Dominion Voting Systems
As with most projects, this project evolved over the course of its development. After the initial concept was approved, I built a prototype in my shop to give the team their first real sense of the “size” of the concept. Over time the design matured and was improved, incorporating input from seasoned internal and external team members and customers.
Many aspects of the overall design including the method of manufacture and the type of materials used changed. The take-away from this project is that one must be open to all sources of input and accept that it could cause radical rethink of even the most basic aspect of a design.
In my description of the product development process, I’ve purposely kept the level of detail vague to ensure sensitive or confidential details are not being publicly shared. Material choices, certifications, testing, key design/functionality requirements or even the time it took to development, are all details I felt that competitors should not be privy to.
I will share that the 1st parts off the tool and the resulting Engineering build was a unprecedented success, without a single issue being discovered in the design of the parts or in the overall assembly.
The start of refining a design
First mock-up was hand built.
Foam lid prototype.
Finished foam and gesso lid.
Vacuum formed functional components.
Underside of lid assembly
CAD screen shot of access door
Completed CAD assembly
Hard tooled production ballot box.
Free Standing Range
This range represents both my first big project as an Industrial Designer and one that I’m most proud of.
This design was inspired on my drive to work one morning. I built this prototype to show the senior brand and marketing groups. KitchenAid loved it.
For a then young designer it was really exciting to see one’s name in print. (unfortunately to keep my anonymity I’ve blurred it out)
The styling of this range was so unique at that time that Whirlpool protected it with a Design Patent.
Although I had one in my home for many years I decided a stock picture does more justice to it.
I’m posting these articles from that time to underscore just how revolutionary and successful this range was.
How does one follow up such success? With a bolder, more sleek design that applies manufacturing capabilities from other industries.
If only this design went past the concept stage.
A new appliance for the kitchen
Hot or cold bottled water without having to lift that heavy bottle.
Clean and functional design that accommodated filling a glass or a pot.
Designed to keep tooling and assembly simple.
School of Industrial Design
Each graduating student had a page dedicated to them in Grad Show brochure, showcasing some of their work.
“Old School” air brush rendering of my “microprocessor inspired” welding helmet. Two years later a German company made working versions. Coincidence?
A polarizing LCD lens would be darkened using feedback from a photo cell and powered by solar panel that collects UV light from welding.
This design study attempted to improve the poor ergonomics of existing electric carving knives. A Braun family design aesthetic was used.