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Joshua Polido Industrial Design Portfolio

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01 NรกviDrone

Future Tech to Bring Us Closer to Nature An ever-growing dependence upon GPS technology is fostering the disability for navigating without it. In 5-10 years this problem will be even more prevelant. What if technology could bring us closer to nature, instead of further from it? What if technology could allow outdoor adventurers to be more independent?

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A Lost Skill Natural terrain blocks cell signals, rendering GPS useless. As Inability we become to readfurther maps causes thousands dependent upon GPS, every anyear inability to gotolost. readThis maps is further becomes worsened more common. by dayhikers This underestimating is seen by the thousands nature and every aoverestimating year that go lost, their which skills.has been a number steadily rising in the past decade. But, what if technology could bring us closer to nature?

An Adventurous Persona Dave Age: 25 Dave recently started hiking on trails near his house. The idea of being lost excites him, so he tries to lose himself, but still he has to be responsible. The trails near his house have very few signs and the mountains cause cell signal to cut in and out. However, he carries a light backpack with essentials like his wallet, water, and trail mix. He has no backup plan if he ventures too far.

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A Rising Parnership I speculated that in an effort to expand UST’s market base, a partnership would arise between UST and DJI. DJI is known for making drones that have much better range and can be more compact than other brands on the market.


Flying Up, Broken Down To learn more about drones and the technology within, I researched teardowns online and visited local hobby shops. Along with this, I used drone simulators to virtually build a drone with existing parts on the market. From this I quickly learned which parts might not be necessary for my concept. I took liberties in the final design with the size of the parts that I did need because of the advancements in drone power and size and the advancements that would take place in 5 - 10 years.

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Exploring Markets In an effort to learn more about what features my market might need I brainstormed around other markets. For example, I designed around a school child who might need a drone to direct him/her home. From this, I learned that my drone can be slightly larger than one that is needed by a child, but not as powerful as one needed for someone escaping a flood.

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less moving parts, but prop length is limited by pull tab

props protected, but too many moving parts

most natural and simple reveal, but form will need to change to accomodate internals

very natural reveal of props, but pull tab could break o

most comfortable, but too small for mechanics

large enough for internals, but uncomfortable

less durable & uncomfortable

more comfortable, but still diďŹƒcult to grip

best balance between size and comfort

Form After Mechanics Because my concept revolved around the idea of a durable/ portable drone, I knew that the propellors would need a way to be concealed/ protected because they are the most fragile aspects of drones. However, because drones do not usually conceal the propellors, I wanted this aspect of the design to be very intuitive. To learn more I did low fidelity prototypes, which served more for function, than aesthetics. After, designing an intuitve interaction with the propellors, I pushed the form of the design to lend enough space within for the technology to fit and to be ergonomic. To do this I used foam mock-ups to test handling and CAD models for form studies.

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Rugged Detailing After settling upon a general form I used a variety of digital and analog sketching to refine the color, details, and internal placement of mechanics. I was looking for an aesthetic that would appear both rugged and communicate survival. Following that, I created one last mock-up to learn more about the sizing and placement of details withing the design.

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5. drone surveys local area

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1400 KV motor

texturiized carbon ber for grip

�exible OLED display

rubber ring for water-prooong

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02 Gibson LP Iron A Soldering Iron for Guitar Repair Technicians

The time spent spent soldering on the small, but deep cavity of a guitar during the day of a guitar repair technician is several hours. Current, soldering irons, with their straight shafts and exposed heat units, make the life of a guitar repair technician even more difficult, as it leads to cramps from holding the tool at uncomfortable angles and burns on the fingers from holding back the crowd of wires. A good design for a soldering iron that solves these problems could appeal to this untapped market.

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Gibson’s Deep Problem The straight shaft of common soldering irons makes it difficult for guitar repair technicians to solder in deep spaces. The open metal of the soldering iron in such a narrow space can often cause the unintentional melting of wires. These problems are most prevalent in the cavities of Gibson Les Paul guitars as this model has a deeper than most others.

A Shaping Interview Terry Allen Guitar Repair Technician San Jose, CA Terry is a Guitar Repair Technician at Guitar Showcase. He has been working on guitars for over 50 years. The majority of repairs that he does require the use of a soldering iron. Its very basic soldering. However, with certain guitars, like the Les Paul, the electronics are nested in a hard-to-reach hole. The hole is also narrow leading to crowding of wires. These problems make the task more difficult with a traditional soldering iron. “I wish i had a soldering iron with a long, curled tip�

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unfavorable form, but more comfortable

favorable form, but less comfortable

Ergonomic Curves Keeping in mind problems of carpal tunnel syndrome caused by long-term use of tools with a bent wrist, I tested my mock-ups to find a form which allowed my user to keep a straight wrist, whilst soldering in a depressed cavity. In addition, to prevent cramping I tried to find a form that would allow guitar repair technicians to hold the tool in a natural, relaxed hand position.

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Detail Refinements After presenting my design to Terry Allen for review, he held it upside down and it did not appear finished to him. Because of this confusion, I went back to refine my design. In refining my design I first added more prominent features to the top surface of the soldering iron, so that it would clearly communicate the proper hand position. Next for the final design I used a polycarbonate casing instead of a wood material, so that the design would appear finalized and not as craft.

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Synthetic Rubber Cord Relief

Polyadmide 6 Internal Casing

Polycarbonate Cover

Thermoplastic Elastomer Grip Polyamide 6 Heating Unit

Copper Soldering Tip

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03 HI Soap

A Soap that Creates a Community By designing a soap box for Hostelling Int., Hostelling Int. could reinforce the idea of their brand as being friendly, and community-based. This could attract new markets, especially those seeking to meet new people.

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A Shared Space At Hostelling Int., typical guests are young backpackers, staying for only a few nights and seeking adventure. Because this they are usually travelling on a budget and thus are forced to share a room with strangers. However, could there be ways to reframe this situation to reinforce the image a community of new friends?

A Travelling Persona Alisha Age: 23 Recent College Graduate Alisha, a recent college graduate, plans to travel to different countries and meet new people before starting her career. Having yet to start her career, she needs to travel on a budget. She does so by staying for a few nights in hostels, carrying her belongings everywhere she travels. Any space saved is valued, especially if she doesnt need to worry about carrying soap.

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Could a soap bar do more than clean?

Bite-Size Sharing I tried to find a design to encourage community. through sharing. But, I still wanted to prevent people from thinking it unsanitary. This ruled out my first concepts of a single soap bar that could be broken into pieces. Eventually, I drew inspiration from assorted chocolate boxes, which have a tendency to encourage sharing. Then I drew inspiration from HI’s logo, which depicts a house.

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Leave a Footprint in a New Friend’s life

A Household of Unique Individuals

04 Dyson Sanitize An Exploration in Design Language & Forms

By designing a hand sanitizer for Dyson, which works faster than others and by placing it in areas that funnel foot traffic, we can appeal to people that are on-the-go in a world where time is ever-more valuable.

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A Fast Culture Within our busy lives exists a myriad of things constantly vying for our attention. Among the the many tasks of things to be done, every moment counts, so its hard to find time to focus on things like hygiene.

Stop-Sign Forms In a fast-paced culture speed & convenience are everything. Thus, as most hand sanitizers are placed in locations distant from the flow of foot traffic, people must venture out of their way to sanitize their hands. The second problem is of form. It is due to the fact that most hand sanitizers look like stop signs and, in fact act as stop signs to the flow of foot traffic. As I observed people in public locations, those who went out of their way to reach a hand sanitizer needed to stop in order to interact with it. I hypothesized that a more convenient would yield more successful than the current products.

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A Public Brand Dyson’s release of a new line of public use hand dryers marks a shift in a new direction for the brand. As they have previously been known for their welldesigned vacuums in the homes of consumers, now they are recognized in businesses and other public places. A new product should fall into line with this new direction.

Modern Forms & Color Details Dyson’s products often are shaped using simple geometry combined together. This is most evident in their line of hair dryers, which are two cylinders put together. Dyson’s use of color is minimal. Most of their products are a metallic gray color with a use of one color for details. I tried to incorporate both of these themes into my final design.

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versatility in interaction, but required physical contact

fragile & confusing interaction

good interaction, but form needs work

A Fast Interaction In an effort design a hand sanitizer that would better fit our fast-paced culture, I explored many options that would work smoothly with the swinging movement made by the arm as a person walks. I settled initially on a mechanical sliding movement to dispense the sanitizer. However, as I began to explore more technilogicallly advanced methods, I was able to simplify my form.

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A Dyson Form In an effort to find a form that matched dyson’s aesthetic, I explored different existing products from which to draw inspiration. At first I tried a more powerful form, which I saw as prevelant in dyson’s vacuums. However, as I began to look at their more professional public products I tried to make my form look more professional and modern.

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360° camera to track


sanitizer storage release

sanitizer storage

polycarbonate outer shell

predictive sensing

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05 FA Rail Chairs A Bench for a Community

Downtown San Jose is ridden with nearly abandoned alleyways that city members avoid at all costs. However, the city is working with design firms and artists to bring new life to these areas. In one study by Gensler, increased public seating was a highly requested commodity. Further, it has been shown that increased public activity from public seating can bring new positive energy to city locations. Our team took this information to reactivate Fountain Alley, located in downtown San Jose.

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A Bad Image Fountain Alley is seen in a negative light due to pervasive issues of homelessness, drug activity, and assault. Our team observed several individuals consciously take longer routes to intentionally avoid Fountain Alley.

Sponsored Change Our team in collaboration with several local organizations seeking to change the perception that the community had for Fountain Alley. Local Color is a business located just outside Fountain Alley. They are a group of local artists who have reverbished an abandoned Ross. A more active FA means more recognition for their artwork. CommUniversity is a group that works to unite university members with the San Jose Community. They hopes a new FA would bring meaningful change to Downtown San Jose. San Jose Downtown Association is a group of sponsors that works to put together and advertise fun and unique events in San Jose. A fresh FA for them could be one of those unique places.

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A Playful Co-Design In an effort to build the most meaningful design for the community we held a workshop, where we invited community members affected by Fountain Alley to meet and brainstorm ideas with us. What we discovered was that by a huge margin, most of the community members wanted a playful and whimsical design. One in which they could gather with friends and loved ones.

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round shape allows people to face one another

when sat upon, mushroom squishes down while other mushrooms bounce upward

suspended ropes bounce when sat upon

Combining Concepts From the co-design workshop, we tried to channel the community members ideas into more fully realized concepts. All of our new concepts centered around the idea of an interactive seat, allowing people to get together in a group to socialize. After presenting our full-scale mock-ups to the community members from the codesign workshop. Two designs stood out to the community: a slideable rail chair and a circular group hammock. We took inspiration from both concepts into the final refinements.

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Refining the Concept Following our full scale mock-ups, we combined the circular elements of our group hammock, which allowed people to interact with each other, and the interaction of the rail chair concept, which allowed individuals to interact with the seat. To refine the concept, we simplified the design so as to allow people to sit down from any side of the rail. We also integrated an “S” shaped rail design to allow group to gather ‘round.

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A Presentable Mock-Up Our final model was presented to the community in FA. The community responded very well to the Rail Chairs. They loved how playful and colorful the concept was. Our mock-up also unintentionally allowed them to rock back and forth while seated, which would be a feature we included into our final design. Our team also recieved inquiries for a higher volume production model from local businesses.

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The slatted design prevents puddles from forming during rainy weather.

The individual seating prevents homeless from using the seats to sleep, a common problem in cities.

Wood Composite Seat Layers

Steel Rod Locks Layers Together

Wood Composite Layer Divider

Housing & Brake

Roller Boxes

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Joshua B. Polido Portfolio  
Joshua B. Polido Portfolio  

A collection of my industrial design work.