• A break from the digital life — Bent Wood Bicycle Tray Project

    By Sunday, November 30, 2014 No tags 1

    As a side project, I have been de­sign­ing and build­ing these bent wood bi­cy­cle trays. Need­less to say, I’ve spent a lot of time in the wood shop work­ing with a va­ri­ety of wood work­ing tools. It has been a while since I have used a band­saw and ta­ble router. It feels so sat­is­fy­ing to be mak­ing some­thing tan­gi­ble with my hands. Like most de­sign­ers, I spend a lot of time in front of my lap­top or read­ing and talk­ing about design.

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  • Where GlassyBaby’s Are Born

    By Thursday, November 13, 2014 No tags 0

    Out on an­other tour of an amaz­ing lo­cal startup, Glassy­Baby in the Madrona neigh­bor­hood in Seat­tle, WA. If you haven’t heard of them, you should look them up. They are a high end, beau­ti­ful, glass tea light can­dles. Orig­i­nally cre­ated as small gifts for friends, Glassy­Baby has quickly grown to a large studio.

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  • Touring GrayPants Seattle Studio

    By Thursday, October 30, 2014 No tags 0

    On a cold and wet Thurs­day morn­ing, I made my way down to the SoDo neigh­bor­hood in Seat­tle WA, to tour the Gray­Pants stu­dio. Deep in­side the in­dus­trial neigh­bor­hood, tucked in be­hind large anony­mous build­ings sits an old wooden build­ing pre­vi­ously used for boat build­ing. This is the home of GrayPants.

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  • News Journals / Primary Research — Thesis Update #2

    By Monday, October 20, 2014 No tags 0

    The first phase of my pri­mary re­search for my mas­ter the­sis project started with some mak­ing. Af­ter get­ting a quick re­fresher tu­to­r­ial from de­signer Abi­gail Steinem, I de­signed and made hand bound jour­nals for my re­search par­tic­i­pants to record their news con­sump­tion habits for a week and a half. I re­cruited (with the help of Kris­tine Matthews, my the­sis chair) a class of ju­niors at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton. The jour­nals were an in­ter­est­ing chal­lenge. In or­der for them to not be­come a chore they needed to be sim­ple and straight for­ward. They also were made small and sturdy so that the stu­dents could eas­ily keep the jour­nals on them at all times.

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