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    Illustrator Watch Tutorial

    Hi all... I managed to get the PDF down to just under 1000KB by merging step 5 and 6. So the file can now be downloaded here: Watch2.pdf Regards /tbroen
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    Illustrator Watch Tutorial

    I've made a small walkthrough of the process when making a 2d drawing of a watch. And it's only to give an overview. I will not describe every single step. Instead I've made a pdf which can be opened in illustrator - then the different layers can be seen and the effects (edit: you can only see the layers if you open the pdf in illustrator!). This pdf is available for download in reply #7... Feel free to ask any questions. /tbroen
  3. Finally I've made some content for the domain I bought almost a year ago. If you can, please give some critique on the buildup and maybe the contents. The site is made using iWeb as I am not a web wizard But the program seems to suit my needs for presenting my work. If you decide to explore the page, and the project section - the most elaborate project is the WheelStep project - I hope to get many of the other projects up to the same elaboration standard and also to include sketches and 3D from the process. The address of the site is: www.thomasbroen.dk Please let me know if you have problems using the page in your browser - I have only tested it in Firefox3 and Safari, where it works fine. /tbroen
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    Concept Lamp

    I would go for Poly Carbonate and then separate the construction into separate plates that would fit together. I think injection moulding would be quite expensive and difficult to handle due to the dimensions of the structure (wall thicknesses) and you would have to beware of shrinkage etc. Regarding the weight: It depends on the density of the compound you select. In general I think PP is a bit lighter than PC. In the renderings it is a bit hard to sense the size of the lamp. But you should be aware that some light bulbs (+40W) will generate some heat, which can damage both PP and PC, and discolour it if not made properly. So it's important that you make the dimensions according the the light you're supposed to use. If you do it the other way around (chose the design first) you might end up with a 15W light that doesn't provide enough light in order to keep the plastic from melting. Glass might be a possible material as well. It can take more heat. /tbroen
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    3ds Max

    I guess many ID'ers also use SolidWorks, ProEngineer etc. because of the parametric design. You can make changes in dimensions, shapes and features without having to change the entire model manually, polygon by polygon. /tbroen
  6. Just some pictures from some visual comparisons of different light bulbs so show my points. Just in case: Glødepære means Incandescent Light & Elsparepære means Energy saving Light bulb (they're CFLs, halogenes and LEDs) A 60W incandescent reference light bulb Other Light Sources
  7. After testing various CFL's, LED's, Halogen and incandescent light bulbs (ILB) this last year I must say that the CFLs are getting better and better. But there is still some way to go before I see them fulfilling the same needs as the i"ILB". There are some issues with the color temperature which is generally cooler than "ILBs" and the color rendering index is lower, resulting in a poorer color rendering. Further more many CFLs can't be dimmed in intensity as the "ILBs" - Those who can are more expensive. In general CFL's are more expensive. They are toxic when they are disposed of or breaks (If you break one in your living room you should open all windows and leave the room for at least an hour to get the toxic gasses out! Many CFLs uses mercury) LED's aren't really an alternative to "ILBs" yet. They are still too expensive. It's great that both CFLs and LED's use less power, which i guess is ultimately the goal of the ban (to reduce power usage) I just think the ban is maybe a year to early, if you were to replace the ILBs with a solution of the same quality. But I guess we'll adopt quite easily. When you don't have a choice you're more likely to "choose" the eco-friendly solution /tbroen
  8. Actually I've just been through the almost exact same situation. The only difference is that I collaborated with the company throughout the entire process while developing the product. We set the rules for the process from the very beginning of the project, where we had a verbal agreement of who had the rights and what was confidential and what was not. And we agreed that if we came to a good solution we (a fellow student and me) would have the intellectual rights to any solution, but they would have an option to buy the solution for a reasonable fee which they offer all designers they work with (A royalty fee and an upfront payment). I must say that the way we did business probably isn't applicable everywhere. We based the entire project on mutual respect and didn't sign any papers until the project was done (If they wanted to they could have just taken the solution without asking). And of course you just can't do that in many cases. As you mention yourself. Talk with them first and try to figure out if they are trustworthy or not. And try to present the NDA as a formal thing only. You don't earn their trust by implying that you're nervous they'll steal your work. About the rights. At my former university, we (the students) always had the intellectual rights for our projects. But if the university have financed part of a patent etc. they also have part ownership. But i guess the rules are different from university to university. /tbroen
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    Design And Business

    Hi Ben, Actually I'm at this very moment entering the final two weeks of my master programme, and during the last year, I've had a lot of focus on how this design vs business issue can be used with benefits for both designers and companies. I.e. as a designer, having a deeper understanding of how a business works, understanding their strategy and understanding their business setup, will help you make decisions that correspond with your clients needs and values - thereby making products that are in tune with the company. So you don't spend a lot of time and money developing products that will never be realized by your client. This is a very commercial view on the designers job. That they only have to do exactly what the company asks for. Of course that isn't always the case. Often, I presume, the designer also wants to give the client the solutions that they didn't know they needed. By being aware of the business setup from a designers point of view, if you are trying to drive the company forward by designing something new, you will also be able to identify where the new design proposal could conflict with their existing setup. However the business approach can also be kind of an idea killer if it isn't used with caution. It's very easy to get sucked in to just doing what they want, and not coming up with innovative solutions. But it's a difficult situation. Some clients won't even reveal their strategy - making it quite difficult to design for it... And your question about the rubbish bin. You would have to consider: Do you want to make a product that doesn't sell or do you want to earn 5% of 10.000 pcs. x 15£ by designing a well designed cheap consumer product. Cheap design doesn't equal bad design - actually the opposite is often the case. I'm out of time for now, but it's a very interesting discussion. /tbroen
  10. Hi all, I was wondering what the effect UV-Light from the sun have on poly carbonate. I've read that it is kind of an unfortunate combination in some cases, but it never says what the effects are. Does the material color fade? Does the material get brittle or crack? Does it influence the strength of the material? I'm asking because I'm working on an outdoor lamp which needs a translucent shell. And we don't want it to be mis-collored after a short period in the sun. Any advices? (We're also considering PP, PET and PVC for b the object that have to be blow moulded) /tbroen
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    Poll Time! Webcam

    Just in case the information could be useful. I actually mainly use the build-in cameras still photo function - to take snapshots of drawings etc. The video function I don't use that much, but when i do, it's mainly in Skype! /tbroen
  12. Thanks Peter, After a discussion with a technical adviser we've also come to the conclusion that PC is the best way to go. By adding some UV stabilizers it should be just fine - also over a longer period of time in the sun (Should be able to stand outside permanently). AND it still has blow-molding capabilities so that's good. And your point about the car headlight is quite good /tbroen
  13. SLM - Selective Laser Melting... Amazing what kinds of shapes you can get out of this technique. And great optimization possibilities. /tbroen
  14. Hi all, As part of my thesis project, I would like to ask you guys some questions about your use of electrical appliances when you're in the outside areas of your home. So, as an addition to the questions above, I would also like to ask, which electrical appliances you use outdoor around your home, and if you have some outside electrical devices that are always connected to power? In the project we are working with outside lighting for a local lighting company. And we're looking into how people are getting their power to their outside appliances. I hope you will find some time to answer the questions, and maybe to elaborate on them in the thread. Maybe there are more questions to come, but that will be another time, another day. regrads /tbroen
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    Online Portfolio

    First of all, Great looking website... It's the same kind of simplicity I'm working on in my next try on my website... The projects are well presented - but they could be more elaborated (those without descriptions) - maybe a small factbox with a short description of your general idea behind the project. And of course I would always like to see more sketches and renderings, but actually it works quite well with the pictures you have at the moment. It could also be on a separate page. And maybe - if you are using it as a portfolio for companies to see as well - it could probably be a good idea to show a bit more about your approach and process in your projects. It's always interesting to see what lies behind the solutions as well as the end result. But nice site anyways. /tbroen
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    Advice - Pc Or Mac

    Don't underestimate that if you buy a mac, you will have the option to run either windows or os x - a lot of people seems to forget this. And I might add that running CAD on an 8-core mac pro, is a great experience - smooth and quiet. And after using both windows and OS X for the last 2 years I must say that I like OS X better - It suits my workflow better than windows. But if you put your mind to it you can also find many of the same features for Vista, if you install a lot of plugins and small applications. If your choice stands between a Mac Pro and a similar PC and you have those extra money, I would definitely go for the mac. You could probably get a faster cpu and gpu in the PC, but then you also almost have to put a price on the experience you get, which depends on yourself - And by the way - If you compare a Dell and a Mac Pro with the same specs, the price would be about the same (At least where I live). Regards, /tbroen
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    Braun Design

    Of course I don't mean an "Original" Bauhaus designer from the Bauhaus School in Weimar, but I believe that he was and is a strong supporter of the Bauhaus Tradition. But there could off course be different opinions on this matter /tbroen
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    Braun Design

    Nice collection, Just as a fun little exercise, try and see if you guys can spot the Apple products in some of the Braun products. One can see there must be some of the same underlying principles of form and proportions. (as Tugendhat implies on some of the pages.) Ex. Phono LP - or Apple Shuffle Transistor Radio - or Apple iPod Search for Dieter Rams (A Bauhaus Designer) for more comparisons, It's quite easy to see in most cases. Gizmodo Article on Apple and Dieter Rams /tbroen
  19. During a chair design project, I had the opportunity to work with a program called AnyBody, which is a ergonomic simulator. In our project we used the program in the concept development phase to find the most optimal seating positions where the human body is most relaxed. Although it was extremely non-user friendly (for someone without experience in programming etc.) it was very useful to find these desired positions. I know for a fact that the program is also used in the automotive industry to analyze movements in a car - Ie. getting in and out of the car, using the steering wheel and the gas pedal, and the program can simulate the stresses of most of the human muscles and the product can be optimized. I guess this is mainly used in the detail design phase - but I would say that the use of a program of this kind could be valuable in the concept development phase as well. There is a lot of papers written on the use of this program from University of Aalborg, Denmark from the Biomechanics department - perhaps you can find some inspiration or references there. Link to Anybody: ANYBODY Link to research: RESEARCH I hope you find this useful regards /tbroen
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    Design Podcasts

    There are quite a few Design-podcasts at TED. You can find the TED talks on the web at: TED And it can also be found at iTunes as a subscription. /tbroen
  21. As you probably can see I have taken inspiration in the Audi R8 for this drawing. The rendering is divided into 4 steps - maybe one more in a while. 1 - Initial Sketch (Saved time by using another car as a reference to the perspective) 2 - First coloring (Flat colors, just to know where there are color differences) 3 - Reflections and gradients (Mostly by using burn and dodge tool with a hard brush tip) 4 - Removing sketchlines (Either by erasing them or coloring them into shades or highlights) 5 - To come - More highlights and better wheels. Maybe also a background. Total time spent - 6-7 hours Feel free to comment with critique/feedback/tips! /tbroen
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    Taro's Digital Sketches

    I guess the closest you get to burn and dodge in sketchbook is to use the airbrush and then adjust either on the saturation (for dodge) or turn down the brightness (for burn) - that is when you use the HSB-color settings! /tbroen
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    Taro's Digital Sketches

    I think you have gone to native here - I mean, back to marker basics. One of the benefits of drawing digitally is - In my opinion - the way you can work with layers. (And off course the undo-button:) And when doing renderings like this one I would maybe take another approach. Like the one I show in this thread 4 Step rendering - Firstly making the line drawing. - Then choosing the base colors for the entire object - Then maybe using the burn and dodge tool to make shadows and highlights. - And lastly adjust and detail But I bet there are several approaches to make digital renderings. My point being that unless you are seeking the "marker-drawing-look", try and start out with a different style. Maybe more like in coal or pastel drawing, where you apply several layers on top of each other. /tbroen
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    Datsun 240z Concept

    Great model and great renderings. About the spoiler issue being discussed, I guess you could also go with a more subtle solution than putting a wing on it. I believe they had the same issues with the first Shelby Mustangs. That was solved with a small lip. You can see it on a 1967 Shelby Mustang gt 500 or for instance on a 1970 Opel GT. That should be enough to create some of the needed turbulence. I like the looks of the design. Especially reminds me of those smaller coupes from the 60's and 70's. /tbroen
  25. Wikipedia about business plans: Business plan And remember. It all depends on how you want to proceed. And what kind of service it is!
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