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Thank you for viewing my portfolio, This is what I have done in the past three years, my interest in design goes toward all different aspects, however, I focus on developing design within bigger system. They way I view design is different, we are living in a period of transition between consumer product design to consumer service design, thus, designer should be able to think differently in all aspects.
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For me, Design is system developing, art is breaking of system, my job is to find the right balance in between.
TIM TSAI 8526 52 Ave Queens, NY 11373 217 721 3993 EDUCATION University of Illinois, BFA in Industrial Design
RISD, Industrial Design Program Summer Workshop
WORK EXPERIENCE readymade project, Internship, Aug- Sep
PIRL, Product Innovation Research Lab, Champaign, IL, Designer
Neutral Bike Shop, Urbana, IL, Machinist
Duck Image, Taiwan, Designer Assistant
3D LAB, Champaign, IL, Lab Assistant
2007 - 2010
AWARDS Seoul Cycle Design Competition, Special Prize, Korea
James Dyson Award 2010, USA Regional Short List, UK
iF Design Award, Leisure Category (Duck Image), Germany
Electronic Waste Competition, Bronze Award, Champaign, IL
Student Tuition Support Award, UIUC, IL
SKILLS Sketching, Marker Rendering Adobe CS4 Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Dreamweaver Solidwork, Rhino, Bunkspeed, Photowork Model Making, Fast Prototyping, Carpentry, Wood turning, Metalsmithing, Jewelry Making, Welding Bicycle Repairing, Guitar, Handcrafting Works Mandarin, English 4/34
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MY PROCESS OF DESIGN culture society economy mood location temperature objects Environment
Discover Need Inspiration Problem
market budget price trend
smell color shape touch taste sound sustainablilty
Designer manufacture model material concept disposable sketch cost brainstorming transportability detail
Travel Pack better travel experience with your bike
JAME S DYSON AWARD SPECIAL AWARD
PROCESS From my research of luggage limitation for traveling, I found out, according to the U.S. luggage regulation, there is a size requirement for people travel with their bicycle. Most of people face difficulty to take their bike oversea because of this regulation.
Packing Process A. disassemble bicycle into separated components B. secured components in the bag with straps and pockets C. put the bag into one half of the Travel Pack D. install another half on top of it then zip it make sure itâ€™s closed and secured
folding Process E. reverse process from A - D and have bicycle ready and Travel Pack disassembled F. the otter shelf of the Travel Pack could turn into two panniers and the bags could roll-up wrap on the top tube. G. the process of how to turn half of Travel Pack into the pannier.
2009 During the summer of 2009, I had a chance to work with a friend who owns a bike shop. Since that summer, bicycle became one of my biggest interest, I gained knowledge of bicycle repair and how to run a small business. The bicycle on the left hand side is a fixed gear bicycle that I built in 2010; I myself purchased all components and redid spray job. The cost was about 400 USD in the end.
2009 Nu Gold, Unknown Metal This is a project of forming new jewelry by using old refurbished jewelry. I was collecting my motherâ€™s jewelry and turn it into a different jewelry. 14/34
2009 Plastic Gem, Unknown Metal This piece comes from the same project of forming new jewelry by using old refurbished jewelry. The idea is transforming cheap look gems into more sculptural form. PORTFOLIO 2010
Tea Infuser with a tea leaf container
blackwood, gold plated metal, ceramics 2009
In ancient Chinese, tea leaf was discov-
ered and used as medicine. Now day, people drink tea as beverage, I found interest in connecting the history of tea in the past and now.
The direction to use this tea infuser is quite
interesting. First, you have to take tea leaf and put in the infuser; then you take the weight put on the other side to balance the stick. This action recaptures the way how people measure medicine in the ancient history.
He-ware Wood, Porcelain, Glass 2009
I asked myself, what is the most important thing in a household ... in this project housewares competition, my initia-
= Respect + Interaction + Care
tive was trying to find out the core value in the family and trying to design a product that enhances and improves peopleâ€™s living environment.
Sculpture Project 2009 Brown Sugar
Sculpture project This is a casting project introduced to us different ways of molding making and casting techniques. My purpose of project is trying to create a figure that most people are familiar with; then I push further by filling the figure with different kind of material. I used chocolate, brown sugar and wax. These material are mostly associated with food and something that is children appealing. The result is to see how much the material affects the figure and how people interact differently in this content.
2009 A series of wooden objects, silver, paint, burn wood. Before the summer of 2009, I went to the North America Goldsmith Conference in Philadelphia. Gallery owner, Charon Kransen gave me an opportunity to finish a series of burn wooden brooches for him. This is the collection of the series
Tim Tsai Idea Developer, Fabrication
Kyung Hoon Hyun Idea Developer, Graphic Design
Tom Hebert Fabrication, Engineering
Franciso Villafuerte Idea Developer, Fabrication
PENTA CHAIR 2009
Steel, Ribbon cable PORTFOLIO 2010
E-WASTE, electronic wastes, the project is addressing the issue of electronics being disposed without any further care of these wastes that pollute our environment. Our goal was to rethink a way to reuse these waste and to turn wastes into different product or design efficiently.
pasta made scaled models
structure and ergonomic
This project is for the first UIUC electron-
ics waste competition. We were trying to create something that make people aware of this new environmental issue; thus, we fabricated a piece of furniture out of computer component.
stackable PORTFOLIO 2010
Material Workshop 2009 26/34
This Project is a series of tableware made of laminated bamboo material. During the research process of this material, groups of industrial design, architecture and metal students developed different work by using this material.
LAMBOO is the material supply company we incorporated. The materials provided are regular laminated bamboo and carbonized laminated bamboo.
Material is deconstructed into smaller parts, and those parts are going to create a different pattern and order.
Process of construction this stage, materials are put together and refined with machines which polish the surface; and also solved the problem of rough bamboo spike.
Open Stretch Glove 2008
This is a summer internship in 2008 in Taiwan. Duck Image is a small design consultancy located in Taichung. I
During this period, I was be able to assist my co-worker on a case focused on bicycle glove design. Another company was assisting us with the material and technology they provide which is PU - mold fabric. Therefore the result of this product is corporation of two companies.
Focus Area Parts that need to be treated with special surface, slippery area
Contact Area !!
Contact Area !!
Contact Area !!
PU Molded fabric
RIB CANDLE 2008
The project begins with an ritual of an culture. Day of the dead, “ El Día de los Muertos” which I choose is derived from ancient Aztec rituals that people keep skulls symbolize death and rebirth. Today people celebrate by remembering their lost ones.
Shaping In this process, a final shape has to be completed for molding. I used wood to form the shape for molding
Molding The blue silicon rubber mold casts the object inside, before putting the object, mold release is applied. Set it overnight, open the mold and take the object out
Wax Pouring Wax is poured into the mold and there are two exhausts so air can get out from the mold.
Opening Carefully open the mold and the candle is done.
Completed Completed !!!
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