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  1. Hi, I have entered this contest and explored solutions regarding the internet of things, product customization and the overall user experience while keeping the implementation cost-effective, cleanable, recyclable and durable. Mobility has been a key consideration in my design. You can view the system that I designed here: https://desall.com/Contest/Design-By-Your-Side/Gallery/Bracada--Modular-Hospital-Furniture Your votes are greatly appreciated!
  2. Hi, I have entered a contest exploring the future of hospital furniture in a connected world. During the process we explored solutions regarding the internet of things, product customization and the overall user experience while keeping the implementation cost-effective, cleanable, recyclable and durable. Mobility has been a key consideration in my design. You can view the system that I designed here: https://desall.com/Contest/Design-By-Your-Side/Gallery/Bracada--Modular-Hospital-Furniture Your votes are greatly appreciated!
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    What Factors Give A Product Personal Value?

    Interaction is often overlooked. The way a product functions is often determined by its mechanism, and to operate on the mechanism there needs to be a human interaction. This creates a gap between how the device works vs. how the customer thinks it works. You can play with that to leave strong impressions on the customer. Check out the research of Pieter Desmet at the IO Studiolab Delft, he has written a lot about how people relate to products.
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    Add Your Industrial Design Blog Here

    I am a product designer from the Netherlands and started a blog section where I will share new developments along design and technology, applied to product design. There is now a first article about 3D printing. Upcoming are posts about materials, composites, drones and footwear design. https://designsoulblog.wordpress.com
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    Best Marker Colors To Start With

    Get at least 3 cool greys; 2, 4, and 8 are my base picks. Get cadmium orange and a vermillion red. An ice blue for sky reflections, a sand for ground reflections. Add acid green and you have a strong base set. What I have is Copic marker C2, C4, C8, YR07, YG07, B12 and E33. Also check ebay, craigslist and local stores for deals. Also if you get to the UK, markers are much less expensive there, I bought dozens of Letraset markers for less than a pound each.
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    Myermoto Air

    Nice design exploration and great sketches - I imagine this to be a fleet of a public rental car service system and you're moving towards an interesting design territory. I like how you create many interruptions in the surfaces with a lot of tension but it is a bit overdone, also in real life the body will look quite bulky. Of course the idea of an electric car continuously making sound is great. Do we have to attune the entire body to the whistling or can we gain much more freedom in design and, say, have whistling mirrors. I would want to be able to attune the pitch and volume with a dashboard control.
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    Wooden Lamp

    It's a very cute design and nice way to incorporate what looks like bamboo. Bamboo is a very innocent material and that is exactly what the lamp conveys. Technically it can work with proper weight distribution and positioning can work just by the friction of spacers on the screws. It will be very lightweight. Think about laser cutting for manufacturing - it will be a success if you can get your brand carried into stores.
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    Designing A Watch - In Progress

    Hi Guys, I like the idea of a paired watch product especially for couples and the custom engraving. I see couples do this and most of the time they choose for complementary designs; the man gets the brown watchband and white face, the woman the white band and brown face. Of course people can always claim their guarantee since there is no proof they are together or not. But I like the idea - 1. you see that someone is in a relationship and 2. you get to know who is with who, say at big parties and events. To become successful as a watch brand you need a strong and simple brand that speaks. Take o'clock watches for example, a brand that started small but really took off with their silicone designs. Your brand feels very Italian while you are claiming Dutch design - see if you can imbue more of that into the watch. Think for example about rounding the corners a bit, redesigning the logo and hands to be more modern. Communicate something unexpected through shape or material. I like the second hand and proportions of the hand. Design D is my favorite, it is modern and emphasizes the round face the best. The design to stand out needs lots more work - I like the curved shape but it needs more detail. Also the material needs to dictate the design more, for example slight bevels on the edges work beautifully with brushed metals, also think about anodized aluminum for multiple colors. Also it is very thin, it needs a bit more body to it. Keep up the progress! PS I am a designer based in Tilburg, check my website www.designsoul.nl
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    3D Footwear Design Software - Help

    A lot of big footwear companies (NB, Adidas, Reebok) use Geomagic Freeform. It's not free but you can start with a trial. Also consider Icad3D+ or learn Rhinoceros which has a free fully-functioning 180-day student trial. You will be able to find more information on the website of the main Dutch footwear design school; http://www.slem.nl/ Keep us posted on the design; will you be implementing interchangeable soles and/or 3D printing?
  10. There are different standards, these cables come in all kinds of sizes. There are some good models available on Grabcad as they regularly launch 3D design competitions for electronic devices. As a designer I find 1.5m a great cable length.
  11. Hi, I am wondering what the best material would be to use as a wristband for young children. It needs to fully enclose a PCB enclosure, probably by overmolding. It also needs a high quality look and feel, non transparent and colorable and printable (logos/graphics). For reference, check Disney's Magicband: This is overmolded TPU, and meant to be worn only for a few days and then disposed of. I am wondering if this material would also be suited for more long term use, mechanically (take into account biting/chewing) but also hygienically. Is there another interesting material besides TPU, maybe a high strength silicone grade? Any tips greatly appreciated! Thanks, Ralph
  12. Hi, I'm interested in creating a watchband, similar to the 'O clock' watches. Does anyone here have experience with such products? I have several issues I am not sure about: - I was initially thinking of Silicon but isn't that more expensive to produce than a TPE or polyurethane rubber? - How do you think the O clock watch is made? The parting line is on the side, as you can see in the photo. Would it be a mold with 1 static part and 3 movable parts? - Does TPE react to skin oils or cause irritation because of additives? Is it ok for repeated stretching? To what extent are undercuts in the mold possible? - We are now mostly interested in polyurethane rubber (AU) or Silicone, what are specific advantages/disadvantages of those in your experience? Any other suggestions or tips are also welcome! Thanks, Ralph
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    Industrial Design @ Tu/e

    I see that these are very old posts, but I am able to reply to any questions about this program since I have completed both my Bachelor and Master education there, and will be employed as a student coach as of this September. In general, I think it is a great program because of its unique model and the variety of people available to assist with projects. It is very progressive and more and more societally-relevant in its scope of project content, you are very much stimulated to think outside the box and come up with entirely new concepts based on new technologies and user interaction styles. It is still a quite young program of course, and things continue to change and improve, but it is very ambitious and combines many fields of knowledge into its education. The classical subjects like materials science and physics are a little underemphasized compared to other, more hardcore industrial design programs, but this is because there has to be a lot of room also for things like electronics design, AI, interaction design, and user research, which are more and more relevant fields for industrial designers today. A main 'feature' of this course is that you get coached individually, and create personal development plans, so you are able to design also yourself as a designer. And if you want to go more towards the classical industrial designer and become an expert in materials/physics/manufacturing etc., this is possible too. But you may also come to profile yourself more like a software or interaction designer, a researcher, or even as an independent artist who works with new technologies to create interactive installations.
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    Autogyro Or Gyrcopter Project...

    This is great to see! I don't know much about gyrocopters but can I ask, why is the tail attached so low to the body, is that a packaging issue? Are the body shells made out of polyester?
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    Advice Needed For Hiring Design Freelancers

    Waikit made a very important clarification there (thanks for that) You will want to think about how much added value industrial design can bring to your product/brand. If design is a critical purchase factor in your target market then it may be worth to invest more in it. On the other hand, if it's only to make it look a bit better and the main competitive value of your product lies in functionality/technology/materials then it might suffice to hire a designer to make a few sketches and simply pick one, instead of going into an elaborate process. In general I do think it's a good idea to have an industrial designer involved from the beginning, and develop the 'big idea' together with the designer as sometimes they will have the crucial insight that makes the product a success in the end. The industrial designer is often a bridge between the end user and technology, between emotion and reason, you could say. It sometimes gets underestimated how difficult that role can be. People in general don't seem to be willing to pay much for design but when they understand better how significant it can be this might change. Anyway, for this project you are looking to have a few sketches made and then one converted into a 3D conceptual rendering. I think that should be clear for any designer after reading your description. Then as Waikit mentioned you want to talk about the big idea, and include end user's requirements. As far as I see it you should be looking at around $1,000, if you hire a freelancer and not a professional firm. Cheers and good luck. -Ralph
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    Mini Boost

    Great stuff! I love the front, it's very expressive and definitely has the mini feel to it. The rear is nice too. It's always highly subjective and I may be the only one seeing this but it looks a bit too much like a Smart Roadster to me, also because of the two-tone body panels. I'm also not a fan of those big creases in the hood, they exaggerrate the length of the nose, which might already be a bit too long. A short nose is definitely a defining characteristic of the Mini Cooper. Maybe you want to go for a simpler, larger surface there. But all in all this is some amazing work.
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    F&m Audioband Design Entry

    I like the way you think, definitely. But I'm not sure about this concept. Personally I would not use it since I don't like in-ear headphones, especially those silicone earplug types. I don't mind having my headphones look a little chunky. Some years ago it wasn't really common to go out with big headphones on but now you see teenagers everywhere wearing those Beats and Skullcandy headphones. It might only work for girls, if they're also able to use it as a headband. I would also consider an extra degree of freedom in the earbuds, so you can position their angle individually (maybe a ball-bearing or some type of adjustable hose?). They seem to rigidly constrained now and may not fit well in some people's ears. Cheers
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    Volkswagen Golf Mk1 Rabbit

    Hey, nice work! It's looking good so far. I personally would have put in a little bit of creativity and create a 2013 version with modern features such as LED lights, camera mirrors, and heavier wheel arches, but the nostalgic approach is cool too. Are you using Solidworks for this? The rear wheel arch is missing, isn't it? I'm looking forward to seeing this model completed with all the details. And of course then you can share it with the rest of us, say, on Grabcad One remark: I see from your surface lines that you are controlling most surfaces, except for the crucial transition on the side from the top to the bottom. Is this now modelled as one single surface? I would probably have created them as 2 separate surfaces, then cut them by lines projected from the side and blended the gap. Still, the result looks good. Maybe next time post pictures with a shiny metal surface, and one with curvature evaluation.
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    Elm Wood Furniture

    It looks quite nice and slender. And you've built it yourself, that's very cool. Is it strong too?
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    8 Furniture Concepts Prototyped In Garden Shed

    I like your design approach of playing with form semantics a lot, you don't see this kind of work very often. There are some great ideas here but most of them do require more work - simplification, boiling it down to the essence - in order to have some strong and finished design. I especially like the shower coatrack and cavalry chair. I like how you play with fear-inducing forms in the teethed armrest, I had a similar idea myself a few years ago of a stool that would resemble a wolf trap, that of course would not function when you sit on it. Just to play with people's anticipations and make them more aware of the possibility of danger even in very comfortable situations. Problem is that this sort of thing will probably not sell..
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    3D Printed Cycling Glasses

    Looks interesting. Do you also have a rendering of the glasses on a face? It will help evaluate the styling better.
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    Huzi - The Moustache For Playful You

    I love the energy coming from the site and the objects a lot. Keep it going! If I had kids and money I would buy a Pizzly Bear. The Lost in Sofa is a funny idea but I think usually the creases are places you really want to avoid sticking your hands in I speak from experience. But then again, it's the hidden places people have by which we truly get to know them
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    New Products :)

    Nice to see this. I like the products, these are things I would buy if they were in a different, more calm color like a soft grey and matte finish or something. Least favorite in terms of shape is the colander for me, the handles are a bit clunky and there's an opportunity to add interest by patterning the holes in a more interesting way. But I like the overall combination of simplicity and elegance.
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    1St Portfolio Website

    You also may want to consider usability a bit more. i now have to search for where to click if I want to see your work. But I want to see it right away, and not have to mess around too much. I like how you emphasize yourself as a person and put pictures of yourself there in a professional context. That gives people much more an idea who they will be working with. Good luck
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    Sportscar Render

    Looks pretty good overall if it's your first car, nice linework. My points would be: -It's a very extreme, expressive angle which will sometimes work to sell a design. But more often I have worked with more communicative angles that show more of the entire model. - You've created two gradients on the hood and windshield. Makes it look like there's a crease over the entire heartline (I don't know if that's English, NL: hartlijn). Each continuous surface should just have one since it's one single unbroken reflection. Then there's also a highlight over the center of the hood which would communicate that it's a raised fold a la Cadillac. That would require the surface away from the light to be rendered darker, in general. - Erasing black sketch lines where you put white highlight lines makes it look cleaner. - You can brush in some more color such as purple in shadowy areas to add some warm-cold contrast. Or even a bright orange-red in the background, drop shadow or wheels to create more color contrast and make it come more alive. - Hard reflection lines in the body and windshield do wonders. Cheers

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