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INTERACTION DESIGN

TECHNICAL DESIGN

FURNITURE DESIGN

SETH TEMPEL

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN PACKAGE DESIGN RENDERER


KIMBALL HOSPITALITY:

Named America’s most trustworthy company by Forbes in 2013, Kimball International is one of the top competitors in the furniture, furniture components, and electronic assemblies industry. Kimball Hospitality, a branch of Kimball International, creates custom systems of bedroom suites for names such as Marriott, Hilton Inn, and even Ritz Carlton. Sustainability and customer satisfaction are made possible by Kimball’s worldwide manufacturing base.

INTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

During my internship at Kimball Hospitality, I created custom furniture CAD drawings for manufacturing with a customs team of Design Engineers. We combined insight from the customers, designers, and engineers to create the best possible furniture solution.

WHAT I LEARNED:

I learned how to create a product inside the limitations of manufacturing process and engineering tolerances all while maintaining a satisfactory aesthetic appeal.


NATIONAL OFFICE FURNITURE:

NOF strives for sustainability in their products. With a LEED certified eye, they manufacture products with environmental protection as their key priority.

INTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

At National, I created service part drawings for over 300 of their products as well as pages and updates for their on-line product catalog. During my time there, I also gave insight for the creation of a new position for in-house rendering.

WHAT I LEARNED:

I gained insight on the roles and responsibilities of the marketing team in the design process.

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BERRY PLASTICS:

Berry Plastics Corp. is a Fortune 500 company that has leading innovation in the plastics industry. They provide creative services to companies such as, and not limited to, P&G, Abbott Nutrition, Starbucks, and many chain restaurants.

INTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

Being my first Industrial Design position, I was excited to work for such a successful company. I took on several projects by myself right away after training. I had to follow the basic design format that the Design Center had already established. Besides that, I had complete creative freedom although I had to get my concepts approved by my design manager.

WHAT I LEARNED:

I learned how to design products while incorporating the manufacturing process. I learned about processes such as blowmolding, thermoforming, and injection molding.


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I have been privelaged enough to work for three distinguished companies. Through the positions I’ve held, I have had a taste of each perspective of Industrial Design. My experiences combined have shaped me into the Industrial Designer I am.


DELTA FAUCETS

HAND-HELD SHOWER HEAD PURDUE UNIVERSITY 2012-2013


? PROBLEM

USER

RESEARCH

MOCK-UP

CONCEPT

Delta faucets wanted students to design a hand-held shower head for a specified user group. The categories were tool time, pets, people, and outdoors.

I chose the people persona from the hat. After conducting user research, I specified elderly people that use walk-in showers as my official user.

Through my market, user, and trend research, I found multiple problems with existing walk-in shower faucets. Not only was it difficult to use the shower head provided, but it also made a mess.

Mock-ups helped provide insight to ergonomics and user centered design. I was able to do user testing to prove which design felt most comfortable to use for the consumer.

The final concept includes a ribbed, rubber handle for easy grip; downward facing nozzles for less mess; and a hooked shape to form to the user’s body.


Walk-In Tub User What are some issues you have with your Walk-In Tub?

“You can’t dunk your head comfortably, where you can just lay down in a regular tub to wash your hair.”

“The way the tub is shaped makes it difficult to wash my hair and shoulders without spraying water out of the tub.”

What are the features you enjoy about the tub?

“The jets feel nice. It’s very relaxing and feels good. It’s also easy to get in and out of.” What are some other things you can tell me about your bathing experience in the tub?

Roman Tempel

“I fill the tub up after I get in... When I need to wash my hair, I bend over and use the faucet to rinse. It works faster and doesn’t spray water out the side like the shower head does.”

Retired Factory Worker Age: 88

exposed

Since the tub has a door, it is awkward to hang a shower curtain. The exposed side, makes a mess when using the stock shower head. As Roman said, bending over to wash his hair is uncomfortable, but works better than using the standard head.

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retro products with chrome details

existing walk-in tub features

Delta’s products persona

grips designed for arthritic handling

Long, arched shapes and downward facing spouts make a controlled stream amongst most trending products. These shapes are mainly in stationary faucets. Most products have a shiny antiqued appeal. Functionality and ergonomics are also seen throughout current products as well.

retro chrome

comforable

stretch

elongated

ergonomic

splash


Delta The Imperial shower head includes two stream options allowing the customer to switch between standard streams or a massage feature.

MASSAGE OPTION

STREAM OPTION

“OUTREACHING THE COMPETITION”


NATIONAL OFFICE FURNITURE EDUCATION TASK CHAIR PURDUE UNIVERSITY 2012-2013


? PROBLEM

USER

RESEARCH

MOCK-UP

CONCEPT

Wanting to improve their educational seating solutions, NOF approached Purdue ID to help design a task chair. They specified the inclusion of a tablet arm, mobility, and storage.

The design was to fit the needs of a college student in a studio or classroom environment while fitting the modern appeal on the current market.

National specified two market competitors which they wanted to base their new product off of. Material and mechanism research was crucial for my concept.

I created a functional model for this project with a working tablet arm and floating height adjustment. The mockup also had casters for mobility and a storage compartment underneath the seat.

I created a functional model for this project with a working tablet arm and floating height adjustment. The mockup also had casters for mobility and a storage compartment underneath the seat.


NATIONAL OFFICE FURNITURE

Swerve

STOOL OPTION

TASK CHAIR


the tablet arm has a rubber top that conjoins the two wood parts of the tablet

the shape of the base allows the nesting of bags on the side and extra storage underneath

The Swerve Educational Task Chair solution allows the user to adjust the seat height, have a lightweight writing surface, and store their belongings in an organized fashion.


HON FURNITURE

STORAGE ORGANIZER FAMILY LINE PURDUE UNIVERSITY 2013-2014


? PROBLEM

USER

RESEARCH

CONCEPT

This project started as a 48 hour design competition with teams managed by seniors. The objective was to design 24 storage organizer solutions. After reviewing the concepts with the sponsors, the seniors further refined the selected.

Multiple user personas such as on-the-go businessmen, casual office workers, and privatized office spaces were considered.

Research on current market trends, materials, and office equipment helped reach a final solution.

After reviewing revisions, HON representatives narrowed down one concept that they found suitable. From this final concept, I had to create a family line that included 3 different product solutions.


Purdue Industrial Design Annual 48:2 Design Competition


48:2 Design Competition 2013 This year the competition was held by HON Furniture company. The competition, lead by two seniors, would end 2 days after the event kick-off. We also collaborated with Nanging University for an added twist. The product of interest this year was an organizing unit which was low cost as well as lasting that would fit in the specified dimensions of their existing furniture. Teams had to create 24 final designs, which would further be refined by the seniors for class.


Our team decided to split the workload half and half with the Chinese students. After each stage of the process, we checked in with our China team to give and receive feedback.

Our teams were lead by two seniors. We were in charge of time management, organizing our groups, and contributing our knowledge as well as feedback.


Concept Refinement

The concept that HON chose for me to continue consisted of an “L� divider with adjustable wings.

They decided that the concepts I presented were too complicated and expensive for their target user group.

After a Skype conference, the HON Design team and I revised my three concepts into a final, affordable design.


Components snap together to create different configurations

Three Configurable Positions

organizer


We presented a family line based off of our final concept to HON at their HQ in Iowa.


SENIOR THESIS

COAL MINING RESPIRATOR PURDUE UNIVERSITY 2013-2014


? PROBLEM

USER

RESEARCH

MOCK-UP

CONCEPT

Even after the passing of laws to prevent black lung disease, miner’s are still suffering from dust exposure. Respirators are not mandatory, so miners are choosing not to wear them.

Coal miners in underground mines as well as surface mines where carbon dust is abundant.

User based research is the key factor in my thesis project. Getting inside the miner’s mind and character helped inspire the functionality and appeal of this product.

Currently, I have made a functioning prototype to test appropriate lengths and functionality. An aesthetic model will be produced once I settle with an appropriate design language.

Since miners are required to wear helmets, I decided to incorporate the respirator mask into the existing product. This forces the user to have the mask with them at all times.


How It Happens

carbon dust inhaled

lung tissue destroyed

other diseases form

Why It Needs to be Stopped An estimated 1,500 US coal miners will die from black lung this year

60%

60% of Chinese coal miners suffer from lung

25% 25% of US coal miners die each year from black lung

100% of lung disease among coal miners is preventable

1 in 20 miners that participate in regular screenings show evidence of some stage of pneumoconisis


headlamp helmet safety glasses

Helmets are a crucial part of a coal miner’s attire. It protects their head from falling debris as well as low hanging ceilings. All workers must wear helmets in the mines.

bright, reflective vest

reflective work uniform

Lights are another important piece of equipment every miner has. Lights help brighten the miner’s field of view to expose obstacles, potential work sites, and other miners. emergency pack tools

reflective work pants

Respirators should be another mandatory product that miners use to prevent themselves from developing black lung. boots


Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3


This is my final concept. Since this is a two semester project, there will be more updates to come.


Job Objective: To obtain a full time position in the field of Industrial (Consumer Product) Design where I can contribute to company goals and develop

professional skills for a successful career.

Professional Experience:

Computer Knowledge:

BERRY PLASTICS, EVANSVILLE, IN

2D: Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketchbook Pro

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN INTERN (SUMMER 2013) -Ideated with design team to optimize customer’s packaging expectations -Created concepts according to customer’s guidelines -Lead gateway projects to create strong first ties with new customers -Gained an understanding of plastic processes such as blowmolding, thermoforming, and injection molding

NATIONAL OFFICE FURNITURE, JASPER, IN TECHNICAL DESIGN INTERN (SUMMER 2012)

-Played a key role in launching a mobile application for the sales team by producing product symbols accurately and on-time. -Provided insight for the creation of a new position dedicated to in-house rendering -Revised 3 years-worth of service parts drawings within three weeks -Learned functionality of marketing team in the design process

KIMBALL HOSPITALITY, JASPER, IN DESIGN ENGINEER INTERN (SUMMER 2011)

-Combined insight from engineers and designers to design custom furniture for customers such as Marriott, Hilton, and MGM Mirage -Conducted research to minimize cost without sacrificing quality aesthetics -Collaborated with shop technicians to ensure accuracy of final products

Awards and Affiliations: PRESIDENT OF IDSA PURDUE CHAPTER -Organized portfolio workshops, tutorials, community service projects, and group social events PATTI AND RUSTY RUEFF SCHOLARSHIP, PURDUE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS -Renewable by maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher in all classes SPONSORED PROJECTS -Delta Faucets, National Office Furniture, Hasbro, Hon Furniture

3D: Rhino, CATIA, 3DS Studio Max, AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, Bunkspeed Shot, Key Shot, Solidworks CNC: MasterCAM

Education: PURDUE UNIVERSITY, WEST LAFAYETTE, IN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN (BA) 2014 GPA: 3.2

Seth Tempel Industrial Design Portfolio  

A sample of my work as an Industrial Designer through my senior year at Purdue University.

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