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JEFF PET TIT Industrial Design Portfolio


RESUME BOLT

14 Week School Project

NOVEL

2 Week Group Project

PURE

14 Week Humanitarian Module Class Project

SKETCHING & RENDERING Examples

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JEFF PETTIT INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER

Email jwpettit@vt.edu | Phone 804.432.9192 | Web coroflot.com/jwpettit

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design | To Be Conferred Spring 2014 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University | Blacksburg, VA GPA: 3.3, In Major 3.5 Advanced Studies Diploma | Conferred Spring 2010 Midlothian High School | Midlothian, VA Class Rank: 50 of 328 GPA: 4.0

EXPERIENCE

MeadWestvaco | Global Business Services Intern | Summer 2012 • Provide support to the Global Business Services organization at MWV • Worked on the Primary Recertification of the MWV SAP Customer Center of Expertise as well as acquiring the Advanced SAP CCoE certification • Revised Architectural Diagrams for the production data systems of multiple MWV production facilities • Worked to facilitate testing of various enterprise software packages for compatibility with Microsoft Windows 7 Virginia Tech Division of Student Affairs | Owens Food Court Employee | Fall 2011 • Preparing food and serving customers • Maintaining food safety regulations • Cleaning preparation/serving areas Freelance Work • I maintain an informal business as an audio/video consultant and installer for home installations • I have also done a variety of work for neighbors ranging from yard maintenance to irrigation system repair

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Senior Living | SFCS Sponsored Studio | Spring 2013 (ongoing) • Student designer on project working to research needs and conceive new products and systems for issues related to senior living PURE: Clean Water for all | 2012-2013 • Student designer for humanitarian project developing clean water solutions for India’s underprivileged Getting Wireless | Wireless RERC Sponsored Project | Spring 2012 • Student designer for project developing wireless solutions for various disability personas • Designed smartphone for veteran who has lost use of their dominant arm.

SKILLS

Novice

Advanced

Conceptualization/Ideation 2D Analog Development 2D Digital Development CAD Development 3D Physical Development Documentation

HONORS ACTIVITIES

Media

Digital

Language

Sketching Analog Rendering Digital Rendering CAD Plastics Woodworking Photography

Adobe Creative Suite SolidWorks Rhino AutoCAD SketchUp MS Office Adobe Lightroom

English (native) French

IF Concept Design Award, Finalist 2013 (Winners TBA) Distinguished Honor Roll: Midlothian High School 2006-2010 Academic Letter: Midlothian High School 2006-2007, 2008-2010 Deans List: Virginia Tech Fall Semester 2010, Fall Semester 2011 College IDSA Virginia Tech | Fall 2011 - Present Alpha Rho Chi (Professional Fraternity for Architecture & Design) | Winter 2011 - Present High School National Honors Society Société Honoraire de Français Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Midlothian High School French Club

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BOLT

14 Week Project Jeff Pettit

Currently a Finalist in the IF Concept Design Award 2013!

The average person uses an outlet at least once per day. They are functional and practical. They are universal. They are a well established standard. They are not however current. The outlet as we know it came about in 1926 with the founding of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. Since then very few changes have actually been made. The design is long obsolete and should be changed. Modern amenities put a much higher demand on electricity and the standard electrical outlet simply isn’t functional anymore.

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THE PROBLEM

• 86% of surveyed people use an electrical outlet once or more per day. • 74% of surveyed people have accidentally overloaded an electrical outlet causing a tripped circuit blown fuse, sparks, or even burning or melting of the outlet. • 49% of residential electrical fires between 2005-2009 were related to electrical distribution or lighting. • 84% of surveyed people have more than 1 power strip in place in their house at any given time. • 7 children per day are medically treated for electrical outlet related injuries.

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INITIAL CONCEPTUALIZATION

Smartphone app monitored electricity

Plugs and outlets inspired by I/O connections

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Visual feedback of live consumption

Wireless electricity

Induction power plugs

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INITIAL PROTOTYPE My preliminary concept featured 8 slim blade-style outlets on a flat plate with a consumption display at the top of the face. This model enabled me to perform user testing on the indication system as well as the form and plug layout. The prototype was made through a CAD model that was then printed on a MakerBot 3D printer. Despite the model being printed at 75% scale, it was plenty big enough to demonstrate that the plugs were far too close together and small to be practical for use.

USER TESTING The concept called for a system to inform the user of how much power they are using and/or how much is available for use. By informing the user of how much power remains available for use, they will be less likely to overload the outlet causing a potential electrical hazard. Ultimately the testing revealed that the most effective element of the indication system was the color thus eliminating the need for bars illustrating exact levels. To test the concepts I cut strips of paper to fit the area where the screen is on the 3D printed prototype model. I then colored the various strips to appear roughly as they would on the screen of the actual product. I would ask the tester to plug the plug into the outlet, pretending to be plugging something in, then place a piece of paper and observe the reaction.

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MODELING FORMS After working on preliminary prototypes I needed to determine the form for the final product. I wanted to explore using angles to make the outlets easy to get to for general use. These pictures show iterations I worked through to determine a final form. The final outlet form consists of two angled faces. The longer face points upward for easy general access while the shorter face points downward for more permanent appliances. The outlet can be rotated in either direction depending on wall placement. If it is lower on the wall, the long face points upward however if it is higher on the wall then the orientation can be reversed.

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WHAT COLOR IS IT When approaching a Bolt outlet with a plug, the outlet reads the plug and indicates to the user whether enough power is currently available for that particular appliance. The indicators change color based on power availability. Indication lights are only illuminated when an inactive plug is near the outlet, and turn back off once the plug has been fully inserted.

NIGHT AND DAY In dark rooms, the individual outlets on the face of a Bolt unit are illuminated making them easy to find. Bolt contains an ambient light sensor which automatically adapts Bolt to the current lighting conditions in the room.

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PLUGS AND ADAPTER

The plugs use a system of metal contacts to transfer positive, negative, and ground power. The fourth is an activation pin which turns on the supply of electricity only when the plug has been fully inserted into the Bolt outlet. By keeping unused outlets deactivated, they pose no threat with the insertion of objects either by accident or by small children. There is also an adapter so appliances without the new plug can also be used with Bolt.

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BOLT MODELS The first Bolt I created featured angled faces to facilitate reach and the ability to be installed easily in place of standard electrical outlets. However different installations call for individual needs. This led me to develop 3 more Bolt versions. Two of the others are designed for new construction, eliminating the need for a junction box and providing more usable surface to fit more outlets on the face. I also developed versions without angled faces to be used at arm level installations such as kitchen backsplashes and bathrooms.

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Retrofit Model Bolt

New Construction Model Bolt

Retrofit Model Flat Bolt

New Contstruction Flat Model Bolt

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Bolt

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NOVEL

2 Week Group Project Ivana Zelov | Jeff Pettit

Have you ever been in a space where the floor seemed inviting? Book shops are full of people sitting on the ground, mainly because they often fail to provide adequate seating for customers who wish to spend time perusing the selections. Novel provides a place for customers to sit while looking at books. More people sitting on seats means more people staying in the store, what a novel idea.

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CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT AND MATERIAL TESTING

Initially we worked through making foam models to test size, form, and construction of our ideas. Once the idea had been refined to a final state we purchased materials to test manufacturing method and material.

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MANUFACTURING PROCESS

1. TEMPLATE

2. ROUTER

3. BAND SAW

4. HOLES

The first step of the manufacturing Next we used our templates to trace out all of the pieces from large sheets of After passing through the pin router, The last step was to drill the holes in process was to create a template for plywood. The pieces were roughly cut out using a jig saw and then cut to shape rough sections were further refined by each piece where for the metal rods to the router. We designed the contour on a pin router. on a band saw. pass through. of each individual piece in CAD and then laser cut each template from masonite board.

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FINAL IDEA Inspiration for the layered design of Novel is taken from way books look lined up on a bookshelf. This construction allows Novel to be assembled from pieces held together with metal rods. This allows Novel to be sold and shipped in flat boxes maximizing efficiency. Novel is comprised of a large seat at the top with a surface to the side just big enough for a book and a cup of coffee. The space just beneath the seat allows for storage of more books or small objects. Finally there are handles on each side making it portable and easy to move around.

Seat

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Handles on end pieces for easy carrying

Storage

Surface

Metal rods with finished end detail to hold wood pieces together

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PURE

14 Week Humanitarian Group Project Holly Inners | Madison McVeigh | Jonathan Kim | Jeff Pettit | Design for the Bottom of the Pyramid Class 2012-2013

Millions of people live without reasonable access to safe drinking water. Contaminated water is responsible for approximately 2,400 deaths every day in India. The family of PURE drinking vessels was created to reduce this number by making water purification as simple as buying pure bottled water. An affordable and effective solution can be achieved through a combination of chlorination and charcoal filtration. We look to use PURE to provide clean drinking water systems to fit the lifestyles of people in the home, on the go, and in communal settings. These products include water bottles, and larger scale water dispensers.

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THE PROBLEM

• 128 million people lack safe water in India • Only 28% of all Indians have access to piped water • Water can easily be contaminated during transport, storage, and consumption

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FILTRATION We chose to use a combination of chlorine and charcoal to purify the water. There are less expensive methods available, but they take longer to work. To get users to start purifying their water we needed a solution that was simple and quick.

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CHLORINE TABLETS

ACTIVE CHARCOAL FILTER

Chlorine is inexpensive, removes bacteria & viruses, & prevents the spread of water-borne diseases. This method has been successfully implemented by P&G.

Active charcoal provides the cheapest and most effective means to eliminate bad taste and impurities in chlorine treated water. This improves the appeal of chlorine use.

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EARLY CONCEPTUALIZATION

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CONCEPT PROTOTYPING Our initial prototyping led us to a two vessel system connected through the active charcoal filter. This allows the water to be chlorinated in the top compartment, then filtered and stored in the bottom where it can be easily accessed through a spout.

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Integrated Handle

PURE FAMILY Our initial prototyping led us to a two vessel system connected through the active charcoal filter. This allows the water to be chlorinated in the top compartment, then filtered and stored in the bottom where it can be easily dispensed through a spout.

Pill Capsule Lid

Chlorination Chamber

Active Charcoal Filter

Clean Water Reservoir

Dispenser Spout

Stand

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STORYBOARD Abani travels early in the morning to collect water from the communal water pump, which she uses to fill the PURE vessel. She closes the lid, releasing the chlorine tablet into the top chamber. The water is filtered after fifteen minutes by twisting the middle section. The spout is pinched to release safe drinking water.

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1. Pour Water into top vessel 2. Place lid on unit 3. Push button to release one chlorine tablet 4. Wait 15 minutes 5. Twist center ring to filter water through charcoal 6. Pinch nozzle to dispense water

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PURE SYSTEM OF PRODUCTS In addition to the Pure Family filtration system, other groups within the class worked to develop solutions for different common Indian persona one being an auto rickshaw driver and the other being a school child.

Akhil wakes up at 5 A.M. and fills his 1 liter bottle with tap water. He then loads the top section with up to eight chlorine pills. After replacing the top, one twist of the cap releases a chlorine pill. Fifteen minutes later, the water is safe to drink through the filtered cap.

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Nilaya is a six year old student. Her teacher starts every day by filling the school’s PURE basin with water. She releases the chlorine tablet by pressing the lid. Fifteen minutes later, students fill their personal bottles to provide clean water for the day. The bottles contain active charcoal filters to remove unwanted chlorine taste.

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PURE: CLEAN DRINKING WATER FOR ALL

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SKETCHING & RENDERING

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SHOE RENDER Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop

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LEICA CAMERA RENDER Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop

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THANK YOU

For your time and consideration

Jeff Pettit Portfolio (Spring 2013)  

Industrial Design portfolio of Jeff Pettit

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