Motivational Study – What Motivates People?

•April 25, 2013 • 1 Comment

This was a video we got showed a while back in one of our Professional Skills lectures at Uni. I’ll admit, I was not concentrating and was lacking interest in what was going on in the lecture, however as soon as this video came it caught my full attention. I found it so interesting and talks about some issues and ideas which are often ignored. 

Therefore if you have a spare 10 minutes, give it a watch. Its well thought out and structured, presented well and I thought it was really interesting!

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Kinekt Gear Ring

•April 8, 2013 • 7 Comments

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Recently I have been working on a CAD model which can then be made using a Rapid Prototype Printer. The brief was basically to help demonstrate the power and usefulness of a Rapid Prototyper and so I chose to reproduce the well known Kinekt Gear Ring which has become very popular with middle aged, professional men.

As you may know I linked and blogged about this product back on 3rd November 2012 because I liked the design, and the mechanism intrigued me. Not to mention the fact I want one for myself!

So I produced a CAD model using Solidworks however I struggled with dimensions and fixing mechanisms as I couldn’t find any inclination on the internet of how it all worked and fit together. I then imported the model into Keyshot 4.0 and added materials and an environment scene to see some visual outcomes.

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Here are some of the experiments I chose within Keyshot 4.0. Some of them include, 14 and 24 Carat Gold, anodized black metal, Silver and also black coloured glass in the top right. Glass is obviously not a suitable material and will not be used, however I liked the effect of the material because of its translucency and it allows you to see the inner workings of the gears.

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These were my chosen materials and visuals. The ring and the individual gears are made from Silver, and the screws are made from 14 Carat gold which contrast well with the Silver shell. It adds subtle but expensive appeal, and in my opinion it looks nicer than the original version.

DISCLAIMER: I AM IN NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH KINEKT DESIGN AND THE GEAR RING IS NOT MY OWN DESIGN, IT IS THAT OF KINEKT DESIGN TEAM AND GLEN LIBERMAN HIMSELF.

Virtual Pool Ball Photoshop

•March 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Here’s a quick end result from this tutorial from Bert Monroy.

http://photoshop-tutorials.wonderhowto.com/how-to/create-virutal-pool-table-photoshop-248432/

I’ve followed a couple of his now as you can see below and they are so straight forward and teach a lot. There are some common tips throughout all the tutorials such as adding layer masks at different stages which is so simple but very effective. He also uses various amounts of filters which teaches you what they all do, and the possibilities with them.

Here the image of my end result.

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Photoshop Water Reflections

•March 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Continuing on from the previous tutorials I did, I wanted to upload these 2 ive done as well. I followed this tutorial here:

http://photoshop-tutorials.wonderhowto.com/how-to/simulate-water-reflection-photoshop-297889/

Original Image:

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Reflected Image: Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

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Original Image: St. Peters Cathedral, Rome, Italy

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Reflected Image: St. Peters Cathedral, Rome, Italy

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(I do not own any of these photos used here prior to editing)

Active Forms

•March 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Over the past few weeks we had our most current project going by the name of Active Forms (as the title would suggest). Being a very new and current topic of discussion, this is a good area to explore and delve into. Active Forms are  ‘tangible user interfaces (TUI) that couple action and reaction in a single modality’  which sounds daunting to start with, and it took us a few explanations to get our heads round the concept, however we prevailed through and came away with a successful product.

We got given a word to revolve our design and project around and ours was ‘value‘. This consisted of:

  • Rely on an interpretation and representation of aesthetic and experience to produce the active form.
  • Being concerned with the representation of the reality that surrounds us in your own individual way.
  • Produce artefacts of value (one of the main criteria will be mercantile value).
  • Innovate thanks to the techniques, style and genre used.

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 Mood Board by Callum Tyson

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Design Style by Callum Tyson. Chosen by the whole group.

We chose to design our ideas and product around this new range of kitchen appliances by Panasonic because we liked the form and contemporary image they give off. They are sleek, modernistic and minimalistic designs which is what we were going for to meet our criterion word of ‘value‘.

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Concepts and Development of other group members concepts

After choosing our domestic household room of the kitchen, we looked into routines and rituals undergone in that room and chose to use that of the Sink/Tap area. From there we went away to produce concepts and ideas revolving around the tap and washing hands. Here you can see the influence from our metaphor chosen of water running off a leaf as well as the whole product itself resembling a flower.

ImageFinal design chosen by whole group. Drawn up by Dan Terry.

Hopefully from the above drawing you can see the 2 leaves on either side for both hot and cold dispenses. They both meet and flow off the spout in the middle.

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Cad Model and Visual done by Bobby Lamb

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Cad Model and Visual done by Bobby Lamb

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Cad Model and Visual done by Bobby Lamb. Water added on using Photoshop by Callum Tyson.

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Poster Design created by Harpal Sembi.

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Poster Design created by Harpal Sembi.

With the posters we wanted to create an eye catching visual which incorporated not only our product but also the metaphor used and i think these both fit the criteria. They both incorporate bright colours to catch attention as well as the background and foreground complimenting each other well.

Video and Animation Created, Edited by Dan Terry, Callum Tyson and Bobby Lamb

Group Members

Dan Terry (Group Leader) – www.behance.net/danjterry
Scott Richardson –
James Walker –
Harpal Sembi – www.behance.net/harpalsembi

DISCLAIMER: THESE DESIGNS & PRODUCTS ARE CONCEPTUAL AND FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.  NONE OF THE FOLLOWING IS ENDORSED OR AFFILIATED WITH PANASONIC.

Skull Merge

•March 13, 2013 • Leave a Comment

An afternoon of playing around with Photoshop as seen in the previous post(s). I was playing around with layers and filters as an YouTube video was showing and I mixed two photos together. Nothing brilliant or anything I’m interested in however it was something I’ve not done before and so thought I’d play around with it.

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Space Scene Photoshop

•March 13, 2013 • Leave a Comment

So after doing the tutorial posted below, I wanted to do another. Now I know it doesn’t show or need any skill to follow step by step videos and instructions, however I feel it does actually teach you many things and during these last two tutorials ive done some things I didn’t even know were possible on the software so I enjoy completing them, not to mention the end results are usually class!

So I found this one on YouTube this time and thought it looked pretty cool, so chose this it and was very impressed. Some of the effects are so simple and easy yet they produce some great results and are really effective!

Outer Space Planet Scene (HD) Photoshop Tutorial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnvJRL652K4 – To make the initial larger planet on the lower left corner.

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How to make a Planet with Rings (HD) Photoshop Tutorial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xlyel8JWxC8 – To make the smaller planet with the rings circling.

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Thanks to infiniTuts for uploading and sharing these videos.

http://www.infiniTuts.com

@infituts

 
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