Cathryn John
Industrial Designer | Illustrator | Artist
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Angulii

Angulii

Angulii

The toy for future architects and engineers.  This project was designed for Madison Reaveley, our 8 year old co-creator.  She wanted something that she could build and take apart that could also be useful around the house.  Her parents wanted a toy that they wouldn't have to keep putting away all the time.  Nicholas Cunningham and I designed Angulii based on these specifications.  Below is our process. The Images below are representative of the work I put into this project.  Some things (like the final product) Nic and I worked on together and others (like the drawings) were done by just me.

 

Primary Concepts

Our primary sketches were made before we met with our co-creator.  Once we met with Madi she chose her top three favourite designs and we moved forward with them.

Refined Concepts

These are the three refined concepts. We worked through the refined concepts with Madi to get a better idea of what exactly she would like included in the designs.

Refined Concept Prototypes

Our prototypes went over very well during the critique and although it was a close call, we ended up going with the triangles.  We then named the project Angulii.

Chosen Concept

The chosen prototype based off of class critiques and co-creation testing.  Madi liked this one the most and so did the class. 

The chosen prototype based off of class critiques and co-creation testing.  Madi liked this one the most and so did the class. 

Creating a Jig

For this project we were to create a jig so that the manufacturing of the designs were quicker. This was a very interesting process that greatly improved the speed at which we could create each piece. 

Testing Connections and Prototypes

After creating our jig we needed to figure out how to connect our pieces. Our original design was too thick, we had the connectors sliding in between 1/8" baltic birch plywood. We decided to cut the thickness in half to make the designs lighter. We decided at this point to connect each piece with the original acrylic clasps. 

Creating the Final Prototype

Final Prototype

Tear Sheet

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