Decathlon is a major sports brand with stores located across the globe. In my sportswear class at Politecnico di Milano, Decathlon asked us to design a suit for disabled users in the ski world, boat race world, or basketball world. I focused on the ski world, and began by researching disabled skiers. After interviews with amputees, I locked in on a source of inspiration and the design quickly developed after that. The project finished at the Decathlon headquarters in Segrate, Italy.
We like to travel. In our travels we realized it is super inconvenient to charge all your devices, especially in the airport. You have to find a plug, pull out all your devices, try and sort out and de-clutter your cords, charge your devices, then put them all away when it is time to go. We designed a backpack to solve this problem.
Gizmag wrote a great review on the pack. Check it out here.
For my Senior Project I decided to focus on recycling. I found alarming statistics about the amount of trash in the environment, so I set out to do something about it. Through extensive trial and error I developed a process where flimsy plastic bags are turned into beautiful works of art. I went on to make two furniture pieces, a milk stool and a side table.
These pieces received national recognition and continue to inspire people to recycle. I was a finalist in the IDSA's IDEA competition, Honorable Mention in the Red Dot competition, received Bronze in the A'Design Awards, became the Student Winner for the Design Arts of Utah competition as well as Best of Show by Flint Studios for our Senior Show.
This series is a continuation of my Senior Project. Through my extensive research I realized the growing problem that plastic trash causes. I decided to design and make several products and launch a Kickstarter to get the word out about recycling. I raised nearly 20k, and successfully removed tens of thousands of plastic bags from the environment.
Many companies covered the story, and the response we received was enormous and encouraging. Some of those companies were Core77, Hypebeast, Design Milk, Gizmag, and Inhabitat.
Being the diverse company that Sewell Direct is, I was often designing logos, packaging, and other graphic elements for various products and brands. Graphic design is an important element within industrial design and one that elevates the overall aesthetic when used appropriately.
These are a few of Sewell Direct's products that needed a face lift. We often sought to keep the product's PCBA the same, and worked to design a new enclosure around the board to save time and money. These parameters dictated what materials we could use, what processes those materials could afford, and the general shape of each piece. Design parameters, sometimes you love them and sometimes you don't.
The Crossbow's new enclosure is made using bent metal construction. One side is chamfered to soften the edges. New buttons, a de-bossed logo, and a simple silkscreen help improve its curb appeal. The Ibis' enclosure features a diagonal split line, revamped button, diffused lighting, and a silicone pad. It is also made using bent metal construction. The EZ BNC is a simple plastic enclosure that is to be injection molded. The ports were determined by our existing PCBA, but a simple redesign helps boost its beauty.
Modaliti has become the leading soft-goods design firm in Utah, and while there I was tasked on developing a bag where the user could deploy the tent in survival situations. I worked with the client to ensure the bag fit their standards through the end. Unfortunately the bag was never finalized due to a restrictive budget.
I was apart of a team that designed a bulb that gives you the right light when you need it. Certain light either reduces or produces melatonin in the body, which can help or hinder your sleep. We set out to create a bulb that fixes this problem.
I chose a unique form that differentiates from other bulbs in the market, and drew inspiration from the silk worm. The heat sink is especially different, with holes to add to the hub's breathability.
I also designed an app that the user can use to control the bulb's functionality.
As part of the Silk light project I designed the Silk logo and app for the user to control their light preferences. We wanted a fluid feel with the logo, and a tie back to the silk worm. Gentle, blurred colors were used as the background to enhance the user's experience.
While at BYU, we worked with Trek to design a helmet. I took a unique approach and decided to design a helmet outside of their typical scope. I pulled inspiration from the motorcycle scene, which created an interesting dynamic in trying to marry the two cultures. The end result was a helmet that largely revealed the Bobber helmet, which was popular back in the '70s and is increasing in popularity today.
The helmet features a removable visor, removable neck and ear protection, as well as colors that link to it's heritage.
We were asked to design a ping pong paddle. I decided to take a different approach and base my designs off a deaf friend of mine, Chris. I realized that we all use our hands to communicate, and many of us don't even realize it. These paddles are meant to stand as a reminder of the importance of communication.
For this project my team and I created a lamp using polycarbonate and folding techniques. We did many iterations and countless revisions. We ended up settling on a gentle form that tricks the eye at first glance.
For the project we needed to make 15 of these lamps. We created a process to streamline this production and ended up selling out of all 15 at our lamp sale. After the show we ended up partnering with another company; they launched a Kickstarter and raised over $200,000 dollars.