Dec 15, 2007

Three Applications of Flexible 2x4s

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Cool stuff this week! The grueling material studies were successful in providing good materials and processes to make three products. The Sine Lounge (seen above) starts as a chaise lounge and rolls up into a compact package. As if that wasn't enough, there's also Two by Floor, a flexible flooring system, and Flex Bench.

Thanks to Thanksgiving, we had an extra few days to make all the stuff for this presentation. I still think that ten days is not very much time to make two pieces of furniture and a flooring system plus a presentation, but its all done now and I think I came out with three decent models.

Material Exploration (2x4s)

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Nine material study models were made this week from three categories: Bent, Flexible composites, and Woven. Lots of fun stuff... assuming you like pine lumber. This weeks presentation is a bit light on text, so if you have any questions please leave a comment.

Something that seems apparent, but is sometimes forgotten while getting caught up making so many models in a week: Do strength testing after taking photos. See if you can spot the broken stuff (the linked mat is not broken).

Rama, the I.D. department chair, spoke to students briefly about protecting our work: so new to the Design Journal this week is watermarking. From now on in all the oh so informational PDFs that you have been downloading will be stamped with the oh so annoying watermark "Jesse Gerard /" What this will do to prevent would be pilferers remains to be seen. But until I can come up with something better, learn to love the watermark.

Dec 14, 2007

Don't Throw Play Doh (it gets mad)

This is a short film I made last year, I composed the music too. I hope you like it!

This epic adventure begins with the blue ball flying playfully through the air. The story takes a turn for the dramatic when Blue's fun is interrupted by the careless Yellow. Enraged by Yellow's antics, in a brash move of aggression Blue consumes him. Alarmed by these happenings, the great powers that be amalgamates the two into Green. Green quickly recovers from the smooshing only to return to it's old habits.