Current Blog Serial: Designing a Driving Range Club Carrier (Part Two)

June 12, 2009

Need to catch up on Part One?

Once you’ve defined your design problem, and listed the criteria for a successful solution, it’s on to the fun part. I like to do some initial brainstoming before following ‘official’ procedure by researching any currently available solutions. This fresh ideation is helpful because it allows the problem to be examined through its basic physical parameters without the interference of preconceptions. I believe this ‘blank canvas’ approach acts as a short-cut to new ideas and creates the best mental environment for originality and creativity. In this case, I wanted to get a feel for the weights and balance points of the ‘top weighted sticks’ in relation to my body before ever thinking of them as golf clubs.

How the 'top weighted sticks' behave when held at their balance point

How the 'top weighted sticks' behave when held at their balance point

Basic strap tied at balance (pivot) point for testing various orientations on the body.  Note: hair elastic (over grips) preventing pivoting

Basic strap tied at balance (pivot) point to enable testing of various body orientations. Note: Hair elastic (at grips) prevents pivoting

Comfortable and stable with stap over one shoulder and shafts behind, but dangerous for urban settings. Therefore, does not meet criteria.

Comfortable and stable with stap over one shoulder and shafts behind, but dangerous for urban settings. Therefore, does not meet criteria.

Equally comfortable and stable with shafts in front and club heads tucked behind arm (pulled forward for clarity in photo). Strap hooked into backpack to test ways to prevent any 'swinging' while walking. Note: yes, that is tape holding my glasses together (don't say it!).
Equally comfortable and stable with shafts in front and club heads tucked behind arm (pulled forward for clarity in photo). Strap hooked into backpack to test ways to prevent any ‘swinging’ while walking. Shafts in front create more manageable urban footprint. Note: Yes, that is tape holding my glasses together (don’t say it! don’t even think it!)

Stay tuned for part three for product research and to find out what happens when this designer gets a little too carried away with the project in Walmart!


How to bring a sense of awe into your office (with this DIY meditation retreat)

May 15, 2009
Stack empty Xerox paper-roll boxes according to the diagram below...
Bring the wonder of Stonehenge to your job with ‘Officehenge’!
Diagram of Stonehenge

Stack your empty Xerox boxes to match the Stonehenge diagram.

For when you're having a busy day...

Perfect for when you’re having a busy day at work…

...this coworker re-centers herself.

…this coworker re-centers herself.

But if you really want a Stonehenge that’ll
make all your worries disappear… CLICK HERE

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(Source of Stonehenge diagram)


A ‘Radishing’ Mothers Day Card?

May 11, 2009
When your mother's a poet...

When your mother's a poet...

I found this tiny radish pin (drawn by Calgary illustrator Kim Smith) at a comic expo and was instantly reminded of a certain spectacular someone. It’s all in the eyebrows~wink.

So go ahead! Be bizarre. Be cute. Be mushy. Next time you need a card, try making one. There aren’t any rules, just picture the person in your mind and try to imagine what would make them smile : )

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DIY Summer Fashion Series: imagine/sketch/create (part one)

June 27, 2008

My first sketches for this idea

An idea takes form

out of a swirl of fabric

and a page of gemstones

Imagine a dress of

the lightest fabric

weighted by secret

flashes of bright stone

imagine/sketch/create

Click here for part 2!