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a catalog of work done while attending KCAD

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  1. 1. Industrial Design Portfolio A catalogue of the projects completed while ob- taining a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design 2006 - 2010 michael custer
  2. 2. About Mike Mike is a passionate designer with a true love for the craft that is design. He began drawing at a very early age, only stopping to take a brief eight year stint building robots. He soon found that his life would not be complete without the creativity allowed within design. In his free time he enjoys sketching footwear, cycling, wrenching on cars, and reading philosophy. michael custer
  3. 3. Shower Caddy Footwear Upper Phlebotomy Cart Irwin Seating Company Medical Footwear michael custer no. 3
  4. 4. Shower Caddy Brief: Design “a new and innovative design, technology, or concept for making household chores easier and more intuitive. The design improvement can be applied to any basic household task, whether it is organizing clutter or washing the dishes. The design can be completely original or an improve- ment upon any part of the task.” (Simple Human) michael custer no. 4
  5. 5. Research Trends: -People who rush in the morning are now prioritizing their morning -Wood is becoming a common material within high end bathrooms -A Texas A&M study found that baths in homes and hotels are “brimming with disease-causing bacteria.” Observation: -Many families had no separation between peoples products -When caddies ran out of room other areas in the shower were used as storage -Nooks and hard to clean spots in showers rarely were sufficiently cleaned michael custer no. 5
  6. 6. User Segmentation Primary User: Families Age: 25-55 Gender: Male and Female Income: Mid level Size of House: 3-4 People Type of home: House Bathrooms: 1-2 Full baths Personality Traits: -Everyone shares one shower -Willing to spend more time on initial setup -Conservative styling -Shower is used multiple times each day michael custer no. 6
  7. 7. Ideation michael custer no. 7
  8. 8. Ideation -Adjustability -Modularity -Simplicity -Unique bottle holding solutions -Forced organization michael custer no. 8
  9. 9. Development - Modular system - Adjustable for different needs - Supports forming a routine - Contemporary styling - Easy to clean (dishwasher safe) michael custer no. 9
  10. 10. Final Design 1. ABS Cap fits into groves in back 1 2. Four suction cups that can each 2 hold 40lbs support the caddy 3 3. Soap tray has slots to hang a loofa from, as well as holes for toothbrushes and razors, each is designed to not come in contact with each other 4 4. Mirror can swivel 180 degrees horizontally so the user can adjust it for proper viewing 5. Stainless steel bottle holders have a specifically designed shape to hold round and oval bottles 5 michael custer no. 10
  11. 11. Final Design Final Physical Model -Fully functional -Vacuum formed plastic parts -Actual bent plywood michael custer no. 11
  12. 12. Use Scenario 1. Enter shower 2. Body wash/soap 3. Shampoo -Many users wait minutes for the - Soap is stored on the top to avoid - The shampoo bottle is snaps into a shower to heat up “sliminess” stainless steel holder 4. Conditioner 5. Shave (or brush teeth) 6. Exit shower - Bottle holders can rotate 360 degrees - Razor, toothbrush, and soap, are all - When the user leaves the shower all so that you can get every last drop out stored on a plastic shelf, while the objects have been returned to their loofa is hung from hooks on the shelf specific place michael custer no.12
  13. 13. Footwear Upper Brief: Take an existing sole design and create a series of uppers. The upper designs should show the flexibility of the sole design and incorporate dif- ferent types of footwear. The final deliverable should be three distinctive concepts and styles, ren- dered in profile view. michael custer no. 13
  14. 14. Ideation michael custer no. 14
  15. 15. Concept 1 michael custer no. 15
  16. 16. Concept 2 michael custer no. 16
  17. 17. Concept 3 michael custer no. 17
  18. 18. Phlebotomy Cart Brief: While the actual act of performing a phlebotomy is some what simple, there are many obstacles before and after performing one. These many factors have caused the overall process to become cumbersome. To aid in the lives of the patients and phlebotomists alike, design a product to make their job simpler and easier. michael custer no. 18
  19. 19. Macro Research Trends: -The overall market for Phlebotomists is expected to expand by 10-20% in the next decade Products used: - Carts - Specific chairs - Trays - Needles - Vacutainers - Sharps containers - Alcohol wipes - Gloves michael custer no. 19
  20. 20. Micro Research Observations: - Incorporation of sharps container -Storage for many drawings - Many offer a space to store a remov able rack - Wheels use a easy locking mechanism Areas for Improvement: - Heavy - Poor ergonomics - Very little adjustability - Little thought given to form michael custer no. 20
  21. 21. User Interview -What is the most important attribute you look for in a product in the hospital set ting? “To operate the product using only one hand” -What is the largest hassle in the process of Phlebotomy? “the patients arm moving while I’m trying to insert the needle, and then continuing moving while I take blood.” -If you could have one dream product to aid in Phlebotomy, what would it be? “a cart that some how incorporated an armrest” michael custer no. 21
  22. 22. Ideation -Form -Lightweight -Adjustability -Nesting -Storage -Construction -Function michael custer no. 22
  23. 23. Development - Layout of components - Form language - Function - Mechanisms - Assembly - Ease of cleaning - Incorporation of armrest - Locked storage michael custer no. 23
  24. 24. 1 Final Design 2 1. Ergonomically shaped handles height is adjustable 2. Removable sharps container 3. Adjustable arm pad allows for any 3 seat to become a phlebotomy station 4. Removable bin allows for the user to adjust the load per day 4 5. Locking compartment for storage of personal items and controlled equip ment 5 6. Sturdy ABS base snaps into roto molded upper frame 7. Small casters in the front and large wheels in the back allow for greater 6 mobility around the building 7 michael custer no. 24
  25. 25. Use Scenario 1. Sharps container is removable for easy disposal, 2. Knobs twist to tighten and loosen around the 3. The handle is angled in such a way that as the and is located in an easy to reach location. handle, allowing for the user to set a proper height user adjusts it, not only goes up, but also away from and lock it in place. the cart. 4. Knobs on both sides twist to clamp down in posi- 5. When loosened, the armrest can fold down and 6. The armrest extends out past the cart, allowing tion. slides along the rails to adjust to the height of the improved comfort and adjustment for the user and user (when seated). patient michael custer no. 25
  26. 26. Irwin Seating Company Brief: During the summer of 2009 an opportunity to become the first in house designer at this seating company arose. Throughout the summer various projects were worked on and the internship was extended for the following school year. Projects varied from: - Creating concept chairs - To creating production ready parts (from design through manufacturing) - Projects analyzing the brands overall design offering - Working as project leader with suppliers to create prototypes michael custer no. 26
  27. 27. Research - Performing Arts Trends: - Smaller radii on fillets gives impression of skilled craftsmanship - High end chairs have a reduced gap size between parts - There is a combination of metal and wood incorporating architectural ele -ments Design Direction: - Create contemporary style standard concepts that incorporate new modular design - Concepts must be scale able to all demograph -ics ( low to high end) - Explore materials and finishes - Create clean thought provoking forms - Products must have a uniform form language, unique to Irwin Seating - Final products must showcase craftsmanship capabilities of Irwin Seating michael custer no. 27
  28. 28. Ideation - Performing Arts michael custer no. 28
  29. 29. Concept 1 - Performing Arts michael custer no. 29
  30. 30. Concept 2 - Performing Arts michael custer no. 30
  31. 31. Prototype- Performing Arts michael custer no. 31
  32. 32. Cast End (In Production) michael custer no. 32
  33. 33. VIP Table (In Production) michael custer no. 33
  34. 34. VIP Custom (In Production) Front Door profile Top michael custer no. 34
  35. 35. VIP Custom (In Production) michael custer no. 35
  36. 36. Concept Illustrations michael custer no. 36
  37. 37. Medical Footwear Brief: The nursing profession is very vast, having many highly specialized fields. Within these jobs, nurses are subject to unique issues and situations. Cur- rently there are footwear companies working towards solutions for nurses on a broad scale. Develop an understanding of this market, the issues within the field, an design a targeted entry. michael custer no. 37
  38. 38. Research - Trends Trends: -Within RN’s currently employed, the age group of 50 and above is now the largest -Insufficient staffing is such a large problem, that nurses are complaining that the stress is leading to a drop in overall care of the patients -Due to safety concerns, many hospitals are regulating the type of footwear that their staff can wear within the hospital, complying with OSHA regulations -While Crocs remain popular within the field, many hospitals have banned them -Long periods of standing are viewed as a risk factor for development of musculoskeletal dis- orders -43% of people who experienced foot problems said that heel pain was their biggest problem -Interest in style when purchasing shoes de- clines by age, due to an increased need for comfort over everything else michael custer no. 38
  39. 39. Research - User Roles: - Scrub Nurse: works with surgeon within the sterile field, passing interments, and other items during the surgical operation - Circulating Nurse: works outside of the sterile field, responsible for managing nurses within the OR, assists in maintaining a safe environ- ment - RN First Assistant: has additional training and education, assists directly in the surgery, con trolling bleeding, even suturing during the op- eration Qualifications: - General nursing experience before entering Perioperative Nursing, mainly in critical care and emergency room care - Emotional Stability - Must be able to accept responsibility - The ability to direct others - The ability to coordinate a patient’s health care plan with other professionals Salary: - Average of $56,880 michael custer no. 39
  40. 40. Research - Use Scenario 1. Morning Preparation 2. Commute 3. Patient Interaction • User goes through morning rou- • User exits the house and drives to • Prepping patients for surgery tine of showering, dressing, and work • Checking in on patients after surgeries breakfast • The user parks and walks the block • Assisting in surgeries (stationary • As the user exits the house they and a half to the hospital standing for long periods of) put on their shoes which have • Once inside the user checks in to • Many things are spilled onto shoes, been stored in the foyer see what is scheduled for the day the user will wait to clean up until they are done with the patient 6. Commute Home 5. Break 4. Clean Up • Many nurses run errands on the • During the course of the day, the • a hospital provided sanitizer is way home from work user takes a break used to clean • At the end of their travels, the • It is common place for many nurses • After each surgery all sanitary shoes are taken off and stored in to remove or partially remove their materials are thrown away 40 the foyer of the house shoes during this period michael custer no.
  41. 41. Research - Competition Dankso Price: $79-$140 • Innovative use of materials (PVC frame instead of wood) • Most common shoe among interviewed users • Antimicrobial foam cushion provides improved health standards • Have sometimes received criticism due to Chinese production • Many nurses complained about the height, noting that they had a tendency to walk out of them Nike Shox Price: $60-$120 • Styles vary from wild to mild • Many different color combinations • Can come with all leather uppers, or high tech meshes • Can be commonly found on sale, for a lower price than many nursing specific shoes • Many times does not meet OSHA regulations • Shox provide comfort and support for walking long hours Z Coil Price: $120-$180 • Many different styles • Greatly reduces impact on heel • Available with a full leather upper • Proven to assist in lifting heavy loads • Nurses talked about this shoe during ethnographic research “it was the last shoe they were going to buy for work” michael custer no. 41
  42. 42. Ideation michael custer no. 42
  43. 43. Ideation 2 Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3 -Padded collar -Padded collar -Padded collar -Quick release lacing -Adjustable Strap -One handed quick lacing system -Carbon fiber toe cap -Plastic living hinge insert for -Exposed carbon fiber toe camp -Teflon coated upper protection -Carbon fiber spring for heel support -EVA sole -Removable Tyvek sheets -PU sole -Interchangeable heels -PU sole -Carbon rubber outsole -Exhaust stacks allow ventilation within the -Bladder pumps air out through exhaust -Microban foam insole shoe stacks -Bio-Smart liner -Bio-Smart liner -Smart wool removable liner michael custer no. 43
  44. 44. Concept Proposal This shoe solves many different needs common in nursing today: Cooling System -cycles air through shoe using bladder and exhaust -air is pulled under the entire shoe, giving more consistent temperatures across the entire shoe Teflon Coated Upper -teflon coating makes dirt easy to wipe off -provides protection against bodily fluids Carbon Fiber Toe Cap -lightweight -meets all OSHA regulations for hospital foot wear Adjustable Strap Fitment -allows heel tighten around foot -one handed operation Biosmart Lining -provides extra line of defense against bacteria michael custer no. 44
  45. 45. Concept Proposal Teflon Coating for easy cleaning Quick Adjusting strap and acid resistance Air is drawn in through gaps within the shoe, flows through the insole to a bladder, and pumped out of the heal when walking Air flows through pathways cut into the insole, cooling the foot as it is drawn into the bladder michael custer no. 45
  46. 46. Theme Directions Outdoor Footwear -Earth tones -Sole extends to toe -Aggressive tread Simple Forms -Analogous colors -Clean forms -Minimal pieces michael custer no. 46
  47. 47. Theme Directions Athletic Inspired -Aggressive forms -Deep flex grooves -Lots of color break ups Dress Inspired -Decorative stitching -Clean forms -High end leathers michael custer no. 47
  48. 48. Final Design Athletic Inspired -Aggressive sole with lots of flex -High heel to reduce slippage -Covered strap to provide tight fit michael custer no. 48
  49. 49. Final Design michael custer no. 49
  50. 50. Final Design 1. Cork insole with PU inlays creates a comfort 1 able and supportive bed for the foot. Groves are cut into the sides and bottom of the insole 2 allowing air to flow through the shoe 2. Carbon fiber toe cap allows the shoe to meet OSHA regulations, while still being light- weight. 3. Large flex grooves are molded into the PU midsole allowing for an increase in flexibility 3 over traditional nursing footwear. 4. Carbon rubber outsole allows for increased grip. 4 michael custer no. 50
  51. 51. Final Design - Air travels in through gaps in the shoe - When the shoe is in heel strike, air is expelled from the heel counter - As the bladder located in the heel ex- pands again, it draws in air from the bot- tom of the insole michael custer no. 51
  52. 52. Final Design - Strap adjusts over the metatarsal giving a significant increase in fit for the user michael custer no. 52
  53. 53. Final Design - The entire upper is coated with Teflon to resist corrosion from acids, as well as aiding in the ease of cleaning michael custer no. 53