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KATRINA MONREAL industrial design 2018


Katrina Monreal University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Industrial Design | Asian American Studies Minor katrina.monreal@gmail.com 773.470.9379 2


PROJECTS The Canary Chair Spines Sunset Roller Research Park

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THE CANARY CHAIR The Canary Chair is a minimal and stylish solution for the modern workspace. Sit facing in one direction if you want a footrest, or face the other direction to experience the sensation of floating on air. When you need to clear the classroom, just pitch it forward and nest them behind each other. It’s just that simple. Duration: 6 weeks Goal: to craft an innovative chair for use in a shared design classroom space from one 5’ x 5’ sheet of Baltic Birch plywood

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THINGS I LEARNED

A stool for a 5’6” student sitting at a 36” high table should be 24” high “Adjustable” stools are not necessarily easy to adjust

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THINGS I WANTED TO DO

While everyone else was adding more, add less Allow for easy storage of multiples Maximize floor space Keep it clean


Brainstorming

Consulting an engineer

Mapping out 31 possible leg designs to find the right aesthetic

RESEARCH & IDEATION

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MODELING

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FEATURES & SPECS Octagonal seat matches angular design Maximized legroom

Nests when pitched forward to save space

Two angled planes of contact open up floor space

Optional foot rest Sleek aluminum compliments pale wood for a modern look

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24 in

Materials 13-ply Baltic Birch plywood 5/8 in aluminum pipe (9.5 in) 5/8 in aluminum pipe (15.5 in) 3/8 in threaded steel rod (11.625 in) 3/8 in threaded steel rod (17.75 in) 5/8 in acorn cap nuts (4) #8 1 1/2 in screws (8) Epoxy Wood glue Water-based polyurethane finish

24 in

.75 in

13 in

19.5 in 23.25 in

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SPINES Most people have a mix of phone and laptop chargers, headphones, and other plugs scattered around the floor of the home at any given time. The clutter created by these cords is not only physically difficult to maneuver around but also visually distracting. There needs to be a solution to this problem that is well integrated into the home that doesn’t add to the visual clutter, organizing cords out of the way while still keeping them easily accessible. Duration: 2 weeks Goal: craft a solution to a problem from everyday life by utilizing biomimicry, or emulation of nature’s forms and systems in designed objects 15


INSPIRATION & SKETCHES

Because the project called for biomimicry, I made an inspiration board of natural forms that I liked and ultimately decided on the cactus.

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LOW FIDELITY MODELING

65°

35° 0.5 in 0.625 in

2.5 in

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SUNSET ROLLER The Sunset Roller is a rolling disc golf bag designed for professional and semi-professional users. Named for its seamless integration of curved and linear forms (mimicking that of a sunset), the Sunset Roller provides a no-nonsense mobile storage solution in a clean, stylish bag. We provide easy access to what you need during gameplay and security for the things you don’t - so you can rest easy and focus on your aim. Duration: 8 weeks Goal: to create a new solution for disc golfers, either in the form of a bag or a cart for an existing bag that would satisfy their needs. Sponsor: MVP Disc Sports

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Steve Holloway from MVP Disc Sports visited multiple times to teach us the rules of disc golf, explain his needs as a semi-pro golfer, give suggestions based on the existing market, and to critique our designs.

THINGS I LEARNED

Professional disc golf players may need to carry 24+ discs for one game Tournaments may run up to 6+ hours Professional disc golf bags could weigh 40+ lbs Disc golf is played on a variety of terrains and altitudes, and runs regardless of weather Items that may be kept in the bag during a tournament: discs, towel, jacket, notebook & pens, foot marker, umbrella, water bottles, camper seat, phone, snacks, glasses/sunglasses

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THINGS I WANTED TO DO Make it roll Reduce player back strain Make sure everything has a place Keep it lifted off the ground Easy to clean Streamline the look


First iterations

Refinement

Specifying features

RESEARCH & IDEATION

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Telescoping handle with fitted comfort grip

Dual main compartments zip closed for protection

Open side pockets for easy access to notepads, pens, sunglasses, and other materials

9 inch wheels and high stoppers keep bag high off the ground for easy access

Closed side pockets to protect smaller valuables, two cupholders, and an external pocket for putters and markers

Large clear-top flap zips away to reveal a 24-disk-capacity compartment


FEATURES

OPEN IT FOUR WAYS

Unzip the secured sides, fold flap up, and velcro in place

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ENTERPRISEWORKS INCUBATOR IN RESEARCH PARK PHI OPTICS phioptics.com

Optimal microscopy company introducing Spatial Light Interference Microscopy (SLIM) technology

WHAT I DID

• Visited Institute for Genomic Biology to research lab space and interview lab manager Glenn Fried • Developed Phase I “Research and Product Development” presentation for client, including: • Findings from research • Inspiration from nature and architecture • New product form sketches • Low fidelity models • Color scheme options and new logo placement • Graphic design for new brochure

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SERIONIX serionix.com

Startup marketing Colorfil™ colorchanging technology in household air filters

WHAT I DID

• Created “Major Tom” character for marketing and branding (featured on Twitter and Craines article) • Brainstormed products for future line extensions • Packaging models for use in pitches in Chicago • Graphic design for packaging models Mention in IDSA article: “Refocus:There’s More Than One Way to Use This Air Filter”


OTHER companies assisted

PETRONICS petronics.io

Startup dedicated to making robotic pet toys starting with Mousr, an app-controlled cat toy

WHAT I DID

• Product modeling in order to create packaging models and develop unboxing experience • Early-stage packaging graphics • Developed a Mousr character for marketing • UI/UX for product app companion • Discussed/made models for booth construction, setup, and feel at CES 2018

PHOTONICARE photoni.care

Company marketing new ClearView imaging tool for ear infection detection

WHAT I DID

• Assisted with high fidelity prototypes appropriate for an international conference • Photographed prototypes • Assessed an appearance prototype received from a design company

CRADLECARE

Student startup develeoping a pH detecting pacifier in order to alert parents to acid reflux in babies

WHAT I DID

• Made mood boards to set tone for company branding in pitch presentations • Critiqued pitch to prep company founder to present at SocialFuse • Preliminary product sketches • Assistance in assembling a team for Cozad New Venture Competition 2018

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KATRINA MONREAL

4238 N Claremont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 | katrina.monreal@gmail.com | 773.470.9379

>EDUCATION University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019 BFA Industrial Design | Asian American Studies Minor GPA 3.74

>SKILLS Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign Adobe Illustrator iMovie Microsoft Office Suite SolidWorks Keyshot Adobe AfterEffects Adobe Premiere Pro Autodesk Fusion 360

Model making Trained in machinery including band saws, miter saws, sanders, carving and detailing tools; 3D CAD modeling Drawing Trained in figure drawing and product sketching Digital Design Graphic design experience with skills in marketing and branding across physical and digital platforms Professionalism Confident public speaker, timely, and reliable, with experience in leading consultation

>AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS Mention in IDSA article:“Refocus: There’s More Than One Way to Use This Air Filter,” Aug 2017 UIUC Industrial Design Exhibition, 2016 & 2017 UIUC Art Foundation Exhibition ‘Dean’s Choice’ Award, 2016 UIUC College of Fine & Applied Arts Dean’s List, Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 UIUC College of Fine & Applied Arts Talented Student Scholarship, Fall 2015

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>WORK EXPERIENCE & ACTIVITIES EnterpriseWorks Incubator at University of Illinois Research Park Industrial Design Intern May 2017 – Present Product design thinking, consultancy, and services, including brainstorming, concept development, sketches, prototyping, and 3D modeling for the 50+ startups housed in the EnterpriseWorks building UIUC Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Member Aug 2016 - Present UIUC Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) Co-director Aug 2017 – Present Running affiliation and biweekly Coalition meetings; managing a board of 20 students; attending meetings with campus administration including Asian American Cultural Center staff, Asian American Studies faculty, and the Vice Chancellor on behalf of Asian American students Public Relations Chair Aug 2016 – May 2017 Raised awareness on social justice topics through the creation of infographics and other graphic media, video editing, and management of the website and social media; facilitated community workshops on various Asian American social justice topics; created the organization logo UIUC Filipino Americans Coming Together (FACT) Conference, Marketing Co-Chair Jul 2017 – Nov 2017 Created logos, merchandise, graphics, apparel, booklets, stationary, posters, and digital graphics for communication and marketing to 1,300+ delegates from over 24 colleges attending the conference


Katrina Monreal Portfolio v. 2  

Katrina Monreal | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Industrial Design | Spring 2018

Katrina Monreal Portfolio v. 2  

Katrina Monreal | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Industrial Design | Spring 2018

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