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TODD DAWSON PORTFOLIO


Todd Dawson graduated from the Industrial Design program at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2012. With a focus on innovative and sustainable product design, Todd seeks to create objects that encourage playful engagements and deliver richer user experiences. In 2012 Todd interned with leading Australian product design studio Catalyst Design Group, coordinating the design and delivery of KNOG’s presentation at the 2012 Frostbike tradeshow in Minneapolis USA. This followed Todd’s design of a four person human-powered vehicle called ‘Comm-ute’ which was selected for the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab’s “2032″ exhibition in 2010. Other projects by Todd include designing ‘Gridlock’, a unique cable lock for bicycles; ‘Ecomoto’, an air-powered motorcycle and ‘Modern Glow’, an interactive mood light. Currently working on projects that explore intuitive product design solutions for domestic and commercial spaces, Todd is an emerging designer who aims to deliver smarter and leaner ways of living in the twenty first century.


Visualising Energy Consumption This project explored the design of a domestic Energy Consumption Display (ECD) that creates a greater awareness of energy consumption through interaction and the visualisation of in-home energy use. Current energy display devices, which consist of numeric panels and technical data representations, can create an information clutter. The proposition offered by this design is that interfaces can offer visually pleasing representations of energy usage, through the combination of lighting patterns and simple physical control gestures. When users turn appliances on and off around the house, they can see the changes in their energy consumption displayed in real-time on the Cube. As the Cube is rotated, each facet provides a different phase of consumption history. The design of the Energy Cube compliments the existing in-home decor and fits seamlessly into the context of everyday living. The concept creates a greater awareness of energy consumption through the continuous inflow of information and the provocative encouragement of playful engagement. TODD DAWSON PORTFOLIO


Modern Glow Modern Glow is an interactive mood light that changes colour when manipulated by the user. Modern Glow cycles through 5 different colours when influenced by a user and is designed to enhance the ambience of any room. Different wood bending techniques were explored during the conceptualisation of the light in order to achieve the desired results. Ribbons of Huon Pine were selected for both structural integrity and flexibility. The Prototype was developed using Arduino programming and the incorporation of multiple LEDs and a Flex Sensor.

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Gridlock Bike Security ‘Gridlock’ is a concept bike lock that embraces the unique styling of a cyclone weave construction which allows the lock to be flexible and secure. The lock is made from medical-grade photoluminescent silicone, which is extrusion moulded over a 5mm braided loose bound steel cable with a fibre core. This cable is attached at either end to a marine grade stainless steel lock body and 3 locking pins, which are compression joined and spot welded in place. This unique assembly creates a lock that can be easily stretched, twisted and manipulated enabling the user to lock their bike in a greater number of configurations. This unique flexibility also means the lock can be rolled up and put in a backpack or wrapped around a bike frame for transport. The photo-luminescent crystals ingrained in the silicone cause the lock to glow in the dark. This makes it easy for users to find their bike at night and also shows potential thieves that the bike is secure.

TODD DAWSON PORTFOLIO


TODD DAWSON PORTFOLIO


Economical Motorbikes This concept is an “Ecomoto Sport Bike� which is an air powered motorbike engineered to perform with zero emissions and designed to replace existing motorbikes. The sport bike runs solely on compressed air and utilizes the power of the nine chamber, aluminum air engine designed by Angelo Di Pietro. In theory, this design will reach speeds suitable for both urban and rural road use. This newly developed technology has the potential to compete in track based race events with speeds in excess of 200km/hr.

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Comm-Ute HPV With the rising cost of petroleum and the impact of pollution from fossil fuelled vehicles, there is a need for new forms of transport which may offer a more sustainable future. The idea was to design a human powered vehicle (HPV) that can function as both a community car and as a tradesman’s ute, thereby becoming highly active in the community for both transportation of people and cargo. The HPV is easily reconfigured when operating as a utility vehicle with passenger seating and crank sets folded aside to maximize storage capacity for either trade tools or load. The Comm-Ute is a proposal for a viable future without cars. It is a vision in answer to the ever-increasing problem of global pollution, a life-threatening concern which has not yet been fully accepted by our wider community.

TODD DAWSON PORTFOLIO


TODD DAWSON PORTFOLIO


Concept Vehicle Sketching This project evolved from the idea of a futuristic mode of transportation for a single person. Simple initial sketch ideas of a ‘speed pod’ were generated utilising Sketchbook Pro on a Wacom Cintiq. Highlights and shadows were added to the base sketch to achieve a surface form.

TODD DAWSON PORTFOLIO


TODD DAWSON PORTFOLIO


Concept Steering Wheel Sketching This steering wheel was idealised to highlight the potential of using a compilation of materials in a design to suit modern vehicles. The concept was generated utilising Sketchbook Pro on a Wacom Cintiq.

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Technology Fusion This project saw the combination of CAD modelling, plastic mould making and sheet metal bending to produce a digital representaion and a working prototype of the BBQ tongs.

TODD DAWSON PORTFOLIO


TODD DAWSON PORTFOLIO


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e: todd.dawson.design@gmail.com w: todddawsondesign.com.au m: 0411 354 041

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