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WENNIE CHI INDUSTRIAL DESIGN 2012


UC Medical Device Innovation | Cincinnati, OH 2011. Design Co-Op. Working with biomedical engineering students in designing medical devices. Brainstorming. Sketching. Rendering.

Languages

Human English, fluent Chinese, conversational

Achievements

TOMY International | Oak Brook, IL 2011. Product Design Intern. Developing concepts within brands such as Tomica, Dinosaur Train, and Chuggington including sketches, orthographics, color exploration, cost evaluation, and model making.

William Fremd High School | Palatine, IL Class of 2009

Cincinnati Dean’s List Cincinnatus Scholarship Honors Program

Students for Ecological Design Minor in Philosophy Bearcast Radio Film Studies Early childhood education IDSA IXDA Dancing Swimming Water Polo

Hughes High School | Cincinnati, OH 2009-2010. Tutor. Assisting students after school in math and English. Fremd Water Polo Team | Palatine, IL 2009. Manager. Tracking player statistics. Video recording games. Making posters. Organizing team fundraisers. Special Olympics | Libertyville, IL 2008-2009. Coach. Guiding swimmers with cognitive disabilities during practice. Teaching better stroke technique and rhythmic breathing. Taiwan’s AID Program | Chiayi, Taiwan 2008. Teacher. Attending ESL education workshops. Teaching English to elementar y school students.

Computer SolidWorks Alias Illustrator Photoshop InDesign

Interests

Tel 847.754.5132 E-mail chiwennie@gmail.com

Institutions

Current Address 2534 Ravine St. Cincinnati, OH 45219 Permanent Address 455 W. Parkside Dr. Palatine, IL 60067

Experiences

WENNIE

University of Cincinnati | Cincinnati, OH College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning B.S. Industrial Design Expected graduation: 2014

Fremd The Great Frame-Up Show “A” Honor Roll Illinois Academic Scholar Athletic Scholar


TRANSFORMATION FROM MAN TO WALRUS

How to make ‘em say

"I AM THE WALRUS" using only paper

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WHAT IS A WALRUS CREATING A CARICATURE

Shape Round

Whiskers

Fat

Big

Large Volume Tusks

Sketching played an impor tant role in my design process. Being able to abstract the idea of a walrus on paper, helped create a better understanding of the animal’s form.

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FROM 2D TO 3D UNDERSTANDING THE FORM

I worked a lot with the material, testing out different design ideas and creating prototypes.

Final laser cut template

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TRANSFORMATION

FROM MAN TO WALRUS

Constructed from a single 24”x32” sheet of Bristol paper. Held together with no adhesives. Size adjusts to fit any head.

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FUN, YET ELEGENT CREATING FAMILY OF FORM

Using wire to create a fun, yet elegant chess set

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WIRE BENDING HANDS-ON APPROACH

Sketching wire can be difficult so I worked mostly hands-on with the material NEW TOOLS AND NEW SKILLS I learned how to use the wood-lathe to make my own custom-sized mandrels (a jeweler tool) to achieve the appropriately sized coils I wanted for each piece. I also used different types of pliers (flat and needle-nose) and wire cutters.

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WIRE BENDING SYMBOLISM IN DIMENSIONS Ideating different ways to communicate each piece in all three dimensions I wanted to utilize the ability of wire to manipulate form two-dimensionally (graphical representation), as well as three-dimensionally (form heirarchy).

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A MATCHING SET SYMBOLISM IN DIMENSIONS The chess set consists of 18 gauge copper wire pieces and 18 gauge steel wire pieces. Staying true to the material, the pieces are made with coils. The coils provide volume and dimensionality, as well as fun, interactive springy action.

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MEDICAL INNOVATION FINDING AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP Increasing awareness of unhealthy diets

People with diabetes are at a higher risk for cardiovascular problems. (Diabetics are 2-4 times as likely as non-diabetics to suffer from heart disease or stroke. Cardiovascular issues are the leading cause of death among diabetics, responsible for 65% of deaths.)

Supervisor: Mary Beth Privetera Team members: Wennie Chi, designer Derek Eller, engineer Abby Wilms, engineer

High triglyceride levels indicate an increased risk for heart problems, both immediate and long term. If a person consumes a high fat meal and then tests their blood directly afterwards, they may have high triglyceride levels, but wouldn’t necessarily see a large increase in blood glucose. Through triglyceride monitoring, a person has the ability to witness the impact their diet has on their cardiovascular health.

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HOW CAN WE HELP? RECOGNIZING THE ISSUE

Currently, the majority of diabetics control their diabetes through monitoring their blood glucose levels. Because most diabetics already monitor glucose levels, a device which can test glucose and triglyceride levels at the same time could provide valuable information, with very little additional effort to the user.

Goal: Combine the two operations into one task

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UNDERSTANDING THE TECH GLUCOSE METER VS. TRIGLYCERIDE METER HOW A GLUCOSE METER DIFFERS FROM A TRIGLYCERIDE METER A glucometer relies on an electrochemical reaction. The glucose in the blood sample reacts with an enzyme electrode called glucose oxidase. This reaction produces an electrical current that determines the amount of glucose in the blood.

The technology used in a triglyceride meter is a spectrometer. This means it uses light to test the the blood; therefore, the device needs to be able to seal the test strip in a light-proof compar tment for an accurate reading.

HOW THIS AFFECTS THE DESIGN In order to incorporate a triglyceride meter into a glucose meter, we must take into account the new technology. This means redesigning the test strip to include both t ypes of readings and redesigning the device to include a lightproof compar tment for the spectrometer to do a proper analysis of triglyceride levels.

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FUNCTION AND FORM IDEATING THE DEVICE AND TEST STRIPS Sketching and brainstorming to reach a final design.

WANTS Small, portable size Easy to use functions NEEDS Test Strip Port Light-Proof Compartment Visible screen

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FINAL SOLUTION

DECREASING CARDIOVASCULAR RISK

Test Strip Redesign 2� Display Screen Electrical Contacts

Glucose Testing Capillary Triglyceride Testing Capillary

Test Strip Sliding Door

Large Control Buttons

Blood Sample Portal

Test Strip Portal

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NOT YOUR TYPICAL TAPE DISPENSERS

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EXTERNAL HARDDRIVE IDEAS

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IDEAS YOU CAN HANG

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THANK YOU FOR YO U R T I M E !

Wennie Chi | chiwennie@gmail.com | 847.754.5132


Wennie Chi | Industrial Design Portfolio 2012