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Bookcase Chair: I think this is a creative design because it takes the two things most used for books, that being either sitting in a chair reading the book and a bookshelf to hold books when not being read. This concept takes these two pieces of furniture and beautifully combines them into one interactive piece. The second picture is just a completely beautiful design to connect a couch and a bookshelf.   Link: http://www.charleyworks.com/bookcase-chairs-and-furniture/

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The Arm’s Sleeper Pillow: To some this pillow is nothing special, but to someone like me who does sleep with there arm underneath there pillow, this is the perfect product. This is an extremely simple change to the regular pillow, but it helps tremendously. With the hole for your arm, it doesn’t make the pillow bunch up as a normal pillow would where the arm would be, leaving a still normal flat pillow feeling.           Link: http://www.hammacher.com/product/78540

Sticky Note Wristwatch: I think this is a creative design because it combines the need and style in a working and fun way. I use sticky notes all the time, either for lists, ideas, or anything really. The only problem is they are not that mobile, you can only stick them somewhere, and then you can forgot the note somewhere. With this design, you can write what ever you need, and then wrap it around your wrist, and this solves the problem of losing or forgetting to complete the task or list on the note. Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007W52RPM/?tag=059-20

Laser Projection Virtual Keyboard: I like this product due to its versatility. If you have a tablet, it can be hard to type on the screen, so a good majority of consumers will go out and purchase a keyboard to go along with the tablet, and these can be large and bulky. This product allows for easy maneuverability and it is extremely lightweight and small. An awesome and interesting product all around. Link: http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/352604/Celluon-Epic-Laser-Projection-Keyboard/?cm_mmc=CSE-_-Nextag-_-Video-_-352604&Channel=NexTag&ntclickid=-8718221194310608273&mr:referralID=62e7b7a7-b840-11e3-87fe-001b2166c2c0

Aqueduck: This is a perfect design and product for a family with younger kids. It can be difficult and unsafe for kids to reach the sink, and this product has a simple and well designed product to fix that. This has an extended arm that connects to the sink switch, making it easier for the toddler to access to turn on and off the sink. Then there is an extender piece that attaches to the faucet itself, which extends the flow of the water to get closer to the child’s hands. Really cool product. Link: http://cashiecommerce.com/blog/2013/04/a-cashie-commerce-success-story-peachy/

 

 

 

Here I finalize my Design and determine the materials needed.

 

While trying to design my fountain within my set of parameters, I found myself coming up with all these extra pieces to hide all of the mechanics behind the fountain. So instead I added on more guideline, that being to create a fountain that would “reveal all the mechanics and pieces when unlit, BUT hide everything when lit”. This constraint proved to be the best thing I could have ever put on my self, because with this, I put together the perfect fountain that I wanted. I also figured out a way to incorporate the mister I had seen in research!

My new design is to have the large base that will always show clear water. Then have a square pillar that that houses both the pump and mister. When off you can see these pieces, but when on, the mister will fog up the square pillar, essentially hiding the mechanics inside!

I also decided to have the fountain have a message through color. The 3 base levels, will have the primary colors. One red. One blue. One yellow. When the LEDs are off, you can see the mechanics behind them, but when on, all you can see is the light. Then inside the base, I will have a series of lights that will play through both the primary colors and secondary colors!

I didn’t want to make the assumption that the mechanics behind the fountain needed to be hidden. I instead decided to put them on display. This created what I believe to be a beautiful design. I have worked with light’s, acrylic, and water; but never together. So I will have to take all of these skills and see if i can’t work them together to overcome this challenge.

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Here I have another mock up sketch model of the final design. Not to scale.

 

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I made a good deal of sketches in order to find the best way to attach the panels, along with he size of the panels. I also worked a large deal on the flow of water. The water will come up from the top and flow into each level panel.

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I then went on to create dimension drawings in order to get the size determined for each piece. I made a ton of full model sketches to determined how the mister and pump would fit inside the square base, and to find out how big to make the base. The base for the pillar ended up being 6X6 and the outer rim base was 18X18 inches. (A great deal of time went into making sure every piece was the exact size it needed to be.) After finding all the correct dimensions, I took this knowledge and built the pieces in Illustrator in order for them to get laser cut.

 

The materials needed: (what I have so far)

-Tile Pump (used to push water to the top of the fountain)

-1/4th in clear tubing

-Blue LED strip

-Yellow LED strip

-Red LED strip

-LED strip connectors

-Red and Black insulated wire

-Heat Shrink Tubing

-Caulk/ Caulk gun

-12 Volt Batteries

-Battery Packs

-Solder/ soldering gun

-Switches

-Mister

-Blood, Sweat, and Tears

-Acrylic paint (both black and white)

-Instacure and Instaset

-Acrylic

-(possibly more to come)

Here is a cool video of the mister I purchased for the project: http://www.amazon.com/Fuloon%C2%AE-Fountain-Foggers-Adapter-Automatically/dp/B00BSOS9ZA/ref=pd_sim_sbs_lg_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0M31G90YH3353ZETY5TZ

As seen throughout this post you can see I implemented an array of creative techniques. Again I used ideation, and furthered my “clear goals”. The clear goals were a huge benefit, and without them I am unsure if I would have come up with this solution of keeping everything clear. I decided that I shouldn’t try to play it safe, but to balance my skills and create challenges for myself to overcome. Another large achievement in this process was to not make assumption to a problem. In this case I thought I had to design something to hide all the mechanics behind how the fountain worked. But I took this obstacle and worked it into the design of the project. Made the deign of the mechanics to be beautiful as well.

 

 

 

Here is where I really start to hone in on my design of the fountain and also it’s function.

A.) What I did.  B.) The Creative Process

I set up a list of clear goals that I wanted this project to accomplish, and they were:

1.) Use clear acrylic as a main part of the sculpture. 2.) Use LED’s to light up some of the pieces. 3.) Create a design to be etched in and lit by the lights. 4.) Create a main theme for the piece.

I watched this video And became really entranced with this box Idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO3UZJrROZY 

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Here was one of my initial designs. I wanted to loosely base it off of the Double helix found in DNA. I like the thought of each “shelf” flowing into the other, but that has been done a million times before.

 

 

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I found a leftover wheel from a recent project, and after seeing a syringe once shoot water out, I was inspired to see how well the water would flow out of this hole. I quickly put together an extremely crude model to test this theory. I was enthralled by the results! The water flowed exactly how I had hoped it would, in a straight cylindrical form down. I want to somehow try and incorporate this into my fountain design.

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Here I made yet another quick mock up sketch of a fountain design. I found it easier to build small models out of note cards rather than sketching. It was easier to get a sense of the form and space it took up. I designed this fountain to have flat layers, that would have a hole in them, where the water could fall through, like seen in the pictures above. I still am unsure of what designs I want on the three layers.

The main creative processes I used were to Ideate, along with making a clear set of goals. (as stated throughout the explanations).

 

For my Project I have decided that I would take a shot at trying to both design and build a fountain from scratch. I have worked with water one time, a couple years back, my junior year of high school to be exact. That project taught me a great deal about the properties of water, and some tricks to manipulate it. That being said, working with water is an incredibly difficult medium to both maintain and use. I fear that I may be biting off more than I can chew. But I am both extremely dedicated and enthusiastic enough to  take on this project. I know it will take a long time and a lot of work, but I’m up to the task!

A.) What I did:

In this initial part, I attempted to gather as much possible information as I could to help direct my design of the fountain and to fully understand the pieces needed to create a fountain. I also set some guidelines of what I wanted in my fountain aesthetically. The main parameter being that I use acrylic pieces that can be lit up. I want to have some sort of design in the light up acrylic pieces. Am unsure of what those will be, as of now.

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These above images really sparked my interest of what could be done with the lighting of the acrylic and really pointed me in some cool designs of what I could potentially do.

This is a water filter, but they created it with a clear outside base with a clear plastic. Interesting to see how the light and water react. Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5BhjIRXgz8

I really love this not traditional technique of a water fountain. After looking at this piece I really want to design something that is different from what is considered to be a “normal” water fountain. I believe I will try to switch the style of how that water flows to achieve this. Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODwWBLYLYyQ

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I am really drawn to this more Box approach to the design of the fountain. I think it is both different and beautiful.

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Again I am really inspired by this sort of repetitive square shape. And the sense of growth.

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Another inspirational Square fountain design.

Here I found an extremely simple tutorial video of hot to build a fountain, and some materials needed. Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeA8g-9jHSo

This video has a wonderfully crafted tabletop fountain, sadly this style was not what I was trying to achieve. I watched a couple of his other video’s though and in one he used a “mister”. It was a really cool little gadget that I would be extremely interested in pursuing more knowledge off. As of yet, I see no need for one in my project, so it may have to be put on the back burner. Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBMbnpLWW10

B.) The Creative Process:

In these initial stages the types of creative process’s I utilized were small, but very important. I made sure to keep an open mind, and look at every alternatives, and researching lots more than I anticipated, and also going down avenues of thoughts/research that I would not have thought i would have. Some of these avenue examples would be learning all different ways in which to solder, lecture on the viscosity of water, to how some acrylics are made, and many more. In keeping an open minding and accepting just about all sorts of solutions to creating a fountain was an excellent way to gather as much information on the subject as I could.

I new I wanted to build a fountain, but was unsure of where to start. I really didn’t have any ideas for it or have any thoughts of how I wanted it to work or look like. I remembered in class one day we did a word association technique. We started with one word and built off from that, writing down the words that we associate and recall when hearing one of the words. I started off with the word fountain, and spread off from there. I found this technique to be quite helpful as it has opened up many paths in which I never considered.

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M-Cups Measuring Matyroshkas: I find these really creative, because they take the well known toy version of pieces fitting into one another, and put a useful spin on them. These dolls serve the purpose of being aesthetically pleasing and don’t take up a large amount of room, since they all fit inside one another. The bottoms all hold and measure a certain amount of a substance, all together a cool new twist on the dolls. Link: http://fredandfriends.com/products/view/category/measuring/m-cups-measuring-matyroshkas

 

Stuck Up Magnet Set

Stuck up: This I found to be creative as they took something that is generally frowned upon, the fact of someone leaving there chewed gum under a desk, and put a more playful spin on it. This product is simply a silly and fun magnet that makes you look twice. Link: http://www.perpetualkid.com/stuck-up-magnet-set.aspx

 

Wooferang in toys

Woofferang: I have a dog myself and would really love to have one of these. It is generally hard to play tug of war with your dog, if they have a regular bone, but with this design, there is always a handle that you can grab as well. Also when playing catch with a regular bone, it is always slimy, but with this design there is a chance one side will stay dry. Link: http://dog-milk.com/wooferang/

 

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Pick your nose: This design doesn’t alter the cup in anyway, but does make it more personal and funny. This would be a great use for kids, it is an easy way to differ between whose cup is whose. Just a cute design overall. Link: http://www.perpetualkid.com/animal-nose-cups.aspx

 

Fill’er Up Gas Tank Bank: With fuel cost higher virtually everyday this is a cool way to save up for that next gallon of gas. This design shows how close you are to being able to fill up your gas tank. When the bank ha no money in it, the needle is towards empty, and when you have enough for a tank of gas, it’s full. This is an interesting way to save your change. Link: http://fredandfriends.com/products/view/fill-er-up-gas-tank-bank

rocking chair cradle

Rocking Chair Cradle: This design is really awesome, because it takes two things that rock and put them together wonderfully. I have never seen anything like this before, but it makes perfect sense. I know that my mom used to sit in a rocking chair to lull her kids to sleep, or she would rock us in our cradle. With this she has the best of both worlds. It allows a parent somewhere to sit while they rock there child, rather than having to stand in all the other types of cradles out there. Link: http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/rocking-chair-cradles/

 

Equal Measure Measuring Cup: This measuring cup gives cool facts that relate to the amount the cup holds at that point, for instance, 1/4th of a cup is equal to a million grains of sugar.  I just find this to be a creative and fun product. I think this would be great for parents with little children, because when the kids help bake, they will also be able to learn interesting facts at the same time. Link: http://www.perpetualkid.com/equal-measure-measuring-cup.aspx

 

Swing Table (8 person): I absolutely love this design, because it makes me really want to sit in there. It is just a really interesting form and I think it is incredibly cool concept to have seats that are set up like swings on a playground. I feel as though this would make for a relaxing environment in the work place. Link: http://www.duffylondon.com/furniture/tables/swing-table-8-person

 

Accu-Pressure Safety Cap: This is a great safety feature for car tire caps. The pressure in your car tires is an extremely vital thing to keep your car in good condition. This cap lets you know when the tire pressure is low by the color coded safety cap Green: safe Yellow: caution Red: danger. This simple device can ensue to increased fuel mileage and tire life and reduce the risk of losing car control due to flat tires. Link: http://accu-pressure.com/eShop/product_info.php?cPath=23&products_id=45

 

The Uno III: I have followed this product ever since the beginning. It was about 8 years ago I saw on the cover of “Popular Science” magazine the “invention of the year” which was the original “Uno”. This is a self stabilizing electric motorcycle that has 2 wheels parallel to one another under the rider. This was all started by a 19 year old boy, just incredible. This “Uno III” has a third wheel that aligns with the other two, but if you would like the stability in some tough riding conditions this third wheel will extend out and the bike transforms into a normal framed bike. Link to the site: https://bpgwerks.com/research/the-uno-iii/     Interesting videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odI4WaYEcCU   and   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-80NhkmA2s