One of the things that annoys me so much is how people go into an art museum or go into a gallery to see something and think “Oh, that didn’t take anything and they want $3,000 for it?”
The problem with that is that they think that paying that person $3,000 is about how long it took them to make that when what they’re paying for is all the time it took that person to SEE that.
Mitzi Vernon (my studio professor)
Studio (Metal Shop): 11:30AM-4:30PM
Studio: 11:45PM-now (3:00AM)
Studio (Metal Shop): 8AM-11AM
Drive to Roanoke to powder coat metal: 11AM-1PM
Actual Studio: 1PM-5PM
…and so on and so forth until next Saturday when all of our projects are due.
RIP sleep and all forms of rest.
Precision | Design-Build Process
Spent the day in the wood shop getting started with building the “sketching” table that my partner and I designed. Here’s one of the documentation shots of me.
Ever since we started this Design Build project, I have gained nothing but utmost respect for furniture design. The details, thoughts and processes that go into designing a “simple” piece of furniture completely caught me off guard. It’s especially challenging designing from scratch while learning about joints and materials at the same time.
Excited to share my concept and final product once it’s done!
igotshine asked: Hello! I just wanted to tell you that I just found your blog and I fell in love with everything. Your sketches, ideas, everything. Where are you studying, if you don't mind me asking?:)
Wow, thank you :) I really appreciate the feedback!
I’m currently studying Industrial Design at Virginia Tech.
I won’t be satisfied until you win a Pulitzer. Get it.
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Analog+Digital | Design Viz Render
My Design Visualization class last semester was all about sketching. This semester it’s more about rendering through digital mediums. I wanted to share one of the pieces that I finished a couple nights ago. Inspired by a sketch from Sketch-A-Day, this is one of 15 renderings that I’m submitting for the end of the semester.
Study Abroad Photo Competition | 1st Place
Many of you who know me personally have probably seen this already but I wanted to share this for those of you who don’t.
So, in an earlier post I mentioned that I was named a finalist in a Study Abroad Photography Competition. I went to the Finalist’s Gallery Reception earlier this week and was announced the 1st place winner in my category! I was interviewed for a video, won some money and was exhibited in the downtown art gallery from the 16th to the 21st.
I was absolutely honored to receive my first photography award but this is only a chance to slightly pause and celebrate my growth. I can’t wait to jump back in, take more photos and continue to learn and improve.
Again, thank you for all the support and love.
It feels good to be a part of a design program that’s kicking ass. We won the 2013 IDSA Student Merit Award last night for the 2nd year in a row! A competition of the top students selected from 8 Industrial Design schools in the region. We were all going crazy for Field.
Got to step it up if I want to be next in 2 years!
I think I may have a slight obsession with documenting parts of my life. Whether it be through photos, snippets of videos or a jumble of words in my sketchbook.
I really can’t help it sometimes.
It was an honor getting a chance to listen to and meet Michael Ditullo this past weekend at the IDSA Southern District Conference. It was incredible to see how his career and journey progressed as an Industrial Designer throughout the years.
He was the former creative director at FROG design, worked at Nike designing Jordans, Converse, Core77, Google, Mortorola, Honda, Braun…etc.
He spent a good amount of the talk explaining 3 new audio/speaker products that are new in the market and his whole process and thinking in designing them. But what I wanted to share were some of my notes on his overall design views and philosophies. For the most part these aren’t new to me but it was good hearing it again and being reminded.
1. Make, break and fix as fast as possible. You are going to make mistakes in the beginning. Period. So jump in and tackle those early!
2. If you don’t feel like you know what you’re doing then you’re probably doing something new.
3. Change is the only constant. Learn to adapt.
4. Get out of your comfort zone. That’s where the good stuff happens.
5. Don’t be a problem identifier. Be a solution finder. Anyone can point out the problem. Don’t be that guy. Do something about it.
6. Don’t let yourself down. A little cheesy but an important one. Don’t forget that it’s about progress. Not perfection.
7. Have fun. If you aren’t having fun then you’re probably doing something wrong. It’s design. Have fun.
Things have been exciting for me in terms of photography lately. I was asked by a friend recently for some of my pieces for a silent auction at the University of Virginia to raise money for Operation Smile. I was absolutely honored to take part in that.
Also, I got this e-mail earlier this week:
Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you that one of your entries to the Virginia Tech Education Abroad 2013 Photo Contest was chosen as a finalist. Specifically, the photo entitled “Little Hooligan” was selected in the People/Culture category. Your photograph will be included in an exhibit at the XYZ gallery in downtown Blacksburg from April 15 through April 21.”
This marks my first award for photography! It’s not a huge competition by any means but I was happy news nonetheless. For those that keep up with my blog and are constantly supporting me, I just wanted to say thank you. I hope I can continue to inspire and keep everyone on their toes!
Wireless Design Project | First Look
Here’s a glimpse of our iPhone 5 case design fresh off the 3-D printer for one of my current group projects. The project is designing a interface, app or product that is geared towards a disabled persona. In my group’s case, we were assigned a 24-year old Army veteran that lost the use of her right (dominant) arm from an IED explosion.
Goal: One handed phone stabilization and manipulation.
It’s pretty sweet how our printed case actually fits my iPhone 5. 3-D printing is the technology of the future hands down.
Continually becoming interested and drawn towards healthy eating, living and well being.
Nourishment. Mind, body and soul.
“Welcome back. I assume you are ready for the hardest part of the academic year. It begins now.” | Mitzi (Studio Professor)
Time to gun it.
Searching for a sense of structure and rhythm.