All Lit Up Band
During my Master's program, I was tasked with creating a toy for an 8-year-old girl named Lily. Lily loved to perform for her family and pretend she had magical powers. Rather than play with dolls, she often asked her mom to buy "boy toys."
I designed All Lit Up, a reactive band that speeds up based on the speed of the user's movement. Removable caps that snap to the surface allow the user to match the look of the band to their mood or performance. The body of the band was designed in Rhino 3D and 3D printed. The band is cold molded bronze to add a layer of power and genderlessness to the toy. The lights are powered by neopixels and an Ardunio Gemma.
Book Cover Typography
Memoirs of a Madman is a short story from the 1830s that details a man's decline into madness. Finding typographic inspiration from other books, I designed two potential covers that depict the memoir with only typographic elements.
Blastoise: Building a Robot from Scratch
This robot was my first exploration into the programming and robot design. This little guy, inspired by the pokemon, Blastoise, transitions from walking to running in hot temperatures. As a water pokemon, he prefers cooler climates. He also enjoys more humid environments which is why his blue lights increase in intensity as humidity rises.
He was programmed in arduino Miror designed in SolidWorks, and machined in a machine shop. Some parts were laser cut and the outer shell was 3D printed.
This project was a deep dive into Adobe InDesign. I was given an essay and tasked with designing the book layout. Using my entire typography skillset, I carefully set the text with added commentary on a custom pentagram grid design. With relevant quotes added from notable authors and pops of color that connect the text with comments, the text emerges more playful and exploratory.
This product placed second at the Penn Product Design fair. Along with 3 other engineers we built the PushBrush, a toothbrush that connected to toothpaste tubes. By squeezing the tube, toothpaste travels through the neck and out of the toothbrush head.
Why did we build the PushBrush? Partly for fun. Partly to keep your sink cleaner by avoiding clumps of dried toothpaste in the since. And to end the toothpaste theft epidemic effecting roommates all over the world.
I enjoy it. It's similar to product design in that depending on how you design a word you completel change the emotion it evokes.
Letter Opener & Fab Lab Exploration
This is a letter opener I crafted from a block of cherry wood. Feeling comfortable and ergonomic in both left and right hands at multiple angles were the primary objective. (After opening letters effectively of course.)
Working with wood is new, but it's really growing on me.