From the start, the intention behind the design of the Groove Sleeve was to create a form that looked as good on the shelf as it felt in your hand. Using complex surfacing and directional form development, the clean sensuous curves guide the users hand to the area of the sleeve which subconsciously highlight the characteristics Lifefactory customers have come to know and love. Confidence, cleanliness, and high quality materials.
I’ve always been drawn to a stark juxtaposition of materials in many of my personal projects. The design intent behind this series of coffee tables aims to highlight and expand on that passion of mine. After creating a coffee table design for San Francisco Design Week in 2013, I always wanted to revisit the category with the goal to flex my Solidworks surfacing skills and arrive at something to show in my DC4 classes at CCA.
Glowstreak Hockey was built off the typical play pattern of an air hockey game only with a very special twist. The table top was coated with a glow-in-the-dark paint and nested inside the puck was an LED light that streaked light across the table as the game was in play. As the lead designer for both the puck and the strikers, my intention was to create accessories that would accentuate the light play created by the unique idea. Through careful material choices and thoughtful design details, I created a design that not only created amplified light rays while in play but also while the parts were at rest as well.
When Lifefactory came to me with the challenge to create the flagship look of their new premium line, I was beyond excited. Designed to highlight the juxtaposition of materials at even the slightest touch, the Axis Sleeve stands as pristine tribute to the fundamental values the Lifefactory brand was built around. As one of the most challenging CAD projects I’ve worked on, this project redefines what deadline driven design is capable of and remains a project I’m happy to see on store shelfs to this day.
As many of my CCA students can verify, drafting a product that has already been produced is never easy. So when Lifefactory approached me with a request to recreate a usable CAD file from their iconic Classic Cap I was apprehensive to say the least. Consideration of difficult unknowns like injection molding cycle times and sink rates made this project a challenge from start to finish. Afterall, I was very happy to see the fine level of detail and accuracy I was able to achieve in the end.
There are a lot of reasons why this is one of my favorite projects in my portfolio. Perhaps it’s the nearly impossible design brief that stated a new feature and play pattern was needed at almost zero cost. Maybe it was the keen use of Design Thinking that lead the new design to be so much more fun than its predecessor. Although, most likely, it is the unforgettable memories I have a young boy growing up and playing on my own Slip-n-Slide and the knowledge that I helped to improve that product that makes this the most rewarding design projects I’ve ever worked on. If a picture really says a thousand words then the picture here basically says it all.
This project is my demo model from my Design Communication 4 class at CCA in San Francisco. With this project students are introduced to the proper technique for creating organic ergonomic form in Solidworks using advanced surfacing practices. Rendered in keyshot this model shines in a black on black environment taking full advantage to the depth of field settings to show off perfect curvature continuity across the multi-panel construction. Check out my YouTube channel for a variety of tutorial videos on the process if your interested in learning more.