April 15, 2010 at 7:43 pm (Uncategorized)

MODL  (modular lighting)  is a system of tiles that can be arranged into what is needed or desired by the final user.  The form derives itself from micro biology, yet remains ubiquitous enough that each member of it’s audience can see something different.  What one person sees as a jelly fish, another may see as ice.  The Layers and 4 pronged sides add to the chaotic look of reproducing bacteria.


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Monolith Revisit

April 15, 2010 at 7:34 pm (Uncategorized)

After a look at what the first rendition on monolith was, I began to explore what it could become.  While the first version of the lamp was over the top and the metaphor was too obvious.  It was with this in mind, that I approached the next attempt.  The goal being to create a lamp that hinted at an industrial and raw aesthetic without becoming niche and cliche.

Without the direct link to the people of a loft environment like the last light, it was possible to also explore the social structures that surround the light. The white and lighter concrete base hint towards a new movement in recent industry, the “green” movement.  This lamp, representing industry, is white to reflect a cleaner and more responsible approach to production.

Physically the lamps three sources are positioned to light an entire studio apartment via refection and refraction on the floor, ceiling, and walls.

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My Christmas

January 2, 2010 at 9:51 pm (Uncategorized)

Being stuck here, I have decided to post my sketches on my latest project and see what I like as the feedback comes in. Nothing to special here, just three pages of moleskin on a simple design.

These sketches are a form for the pieces that will become the building blocks of the “shade” or overall form.

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Incubator Chairs

December 21, 2009 at 3:32 pm (Uncategorized)

3 weeks before the year ended, the 300 level design class I was in was approached by the school of business to design a space that would become there incubator for recent graduates and students.  Ever student was given one piece of furniture.  At first, we were simply going to buy chairs, but after discussing it with my professor, he said it would be a good idea if I tried them.  The concept for most of the room was fast, cheap, and easy while maintaining a clean, almost ikea driven aesthetic.

These chairs are 14 inches tall to the seat, and 22 inches wide.  The structure lays on the outside of the chair in the form of 1″ plywood.  These chairs sit in the room right after the entrance in a “ideating” area along with a chair.  The wall is a special kind of paint from a company called “Idea Paint”  which is a interior paint that dries into a white board.  The table is done by Jesper Jonsson, and the entrance kiosk/ mailbox is by Troy Hild.

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First Edition

December 21, 2009 at 3:13 pm (Uncategorized)

The the second, and largest, project of the year was to rebuild a home appliance into something better.  I had a printer that I disassembled and reconsidered.  After a long concept building process, I settled on a book theme. This allowed a printer to placed where most modern computers, being laptops, are worked on.

The connection would be bluetooth and power by a dock, allowing the book to be removed to fix jams or replace ink.

This is only a late rough model, and a revision of form and a final prototype are still on the way, I just ran out of time at the end of the year, and needed to present something.

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Natural Light

December 21, 2009 at 3:05 pm (Industrial Design, Lighting)

Sorry for the lapse in posts. I had 20 credits scheduled this year, and that offered little time for anything else.  So here is the last 5 month, In the next 3 posts.

We were tasked with redefining a mundane object,  and adding a quality you wouldn’t normally find in such a mindless artifact.  After a little work i decided on curtains, and using layers of fabric to manipulate and sculpt light.

It was a fun project, but I don’t think fabric is my thing.

If I had to do it again, I would use thicker cloth for more depth in the light that came through.

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Graphic Design? Why Not.

October 17, 2009 at 6:43 pm (Uncategorized)

Recently I was made the Communication Officer of NMUiDSA.  With that, I became the creative director of all the posters we do for the various events and meetings we have.  Most of these are done in black and white, to keep costs down.  This is the latest one, for our showing of the documentary “Objectified.”  See if you can find the joke.


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Back to Work

September 14, 2009 at 12:36 pm (Uncategorized)

Well not much was kept up over the summer.  This blog, employment, design work, nothing at all really other than some reading.

Thats over now and it’s time to get back to work.  It’s gonna be a big year and it  has already started good.  Time to get back to work.

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Design Dialect: Speak Design

May 21, 2009 at 4:39 pm (Uncategorized)

It’s been a long summer

The recession is hitting interns and seasonal employee’s hard an i am one of them, torn between staying around here, or moving to DC for a Job i don’t understand. In this climate, it’s easy to miss the school year, the studio, and the people that came with it.

With that in mind i came up with an idea for an open forum, an email trade of essay’s and thoughts between the NMU design community.  I approached Mia and Andy with the Idea, and Andy Ran with it.

So today marks the birth of Speak Design: a design blog for Northern Design Students to share there thoughts with the world.  Think of it as TED, only online. And Open. And No One’s Famous.


You can find the blog here:

if you want to take part, email me.

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April 30, 2009 at 6:34 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Monolith was an end of year lighting design project dealing with Emotionally Durable Design. While the majority of design went the route of the tool toy or night lights, Monolith tackled the line between form and function, allowing for the emotional attachment and personal empathy to come from the consumer’s desires.

The concept bases itself around the romantic dream life of many young adults and artists of loft living.  The industrial feel and aesthetic in a living space is an object of desire and for many, a dream.  Monolith allows people to do what they do best by surrounding themselves with their desires and dreams.  Many people, because of financial or geographical locations may never experience loft living, no matter how much they really aspire to live in such a way.  This lamp takes the raw industrial feel of that warehouse home, and makes it into an elegant, beautiful form.

For those that may never get to live thier dream, Monolith can atleast give them a taste, and thier is no better emotional attachment to an object then one that exemplifies one’s desires.

I will try to get my sketching and influences product boards uploaded soon.

Photography by Patrcik O’gara.

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