HI, MY NAME IS KEN I am a 2nd year product design student at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. I am currently looking for an internship in the winter. Working collaboratively and mutually in problem-solving disciplines involves the proposition of new ideas as well as critical thinking and is, therefore, a practice that I am hoping to further improve in my internship. If you are interessted in my work, you can download this portfolio as a PDF file HERE.
EDUCATION 1999 – 2002
Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok, Thailand
2002 – 2003
Grundschule Nadelberg, Celle, Germany
2003 – 2004
Orientierungsstufe Westercelle, Celle, Germany
2004 – 2006
Wesley College, Melbourne, Australia
2006 – 2011
International School of Hannover Region, Hannover, Germany
Hochschule für Gestaltung, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
Internship at Petschler Foto Design, Celle
Cover design for the book „Krisensicher Investieren“
Websitedesign for www.krisensicher-investieren.info
03 – 05.2012
Three month Internship at a furniture carpenter, Klaus Seil, Celle
English (Native) German (Native) French (Basic) Spanish (Basic)
Ps Id Ai
RICKSHAW S. 6
SIGMA S. 12
PROVISION S. 18
VIADUCT S. 24
INTERFACE S. 28
01 THIRD TERM 2013/14 Designed by Manuel Hess & Ken Rodenwaldt Alternatively to the automobile the trike features electronic-driven comfort and driving pleasure for urban transportation. Its convenient body allows the driver to store his bags or even include another passenger. The idea was to construct a mobil alternative to the bicycle and automobile. With a contemplated speed up to 30 km/h the hybrid is set for an urban environment. Its slim design allows drivers to travel on narrow roads that might be impassable for standard automobiles.
01 RICKSHAW | CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
Using the properties of wood, our task was to design an object in an unconventional way. The first notion was to create a go-kart unibody from bent wood with the idea of reducing additional parts as much as possible.
We wanted to implement the characteristics of wooden elasticity to damp the seat when driving over rough surfaces. It needs to be a self supporting structure. We firstly approached this idea, by sketching a diversity of vehicle bodies.
Tests of seating positions were made to find the most comfortable and effektive seating angle for the driver. We also contemplated wether the vehicle should carry one or more people and settled for a two person trike. The steering axis was installed to the back to avoid blocking of sight.
The basic structure of the vehicle started to materialize, but lacked in modern quality and three dimensionality. Working with clay helped us reimagine the vehicles body. We needed to put more focus on integrating a form bending based spring to the body.
With CAD we finalized our concept and rendered it with cinema 4D, which was then printed out in original scale. A 1:4 model was 3D printed and then finally presented for the exhibition.
01 RICKSHAW | FEATURES
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? In case the bus is too crowded for you, the taxi to expensive and a bicycle to small for your luggage, the trike is the ideal substitute for a quick tour around the city or through a park. Similar to traditional human powered rickshaws, it is designed for the recreational user with luggage or another passenger, combined with an unique driving experience.
GEAR The the rechargeable automatic wheel hub motor is located in the vehicleâ€˜s rear suspension
NAVIGATION The driver steers the vehicle with a left-right tilting motion. To avoid disruption of the drivers sight, the handle bars extend from the bottom of the chair
SEATING The space in front of the driver provides another small seating possibility for another person without blocking the drivers sight
STORAGE If there is no extra passenger, the space in front can also be used as a storage for luggage
02 SECOND TERM 2013 Designed by Manuel Hess & Ken Rodenwaldt The innovative wellness spiral shower sets user in a state of comfort for the body and mind. The gentle consistent jet of water pressure coming from the spiral allows the water to cleanse the body from all sides
02 ZIGMA | CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
To design a component in a bathroom. Our first approach was to give the user a new shower experience and looked at unconventional ways to release and disperse water from the shower.
We focused on providing the user with the experience of being cleansed both from the sides as well as the top. There was a consideration to make a square helix for space saving reasons, however its technically more challenging.
HIDING THE HELIX
To avoid the feeling of being too confined under the shower, we reduced the number of rings down to three. The initial idea was to hide the contracted helix, which then can be pulled either down from the top or up from the bottom.
Our biggest challenge was to avoid too much splashing outisde the shower zone. We accumulated several ideas including conventional shower booths, roll shutters, air pressure etc. After some evaluation, we decided to discard the idea of a booth as it takes the focus of our helix.
The concept was demonstrated in our end-semester exhibiton by a 1:5 functional model of the shower. Practical pre-trials were also made on a 1:1 model.
02 ZIGMA | FEATURES
MECHANISM A pantograph mechanism hidden inside the two pillars allow a smooth and even elongation of the spiral
USER EXPERIENCE The water is released through evenly intervaled slits located on the inside of the spiral for a gentle consistens jet of water
CONTROLS The shower comes with three control knobs attached to the mirror of one pillar
Temperature Water Intensity Height Adjustment
ADJUSTABILITY Wether the user wishes the water to rain down or spray around him, the spiral can be individually regulated by turning the bottom control knob
AFFABILITY Wooden columned slats along the outside pillar walls to give a quality of warmth
PROVISION for the visually impaired and blind
03 THIRD TERM 2013/14 Designed by Mirjam Gneiting & Ken Rodenwaldt With Provision, we developed a first aid kit that facilitates independent treatment for the blind and visually impaired in a domestic environment. The compartments are clearly and distinctively divided with the help of haptic feedback, that guarantees the user a faster and safer tagging of dressings.
03 PROVISION | CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
To create an maintenance Product for the domestic environment. Systematic analysis is an essential phase in the ergonomics of physical aid and improvement of life.
Firstly, we wanted to develop a learning system that helps newly blind users to orient themselves in their new environment. We also contemplated on designing an universally applicable haptic tagging system for blind people.
VISITING THE RED CROSS
Our interest lied in designing a simplified first aid kit with a more understandable arrangement of the remedies. The content of normal first aid kits is inadequately arranged and thus difficult to distinguish from one another.
As we presented our progress to our local Red Cross in Schw채bisch Gm체nd, they seemed appealed to the concept and considered future First Aid courses for blind people. They also helped us regarding the necessary provisions in a first aid kit for injuries taking place in an domestic environment
We finally presented our solution with a 1:1 model of the kit and an animation of a CAD modelled first aid kit, illustrating the content. We also included a poster with a summary of the key themes of our concept.
03 PROVISION | FEATURES
Click to play animaton
Used as slings, tourniquets, to tie splints, and many other uses. They can be used by pulling the strap
Gauze bandages are absorbent, breathable, and often elastic. Two different sizes are stacked in a ladder for easier identification by touch
SLOPES FOR GUIDANCE
The slope reinforces the userâ€˜s orientation and gives him a haptic direction as well as a noticeable surface elevatiat the next compartment
The hollow space underneath is designed for additional equipment such as scissors, disposable gloves and other additional remedies
ELASTIC ROLLER BANDAGE & CLOSURE STRIPS The replaceable rolls are prodrudet to reveal the dressing material of each roll. Rolls can be replaced by an integrated clipping system
Its obvious bright orange casing and white cross function as signal colours for easier visual recognition
The typical box form and opening mechanism is conversant for the user thus easy to operate
A Strap functioning as a handle and and fastener. By pulling the straps, the fastener is detached and the box is ready to be used
GAUZE PAD A small compartment that can contain four to five stacked sterile packaged gauze pads.
The top compartments are angularly cut so that one section is inevitably opened first. This helps the user to distinguish the compartments faster
04 SECOND TERM 2013 Designed by Ken Rodenwaldt The goal of this assignment was to isolate, test and study design principles and apply them in an undogmatic and methodical way. The criteria was to construct a structure that can arch over a certain distance.
04 VIADUCT | FEATURES
DESIGN AN OBJECT WITH THE FOLLOWING ATTRIBUTES
is not fixed to the ground below for stability
can support a steel ball ø 25 mm, 100g
can bridge a gap of at least 50 cm
by dissasembling, folding, curling, or fanning out
Elastic string 30cm, 0,15cm Ă¸
consists of as little material as possible
Acryl glass 60cm x 20cm x 0,5cm Synthetic mesh
CONCEPTUAL INTERFACE DESIGN
05 FOURTH TERM 2014 Designed by Ken Rodenwaldt The assignment was to find a new approach on designing a comprehensible interface for a washing machine with at least one control knob.
04 CONCEPTUAL INTERFACE DESIGN | FEATURES
differently colour coded for user-defined programms
for slight changes within an automatic programm
Standardprogramm für weniger strapazierfähige Materialien aus feiner Baumwolle, Leinen, Synthetikfasern oder Mischgewebe (z.B. Hemden/Blusen, T-Shirts)
WHEN ADJUSTING PARAMETERS
every alteration is saved for next use
red stands for standby and blue for washing phase Dauer
Drücken zum Starten
Kurz Wasser Plus Extra Leise Flecken
Revolutions Per Minute
28minmin 11h h28
1h 28min Drücken zum Starten
VorwäscheADJUSTMENTS WHEN SKIPPING Vorwäsche
user can also skip and use default settings
Kurz Kurz WasserPlus Plus Wasser
ExtraLeise Leise Extra
Push to start
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION Feel free to contact me under E-Mail email@example.com Mobile +49 157 3873 6979 Address Salvatorstraße 19 73525, Schwäbisch Gmünd Germany