Loosen up my buttons baby

Here I’m experimenting within the rising sun’s colour spectrum – giving me some ideas for an alarm clock! More on colour and our perception of it, check out this podcast.

I’ve also added a few concepts for a plush nightlight.

  1. a neck pillow with LEDs on the bottom for nighttime reading/reading on the plane.
  2. a long distance night light that would blink when you text goodnight
  3. a sheep toy that would entice you to count when you’re having trouble falling asleep.


Strobe Teardown

This is a teardown of a rotating strobe light I found at a little dollar store in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. In total, there are 60 individual parts. I took down the entire thing using only my Leatherman Wave multi-tool. I was able to keep all parts intact, with the exception of clipping a few wires. The metal housing required me to pry open the disk and unbend the metal with my flat end and needle nose pliers. Upon taking the object apart, I was surprised to see how many plastic gears went into making it and that the gears came lubricated. It was also interesting to see all the electrical components and the motor were housed neatly in a metal enclosure. I guess they designed it this way to prevent any damage happening to the moving parts.

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I’m Kev Cook

HI! I’m Kevin Cook. I’m from Montreal, Canada. I have a business/marketing background but I’ve always been a design geek at heart. I’ve lived in many different places. I love the outdoors. I love making things. I love to read and go deep into discussions with people who share my weird interests. I’m a collector of fine and rare bourbons. I also collect guitars and love to play music. I’ve travelled extensively around Europe, Asia and North America (N.A. was in a camper van which I blogged about). I love to bike, ski and play squash.

Someday I will bike from Land’s End to the northern tip of Scotland so I can write another blog and make a movie about it.

You can check out my portfolio website here.