Proposed as a method to help improve product sustainability, Design for Attachment is a design strategy developed for my Masters Thesis based on research into two differing attachment types. By working with both types of attachment it was proposed that one could invest users in the product at the beginning with one attachment type and transition to the second attachment type over time. A series of design strategies were proposed to affect attachment in both the short and long-term. A phone system served as the basis for demonstration of the method with a product system including a handset, mass customization options, digital interfaces, and halo products.
The Suppressor Series is a firefighter station uniform concept designed for VF Imagewear's Horace Small Brand. Using field research findings, the Suppressor Series targets problems with current uniforms from the lack of departmental differentiation, problems with gear storage, and lack of maneuverability.
EverCloud Phone System
Designed as a part of a team competition, EverCloud is a prospective phone platform designed to reduce electronic waste. The platform uses a system of standardized handsets and cloud computing to reduce technical obsolescence, while using mass customization to generate user investment and attachment. EverCloud was awarded the 2012 Platinum Prize in the Prevention category by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center in their E-Waste competition.
A video demonstrating the EverCloud concept can be viewed here:
As Visiting Assistant Professor in Industrial Design at Auburn University, I had the opportunity to manage an instructional studio of 45 students as I taught design foundations, form-giving, brand language development, and the user-centered design process in a team-teaching environment. Additional duties included redeveloping the curriculum's SOLIDWORKS course, expanding the product photography course, and planning and leading 20 students on a 3.5 week section of a study-abroad program through Ireland and Italy.
Cyclers Bike Rack
Designed for the Auburn University Jule Collins Smith Art Museum, the Cyclers bike rack serves as engaging object that lets the user take part in "finishing" the visual object. As users lock their bikes to the rack, their bicycle becomes a part of the object, allowing their bicycle to remain in motion even while safely locked.
Completed under the direction of Assistant Professor Jerrod Windham, Auburn University.
OmniForce Commercial Vacuum
The OmniForce is a commercial upright vacuum concept designed for Emerson Tool Co's ProTeam brand of backpack vacuums. Marrying the advantages of an upright with the use profile of a backpack, OmniForce is a radical rethinking of what a commercial upright vacuum cleaner can be. Based on user research preferences for simple devices and good cord management, OmniForce removes unused features and focuses on cleaning large areas quickly.
Designed for a self-directed project, the Arche bench is both an exploration of a material and an examination of a sustainability strategy. The Arche bench is designed to both embrace and challenge perceptions of kraft board as a material, as well as create a public seating solution that can be introduced directly back into an existing recycling stream without any disassembly or preparation.
Auburn Bike Share App
Designed as a component of a prospective bike share system, the Auburn Bike Share app allows users to interact with the bike share platform, see their status, and find bikes and parking.
The Auburn Bike Share App applies Ben Shneiderman's eight rules of interface design to a mobile app. User interaction areas are visually defined consistently, location within the app is always noted, and users have full location control, and ability to error-correct when needed. A mockup of the interface interactions was demoed using Adobe Flash.