In order to keep my design/interaction/experience knowledge up, I’ve started watching the videos on this course. There is bound to be some overlap (after all, HCI and ID share many common tools, concepts and goals), but I noticed that many of the examples he gave were more related to industrial design than human-computer interaction.
Best-Laid Plans and Most-Current Updates
I’ve gotten a lot done this last few months, and I’ll try to recap accordingly. I graduated, moved down South to Northern California, got a job and started being a real human being.
(Song marginally related, in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way)
I just updated my portfolio on Coroflot with a bunch of new stuff. In particular, I have my senior project presentation there. It doesn’t cover a lot of new ground, since that same project is in my portfolio already, but it does give a lot more insight about my thought process and personal development during that project. Enjoy!
In my academic career, I’ve changed taste a lot. Lately I’ve had kind of a thing for overlapping, bright color distributed throughout the spectrum. This blog entry kind of sums it up, and gives me inspiration to do more graphic design.
Manufacturing Techniques 8: Die Cutting
Basically, this technique is a bit like making cookies. A cutter cuts a pattern into the dough and the pattern is taken out. Then parts may be creased and folded and/or configured into an end product.
The die-cutting tool itself has two functions: cut a shape from a sheet of plastic or paper and crease the lines where it needs to fold. Simple enough.
A good example for this process is to think of those wooden kits where you punch out the pre-cut shapes out of a wooden sheet and then assemble them into something awesome per the instructions, like a dinosaur.
The only drawback that I was able to find was that you have to hand-assemble the cutouts and they are constrained to a set of specified instructions, depending on the product.
Finally! Is all I can say. This book from the graduating class of Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati outlines what needs to be in an effective portfolio.
Just in time for my graduation!