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Kristiaan Brauer Design Portfolio



Loft LLC, Pawtucket, RI May 2014 – December 2014 Industrial Design Contractor at Loft LLC

3-D Modeling and Rendering: Rhinoceros 5, Alias Automotive 2011, Solidworks 2011, KeyShot3

npk | design, Leiden, Zuid Holland, NL August 2013 – December 2013 Industrial Design Trainee at npk | design

Image Making and Editing: Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6, Sketchbook Pro 2011, InDesign CS6, Lightroom 3

Formation Design Group, Atlanta, GA June 2012 – August 2012 Industrial Design Intern at Formation Design Group Teague, Everett, WA July 2011 – September 2011, January 2012 - March 2012 Industrial Design Intern at the Teague Aviation Studio Teague, Seattle, WA December 2007 – February 2008 Industrial Design Intern at the Teague Product Studio

Film Editing and Animation: Final Cut Pro 5.1, Premier Pro CS6, Flash CS4 Sound Editing: Audacity, Audition, ProTools 7, SFX 6.0, Traction 2, QLab, Quicktime Pro Productivity: Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint OTHER SKILLS

Contact: 50 Dickens St. Pawtucket, RI 02861 (206)-755-3679

EDUCATION University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH September 2009 – Present Major in Industrial Design, Graduating in 2014 The Bush School, Seattle, WA September 2005 – June 2009

Proficient with both Macintosh and PC platforms, freehand sketching, Photoshop and Illustrator rendering, digital photography, model making, most stationary and portable power tools, machine tools and hand operated printing presses.

Sample Projects A-Dec Dental Engine

Client: University of Cincinnati Timeframe: 10 weeks

The Future of Passenger Comfort Client: Teague Timeframe: 6 weeks

Professional Home Amplifier Client: University of Cincinnati Timeframe: 2 weeks

Ferno First-In Workstation Client: University of Cincinnati Timeframe: 10 weeks

A-dec Dental Delivery System Client: University of Cincinnati Timeframe: 10 weeks

Design Brief: Design a dental engine that can grow with new advances in technology. Special consideration should be paid to giving the tools a professional and sanitary appearance.

Stacy is going to the dentist...

A child’s early visits to the dentist can have a lasting effect on a person’s views about dentists as well as their dental health.

...but when she gets into the chair, the experience isn’t a good one.

And I wanted to fix the experience... I did my homework.

I talked to a number of dental hygienists, studied how tools are used and researched standards relating to dental cleanings. I wanted to be able design something that would fit into the existing dental infrastructure

I started working on what I could change: the aesthetics, the adaptability...

...and the user interface.

The engine embodies more organic forms to convey a comforting, friendly and cleanly atmosphere. Children are less scared of dentists if they understand what is going on, and the form of the tool holders reenforces this openness.

Mounting Bracket

Integrated Water Bottle

On/Off Switch

During a dental cleaning the engine might be moved side to side a dozen times, but the heavy engine never needs to be moved up and down. By placing the vertical release at the back of the engine it is only accessible when needed.

The control panel, among other advances, remaps the traditional arrow pad seat control into two separate button groups.

When no tool is in use the display shows air and water pressure, eliminating the need for dedicated gages.

The display shows information about the current tool as well as assigning functions to the soft button.

There, that’s a lot better.

The Future of Passenger Comfort Client: Teague Timeframe: 6 weeks

Brief: Imagine what the future of airline passenger comfort might be. Special attention should be shown to how these services or artifacts will integrate with existing infrastructure.

Airplanes and airports are changing where and how we live and work.

In the 18th century cities were built around ports. In the 19th century cities grew around railroads. In the 20th century highways shaped the growth of cities. Now, airports are going to revolutionize how we live. But airplane cabins have not changed to reflect the increasing role they play in our lives.

Despite its increasing importance in our lives, flying is still hard on the body. The Comfort Zone 120°

Environments outside of the body’s comfort zone can cause a temporary loss of dexterity, shivering, dehydration and dry skin. Additionally these environments can exacerbate respiratory ailments and skin irritations.



The human body has a “Comfort Zone” where it functions best. Outside this area humans become uncomfortable and the air will feel too dry, too clammy, too cold or too hot.

Wind Needed 80°

Comfort Zone Airplane Cabin


Direct Sunshine Needed








Relative Humidity

Even with new airplanes, raising cabin temperature and humidity causes problems. Chart adapted from Design with Climate by Victor Olgyay

The passenger service unit has always been the solution to the passenger comfort problem.

Personal Air Outlet Reading Light

Attendant Call Button

But passenger service units are ineffective at bringing a passenger’s environment into the comfort zone.

What is

What could be

As a person cools down, their body moves heat to their core to keep their organs warm, while leaving their limbs cold. A gasper accelerates the process of conduction and blankets do little insulate the passenger.

The solution is to heat the body through conductive heating. Conductive heating warms a person’s core directly without the dry air that a convection heater produces. When a person’s core warms up, the body releases heat out to the limbs.

With this in mind, I started sketching.

But I realized...

...that the world needs a new material, not another seat or gadget.

It needs this material, in fact. Ceramic Heat Diffuser Silicone Ceramic Heat Diffuser

Thermocouple Inside

Flat Wiring

Molded Polymer

CMF Options While the heated mesh can be used on its own, it can also be covered with whatever material an airline would like.

Thermocouples use the peltier effect to move heat from one side of the unit to the other. Reversing the polarity reverses the direction of heat transfer. The control and compactness that thermocouples offer allow passengers to create their own personal environment.

It’s a sweet new material, but what does it look like in use?

The passenger can use their smartphone or the in-flight entertainment system to control the temperature of the seat.

When the current is r of heat transfer chang is needed to affect no because the system extra heat it will not the airplanes climate c

When current is run through a peltier unit, heat is absorbed by one side and released by the other side of the unit. Minimal new heat is produced, instead the system moves existing heat around.

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The result? Flights as relaxing as when you were a kid.

Professional Home Amplifier Client: University of Cincinnati Timeframe: 2 weeks

Brief: Design a stereo amplifier for the prosumer and serious audiophile markets. It should fit with Sony’s current design language and use interfaces similar to professional and prosumer audio equipment.

This is Ben, audio engineer He’s used to having control over his music.

At work Ben has a whole rack of equipment. An equalizer shapes sound by trimming and emphasizing different frequencies. Equalizers can correct a room’s echo, raise a piccolo above the whole orchestra and bring the crack of thunder to life Equalizers come in two varieties, graphic and parametric. Graphic equalizers are easier to visually understand, but parametric equalizers provide more control

A delay corrects for any delay that exists between the sound and image of a movie

A gate eliminates hums and buzzes that become audible during quiet parts of a song

When he goes home, He wants that same control.

In keeping with the amplifiers pro-audio DNA, rack “ears” allow the amplifier to be mounted on a standard 19” rack

A paragraphic equalizer combines the detailed control of a parametric equalizer with the immediate visual feedback of a graphic equalizer. The equalizer uses five control points to shape the output. Each control point is controlled by three parameters. Frequency controls the horizontal position of a control point while Gain controls its vertical position. Q controls the range of frequencies that a control point affects.

Ferno First-In Workstation Client: University of Cincinnati Timeframe: 10 weeks

Brief: Re-design a bag for use by Emergency Medical Technicians. The bag should offer additional functionality beyond carrying supplies to the patient.

In my third year, we were given a prompt to redesign a package instead of a product.

Others designed food containers and headphone cases, but I wanted to do something different.

Ever since I was little I’ve wanted to ride in an ambulance...

So I started calling emergency rooms... ...and finally someone called back.

Stark County EMS came to the rescue.

Tom Dietz, EMS District Chief

Shaun Meyers, EMT-P

Eric Corcoran, EMT-P

They showed me everything...

And when the alarm rang, I hopped in the jump seat and away we flew.

Unfortunately, their kit was impeccable, so I started to look for opportunity elsewhere.

I talked to SWAT team paramedics,

And wilderness EMTs,

Even sports medics

As far afield as I strayed, I realized I could make the biggest difference in my own backyard.

From the Australian Outback to Nome, Alaska, rural paramedics have to work in some of the toughest conditions imaginable.

They see more traumatic injuries than their urban counterparts and have to work in mud, rain and snow.

I started drawing bags, but nothing seemed to offer anything new.

My dad was visiting, so I left studio and went to dinner. The conversation turned to parachute packs and I had the idea.

Rural paramedics don’t need a new bag, they need a place to work.

I kicked up a foam-core model, and showed the paramedics something that had never been before.

They liked it, and I started sewing...

There it was, my idea...

...was now something I could hold in my hand.

Why is this bag better? There are a lot of little reasons and one big one. BP Cuff Pocket

Cervical Collar Pocket

High-Viz Zipper Pulls

Oxygen Garage

CO Monitor Pocket

The big reason is that the fold down sides give this guy a clean place to work

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Kristiaan Brauer's Portfolio  
Kristiaan Brauer's Portfolio  

Portfolio showcasing my talents, skills and some of the work that I have done.