Maker Faire Inspiration

One thing that was really inspirational among the many awesome things I observed at Marker Faire this Saturday was a panel discussion moderated by our own chair of PoD Mr. Allan Chochinov.

The panel consisted of highly regarded leaders in the design field, Carla Diana from Smart Design, Gadi Amit from New Deal Design, Jared Ficklin from Frog Design & Tad Toulis from Teague.

It was by far the most product design centric part of the faire. It was really interesting hearing about how each firm incorporates their own methods of making into their design process.

As I did a brief contract design gig with Teague back in February, it was great catching up with Tad. He also showed me a 3D printed pair of headphones designed by one of their senior designers, John Mabry. The file is available for free download via Thingiverse & the electronics may be purchased for around $25. Pretty cool.

Plastic bag fax.

As I mentioned in my Inspiration post, I looked to bike couriers as a fax replacement system. Here are the components of the project.

The Ardunio board was programed & wired to have an LED blink while the plastic bag is closed. Once the bag is opened, the circuit is broken & the LED shuts off. The light indicates the bag contains an important document that has not been opened yet. Once the bag is opened, it could wirelessly send a message to a database indicating that the bag has been opened.

Durable Animated GIF.

For my “Durable Animated GIF” I first began to think about what it actually means to be “durable”.

I then began to create some rough storyboards on what the concept of my GIF would be to illustrate this adjective effectively.

I decided on myself to be the subject of “durable”. Humans seem pretty resilient & I happen to be one, so I guess I’m pretty durable. “Long-lasting” was a synonym that came up, so I wanted the animation to be a constant cycle in which the last frame transitions to the first frame well in a repetitive sequence. People seem to enjoy watching other people getting punched or kicked over & over again as well (ie America’s Funniest Home Videos & the crazy guy below).

The source file of the GIF I created is copied to 3 of my personal computers, on 4 external drives (3 thumb drives & 1 external hard drive), uploaded to 2 cloud storage servers & attempting to upload it to Amazon Glacier (their super archival secure cloud storage service). The image below shows the final GIF playing in the VFL on the Panasonic Toughbook.

& here’s the final Durable Animated GIF.

Thanks to Richard for being gentle.