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Summer Semester ’20

I’ve been chipping away at this degree by taking classes at as many available opportunities that I can fit. This summer has been no different. It is a compressed semester (just as much work in half the amount of time as the normal fall and spring semesters, whatever “normal” means nowadays of course). This summer has been a digital solid modeling class, which is a sort of review for me of a CAD software package I used to use many years ago: SolidWorks. Which is a super rad modeling application, it has changed a good deal in the nineteen year gap since I had last used it professionally.

The other class is an ergonomics class, Human Centered Design; probably one of the more academic classes I’ve taken in a while, (i.e. reading and writing). It was good preparation to have already read most of the required texts prior to this semester, but reading Don Norman’s Design of Everyday Things again is never a chore, it’s a great book. The other textbook on the other hand is pretty weighty. R.S. Bridger’s Introduction to Ergonomics. Amazing breakdown of the subject, and of the chapters we’ve covered so far, fascinating analysis of how the human body functions in a workspace.

I thought it might be an interesting experiment to share some of the work I’ve been producing from these classes, specifically the Human Centered Design class that I have been really enjoying. I’ll post here a number of the papers I’ve written, some of which are just the “ergonomic diaries” that we began the semester writing. I look forward to people’s feedback and perspective on them, so you get to read and write as well if you’re up for it!

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research

Just looking into some research for a project I’ve been considering for a while now, so I created a survey that may assist in shedding some light on it for me. Have experience with bicycles, either riding them or working on them? I’d love to hear from you, and start a conversation on Understanding Modern Bicycle Technology

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future now

Evidently, last night’s scholarship Future Now Pitch Night for those students selected from the Academy of Art’s Spring Show resulted in my project (the ‘Pelago Platform) getting voted the People’s Choice!

A huge thanks to everyone that voted for my project, it is greatly appreciated.

It was great to see the other students present their work as well. Congrats to those that won their category by the panel of judges.

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content

I am beginning to add more content to this website, the intention of which is to put on display my work and design process in a portfolio manner. Like much in life, this is a work in progress, some of the submissions potentially appear incomplete at this point. Part of my process is putting something out, submitting it, in order to motivate myself to bring it to completion. An evolution of sorts; an evolution of tweaks; nudging ever closer to an ideal of perfection. For purposes of this website, having it on display; “started” per se, is a very helpful motivator for me to work on it. Throughout this process I wholly welcome any and all feedback, nudge suggestions, and criticism.

I’ve recently published more content from my project from Product Design I from fall semester at the Academy of Art University. Check it out here:

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2020 entry

Thanks to the encouragement and feedback received from this new site, I’ve gotten my Product Design II project entered into the James Dyson Award competition. Check it out:

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spring show

This is exciting news, I have been selected to have my work from Product Design II at the Academy of Art included in this semester’s Spring Show. While this specific show is strictly online due to the current pandemic lock-down, it is still an honor to be featured among some of the most polished work from this school and semester.

Check it out; I’d love to hear any feedback!

About Spring Show 2020

MEET THE FUTURE OF ART AND DESIGN

Academy of Art University’s annual Spring Show showcases the achievements of our graduating students. They are a diverse group of artists, designers, and creative problem-solvers prepared to demonstrate their skills, make career connections, and put their talent and training to work.

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the now

One big life-consuming meatball:
at the Academy of Art University, studying Industrial Design

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the past

Musings and Reflections From the Trenches of the Bike Industry
prestashrader.com

{ ride a bike… everyday, everywhere }
crankedmag.com, and the actual magazine here

And many many years wrenching on bikes

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other past ventures

For many years my time was spent in the workshops of these businesses, most are still around, some may not be:

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part of the past

Part of my past included a magazine publication I attempted to get off the ground and maintain, eventually on my own. Check out it’s remnants here:

crankedmag.com