Abby May

  • These drawings were the result of disassembling an alarm clock to find out how it worked and fit together. I wanted to present in as few drawings as possible where each piece of the clock had come from and what method of fastening had held it together. I included a second turned over sketch of the top covering because the plastic button part was particularly interesting to me and was hidden in the main drawing. 

These are a selection of sketches from a project where I was designing vessels for a specific demographic. I decided that I wanted to make a soap dispenser geared towards chefs that would hopefully fit the aesthetic of their kitchens while also providing improved function. My biggest inspirations for the designs were KitchenAid mixers and oil dispensers. 

These are two pieces of my documentation for a laser cutting assignment. I created a lamp that could be cut entirely in one go on a laser cutter and assembled with just a bit of super glue. On the left is a render I created in Fusion 360 where I learned how to use HDRIs to make realistic looking images. On the right is the final laser cut lamp lit up at night to show the patterns it creates on a wall. 

This detail shot from the lamp project shows the pattern made by orienting the curved parts in different ways. I went for a simple 3 up, 3 down pattern but realistically the user could assemble this product however they liked. I think the way that all the pieces interact with one another is what makes this piece so eye-catching

While making this wooden toy design I was keeping in mind the limitations of a CNC router. I needed to make sure that all of my parts could be cut in one go by a pretty small machine so it lent itself to lots of assembly. I created this piece that I like to call the “bunny car” whose body is made out of multiple layers of wood that needed to be super glued together. On the left are some screenshots taken straight from Fusion 360 and on the right is a render of the proposed final design.

This selection of renders shows a chair I designed that was inspired by the furniture of the Memphis Group. I attempted to turn simple geometric forms into something that appears fun to sit in by intersecting shapes and adding in bright pops of color. If this were real, I could imagine the checkered pattern on the seat each being individual blocks that could be moved around to make new patterns. 

Interestingly enough, this children’s camera toy started off as a blob that I had drawn while listening to the song “To Noise Making (Sing)” by Hozier. It’s developed much since then into the educational toy that it is today. The Find-It Friend camera is an I-Spy game that gets children to go around their homes finding things and taking pictures of them. The flower shape on the front serves as a way for kids to scroll through the 5 different game modes, shapes, colors, faces, sounds, and words. It’s intent is to provide a fun way for kids to observe the world around them and learn from it in the process.

These 2 sketches represent what a projector might have looked like if Dieter Rams had designed one while working at Braun. In the first design I focussed heavily on interface since that is something Rams was known for doing well. Because of this, I ended up sacrificing some of the playfulness that I like to bring to all my designs. In my second go, I made a much more fun projector that had lots of room for further implementing interface, color, and additional details. 

Next in the process I took my second projector sketch and brought it into fusion to create a final model. Here I took lots of time planning out the interface which was easier to do once I had a structure that I liked. I also began to play with color, finish, and the sizing that I wanted for this to really be a “home” projector. I wanted to make something that was small enough to be portable and pretty enough to be left on a table or shelf when not in use. 

Once I had a model that I liked I was able to render images for these 2 advertisement posters. My first poster design shows the product in space as well as describes its purpose and provides color options at the bottom. My second poster goes into much more detail about the features and interface, again, I was thinking about the things that would have been important for Braun to show if they had made this poster. The two images are meant to be viewed together as they each provide information that is relevant to the main selling points of this projector. 

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