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McCORD BLACKWELL


My life has been a series of opportunities created by a world immersed in aesthetics and functionality. How I choose to act on these opportunities determines who I am and my stance on the world around me. I believe my choices have guided me down the path of design and has given me the opportunity to explore my passions and turn them into reality...


4 GLEEM 14 BOLLARD 22 SECTOR 34 CO-AU 48 LANCA 56 CAFÉ SOL 68 QUA-GRO


A Coffee Table.


GLEEM


WHY I wanted to reclaim the living-room from the television and give it back to the occupant.

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HOW Taking inspiration from the bonfires, where people sit around and make eye contact and carry on conversation. I wanted to integrate the social exchange of a bonfire and the indoors.

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INSPIRATION Topography was my key source of inspiration. Something abouts the organic shapes that exist in such a structured medium was just the notion that I wanted to achieve.

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MATERIALS Corian by Du Pont was the ideal material to make a bold statement while still having the flexibility to achieve the form I was looking for.

Flanola is a type of Bioethenal that produces low emissions, allowing it to be burned indoors safely.

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TABLE / FIREPLACE Manipulating the materials of choice via a heavy influence of inspiration lead me to my final form and direction.

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HOW IT WORKS The removable ethanol burner is easy to operate with a simple lever and is removable for cleaning and refilling.

rotating the handle opens the burner cup and allows for ignition of the fuel

once light the flame can be adjusted by modulating the doors of the burner

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snuffing the fire is as simple as closing the doors the entire way

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components list: 1. burner 2. corian slats 3. brass sheeting 4. cast brass members

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A Block


BOLLARD


METAPHOR Man discovered the ability to create light early on. Fire was the dawn of technology for man. Has the discovery done more harm than good? That is the paradox that I wanted to bring to attention.


INSPIRATION

Man discovered the ability to create light early on. Fire was the dawn of technology for man.

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CONCEPT With my inspiration clearly spelled out, I wanted to develop a piece that played with one of human kinds most dangerous traits, curiosity.

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DEVELOPMENT The public security device called a bollard, provided an ideal work space to play with. Having a light source encapsulated in a pliable material that could be played with and peeled away from the exposed edge would reveal the light source. This interaction and curiosity seems to be uncommon in the public space.

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BOLLARD Bollards are used to protect large buildings from vehicular traffic. The bollard was ideal due to its already monolithic nature. The twist was to give it dual purpose.


THE BASICS The bollard became not only a security device, but a social piece with a statement. Providing people with a seat like area and something to play with the bollard has now become a thing of play and intrigue. Stimulating the public in an area that you would not typically expect to have a interactive structure.

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A Tablet.


SECTOR


CONCEPT Learning is done in the class room, studying is done in the library, living is done at home. That was the thought that went into architecture and design of campus’ nationwide. This is no longer the case, with the prevalence of personal electronics and access to the web, literally everywhere you are.

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REALITY This blurred line was my source of inspiration. Providing students the chance to make their own time and spaces to learn, but with times and locations.

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CONCEPTS Sketching for me allows for a process of divergence and convergence.


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FUNCTION Structure is the principle of this device and it creates it by permitting access to the information and features required for a particular instance.

Location I

Location II

Provides full featured access Is limited to the tasks and to the device. features permitted by the instructor.

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Location III

Areas such as the library can be programed for studying of all subjects.


DEVELOPMENT No detail was left unturned. Consideration was taken for all aspects such as the hinges, the ergonomics and materials.


FINAL RESULTS Sector is intended to aid in concentration for the student by removing potentially distracting programs during class hours.

Classroom

Laboratory

Home

in the classroom the instructor takes control of all sector devices. students now have a discreet and direct connection to their instructor.

in a laboratory environment the sector tablet utilizes augmented reality for hands on assignments. cameras using Microsoft technology track and identify hand movements, allow real time manipulation of virtual objects.

sector synchronizes with your academic calendar, keeping you up to date and informed of changes made to any of your courses.

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FINAL UI Sector is intended to aid in concentration for the student by removing potentially distracting programs during class hours.

Unrestricted

Class I

Class II

open mode the device has access to all applications and folders.

when in class the instructor can restrict as tight as they like the control over the content allowed on the device.

subjects and productivity apps can be allowed by instructors to sync their calendars with the professors schedule

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SPECIFICS

glass cover for tab glass screen cover

lithium iron battery screen assembly logic board speaker aluminum chassis aluminum tab enclosure

glass back cover hinge pin

8mm

325mm

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A Media Player.


CO-AU


PROJECT BRIEF The objective was to take the mystery out of the products that we use on a daily basis. This day and age we seem to have little understanding of how the things around us work. My intention was to not just reveal the internals by enclosing them in clear plastic. Instead, I took the opportunity to not only reveal the components of a device, but to show how elegant guts can be.

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CASSIE & KURTIS Two young adults looking to furnish their home with things that will express their personalities, not confine them.

“When I buy electronics they look like the box they came in.” “I spent good money on something, why can’t it look like I spent that money well?” 37


WHAT PEOPLE WANT. Small

Complimentary Different SLEEK

Anything but black

Target

COMPACT

Idiot Proof New

Useful

Simple

Reliable

CHEAP

Glowing Accessible

Intuitive

Easy

Slim Affordable

Functional

Reasonable Shiny

The data says it all. high 8

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2

1 low

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function

cost

ease of use

looks

size


OPPORTUNITY cost exorbitant

brick

art

appearance

opportunity

cheep

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IDEAS


WALL MOUNT The wall mount design was appealing due to its effectiveness in being a piece of art.


ART

DESIGN

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SWIPE Simple gestures are the modest commands the are required. Right to advance, left to rewind and tap to stop

Left

Tap

Right

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TELLING TIME The entire system is automated from start to finish. Drop the disc in and away it goes.

insert disc

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beginning of movie


progress displayed

end of the show

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Positioning The wall mounted design allows for the player to be oriented to in any direction. the design was intended to compliment the TV not to distract from it.

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PARTS Parts and Components

5.063 2.350

3.375

1.114

1.375

9.094

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A Bike Flag


LANCA


WHO & WHY

Mission Statement

Profile

Experience Description • Santa Clara County • Range of activities associated with urban cycling • Safe and secure riding experience that supports commuting and Short distance errands in urban areas. • Other comparable regions • Suburban or rural areas • Support transportation of cargo • Intermediate security needs • Retailer - Specialized/Globe • User • Sales force • Service center • production

With a baby on the way and an active lifestyle Roberto is struggling to find the time to maintain his current activities.

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MOTIVE

Safety

Visibility

Elevation

Providing afet for riders in urban settings was a key motivating factor for me.

Safety by visibility was a way to achieve a less hostile environment for cyclists.

A way to increase visibility is by elevating the light to a eye level of the drivers.

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THE LIGHT The flag has two operating positions. When not in use the flag is collapsed and stows at a comfortable height that is equivalent to the radius of a typical bicycle wheel. Extend, the pole and the flag then snaps in the upright position. Once fully extended the flag then illuminates and is ready to use. It is that simple.

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GETTING THERE The way I discovered the function of the flag was to make multiple mock ups. From that number of mock ups I was able to determine the best route to pursue.


ACTION

The light emitted was enough to remain visible from a far distance. Combined with the extension and its exaggerated movement, the light even more noticeable.

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LIGHT I wanted to keep the aesthetics simple and sleek, in order to not take away from the overall feel of the bike. The flag should compliment the bike instead of detracting from it. In order to keep it clean and complementary I decided to use mostly brushed aluminum and acrylic. The light is a low power electro luminescents rope inside the acrylic rod. Electro luminescent wire is an concentrated light source, requiring only a small amount of energy and componentry. Electro luminescents were idea because they fit into the small space and produced the right amount of light.


A Bench


CAFÉ SOL


SOL San Jose’s Green Vision Clean Energy Showcase was an opportunity to develop a public structure that utilizes the power of the sun.


SKETCHING A preliminary method to explore the possibilities of form. With a few ways to support the large solar awning I took a couple of directions and pared them down to a symmetrical design on a post. This umbrella design seemed to provide the most shade while minimizing the actual foot print of the awning.


ESPRESSO

Looking at Italian espresso bars and American diners I wanted to create a place for people to take a break. Whether it be five minutes or forty five minutes.

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LOCATION

The Paseo de San Antonio provides an ideal location for my structure. Major destinations near by provide ample foot traffic, not to mention the south facing sky is not prohibited by many tall buildings.

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MATERIALS

Color Kinetics is a large scale LED company that has done many public installations. This lighting provides a great source of interest and variability to the structure.

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High Flex Solar is an innovative company that produces light weight, flexible solar panels. by removing the glass substrate and replacing it with flexible plastic. The weight is dramatically reduce, and making it a prime candidate for my solar structure.

Lirtracon has developed a type of concrete that is embedded with glass or plastic rods. These rods allow light transmission in a single axis. I decided to use this material to give the large structure a lighter and more open feeling.


IN LOCATION

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THE DETAILS The structure was intended to be quite large. This scale would typically make for a difficult construction and erection.

18ft

18ft

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22ft


A simple sub structure provides rigidity for the flexible solar array.

The table top houses the outlets for charging. The steel I-beams and concrete uprights house the wiring as well as provide the majority of the strength The concrete base is the foot of the unit, housing the batteries and major components.

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CONSTRUCTION The design I opted for was simplified in its components and in turn simplified in its construction.

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A Plant Monitor


QUA-GRO


POTENTIAL Problem House plants bring a refreshing life to the home. Their only draw back is they can be quite difficult to maintain. How do you keep a busy life and a plant alive?

Possiblity Providing the plant owner with information and reminders that can work with their busy schedule, not add to it. I wanted to design a product that tended to your plant for you.

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IDEAL USER

Qua-Gro is aimed towards the user who works more than 40 hours a week, yet would like to keep their place of zen... zen like. Different plants have different needs and qua-gro takes the guess work out of the up keep and details.


THE MONITOR

1.125”

0.565”

6.125”

4.75”

8.875”

2.750”

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HOW TO USE IT 1. Insert the device in the soil of the plant desired. Making sure it is in the desired area of placement.

2. Allow a minimum of 24 hours for monitor to assess the conditions of the plant in its environment.

3. Once the monitor has completed one full cycle it will relay the plants vitals and information to the program loaded on your device of choice.

The device is designed to grow with the plant, there for the unit is modular and can be extended to keep sensors level with the foliage

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THANK YOU Thanks for taking the time to look through my portfolio. Hopefully in doing so you now have a better understanding of not only my designs, but who I am and my view of the world around us.

McCORD


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