A few weeks ago we built a giant (16′x8′x5″) LED light board for Adobe. The boards feature hundreds of RGB LEDs in a 2″x2″ grid, behind a snazzy diffusing acrylic. We built a 4′x8′ prototype before hand to be sure to get everything right. Adobe is going to outfit the boards with pressure sensors and do some coding to make the boards interactive and responsive. They will be mounted in The Children Creativity Museum this summer!
Here are some photos of the the prototype
I grew up in a school system that, mistakenly, saw no need for a shop class. But perhaps it was for the best because today’s teens get something even better: Makerspaces. Makerspaces, or hackerspaces, or fablabs, (all variations on a theme) are shop classes for the modern day. A place where people explore the fantastic world of making.
Now I have my very own makerspace: Hero Design, and we are going to help the teen makers at the Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto City Library design the furniture for their new Maker Space.
Working with the Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto City Library and at Noll and Tam we’ve guided the teens as they embark on their design process. Based on the designs they imagine, Hero will produce a set of Makerspace furniture that will then tour Bay Area public spaces.
Several weeks ago the teens toured our studio and we introduced them to world of CNC fabrication. And yesterday the teens presented their final prototypes for the type of furniture they want. The concepts were fantastic, creative, and practical.
The concepts included:
- A showcase/shelving unit spelling out the word MAKE
- A seat, with a small cubby underneath, with a bouncy ball top
- Configurable, collapsible tables on wheels
- A two part mobile tool chest
- A mobile parts-bin wall
We are going to have a lot of fun designing and building these.
The Voronoi Bookshelf project is live on Kickstarter. With 33 days to go!
This project is about more than an amazing bookshelf, it’s about a new way to design. My goal is not just to design beautiful objects, but to design intuitive, interactive ways for you to create beautiful objects with them. You are the designer-collaborator.
I want you to have a deep connection with the objects in your life, to know the story of the design, to understand why a line angles in the way it does, or why that curve goes in that direction.
I believe great design is not something you consume, it’s something you do. It’s an interaction, a collaboration. These ideas are at the core of Hero, from my custom design and build work and my one-on-one lessons to interactive design projects like this. And I want more of both.
With the success of this Kickstarter I’ll not only be bringing this project to the next level, I’ll be creating a host of digital tools and skills needed to bring even more projects like this to life.