Intro to pottery course
In the spring of 2015, I will be entering my final semester in graduate school at North Carolina State University. I am pursuing a masters of industrial design. Thus far, I have tailored my graduate studies to be more of a designmeets-craft focus with an emphasis on hand work with materials and processes. My undergraduate studies were in interior design and my goal is that my future career will be an intertwined combination of both design disciplines. I am drawn to simple, modern designs that reference the skill and craft of the designer. My current interests and focus are in furniture, housewares, outdoor gear and coffee accessories. The following collection of work shows a range of my interest and design abilities.
resume EDUCATION Current Spring 2012 August 2011 December 2009
North Carolina State University | Raleigh, NC Candidate for Masters of Industrial Design | Anticipated Graduation 2015 Honolulu Academy of Art Screen Printing Course LEED Green Associate Oklahoma Christian University | Edmond, OK Bachelor of Fine Arts | Magna Cum Laude Concentration | Interior Design Minor | International Studies Pacific Rim Study Abroad Capital Normal University | Beijing, China Ibaraki Christian University | Hitachi, Japan Macquarie University | Sydney, Australia
SKILL SET Proficient in: AutoCAD Google Sketch Up Adobe Illustrator Microsoft Office Adobe InDesign CAP Studio Adobe Photoshop
Supplementary Skills + Experience in: Solidworks Laser Cutting 3D Printing Digital Photography Keyshot Sketchbook Designer Pottery Screen Printing
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE September 2012 - August 2013
November 2010 - June 2012
February - October 2010
October - November 2009
Carolina Business Interiors | Knoll Dealer | Showroom Resource Manager | Raleigh, NC Design and space planning - bid specification and preparation Material library management - product representative liaison Corporate Environments International | Knoll Dealer | Jr. Designer | Honolulu, HI Design and space planning - bid specification and preparation Material library management - project renderings - website management Office Concepts | Knoll Dealer | Design + Sales + Project Management | Oklahoma City, OK Specifications - proposal and sales order preparation - manufacturer and client liaison Fitzsimmons Architects | Academic Internship | Oklahoma City, OK Website management - social media management - production of presentation drawings and images - construction documents - appliance specifications for home on AIA 2010, 2011 Architecture Tour
EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE Fall 2013 - Fall 2014
NC State College of Design | First Year Experience Teaching Assistant | Raleigh, NC Supported professor in educating students on design principles to create a foundation for future studies Participate actively in discussions, course development, provide critiques and feedback to students on their projects. Design Camp | Camp Coordinator + Instructor | Raleigh, NC Assisted with program development, organization and served as female lead staff. As an instructor, I created the curriculum for the week and taught middle schoolers the basics of design. Design Camp | Camp Counselor + Industrial Design Teaching Assistant | Raleigh, NC Worked with a co-counselor to support, guide and educate students through various design disciplines. Supported studio instructor through critiques, drawing demonstrations and individual feedback.
Southwest Youth Leadership Conference | Lead Counselor | Edmond, OK Served as head female counselor for the conference, responsibilities include coordinating activities and ensuring that all participants were engaged and involved in conference activities
Oklahoma Leadership Academy | Assistant Director | Edmond, OK Coordinated camp activities and assisted with all aspects of the camp from course development to individual student involvement throughout the week. Camp focus was to promote and educate youth leaders in Oklahoma.
AWARDS 2014 2013 2009 2006-2009 2005-2009
Selected to represent NCSU as â€˜Rising Starâ€™ for IFDA Carolina Group member of the winning team for an NCSU Chapter IDSA Student Competition Creative Lightning Award Winner for 3D design: Bronze, Gold Academic Honor Roll, Oklahoma Christian University Art and Design Scholarship, Oklahoma Christian University
AFFILIATIONS 2013-2014 2012 2010-2011 2010-2011 2009 Summer 2008 Summer 2008 Summer 2007
NCSU Chapter IDSA student member Honolulu Printmakers IIDA Hawaii Chapter member USGBC Hawaii Chapter member American Society of Interior Designers student member Counselor for Southwest Youth Leadership Camp Assistant Director of Oklahoma Leadership Academy Counselor and Board Member for Oklahoma Leadership Academy
flix | variable turner
The flix variable turner was designed to reduce the number of utensils needed for daily use in the kitchen. The button on the handle pushes the expanding mechanism down a track in the disc and slides out to vary the width of the spatula arms.
flix variable turner button with stop
expanding mechanism soft-touch plastic handle insert
anodized aluminum handle
silicone covered metal disc
silicone covered metal ends
Project Goals: > > > >
Design a multi-use kitchen tool Solution should be easy to use Accommodate different pan sizes Innovative style and function
The driving force behind this project was to design and build a piece of children's furniture that could blend in with the furnishings of a modern home. The goal was to make the piece functional and usable for children, but not look like typical children's furniture. When not in use, the two felt cushions nest inside the table, which is turned upright and can be used as a side table.
kissick creek farmhouse
The Kissick Creek Farm is a 250 acre working cattle farm located in Dent County at the Northwestern edge of the Missouri Ozarks. The farm buildings consist of a well preserved 1940â€™s era livestock and hay loft barn, a residence built in the earl 1980â€™s and a small collection of unremarkable metal out-buildings. Since its construction, the residence served as a home for a family of four. Now retired with grown children, the parents wanted to expand the small home and establish the farm as the gathering place for current and future generations of the family. *Anticipated construction completion: Spring 2015
This project focuses on a solution driven by research, observation and user feedback. Emphasis was placed on designing for the user, within their specified constraints and needs. Three goals were developed from the research, which were to reduce handling, absorb shock and deliver a solution that can stack and nest for easy storage.
Project Objective: > Reduce post-harvest loss of produce for local farmers through improved harvesting and transport methods.
bins stack into each other for display and palletization
lid secures into recess at bottom of bin
2. sort and wash
3. transfer to bin
4. palletize and transport
This project is the result of an independent study in wood and metal materials and processes with a focus on small scale manufacturing. The goal was to design one lamp and to prototype it in multiple iterations using different materials and processes. By creating the same design in different ways, I was able to better understand the factors involved with each decision of a design based on how it is made.
Consumer feedback and extensive research on lighting design drove the projects form. The module above is a wood base, with a ceramic shade.
The various materials were selected to test the usersâ€™ perception of value, comfort and aesthetic appeal. The module above is a concrete base with a walnut shade.
Project goal: create a variable acoustic solution tailored to improving sound intelligibility and the changing needs of a school multipurpose room.
Typical multipurpose room functions and recorded dB levels
80 dB | CAFETERIA
80-100+ | GYMNASIUM
90+ | AUDITORIUM
(0.8-1.2 s reverb) wall or ceiling mounted panels around perimeter
(1.2-1.6 s reverb) capture background noise to increase clarity
(1.1-1.5 s reverb) non parallel surfaces to break up standing soundwaves
top concern: background noise
top concern: reverberant echo
top concern: dead spots
2D to 3D translations, form studies
Material characteristics: > non woven cellulose material > Estrobond plasticizer used to impart rigidity to acetate fiber rods > â€˜rawâ€™ material is feltable > can be produced in a form that resembles paper or sheet products > desirable characteristics can be added for durability and clean-ability
> Max dB level: 9â€™ x 10â€™ room with music playing room without solution: 72.9 solution extended: 71.4 solution contracted: 67.5
perforated paper pulp
felted acetate tow
contracted position absorbs more sound
extended position diffuses and reverberates more sound
Next Steps > full-scale product testing > motor/electrical system development > user feedback > material variation testing > life cycle analysis of product > manufacturing processes and cost calculations > explore alternate applications
During the course of this project, I experimented with a variety of joinery and construction methods. The goal of the course was to familiarize ourselves with the materials lab, while creating a shelf that consisted of a combination of wood and metal. Function drove the form in this project, providing a straightforward solution for a wall-mounted mini bar. A sliding powder-coated shelf allows access to either side of the unit and a removable tray provides a space for serving drinks.
The design for the cozies was prompted by a request on my Etsy page from a pie shop owner who wanted to serve coffee in Chemex at her shop, but didn't want to run the risk of the coffee getting too cold. The response has been overwhelming and I have since fulfilled 220+ orders in various sizes for these cozies and continue to look for new accessories to design related to coffee.
rachel whitaker email@example.com 817 480 0542