simple standing desk for those working in studio or home office environments.

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CAD MODELS We decided, in order to keep it simple and save space, we would make something that would lean up against a table, taking up minimal oor space.

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MOCK UPS We made a first model to see how it would work in the studio. Working on it we realized that it’s nice to save space, but more importantly, it’s better if it can also stand alone.

Our second model had an interchangeable back leg that allowed it to stand on it’s own.

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One size ďŹ ts all... In order to keep a simple aesthetic, we had to remove moving parts. We also made sure the angles were versatile enough to fit on different table heights and comfortable for people of all heights to use.

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FIGURING OUT DETAILS We made a hidden thread detail that not only allows for the back legs to be swapped out, but also adjusts the angle of the podium surface.

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The final production model is made with cork, lathed oak, and lacquered steel. It is lightly treated so the simple and functional beauty of each material will show through. The soft tones of the wood and cork contrast with the lacquered steel to create an energetic piece that inspires use.

Flip Sellin Eric Call Adita Somway ERIC CALL DESIGN | 09

Photos: diephotodesigner.de


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HOW CAN WE CREATE A BETTER COFFEE STEEPING EXPERIENCE?

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Combining the best of two brewing methods.

The pour over method is great for a quick cup of clean coffee. It does not have as rich a avor as a french press, but it filters out the grounds much better.

The french press allows for steeping which allows the greatest amount of avor to be pulled from the coffee bean. However the french press produces a dirtier cup of coffee.

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Figuring out the steep & release method Because we were combining two methods of brewing, we had to make sure the action was as simple as possible. We decided on a seal to trap the coffee in the top, and with a simple quarter twist it would open up and release the coffee.

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How to steep and release

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A BIRDHOUSE FOR THE CITY

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HOW CAN A BIRDHOUSE HELP PEOPLE CONNECT WITH NATURE & EACH OTHER?


A growing majority of the population live in cities. Living in a city offers many beneďŹ ts, but this environment also serves to separate us from nature and build indifference to the people around us.

photo by wilhelmja on Flickr

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Observation Fences are necessary at times, but separate us from each other and bring a grim aesthetic to the city. But being that they are prevelent in cities, is there a way they can connect us rather than separate us?

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Birds are finding ways to live in cities. But they need more permanent places to live in the city.


Ideation Can a birdhouse ‘grow’ on a fence like a vine?

Can it replace broken fence slats?

Could it connect buildings?

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How to plant a birdhouse

It is very simple to plant on any fence. Just attach the back to the front and twist. Then plant any climbing vine you wish.

1. Connect

By making it two separate pieces it requires that one person from each side of the fence work together to connect it. This allows people to connect with each other while they work together to beautify the city.

2. Twist! Then plant any climbing vine.

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A BIRDHOUSE YOU CAN PLANT Bringing beauty and personal connections to an environment that desperately needs it.

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HOW CAN A COAT RACK ADAPT TO A FAMILY’S CHANGING NEEDS?

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ADDING TO THE FAMILY had previously created the ‘Thread Series’ consisting of cafe and bar stools with a cafe table. Our goal was to add another member to the Thread Family.

We wanted to use the threading aspect of the stools to create a fun, interactive coat rack that would adjust to the changing needs of everyday life.

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Ideation & Mock-ups Just as in the Thread Family stools, we wanted to design features of the coat rack that used the thread to create flexibility and infinite adjustment possibilities.

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The final production model is made of a long walnut thread that connects with a powder-coated steel base. The green and blue were chosen as accents against the dark color of the walnut. The platforms give a place for keys, etc. while the wire hangars are adjustable to meet the family’s needs.

Flip Sellin Aditya Somway Eric Call

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HOW CAN A DEVICE REDEFINE THE WAY CLIMBERS EXPERIENCE THE OUTDOORS?

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This project began as an exploration of outdoor lighting solutions. Climbing gear is a very specialized ďŹ eld. From the shoes to the harness, cams, and quick draws, everything has to be top quality and preform at its best all the time. Climbers hold their life saving equipment to the highest standards. Climbing and hiking at night can be especially dangerous, so what kind of lights do climbers use?

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Researching Black Diamond Lighting We found that although Black Diamond’s hardware is top quality and industry leading in some categories, their lighting does not hold the same quality and perception. We needed to elevate their lighting to the level of the rest of their equipment.

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Looking at brand, current products, place in the market, and what the competition is doing.


This is Chad. Chad is a hard core climber. When he’s not at work, he’s exploring, climbing new routes, finding new canyons, and always pushing his skills further.

We went through his gear with him to learn what he liked and why, looking for style and characteristic cues from his other climbing gear. Chad’s gear has to be hassle free. He didn’t like his headlamp because it’s performance wasn’t worth the hassle of wearing it, but sometimes it was necessary to use at night.

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Looking Through Chad’s Eyes We took what we learned from the interview and went climbing at night to see what the issues were. We identified 4 main problems when using a head lamp.

light direction

Eyes looking at foot holds

Line of light does not match line of sight.

Even wider beams are bright spots when on the wall.

Light coming from the head makes unnatural shadows.

Visual communication between climbers is impaired.

Head lamp beams only move when your head moves. Looking at your feet to find a hold is difficult.

Head lamps usually have a softer area light setting, but up against the wall it’s all the same bright, spot.

Head lamps have spot settings and wider area lights, but even these are turned into bright spot lights when up against the wall.

Communication between climber, belayer, and others is very important, but at nights it’s much more difficult to communicate with just head lamps.

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Beginning Ideation After this ideation we each split into our own individual directions.

We focused our initial ideation into 3 categories.

One handed operation

When you’re on the wall

Form Studies

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Seeing a Bigger Need Our focus on ease-of-use and proximity to the wall was very useful, but after further interviews with Chad and other climbers, I realized that there were bigger issues surrounding a climbing trip than just a headlamp not having a wide enough beam.

Exploring new areas is at the core of what Chad does. But a thick route book that goes out of date isn’t the most useful, lightweight thing to carry around.

Even directions that look easy on the map can be tricky on the ground, especially at night.

CLIMB

CHAD

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“Where the...?”


Emergency strobes on a headlamp are only visible with direct line of sight.

Chad loves to share route and climbing info he gathers from his trips, but his current devices aren’t very climbing friendly.

Chad might be seen if he’s hurt or stuck on the wall here.

But what if he broke his ankle down here?

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What kind of light technology could be useful? Light transmits all of our visual communication. Laser light is especially bright, and could be used to give information instead of a power hogging LCD screen.

Laser light technology can be very compact, and is highly visible at night from great distances.

The laser light was easily visible from over 300 yards away during testing.

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What other information would be useful? Being able to project SOS signals is nice, but I also wanted to make this device useful in more situations than that. How could this device replace a route book? How could it keep Chad from getting lost?

Know the height of any object just with 2 points and an angle.

Orient your map and know where you are at all times.

A screen may be too much...

But projected directions to the climbing route would be nice.

Project help signals visible by planes, hikers, anyone.

Have route information before you get started.

Have pre-loaded information about local water sources, or ranger stations.

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Figuring out the Form The final form needs to be simple to activate, durable, and compact enough so climbers like Chad won’t mind carrying it around.

attack to a belt or backpack strap

Twist to adjust angle

Caribeaner inspired

Twist to stand on its own

Pull to activate

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Simple twist to each feature


Figuring out the Interface I explored how the necessary information could be displayed in a simple, graphical way, and how it is accessed through the physical interface.

What kind of symbol can communicate information clearly and quickly?

What button layout is simple, but still contributes to the form?

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A New Climbing Experience Features of the new Black Diamond Epedition

Farmiliar form factor allows for easy clipping to a harness. Download route information from MountainProject.com

Chad can track his routes and share his information on Mountainproject.com, to contribute to the wikipedia of climbing information. Green laser projects information onto the environment.

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Chad Snelson: Climbs Alpine Spine


Expedition points Chad in the right direction.

Expedition helps Chad size up the route before he gets started.

Expedition makes Chad visible in an emergency situation.

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BE SEEN A better climbing experience.

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EXPEDITION Find, know, track, share. never be lost.

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After the project was over I was invited to Black Diamond headquarters to present my work to a team of designers, engineers, and department heads where I recieved very positive feedback.

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ERIC CALL ejccall@gmail.com 707.592.9747

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Eric Call Design Portfolio 2013  

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