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Joel Hierholzer Industrial Design Portfolio


HELLO, I am JOEL

In May 2018 I will be receiving my undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from Virginia Tech. I am currently seeking employment.


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gro HYDROPONICS

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Flotsam BEACH TOYS

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Sherpa MEAT DEFROSTER


gro HYDROPONICS Group project - 14 weeks, Fall 2016 Focus - Concept & Design IDEA Finalist


DESIGN INSPiRATION

Gardening with hydroponics can

Hydroponics grows plants in about

1/4

“15%

of the space

of the population suffers

from seasonal depression in the winter months.

use up to

90%

traditional methods.

less water than

Hydroponics can grow plants

up to

twice as fast ”

By bringing accessible hydroponic growth into the home, we are enabling clean and effortless gardening, sparking a purposeful habit, and increasing awareness of nutrition.


THE MARKET

Aesthetic Pleasure

Gro THE ELDERLY

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

Gardening is among their favorite hobbies. Hydroponics appeals to them because it eliminates the pain-points of traditional gardening. Crop yields can even influence good nutrition.

Young professionals often embrace new and “up-and-coming� technologies like hydroponics. Many also live in urban environments that lack plant life that an in-home garden can provide.

Complicated/ Industrial

User-Friendly

No Aesthetic Pleasure

FARM-TO-TABLE

OFFICE SPACES

The farm-to-table culture would fully embrace the idea of growing fresh foods in-house. Restaurants and grocery stores can provide customers with the ability to see the foods they are eating growing around them, producing a truly organic environment.

The introduction of greenery can brighten up any office space. Plants can improve employee moral, impress visiting clients, and adds a beautiful eco-friendly aesthetic.


Ideation


HOW IT WORKS

UV GROW LIGHT Full spectrum UV grow light supplements nutrients gained from natural sunlight.

SEEDS OR PLANTS Seeds or germinated plants are added to the substrate.

HYDROPONIC SUBSTRATE Absorbs moisture and provides structure for the roots.

GROW TRAYS Custom shaped grow trays provide structure for the substrate while allowing water to flow to the roots.

AIRSTONES Circulates water and provides aeration for the roots.

RESERVOIR The reservoir contains 2 gallons of nutrient solution rich water. The water and nutrient solution must be maintained every 2 weeks.


THE COMPONENTS

Hardware (Cables, Nuts, Bolts,...)

Injection Molded Acrylic Bulb Cover

Laminated Cork over Injection Molded ABS Light Frame

Full Spectrum 45 watt LED Grow Bulb

Injection Molded ABS Grow Trays

Airstone

PVC Vinyl 6mm Tubing

Air Pump

Injection Molded ABS Reservoir

Laminated Cork Sheet


CONCEPT PROTOTYPE


WHAT YOU CAN GROW

Fruits

Herbs

VEggies

Medicinal

Decor


Elevate your Garden...


Flotsam BEACH TOYS Group project - 6 weeks, Fall 2017 Focus - Materiality & Sustainability


DESIGN INSPiRATION

“8 million “80%

of all ocean waste is plastic

By the year 2050, there will be

more plastic in the ocean than fish

metric tons of plastic

are dumped into the ocean every year, and this number is set to double every decade

Over

5 trillion

pieces of plastic currently litter the ocean

With all this plastic in the ocean, we see a huge ethical and environmental issue, but we also see an opportunity...


MATERIAL PROCESS 2. COLLECTION The plastic waste is collected from the ocean.

1. WASTE Plastic waste exists in the ocean and congeals in large garbage patches.

3. RECYCLING The plastic is sorted, shredded into pellets, and melted down to be reformed.

5. AFTER-USE Once FLOTSAM toys reach the end of their life cycle, they can be melted down using the same process.

4. REUTILIZATION FLOTSAM beach toys are created using the recycled plastic. Any excess plastic can be melted down again.


FORM IDEATION

Why beach toys...? Beach toys are widely accepted as “disposable� and cheap. Flotsam toys are beach toys reinvented. These toys are durable and meaningful. Most importantly, the creation of these toys cleans up our oceans. To put it into perspective, One shovel can be composed of up to 15 grocery bags.


CONCEPT PROTOTYPE


final toys we made


A set of Flotsam beach toys would retail for around 45 dollars and would come with 4 different hand trowels, 1 bucket, and 1 large shovel. The toys can be assembled into a carrying set for easy storage and transportation.


Flotsam recycle. create. learn.


A Sherpa MEAT DEFROSTER Individual - 5 weeks, Fall 2017 Focus - Concept & Design


DESIGN INSPiRATION

“1.3 billion ”

Roughly

tons of food is

wasted every year

50% of all

produce in the United States is thrown away.

“1 trillion

four ends up tossing the equivalent of

worth of food is wasted every year

The average American family of

$2,275 of food into the trash annually.

dollars

To combat food waste, in what ways can I improve the process of freezing and thawing food, specifically keeping in mind efficiency, safety, and quality?


DESIGN OPPORTUNITY

REFRIDGERATOR

4 COMMON WAYS OF DEFROSTING

SAFE

A better way of thawing food will encourage more people to use there freezer, decreasing the amount of food thrown away.

EFFICENT

QUALITY

BACTERIA DANGER ZONE 150 F

HOT WATER

COLD WATER

MICROWAVE

140 F

40 F

A

0F


FORM IDEATION


HOW IT WORKS To begin the defrost cycle, you simply fill the tank with water and the frozen food of your choice. The pump will circulate the water while simultaneously chilling it to 40°F. Proper water circulation is key to quick defrosting. No more wasting water with a fast dripping tap. The 40° temperature also keeps food out of the danger zone for bacterial growth.

Pump

WATER

Chiller


THE

COMPONENTS Connecting Port

Sherpa is composed of four parts. The first part is the frame, which not only supports our second part, the tank, but supplies power to our third part, the chilling pump. A grate can be applied to the top to hold down buoyant food.

Frame

Tank

Grip

Grate

Power

Slide Prevention Rises

Connecting Port

Chilling Pump/Circulator


Giving frozen a whole new meaning


SENIOR THESIS: FLY FISHING SLING PACK

COMING SOON...


EXTRA WIDE STRAP PROVIDES shoulder COMFORT

BAIR

Attachment flaps for tools such as clippers, tippet slings, pliers...

Series of loops for anchoring, tying, as well as friction cylindrical storage

Small zipper allows for secured access to open mesh pocket Honeycomb foam provides style and comfort

Large loop for quick and easy use of main compartment zipper

Drop down work bench for branding, storage, flotation, and fidgeting

Easy adjustable strap buckles

Reinforced metal loop for net and general attachment

Fly friendly felt for quick exterior fly storage and air drying

Joel Hierholzer Industrial Design Portfolio  
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