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tino lopez industrial design

table of contents market cart gehry box rescue euclid thrive leaf

farmers market cart The farmer’s market cart is intended to address the large market of baby boomers entering retirement. As the largest demographic in the United States, baby boomers are the largest consumers. Tailoring products to their needs, while also keeping in mind growing American trends, such as the farmers market, has led me to redefine and readdress modes of mobility and shopping

baby boomers Statistically, baby boomers are the largest generation in American history. They number approximately 77.6 million and control a significant amount of the wealth and spending power of the economy. As this generation enters retirement, the changes in their spending habits are likely to generate a noticeable effect on the economy as a whole.

why? The farmer’s market cart has been well executed in European countries because of the vast public transportation systems and the need to be able to conveniently carry goods. With the large amounts of people flocking to farmers markets around the United States the farmers market cart would aid the baby boomer generation in participating in local food market activities and provide an easy way to transport goods.

farmers market research The initial development of the market cart led me to a branch like system where bags would either be hung on a branch, or the branches were substituted for a basket. The farmers market also allowed me to ask questions and make observations from people curious as to what I was doing.

After extensive physical research in various marketplaces, and after watching many people struggle with their bags, I wanted to further narrow myself to generate a quality product. By researching in public I was able to watch and ask questions to gain insight on how people use their carts; what they like and what they needed.

mock ups Mock ups allowed me to test my ideas and helped me to make informed decisions. Through making mock ups I was able to identify areas of concern and areas of opportunity to improve existing carts. The functional full size mock up also allowed me to understand proportions and the ergonomic elements of the design.

Sketching allowed me to quickly visualize different iterations of the cart frame and mechanics. By working in different media simultaneously I was able to think about mechanisms while building the mock up and integrated this knowledge back into both Solidworks and sketching to fully develop my product.

teak button teak handle

bag clip

fabric snaps

bedouinflex fabric

support bar

hex fasteners

upper frame

lower frame

teak bent wood frame foil insulated canvas bag

dolly arm

upright support arm rim


cart mechanics The spring loaded handle has two steps; click one releases the main pin to allow the user to adjust the height. Click two would disengage the teeth in order for the user to rotate the handle to a comfortable angle.

The expandable pouch in the rear of the cart is to hold grocery bags, the pouch would prevent the bags from making uncomfortable contact with the knees, or making walking uncomfortable. The hooks are also a convenient area for those who carry purses.

the bag The simple bag of the farmer’s market cart mimics the typical brown paper bag. The bag would collapse into the frame to conserve space. The bag would be securely placed on hooks to ensure grocery items would not tip forward in transport.

personalization The center wood panel would come in a variety of design options to give the user a sense of uniqueness and also provide the consumer with a certain degree of customizability.



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gehry box Computers have become a necessity in our daily lives. The standard PC case that many have in their home does not necessarily reflect their style. Our homes and the way we decorate them are a reflection of who we are as individuals, the PC case should follow this style so that the computer is yet another representation of our own unique tastes.

frank gehry Frank Gehry has been an influential figure in architecture because of his unique approach to design. Much of Gehry's work falls within the style of Deconstructivism, which is often referred to as post-structuralist in nature for its ability to go beyond current modalities of structural definition.

I wanted the case to portray a geometric version of what Frank Gehry would imagine and construct. This version would also incorporate important characteristics of architecture such as glass, concrete and wood. I specifically chose Honduran hard wood because of the continuous presence of this wood in Frank Gehry projects around the world. The sophistication of the materials also captures the level of refinement and detail Gehry applies to his work.

rapid development Sketching during this project allowed me to quickly evaluate forms. I chose to follow a geometric form with quirkiness seen in the works of Frank Gehry.

hand crafted honduran mahogany

casted glass

die casted aluminum vents

hex fasteners

PEM threaded inserts

casted architectural concrete

The final form and material selection were intended to give the product an architectural quality not often seen in the world of pc cases. The form reflects the unconventional shapes Frank Gehry uses in his projects, and the material selection is attributed to the complex textures found in Frank Gehry architecture.

rescue Recovery of Shipping Containers both Underwater and Exposed (RESCUE) is a concept developed for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The project focus was to develop potential solutions for tracking and recovering shipping containers lost at sea.

the facts 90% of worldwide cargo is delivered through shipping containers. At any given time there are 5-6 million containers at sea. 10,000 of these containers are lost at sea per year. Current methods of tracking do not include means to track containers washed overboard. Many float along ocean currents for months and others sink to the ocean floor. One in ten of these containers contain toxic chemicals hazardous to marine life.

the problem There are no regulations in place that require tracking of individual shipping containers. The containers may be damaging or altering marine ecosystems as they settle on the ocean floor. The first step in understanding the impact of lost containers is to track which containers are lost and where they go. This will provide valuable insight for importers, shipping companies, and regulators.

Sketching allowed me to quickly generate concepts and understand details. Through sketching I was able to visualize the various components and parts necessary to create an effective tracking system.

lashing systems Shipping container lashing systems maintain the integrity of stacked shipping containers aboard a vessel. These lashing systems, which secure the shipping containers to the vessel, often fail due to weather conditions; these conditions may also cause parametric rolling which significantly increases the likelihood of overboard shipping containers. The lashing systems are separated into rows, which allows for the accommodation of the rescue device aboard shipping vessels without the need to retrofit ship components.


stamped aluminum housing

disposable vinyl module

hypalon coated nylon buoy sodium azide chamber

rubber gasket electronics housing

logic board

rear stamped aluminum housing

draw latch


the device The tracking device - RESCUE - is a small box that is attached to the individual shipping container itself. When the container falls off the ship, a gps sensor is activated and a buoy deployed. Containers can then be tracked visually in the water with the buoy and remotely through gps tracking. The ship manifest noting the contents of the containers will be accessed for the lost containers. Knowing both the contents and drifting locations of the lost containers will help inform policies for oceanic protection including developing less-risky shipping lanes and enacting penalties for lost containers. This information may also provide insights that will engage importers, manufacturers, and shipping companies to seek to reduce container losses, whether through public pressure or cost-benefit analysis.

The tracking mechanism would deploy a buoy powered by a sodium azide chemical reaction. As a precautionary measure the system would have to trigger three actions to complete the interior circuit. The circuit would need to be triggered by a depth gauge, an accelerometer, and a water sensor in order to deploy preventing accidental release.

euclid The course focus was to develop an understanding of sustainability and how product design can be used as a tool to preserve the health of the environment.

collaborative project tino lopez/harry guan

the motto The course motto was honesty and simplicity; through the design process I used these adjectives as a source of inspiration for my sketches. We chose to develop a simple planter for the tabletop. Mock ups allowed us to quickly decide the most appropriate dimensions for the planter as well as determine the heights of the ceramic pots.

casted ceramic

rubber boot- compression molding

wrought iron- casting

rubber pads- rubber extrusion

lifecycle By creating separate components the product becomes easy to disassemble and recycle at the end of its lifecycle.

wrought iron An iron alloy containing very low carbon content. Can be recycled in two ways: curbside recycling or selling it to a salvage yard.

glazed ceramic Although ceramic is not recyclable, it enjoys an extended lifespan lasting at least several decades. The fact that some of the earliest mosaics and structures made from ceramic still exist and are in good condition show how durable ceramics can be

recycled rubber Can be repurposed and reused by grinding up existing rubber to create a new product. Recycled rubber is found in resurfaced pavements and in many products we buy and enjoy

leaf Leaf is based on a short project from an advanced prototyping course. The project focus was to quickly develop a concept and efficiently prototype the concept with the new prototyping skills acquired in the course. Leaf is an accent light with an emphasis on rich textures that blend together smoothly to create a modern aesthetic.

inspiration The inspiration for leaf was derived from the rich textures and forms we find in nature. The different colors and textures of leaf are a playful twist on what one might find in the natural world.

the aha moment I began to be intrigued by the idea of layered leaves that were slightly different, a detail that one would see with closer analysis of the light. The light reflecting from the leaves closest to the light source at the bottom of the form was also an interest point in development.

prototype construction After I had come to a decision on the final form, it came time to find the most efficient way to prototype my vision. I chose to use a polyester resin to mold burlap over a ball. The burlap had a rich texture and a deep color that suited the overall aesthetic. The white plastic leaves were thermoformed from styrene and provided the visual depth I wanted to achieve.

The draped leaves catch a hint of light as they reach the rim where the light source is located. The soft shadow created by the light gives the leaves a soft glowing effect, perfect for ambient lighting.

phillips thrive

hearing impaired assistant

The project was focused on developing mobile educational technology for 2022. The goal of the course was to create a viable product anticipating future technological innovations and advancements within a ten year span.

the story This project was inspired by hearing impaired students who struggle to communicate with others and are dependant on sign interpreters to succeed in the classroom. We often take for granted our ability to hear and our ability to communicate with those around us. This project was intended to give those that are hearing impaired the ability to regain independence in the classroom

hearing impairment Conductive hearing impairment is a problem in the outer or middle ear. It is often medically or surgically treatable. A common example is chronic middle ear infection. Sensorineural hearing impairment is a problem with the inner ear or the hearing nerve. It is mostly permanent and requires rehabilitation such as the use of a hearing aid.

the facts Those who suffer from sensorinueral hearing impairment are reliant on interpreters to gather information. Thrive would provide a tool for communication and independence in the classroom. Because learning does not happen only in classrooms, Thrive would be able to adapt to different environments such as field trips and lab demonstrations to assist the student in communicating and receiving information. By providing a direct link from student to educator, the learning process for the hearing impaired would become a much more natural experience. Being able to confidently ask questions with the assistance of thrive and receiving live speech to text feeds would allow the student to become an active participant in the classroom.

imagine the frustration Having to rely on services and assistance in the classroom can become overwhelming. Understanding the needs of the hearing impaired, by putting myself in their shoes, allowed me to understand the problem from a different perspective.

development Through sketching and quick mock ups I arrived at an intriguing solution, having multiple components make up a communication system where the individual components interact with each other to provide a tool for the hearing impaired in the classroom. By diving into simple mock ups right away, I was able to make decisions on the most practical size and general proportions of the product.

details As I got deeper into development, sketching helped me to understand the mechanics. Sketching also helped me to clarify how I wanted to treat surface transitions and how the different components would connect to each other.

how it works Once in class, a student would deliver the detachable portion on the device to the instructor. After the student is settled in, powering on the device would allow all portions of the device to begin to communicate. When the instructor speaks, the information is converted from speech to text and transmitted to the student. The text is displayed on the student’s unit where he can also take notes, ask questions, and contribute to the classroom discussion. Because sensorinueral hearing impaired people often have trouble with speech, Thrive eases the barrier of being understood by sending questions directly to the instructor.

multiple configurations Thrive’s pivot and track joint moves on two axes providing ample positioning for different classroom settings and other situations requiring communication. The joint also carries the infrared transmitter which allows the devices to communicate wirelessly.

magnets join the main body to the instructor communication device (ICD)

machined track components add complexity to the texture combinations within the product.

ventilation port

an open track provides ventilation to the inner components

The thrive does not have peripheral ports due the future availability of wireless charging and cloud technology.

infrared communication

bluetooth communication

logic board color e-ink module


injection molded plastic bezel overmolded plastic body nickel coated magnets

injection molded plastic bezel


color e-ink module

overmolded plastic body

logic board

die casted aluminum track mechanism

battery overmolded plastic body

milled aluminum button electromagnetic shield cylinder logic board

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