2013FA Portfolio | Sophomore Industrial Design

  • Wood I
  • Lamination Avocado Boat
    Course: Wood I
    Material: Ash Veneer, Basswood
    The Avocado Boat is the final lamination project of Wood I. The assignment required students to become familiar with bending techniques using veneer, and make a form out of limited curved veneer pieces that floats on the water.
    Four lamination pieces on top are connected with slots in between, and glued at edges. Then I glued the bottom to a solid block of basswood and carved the wood to complete the shape. When tested in the water, water level was right at the edge where the veneer and basswood meets.
  • Snaky Giraffe
    Course: Wood I
    Material: Basswood
    The Snaky Giraffe is the final carving project of Wood I. In the assignment students were required to make a container to explore how to work with diffrent wood grain and carving skills with various tools such as chisel, gouges and carving knife. Sanding was forbidden in this project.
    I came up with an idea of making a giraffe with its neck curling upwards like a snake to invent a negative space for containing.  I used gouges and chisels for overall shaping and carving knife for finishing. The brown color was put on by burning tool, and I carved some textures on top (and a tiny Christmas tree between the giraffe’s feet)

  • Metal I
  • Metal Studies
    Course: Metal I
    Material: Aluminum Sheet, Tinplate Sheet
    These are some of the small and simple studies of the material before big projects. The goal was to get familiar with the nature of material and the machines that can be used.
    In terms of design in metal, simplicity is my final goal.
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  • Rocky bridge:
  • Spot welding:
  • Tinplate Final: Tension Star
    Course: Metal I
    Material: Tinplate Sheet
    This is the final project for the tinplate material study. We were asked to make a form using all the techniques we learned from previous studies.
    I was aimed to design a simple tension movement inside an elegant shape. So I used the finger break to bend the star shape and three edges of the hexagon. The connections were all tension fit, and the rings out side the star were connected with well-made hinges that locked the rings in place. The other three edges of hexagon were made into hinges that held the U-shape rod. At the end of each rod I put a tiny stop with tubing and metal glue, so rods and the star-shape part create tension fit as well, and made the “in and out” tension movement possible. My original idae was that when the hexagons move in and out, the rods will push the edges of the star and make the star shrink and expand. In the final result, the movement of the star is quite subtle.
  • Aluminum Elements Study: Transformation
    Course: Metal I
    Material: 16g Aluminum Sheet
    The Aluminum Elements Study is one of the explorations from the early study of the aluminum.
    At first I made a simple element with the finger break, it was just one piece of metal bended at right angle. Then when I see the potential of developing the element into modules, I made lots of them and play with the rivet and movements they can make. The final result is a surprising interaction between the positive and negative space, which inspired my basic concept of the cube final.
  • Version 2 (quick study):
  • Cube Final
    Course: Metal I
    Material: Aluminum Sheet
    The Cube Final is the final project of Metal I. The students are required to understand the properties of aluminum, the possibilities of the material with basic metal shop machines and design a cube.
    After the Aluminum Elements Study, I tried to make a cube that involves interaction between positive and negative space. I struggled to stay with the module I made with the previous study. I made a revision of modules and combine them differently to make a cube, and then it went too far, becoming too complex that it lost its beauty.
    After a few failed attempts, I went back a little bit and tried to simplified my idea while insisting making a cube with positive and negative shape. I redesigned the elements and make a simpler but more elegeant form.  When viewing with the specific angle, you can see the tiny cube formed by the three flat platforms in the concave part.
  • Design Principles I
  • Model Making Practice
    Course: Design Principles I
    Material: Bristol Board, Blue Foam, Spackle, Primer, Spray Paint
    The Model Making project helps students to build up the skills required for model making and enable us to learn from the experience with multiple classic materials used in the model shop.
    I challenged myself and chose Verner Panton's Cone Chair to make the chair model so that I can experiment with different materials working together. At first I did the orthographic drawings with pencil and processed with illustrator to ensure I have all the dimensions right. Then, I made the cone base out of blue foam, bend three pieces of Bristol boards and glue them together to keep the bended shape. I glued the blue foam to the Bristol board and used the Spackle to paint the whole thing to seal the gaps between the material so it looks like one piece. After a few rounds of Spackle and sanding, I sprayed the primer and the paint on. At last, I made the wood base and painted silver with acrylic paint and connect the base to the chair model with tubing inside.
  • Children Toy Concept Presentation
    Course: Design Principles I
    Software: Illustrator, Photoshop
    Material: Basswood, Pushpins
    This assignment asked students to research, come up with a toy concept, and make a presentation with skills we learned through out the whole semester.
    After research for the children’s cognitive development and the games they play, I came up with an idea about integrating the physical interaction with the world, the reading and the thinking in one toy concept, and that is my Children’s PlayBook: “Help Daisy Grow Her Flower!”.
    “Help Daisy Grow Her Flower!” tells a story about a girl who loves flower and wants to plant her own flower. By following the instructions on the pages, children take out wooden pieces, such as seed and water kettle, embedded in the pages and place them to the next page. In the final page when the kids rotate the sun they installed, the flower will shows up above the ground.
    I designed for children age from 1-5. In this book, children are encouraged to read, to touch and to think. They are learning by doing, which is the most effective way of engraving the knowledge in mind.
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    Thank you!
    This is my first semester in RISD industrial design department.
    Most of the projects aim to help build up basic skills for future design process. Most of the works I posted here are 1~2 week projects.
    Suggestions and crits are very welcome!
    contact me at: xxie@risd.edu