KICKSPOTTING: [organi] Organizational System

The [organi] project really seemed interesting to me because of it’s simplicity and the sustainable nature. I think the way the simple modular bits work together are ideal for a kids room or a university student.





gra·da·tion 
noun 
a scale or a series of successive changes, stages, or degrees.
u-ni·ty
noun
the state of being united of joined as a whole

The principles of proportion and segmentation applied to a simple form. The shape illustrates a disconnect between a sides organic curvature and the flat face of the other. The gradual slope and segmentation pay heed to the Golden Ratio without being so telling on the surface. The finish magnifies the creators faults of the surface and takes a stance against the unattainable ideal of perfection.

This was my submission for our Form Exploration project. After submitting the initial concept it was decidedly ‘too functional’ and as abstract forms make me uncomfortable I kept pushing and focused in on one shape from that form, then applied some thematic elements to it as the assignment required.
 I was pretty happy with the finish but wish I’d allowed myself more time to experiment with the epoxy, it took way more sanding than it should have. It was my first time using the stuff, and a new technique for me on polystyrene foam. The problem I created for myself was ambitiously adding too much micro-balloon to thicken it to an icing like consistency, which was impossible to apply smoothly. I caked it on like an ugly cupcake and left it to dry overnight. When I returned by the AM it looked like rough stucco and I spent the rest of the day sanding. It served my misinformed expertise right (damn you, tube), and next time I’ll allow more time and less pressumption for experimentation.  If I could change one thing I might try for some sharper edges on the cut section, and that might give me an opportunity to colour block it more like my sketches.






gra·da·tion 
noun 
a scale or a series of successive changes, stages, or degrees.
u-ni·ty
noun
the state of being united of joined as a whole

The principles of proportion and segmentation applied to a simple form. The shape illustrates a disconnect between a sides organic curvature and the flat face of the other. The gradual slope and segmentation pay heed to the Golden Ratio without being so telling on the surface. The finish magnifies the creators faults of the surface and takes a stance against the unattainable ideal of perfection.

This was my submission for our Form Exploration project. After submitting the initial concept it was decidedly ‘too functional’ and as abstract forms make me uncomfortable I kept pushing and focused in on one shape from that form, then applied some thematic elements to it as the assignment required.
 I was pretty happy with the finish but wish I’d allowed myself more time to experiment with the epoxy, it took way more sanding than it should have. It was my first time using the stuff, and a new technique for me on polystyrene foam. The problem I created for myself was ambitiously adding too much micro-balloon to thicken it to an icing like consistency, which was impossible to apply smoothly. I caked it on like an ugly cupcake and left it to dry overnight. When I returned by the AM it looked like rough stucco and I spent the rest of the day sanding. It served my misinformed expertise right (damn you, tube), and next time I’ll allow more time and less pressumption for experimentation.  If I could change one thing I might try for some sharper edges on the cut section, and that might give me an opportunity to colour block it more like my sketches.






gra·da·tion 
noun 
a scale or a series of successive changes, stages, or degrees.
u-ni·ty
noun
the state of being united of joined as a whole

The principles of proportion and segmentation applied to a simple form. The shape illustrates a disconnect between a sides organic curvature and the flat face of the other. The gradual slope and segmentation pay heed to the Golden Ratio without being so telling on the surface. The finish magnifies the creators faults of the surface and takes a stance against the unattainable ideal of perfection.

This was my submission for our Form Exploration project. After submitting the initial concept it was decidedly ‘too functional’ and as abstract forms make me uncomfortable I kept pushing and focused in on one shape from that form, then applied some thematic elements to it as the assignment required.
 I was pretty happy with the finish but wish I’d allowed myself more time to experiment with the epoxy, it took way more sanding than it should have. It was my first time using the stuff, and a new technique for me on polystyrene foam. The problem I created for myself was ambitiously adding too much micro-balloon to thicken it to an icing like consistency, which was impossible to apply smoothly. I caked it on like an ugly cupcake and left it to dry overnight. When I returned by the AM it looked like rough stucco and I spent the rest of the day sanding. It served my misinformed expertise right (damn you, tube), and next time I’ll allow more time and less pressumption for experimentation.  If I could change one thing I might try for some sharper edges on the cut section, and that might give me an opportunity to colour block it more like my sketches.






gra·da·tion 
noun 
a scale or a series of successive changes, stages, or degrees.
u-ni·ty
noun
the state of being united of joined as a whole

The principles of proportion and segmentation applied to a simple form. The shape illustrates a disconnect between a sides organic curvature and the flat face of the other. The gradual slope and segmentation pay heed to the Golden Ratio without being so telling on the surface. The finish magnifies the creators faults of the surface and takes a stance against the unattainable ideal of perfection.

This was my submission for our Form Exploration project. After submitting the initial concept it was decidedly ‘too functional’ and as abstract forms make me uncomfortable I kept pushing and focused in on one shape from that form, then applied some thematic elements to it as the assignment required.
 I was pretty happy with the finish but wish I’d allowed myself more time to experiment with the epoxy, it took way more sanding than it should have. It was my first time using the stuff, and a new technique for me on polystyrene foam. The problem I created for myself was ambitiously adding too much micro-balloon to thicken it to an icing like consistency, which was impossible to apply smoothly. I caked it on like an ugly cupcake and left it to dry overnight. When I returned by the AM it looked like rough stucco and I spent the rest of the day sanding. It served my misinformed expertise right (damn you, tube), and next time I’ll allow more time and less pressumption for experimentation.  If I could change one thing I might try for some sharper edges on the cut section, and that might give me an opportunity to colour block it more like my sketches.

gra·da·tion

noun

a scale or a series of successive changes, stages, or degrees.

u-ni·ty

noun

the state of being united of joined as a whole

The principles of proportion and segmentation applied to a simple form. The shape illustrates a disconnect between a sides organic curvature and the flat face of the other. The gradual slope and segmentation pay heed to the Golden Ratio without being so telling on the surface. The finish magnifies the creators faults of the surface and takes a stance against the unattainable ideal of perfection.

This was my submission for our Form Exploration project. After submitting the initial concept it was decidedly ‘too functional’ and as abstract forms make me uncomfortable I kept pushing and focused in on one shape from that form, then applied some thematic elements to it as the assignment required.

I was pretty happy with the finish but wish I’d allowed myself more time to experiment with the epoxy, it took way more sanding than it should have. It was my first time using the stuff, and a new technique for me on polystyrene foam. The problem I created for myself was ambitiously adding too much micro-balloon to thicken it to an icing like consistency, which was impossible to apply smoothly. I caked it on like an ugly cupcake and left it to dry overnight. When I returned by the AM it looked like rough stucco and I spent the rest of the day sanding. It served my misinformed expertise right (damn you, tube), and next time I’ll allow more time and less pressumption for experimentation.  If I could change one thing I might try for some sharper edges on the cut section, and that might give me an opportunity to colour block it more like my sketches.

Kwantlen Brochure

While it’s no thing to be proud of, one of my ideation sketches from last semesters Street Furniture project was used in the new DEPD brochure. You should go here.

Marcs Ist 100!

I never thought I’d make it this far. To celebrate I am officially announcing the new Tumblr avatar and the spetacular launch of the new domain ‘www.marcsist.com' As such, Marcs ist Gestaltist will now be known to its friends as Marcsist.com

Cheers!

'Full Cord' iPhone cable organizer polymer clay & elastic

The problem of cluttered cords is nothing new, but the problem of being unable to go without a charge is. The Full Cord takes us back to a simpler time, when the only cord you worried about was the one you were chopping. This simple token of our remaining backwoods reminds us that we need to unplug every once in a while, and sometimes we need a charge.

This project was to create a solution around the problems of cord clutter. Fairly late in my exploration I started to think about the broader issues of electronics in our lives and after exploring countless ‘forms for form’s sake’ I settled on a familiar silhouette that would challenge the user to think about the beauty of the world all around their phone, and urging them to let the battery sit empty a while longer. 

“We’re product designers, that means one day we want to charge people small fortunes for black ping pong tables.”
— Unnamed Student

A drawing in the style of Aubrey Beardsley for my Interdisciplinary Design History journal. Fineliner and Sharpie on marker pad.

Transforma T-Shirt Packaging
How cool is this for a package? I think the most interesting types of packaging have a function outside of the fact that it is a delivery vessel. While the wide coat hangers might not be a hit with the tender space in most Vancouver apartments, and I never hang T-shirts, but I could imagine this being used in a vast space like Calgary on a fine collared shirt. Transforma T-Shirt Packaging
How cool is this for a package? I think the most interesting types of packaging have a function outside of the fact that it is a delivery vessel. While the wide coat hangers might not be a hit with the tender space in most Vancouver apartments, and I never hang T-shirts, but I could imagine this being used in a vast space like Calgary on a fine collared shirt. Transforma T-Shirt Packaging
How cool is this for a package? I think the most interesting types of packaging have a function outside of the fact that it is a delivery vessel. While the wide coat hangers might not be a hit with the tender space in most Vancouver apartments, and I never hang T-shirts, but I could imagine this being used in a vast space like Calgary on a fine collared shirt.

Transforma T-Shirt Packaging

How cool is this for a package? I think the most interesting types of packaging have a function outside of the fact that it is a delivery vessel. While the wide coat hangers might not be a hit with the tender space in most Vancouver apartments, and I never hang T-shirts, but I could imagine this being used in a vast space like Calgary on a fine collared shirt.

KICKSPOTTING: Makeraser + Makelastic

Makeraser & Makelastic 3D Printing Accessories popped up on my radar while I was researching 3D printers and supplies for school. These bright fellows came up with a nice little chemical tool to smooth the ridges typical of a 3D print project! The handsome tool even includes a built in scraper for print removals.

Their other product, Makelastic is a bathing solution to turn your freshly smoothed ABS prints into rubber ducks, or whatever. This is very cool because printing of soft mediums is pretty unattainable to the main 3D printing masses. When we have one up and running I’ll definitely be looking for some more information on this pair!

Happy Birthday Eugene Viollet-le-Duc

You were misunderstood.

“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it”
— Karl Marx

RaceFace Mud Crutch

Here’s a great little soft goodie from the legendary North Shore staple, RaceFace. The heavy duty velcro attachment wraps some bands around your crown and arch to keep the mud from slinging too far yonder. 

It looks like a really simple, removable way to protect ya neck when things get wet. Good on ya, RaceFace

I had no idea.
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Concrete Chair by Stefan Zwicky
Talk about street furniture! Love the chair but I don’t think my hardwood would.
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Concrete Chair by Stefan Zwicky

Talk about street furniture! Love the chair but I don’t think my hardwood would.

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KICKSPOTTING: The Floyd Leg

I’ve decided to KICK off a new feature on the blog where draw some attention to great projects on the renowned crowdfunding platform. The first lucky project is from the duo of Kyle Hoff and Alex O’Dell who will definitely be bringing us ‘The Floyd Leg’

A successful campaign, so to speak, their Kickstarter campaign has managed to peak the attention of 902 supports, pledging over $155,000, obliterating their $18,000 goal.

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The simple idea of an F-clamp attachment on a set of legs means you can make a table out of your door, surfboard, flatscreen television (Pong 2k14?) or any salvaged material you can strum up from the alleyway.

I think this is the perfect example of a great Kickstarter candidate. The idea is simple enough, with an obvious appeal to a huge audience. I think it seems like it would be economical to manufacture ($18000 and it’s a go!) and in turn people with no construction skills can have a versatile and vibrant custom table.

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I also love the fact that they included some design sketches. Glorious graph paper. 

You can check out some gorgeous photos of the product clamping various surfaces in the Floyd Catalogue and be sure to take notes on how to support a killer campaign while you’re at it.