Attached are photographs of the final model, which was done with chipboard that was cut and engraved using the laser cutter.

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Attached are photographs of my process work in creating my take-away packaging.

To create my take-away packaging, I employed the creative thinking technique of free association. I did this with a couple of different words, but the word that generated the most creative thinking was “bottle.” From bottle, I eventually arrived at the word drip, and from drip, shower. There I began brainstorming possible ways to include the idea of a drip/shower into my design.

1. NASA Robot

NASA constructed a creative “rover” by challenging the assumption that a rover has to have four wheels and run like a car. This solution is perhaps not the most aesthetically pleasing one but it displays a certain depth of analytical thought and an attempt at innovation that can be appreciated.

2. String Table

The design is unique in that the piece is quite cohesive, unified by a single string which holds the structure together. It functions and it is simple. The linear string accentuates the theme of sharp edges throughout the table, only adding to the uniformity of the design.

3. SEESAW

Though not very practical, the SEESAW is quite ingenious. The “eye” of the product is awfully intelligent. With a simple, kinetic design the product communicates anything from stock fluctuation to energy consumption through motion and color change. Definitely a noteworthy product.

4. Sink and Shower

This product begs the question: why has this not been created earlier? Their purposes are nearly the same and the most notable difference is solely in the elevation and pressure of the water they project. This integrated tipping system appears quite industrial, rigid, and even rudimentary, but upon further scrutiny the ingenuity of the product is revealed.

5. TiPi Shelving

This unit is just fantastic. The balanced relationship between thin sticks and wide planes is elegant, simple, and surprising. The piece is functional, serving its purpose as both a shelving unit and a simple structure that can be easily installed for the nomadic lifestyle.

1. Robotic Bricklayers 

These robotic bricklayers work like termites to create structures. This is an example of an innovate process, though still in the developmental stages, because it exemplifies the combination of two unexpected concepts. The designers took hints from the biological world and translated those processes into ones that we can use.

2. Modern Farmhouse

Though not necessarily an innovative product, I love the idea that the designers displayed here. The architects understood that the client wanted “the best of both worlds.” They were able to develop a home that exhibited a modest, farm feel with a simple, modern interior. The design was successful, as the two seemingly conflicting concepts combine to form a beautiful piece of architecture.

3. Nuzzle Shelters

This is just a fun product. By replicating a novelty from most every childhood, these designers were able to create an eye-catching, intriguing installation. The overlooked aspect of this piece, though, is that it is surprisingly useful. The size of the whimsical, flimsy toys actually work to insulate the children that so eagerly nuzzled their way into them.

4. Stitched Wood Furniture

The combination of the unforeseen is what makes this design so appealing. We have a predisposed notion that the art of sewing can only be applied to soft goods, but these designers challenged that assumption and created a beautiful line of wood sewn furniture pieces. The attention to detail and their retention of the integrity of the wood only heighten the sophistication of this design.

5. The Perfect Design”

This study really intrigues me. First, and most obviously, it is interesting to know what humans generally prefer with regards to aesthetic quality. However, what I found to be more interesting was the fact that the researchers asked their subjects what they liked before scanning their brains. Either people don’t truly know what they like best or they simply respond with more “socially impressive” answers, but regardless it is interesting to note that the responses differed dramatically from the actual results of the study.

1. Alarm Clock

I was pleased with the advertising as well as the product in this case. As Deiter Rams said, a good product should have as little design as possible. I think this clock is a great example. It has a straightforward shape and an obvious function. I also love the labeling of “ON” and “OFF.” The type actually creates a nice finishing touch to the overall function and design.

2. Folding Door

This is a product that creates a refined solution to a problem consumers hardly notice. The way this door folds slightly and turns in on itself is both entertaining and aesthetically appealing, with its clean lines and uniform shape. The design consideration and implementation is what makes this product innovative and exciting.

3. Insects as Food

I found this graphic design series to be intriguing because I saw the effect it had on me. The way the designer was able to unify the insects with other “normal” foods was superb. The way the barbecue sauce was draped over recognizable foods and the grasshopper showed a sense of uniformity, so much so that I hardly noticed the insect sitting in the middle. That is both excellent marketing and design consideration.

4. Neurocam

This is an innovative invention, however I think the marketers may struggle to get this thing off the shelves. The idea is there; humans want to capture big moments. This makes it easier for us to do so. However, the overall design aesthetic is quite clunky and draws away from the excellence of the product.

5. Isabelle Olsson

I enjoyed Isabelle Olsson’s design philosophy and the way that she only employed designers to solve the problems that Google Glass faced. Not a single person on the team had a technology background, which proves just how influential design can be on its own. Also, all of the designing for Google Glass was done primarily through hand-sketching, which I appreciate.

1. One Second Video

The man in the link above takes a one second video everywhere he goes. I thought this was a novel concept because we assume that one second is hardly any time at all, and that one second of footage certainly couldn’t communicate much about a foreign country. He proves us wrong.

2. Soft + Cold

Dichotomy is ever-present in this design, yet the form would not feel right without it. The contrast between the cold, glossy base and the soft, gentle knit rim is terribly appealing. The integration of material through weaving gives this design a finished look.

3. Picnic Pants

This product is too comical not to post. Talk about form follows function. The idea is novel to say the least, though I think it solved a problem that was created more by the designers than by consumers. Nonetheless, an eye-catching product.

4. Bloom

With this lamp, I found the concept perhaps more intriguing than the execution. The idea that a lamp should change with the light it protrudes is a fantastic way to integrate the seen and unseen, the mechanical with the organic (in this case, the wooden lamp).

5. THIS Toothbrush

I found the THIS Toothbrush to be intriguing in the sense that it begs the question, “How do we market this?” It has all of the perks that our eco-friendly generation loves, but that doesn’t change the face of the product. I will be anxious to see how this company will advertise such a product.

1. Folded Paper Sculpture

This piece is exceptional because it resembles opposition in many different ways. First, the flimsy, thin property of paper is masked by the structure’s seemingly sturdy, rigid form. The structure is quite curvilinear, which is virtually the opposite of the normal geometric shape of paper. The fluidity and suggestion of flow is what makes this piece interesting.

2. Armadillos

I love this concept because it is environmentally friendly in more than one way. A big fear for cyclists is being hit by cars while commuting. Another concern of theirs is receiving adequate respect out on the roads. Bicycling is such a great option for commuting, but it is often overshadowed because the roads are tailored to cars. This is a recycled solution to the problem cyclists face.

3. Nuno Chair

The consideration for ergonomics is what caught my attention in this design. I admired that the designer created a swooped design, more like a canopy, that could form to different body types and seating preferences. I was also intrigued by the way she was able to make the design collapsible with one hand motion.

4. Useful Living Furniture

The designer of this series of furniture pieces did so after reflecting upon his nomadic lifestyle. The pieces reflect adaptability in a modern and polished way. Each piece appears delicate and almost unfinished, as if it is just waiting to be packed up again. However, the designs are refined and minimalistic in a poetic way.

5. Jun Igarashi Architects

This house , with its timber and white-walled interior, hides its interior elegance behind a somewhat plain facade. The exterior hides an exciting playground of an interior, with curving staircases and open spaces. The raw timber coupled with the openness and lofted design allows for a space that begs to be explored.