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Hi, welcome in. I’m honored to showcase you my proudest work within the SJSU Industrial Design Program.

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Projects 1 Rocket Car Foundation Form Study

2 Dremel Rotary Tool Redesign

3 Ace Hotel Soap Hotel Brand Redesign

4 Bicycle Solidworks Introduction

5 Muji Humidifier Technology Redesign

6 Self-Checkout Cart Checkout Kiosk Design

7 Soldering Iron Ergonomic Redesign

8 Serving Tray Making It Product Design

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Foundation Form Study

Rocket Car


The objective to this form study project was to consider the opportunities of designing a rocket car while expressing the shape, form, and lines as aesthetics while incorporating a language that displays a fast, dynamic, and unique manner that fits into the parameters of the CO2 cartridge and the wheel axis. The focus of this project was form and aerodynamic revelance. Rocket Car 4

Inspirations The 2017 Acura NSX perfectly demonstrates fast forming lines within its speed forming shape, which I took admiration and inspiration to transcend its beautiful elements into my rocket car.

Ideation Development Utilizing my foundation knowledge on 2D & 3D perspectives, implementing cross sections were essential to define the overall dimensions, aerodynamic shapes, and aesthetic line forms of my rocket car design.

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Form Development

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Final Development

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Rotary Tool Redesign



The objective to this redesign project was to consider the opportunities of eliminating the bulk feel of traditional rotary tools and replace it with a more comfortable and egronomic apporach while targeting a attractive design.

The focus of this project was a design balance of aesthetics and ergonomics. Dremel 8

Inspirations Taking essential elements from the Air Jordan 15’s sharp lines, the Ferrari 458’s body curves, and the Carbon Steel Katana Japanese sword’s craftsmanship, I want the user to be drawn within the fast and vigorous design language while knowing where to grip the rotary tool.

User Persona & Market Research Ergonomic Observation: Rotary tools on the market have a similar rigid body case that overpowers the bulk feeling, making it look less ergonomic




•Johnny McClusky •Age: 40 •Industrial designer •Enthusiastic with fast exotic cars •Hands-on learner •Loves working with tools and cars •Wants a tool that reflect his lifestyle

Opportunities: Design a lightweight and ergonomic rotary tool that is aesthetically appealing and comfortable to use.

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Ideation Development

Observing and analyazing each sketches as a column, I went forward with the last concept as it fits into how I want my ideal rotary tool to look and feel like; fast and aggressive.

Form Development 1


Slick and pencil-like = easy to grip

Indented bottom = easy finger placement 4


Curved bottom = easy to hold


All elements combined = Final form Using yellow foam to experiment the feel, form, and shape of my ideal rotary tool, I took each of the foam models’ strongest attribute and implement it to the next design as I move forward to evolving it on its final form.

Rounded upper body = comfortable at palm Dremel 10

Process Development

Once the foundation of my rotary tool has been detailed and rendered, the orthographic layout is then measured so that I could scale and cut out the dimensions on the modulan foam.

As soon as I finished shaping my design into its final form, I can then move on to the next step of spray painting the base with white primer before hitting it with the Fierce Red paint.

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Final Development

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Hotel Brand Redesign

Ace Hotel Soap


The objective to this redesign project was to consider the opportunities of incorporating essential elements of a chosen hotel brand into a soap bar design while having an understanding on draft angles when creating a two-part mold tooling system The focus of this project was brand revalance and understanding on draft angles Dremel Soap 13

Hotel Persona •Urban dwellers who love and appreciate the city’s atmosphere and well known locations •Infatuated with the vintage old school trends into modern day cultures •Has an artistic eye to see everything into a form of art •Eco-friendly to appreciate the beauty in nature. •Ages range from 21-65 years old

Inspirations Unique typography on landmarks, branding, and products were taken into inspiration.

Ideation Development Loose sketches were made to explore on possible shape and design language that reflects the city lifestyle of Seattle.

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Form Development 2



Sharp diagonal lines = Industrial

brand incoporated = Relevance 4


All elements combined = Final form a square base with the “A” to be dominant while the “C” and “E” overlap.

Large A logo = Bold

Rounded body branding = Traditional

Tooling Development

The two-part mold tooling system was created for the casting of the soap design.

The modulan foam acts like a secondary tooling for the casting imprint.

The white soap is the result after pouring the soap mix into the cast. Soap 15

Final Development Colors available based on season: Pink: Spring Green: Summer Purple: Fall White: Winter

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Solidworks Indtroduction



The objective to this Solidworks project was to build a knowledge foundation and to understand how to use the program to extract a 2D perspective concept into a 3D perspective rendering. Learning how to construct and assemble surface creation parts, a bicycle frame is needed to be construct based on user’s body specifications. The focus of this project was to build knowledge on part assembly and surface creations. Bicycle 17

Bicycle Frame Dimensions

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Technology Redesign

Muji Humidifier


The objective to this technology redesign project was to research the selected brand, evaluate their product line’s aesthetic language, design a humidifier as well as incorporating an enriched technology that serves a purpose for the user. The focus of this project was to balance the product design with the appropriate technology. Humidifier 21

Market Research Its origin was a thorough rationalization of the manufacturing process with an eye to creating simple, low-cost, good quality products. Specifically, we reexamined products through three lenses: material selection, inspection process and packaging simplification. MUJI’s goal is to give customers a rational satisfaction, expressed not with, “This is what I really want” but with “This will do.” MUJI’s products, born from an extremely rational manufacturing process, are succinct, but they are not in the minimalist style. That is, they are like empty vessels. Simplicity and emptiness yield the ultimate universality, embracing the feelings and thoughts of all people.

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Inspirations Mediation, yoga, and nature were the main elements to push forward for a relaxing humidifier.

User Persona & Market Research Ergonomic Observation: Common humidifier on the market have a similar hospitlized white case that overpowers the bulk feeling, making it look less ergonomic




• Stephanie May •Age: 26 •College Student •Loves yoga and peace •Often have dry skin and sinues •Needs a humidifer to help relieve her symptoms. Stationary

Opportunities: Design a lightweight and portable humidifier that is aesthetically appealing and easy to use.

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Ideation Development

Concept Development

Looking into more of a cylinder form approach, I started to explore on water bottle canteens and various styles of water bottles. I aimed at making the body as simple as possile with one part line so that it the design language isn’t distracting for the user. The one in the cirle is what I pushed forward with because it defines on what I wanted my design to be. Humidifier 24

Technology Development

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Process Development

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Final Development Humidifying Air Release

Pulse Sensor

Off Stage

Charging Station

On Stage

- Button + Button

USB slot

Set Button

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Checkout Kiosk Design



The objective to this checkout kiosk design project was to work as a team of 4, seeking an opportunity challenge in a selected store by replacing the traditional cashier service with a self-checkout system to ease the shopping experience. The focus of this project was to have a teamwork effort on developing a self-checkout system Self-Checkout Self-Checkout 28

Costco Shopping Environment


Shopping Cart Problems

2 Busy environment with continuous shoppers pushing wide and overcrowded carts

Most merchandise have to be carried onto the conveyor belt for cashiers to scan

Brainstorming Ideas


Most overstock their carts with too much merchandise = major delay at the checkout lanes.

Membership scanners in cart Checkout system set up in cart Avoid muscle stress on placing on/off the conveyor belt Easier paying method to checkout via Cardless readers, Apple Pay, Android Pay, etc. Make it easier and faster for members who are shopping 10 or less items Shorten down the checkout lines Avoid waiting in line

Some only shop a handful of items but have to wait in line for those with overstock carts to check out. TARGETED USERS

Shop & Go experience

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Ideation Development: User can place the scanner on any sides of the cart with the adjustable slot holder.

Final Development

Insert on top to pay and remove once checkout is complete.

Membership Swipe reader Screen Interface

Receipt kiosk system will be placed in a designed check out lanes Retractable scanner system to attach to the cart

Gun Scanner Place holder

Cart Handle Slot

Gun Scanner

User Interface

Please Scan Your Item



Item #1 Item #2

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

Selected Items Item #2

Please Scan Your Item Item #1 Item #2

$ 0.00

$ 0.00 $ 0.00


Delete Enter Code

$ 0.00


Please Scan Your Item Item #1 Item #2

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

Enter Code


$ 0.00













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Ergonomically Convenient & Accessible

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Ergonomic Redesign

Soldering Iron


The objective to this form study project was to consider the opportunities to redefine an ergonomic solution for traditional soldering irons in terms of improving comfort in the wrist, hand grip, and proper feature placements to use the tool easily. The focus of this project was to have an ergonomic understanding to soldering irons. Soldering Iron 32

User Persona

Tony Age: 35 Job Title: Tesla Electronic Repair Technician Workday: Monday-Saturday Repair Hours: 2-6 Hr/day Hand Oriented: Right Problems: joint and wrist pain in grip position Solution: An ergonomic design to help improve comfortable soldering iron’s handgrip Tasks: The workforce that requires the user to weld small components of microchip processors and pins into the hardware. Repairing electronic cables and wires by using tools such as soldering iron, heating tools, pliers, and tweezers. Requires precision and focus on detailing when it comes to handling small parts inside the electronics field of Tesla. With the soldering iron tool being used primarily everyday, it is important that the user can use it without any strain to his hands and wrist. Observation: Handgrip of the soldering iron lacks comfort. While holding the tool, the hand placement does not seem fit and can eventually cause a hand ache. Using the soldering iron at different angles, it can cause an uncomfortable sensation to the hand and wrist while performing his task. The finger ligaments and joints of the user’s hands may be tighten and sore while his performing his duties each day.


Market Research Observation: Soldering irons on the market have a similar dull and industrial look into the design. Despite that it may vary based on the user type, the eronomic portion seems to lack for the majority. Ergonomic Opportunities: Design a lightweight and ergonomic soldering iron that is aesthetically appealing and comfortable to use with features of a stationary cord to use near to an oulet.




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Common problems with Traditional Soldering iron

Redesign possibilities: Rounded Egronomic Body Triangular Head Finger Placement Recessed the body in specific areas

User’s wrist and palm will face a discomfort strain when gripping a traditional soldering iron for a period of time due to the weight and handle position. Any further use of the tool will become unpleasant to use.


Commonly, there are no sharp edges or curves but rather a rounded body to relieve the pressure points when gripping the remote controllers and mouse.

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Ideation Development I quickly progressed on making rough sketches to brainstorm possible opportunities on curved and rounded handles. The ones circled in pink are the ones that I chose to moved forward with to expand the shape and grip variations of my ideal design.

Render Development


2 Built-in stand & slim body case

3 4 On/off light indicator with pencil-like grip

5 Recessed thumb/finger grip

Triangular recessed grip = Final form Picking up each render’s strongest cues, I moved forward with the 5th render and proceed to the foam development.

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Form Development

Grey modulan foam to shape the final version of the design.

Yellow foam mock ups descended down to the final form that was best fit for the ideal design.

Rounded and curved, the grey modulan is ready to be applied with Bondo filler.

Process Development





Researching what kind of dark color I wanted, the Gun Metal Metallic had the perfect hint of grey that I wanted; dark enough to resemble like a bullet but also light enough to exemplify the smooth and rounded design language.

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Final Development Concave top for finger placement Interchangeable soldering tip

Heat light indicator

Reinforced cord for durability

Resting stand

Recessed side curve for precision grip

Front Side View

Front Diagonal View

Curved rear for comfortable grip

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Ergonomic Details

Overhand grip for control. With index finger placed securely at the bottom curve, with the triangular head reinforcing the finger from slipping to the front.

Pencil grip for precision and accuracy. The thumb is comfortably in position at the side curved head, whilethe index finger is controlling the pressure of the tool.

Index finger is easily rested at the concave indent on the front end while the thumb is securely rested at the side curved head.

Sideways grip for alternative finger placement. Index finger is rested on the side curved head while the thumb is now positioned on the front end.

Temperature Details Once plugged in, light will flash.

As soon as it is done warming up,

red light will indicate heat is warming up.

green light will indicate ready to use.

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Making It Product Design

Serving Tray


The objective to this project has 2 parts: first, form in teams of 6, develop a start-up brand and make a correlated product line that all share the same principle and marketing for our designated consumer audience. Secondly, design and build a booth sale/pop-up store with flyers/posters made so that the team can advertise and sell their product. The focus of this project was a teamwork effort to successfully start and run a business. Serving Tray 39

Team & Brand Identity Team: Jeffrey Ng John Nguyen Khiet Nguyen Megan O’Connell Anthony Ruiz Ricky Yue

Brand Principle

We brainstormed collabatively with the favorable keywords to forward our next step to designing our core values and design principles.

Brand Name & Logo

Our brand aims at making kitchenware products that has a natural feel with an industrial element fuse together.

Urban Artisan

Primary materials to use: White Maple Hardwood & Aluminum Metal

We all voted for the logo circled in green because it gives a nice and vibrant appearnce for our brand name.

Key words to focus on: Sustainability, Functionality, Adaptability

Product Line

We carefully chosen a list of kitchen essentials that meets our intended product to manufacture.

John : Serving Tray Khiet : Wine Case Ricky : Spice Rack Anthony : Knife Block Jeffrey : Tablet Holder Megan : Cutting Board

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Serving Tray Market Resarch

Serving trays intent use have made life alittle simplier for users to apply it into their homely lifestyles. Many uses can be applied to almost every room of the house, making it very universal such as: living room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, garage, backyard, etc.

Target User:

Price Range:


20-30’s Age range

Depending on how well of a craftsmanship the user wants, serving trays varies based on:

The use of serving trays is suggesed to have:

Appreciates texture & color Eco-friendly Loves to cook Nature-lover On the go Uses space wisely Minimalistic style

brand label material used design quality Cheap & affordable ranges from $2.99 - $19.99 Moderate quality ranges from $19.99 - $39.99 High quality ranges from $39.99 - $349.99 The user can be given the options on what suits for his/her own use in their homes and what kind of environment they choose to display

Better Handle Grips Eco-friendly when recyclable Smooth surface Comfortable layout Organizational appealing Color and texture expressed Non-distracting Subtle to the environment Univerisal use purpose

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Ideation Development 27 in

6 in


2 3 in

Loose sketch to jumpstart the idea foundation

4 First render to observe curve radius and form

15 in

Illustration file to lasercut out mockup 15in


3 Sketchbook pro ideation for solidworks render

6 Second render to test handle placement

Final render for model production

Form Development

Foam mock up was developed to observe the hinges and experiment the shape and form of the model concept.

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Process Development



Each board was cut to the same and exact length & width so that each production is equally made. Hole slots were done through with the drill press.

Laser cutting was utilized for our brand logo placed the right side of the serving tray. Placing the logo on the right side felt more sophisticated and elegant.



Each serving trays were then taken to I placed two 1/8 dowels on each ends the belt sander so that the corners and of the hinges so that each board can edges are sanded and rounded. be supported as it lays flat.


10 Round edges with a clean placement for the handles.

Dowels are placed neatly side by side to the hinges



Using a quarter, I traced each board with the quarter’s radius that was nearly .50 inches.

To ensure the two boards were evenly cut, I placed the hinges onto the ends of the board so that it can be held securely together.



Each board was then individually Each tray were sanded up to grit sanded by the palm sander so that the 1200. The production is then moved surface has a smooth and soft plane. on to the packaging stage.


12 Smooth surface at the bottoms of the trays.

Crisp etched out logo for branding presentation.

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Final Development

Serving tray can slide through almost any slots in the kitchen with its slim profile when folded.

Serving tray can be placed in cabinets for storage.

Serving tray can be used as a personal desk for workload on the go.

Serving tray can be used to have an angled position for laptop use and /or eating dinner. Serving Tray 44

Packaging Development

Poster Flyer & Business Cards Our group developed a simple yet bold poster flyer in order to not only help advertise our booth sale throughout the majority of the SJSU campus buildings but also, spread out the word on checking out the Industrial Design program & our DSID Making It class to see what Industrial Design is all about.

Come Check us out! Industrial Design Product Sale! DSID 133 Design: Making it

SJSU Industrial Design Students We will be set up and ready to sell Custom Manufactured Products for your outdoor adventures, kitchenware needs, and life gadgets

DSID 133 Featured Companies Design: Making it When & Where Sjsu Campus Alkemi SJSU Industrial Design Students will be set Paseo up andde Ceasar ready Chavez to sell Urban Atirsan CustomDeturu Manufactured Products for your outdoor May 9thadventures, 9am - 4pm kitchenware needs, and lifestyle gadgets. Come Check us out!

Featured Companies

When & Where

Alkemi Urban Atirsan Deturu

Sjsu Campus Paseo de Ceasar Chavez May 9th 9am - 4pm

Using a paper cardstock band, the packaging can be simply taken off so that the product is ready to be used. Using a clear packaging tape to bind each ends of the bands together, the packaging process was simple to do for each serving trays.

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Booth Design

The Urban Artisan Kitchenware On the day of the booth sale, our packaging and branding are all correlated that ties each of our products as a family. With the soft cool grey band packaged neatly, it gives a sense of a package unity.

Determining on space and size we have, the ideal tent booth layout will be simple yet eye catching to come by. We plan to have a large banner in front of our table so that the eyes are drawn into the tent. Using black/dark grey background, the white logo will be bright and visible to see.

Booth Display Ricky’s Spice Rack (Left) Anthony’s Knife Block (Right)

Khiet’s Wine Case ( Left) Jeffrey’s Tablet Holder (Right)

Megan’s Cutting Board

John’s Serving Tray

Placing our large banner at the rear side of the tent, it helps create an attraction to consumers on what is being displayed in our booth. The black and white contrast of our logo brings out a eye-catching visual.

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DSID 133 Making It Team

Kitchen Craft Made Easy. Serving Tray 47


2017 Industrial Design Portfolio  
2017 Industrial Design Portfolio  

Welcome to my portfolio! Please take a look through to see a collection of my projects carried out at San Jose University. Thank you for you...