A semester-long, 6-person group project focused on improving access to clean water in Pittsburgh. After weeks of research and prototyping, we proposed a system of products and services aimed at bringing visibility to the contamination of Pittsburgh's drinking water while providing useful data to residents and the government in order to address the problem and change behavior.
This chair makes use of kerf bending—a process in which plywood is scored and bent in sections—to create curved shells that float above an X-shaped frame. Designed with the goal of creating ergonomic curves from flat materials, this chair incorporates plywood, ash, and industrial felt, and can be flat-packed for storage or transportation.
Drawing inspiration from traditional workbenches, this table is designed for two people to make something collaboratively, seated side by side. Featuring an integrated cloth sling for storage of tools and materials, this table combines maple, oak, canvas, and acrylic to create a friendly and accomodating workspace.
This experimental radio features a flexible strip of vellum that acts as both an indicator of the radio’s state and an abstraction of a sound wave. Moving the translucent bar in the front changes the radio's volume as well as the height of the waveform, while moving the slider on top changes the tuning and the shape of the wave. Designed as a study in physical interaction, this object attempts to create an intuitive connection between its controls and their effect.
Problem: Many simple products exist for watering a lawn, but controlling and scheduling them effectively is difficult and often wasteful. It's hard to remember when and how often to water, and consumers lack solid information about the best way to maintain their lawn.
Solution: A smart flow controller that syncs with a companion app to make controlling and scheduling above-ground sprinklers simple. The app takes the hard work out of watering a lawn, intelligently adjusting scheduling based on factors like weather and temperature and giving users and accurate picture of their water consumption.
A children’s seat designed to encourage play. It can stand upright in a stable position or rest upside down, where it can rock back and forth. The playful colors and materials invite experimentation, while the form is general enough that children are free to imagine their own uses.
I produced three of these fidget toys as an exercise in designing the most satisfying interaction possible in order to keep someone's hands busy and help with distraction. The interaction consists of rolling a steel ball around a wooden bowl with magnets embedded in the bottom.
I use sketching as a method of explaining concepts, telling stories, and exploring ideas spatially.