The first is my original model, showing the basic shape of the project. The second is an example of one of the ideas I had for an alternative shape. The final models show the proposed internal structure and the tilting mechanism I had intended to use. I also made a few renders demonstrating the context of use for my presentation.
I am very happy with how my CAD skills have progressed in a short time, and I currently feel like this is my strongest and most confident area of work so far. I think I should allocate more personal time to developing CAD models for more ideas in future projects to play to my strengths a little bit.
During this stage I had decided to narrow my work down to only a few ideas. These included the simplistic “hourglass” figure and the aero-inspired design. I took both of these into modelling. Eventually I settled on the latter. The basic shape is inspired by an existing product Mission produces, which is a large speaker system.
Internally, the structure is minimised to allow the sound to travel through the cover/filter from all directions. Externally the shape is designed for as much speaker area as possible. The stand is tilt-able, allowing even more control over sound output, and the form itself is as minimal as possible based off my peer/tutor feedback.
In retrospect, I feel I should have worked to make the basic shape of my concept idea more distinct from the product I was inspired by. I spent a long time thinking about this shape and I was struggling to find an alternative that had the same wide area of output and visual appeal. Given more time I would revisit this and make something more unique and unusual as I had originally planned.
To kick off the ideation stage this time around, I started by producing a number of very basic line sketches to try different forms and shapes that came to mind based off my mood boards and my brand’s existing products. Each new page traced elements from the first to expand on previous ideas using layout pad and fine liner.
The products that stood out from this stage were the more unusual and unorthodox shapes, so I made a mood board based on this idea of designing something unusual.
We started off this assignment by analysing the brand we have chosen. From this we all printed out many pictures of our brand’s existing products. From this we looked at everybody’s brand and gave them single words based on our observations of the products.
Using this feedback I produced 3 mood boards, to set the tone of my project. The words I have chosen are “Traditional”, “Industrial/Professional” and “Monochrome”.
Today we started a new assignment, Speaker Project. The aim of this assignment is to align myself with an existing technology brand and design a portable speaker solution in their style and form.
The company I have chosen as my brand is Mission Electronics, an audio tech company based in UK, a very popular brand amongst music enthusiasts which doesn’t seem to have much of an online presence.
On their facebook page they describe themselves as follows:
“Mission is a hi-fi speaker manufacturer and through an engineering-led approach to product development, is an industry leader in loudspeaker reproduction.”
Their slogan is “Music is the master; Technology is the slave.” “Mission’s Ethos has always focused upon bringing audiophile performance down to an affordable level.” This speaks volumes about the brand’s identity and their mission when they create their products. They set out to produce hi-fi speakers of professional quality, sleek design and affordable price.
As this was our final week working on the Lighting project, we were pushed to work very hard during our time on campus.
We purchased a roll of sticky-back PVC for the base of the lampshade. This material was suggested to us because it is chiefly used in to creation and repair of lampshades for its versatility and ease of use. So without a doubt, this was the ideal material for this part of the model. Before creating this, we came up with agreed dimensions for the final product, and Jordan used this to construct a final card model.
Firstly, the girls from Textiles stuck the fabric patterns onto our PVC model for the main part of the lampshade, while another worked on finalising the felt pendants.
Me and Jordan from Product took to the workshop to come up with a solution to keep the lampshade structure intact and allow us to thread in our lights and hang the light. We came up with a white acrylic lid, measured to tightly fit the upper roof of the model.
We accomplished this by using the heat press to bend in 8 tabs, approximately 2x2cm in total area, and gluing this to the PVC model. The decorative coil was then glued to two inner corners of the shade using a hot glue gun, and the pendants soon followed.
Taking this final model in to mind I made many adjustments to our final CAD model. Over the weekend I was able to render the model to the best of my ability using SolidWorks.
I kept taking screenshots of my process during the creation of the cad model, so I could reflect in the future to see how I pulled off different processes and created shapes. The design of the revised lampshade was exceedingly difficult and required me to consult my CAD tutor for help. We came up with quite a simple solution which really worked well but required exact specific measurements. To give the model back its “natural” look I took some liberties with the angles of the edges of the model to make it pop.
I feel this was a very productive week all in all but looking back on the project as a whole I wish I had more input in the design and ideation of the product. Overall, I am happy with how the model turned out and I am hopeful that this product will appeal to others.
This week we had one of our final meetings as a group. Unfortunately I was ill on the day. To my surprise by the end of the meeting our team we had altered our design in many ways, including throwing out the large bulb in favour of a more decorative shape designed by Leila. We all agreed this shape was the best way to go for our project as it looks visually appealing and seemed to catch the attention of many people we asked for feedback.
We didn’t go with this colour style as it was largely unintended. Leila had used recycled artwork form a previous course to create her models, which I found quite fascinating and might be a cool idea for a later field project.