Hi all. I have a new website http://www.calemoore.com/ . It’s got my portfolio, a blog, and pretty much everything on it. I will no longer be updating this blog, though you can look through old posts, which will likely not be added to the new site.
Here is my final industrial design studio project for the semester. There is a detailed description of my process and the final product on my portfolio.
Here is a short project I completed this semester designing a backpack for Patagonia. It was a quick sketch to Photoshop render project. View the project in my portfolio.
William McDonough is a leading force in sustainable design today. I’ve just ordered his book Cradle to Cradle on Amazon. Check out the video, it will change the way you think!
The purpose of this assignment was to design a pencil sharpener that is characteristic of the current time. I took this and I thought of things that might describe 2011. What do we value as a society and culture? In what kinds of environments might people need a pencil sharpener? How will they use this pencil sharpener? What opportunities are there for providing people with something other than a typical desk object?
Today is the day of cleanliness, streamlined, and the efficient. People want things done well, they want convenience, and they want something quick. With this pencil sharpener, the problem was to examine how it might fit into a desk environment. Through observation, I discovered that today, people are not often carrying around pencil sharpeners, rather they use things like mechanical pencils and pens. When electric sharpeners are used, they are often large, clunky, and loud. How might these problems be solved?
I decided that desk space was important. I explored clamping the sharpener to the desk and hiding it away. A more pleasing solution was to hang the sharpener on the wall. But what else hangs on a wall? How could this object be combined with another object (multifunctionality is also descriptive of many of today’s products, like the iPhone)? Picture frames, white boards, chalk boards, and clocks are typical wall hangings. An LED clock seemed to fit with the object the best.
I wanted to also solve the problem of over-spilling shavings in the modern electric pencil sharpener. A “full” indicator on the design would allow the user to know when they needed to empty the sharpener to eliminate any cleanup.
The curved, simple, matte surfaces allow cleanliness and simplicity to dominate this design. It is neither flashy, nor complex. Rather, the light blue and white would cool down the space while keeping it bright.
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Here’s a little Photoshop sketch I did today. (Click to enlarge)