Hello interweb, my name is Damon Ahola.

My dad used to own his own popcorn company. This is me in his catalog with an obscenely large button on my member’s only jacket.

I was born & raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota (technically Edina which is a suburb). Brooklyn is my new home via Chicago, where I was for the last 7 yrs. I received a BFA in industrial design & a minor in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. For the past 10 years I’ve worked at numerous consultancies & corporations as a full-time & freelance designer at places such as Radius, Lunar, Teague, Wrigley, Ignite & Choi Design.

Here is a hilarious viral video of some speakers I worked on that were just released.

I dabble in furniture design as well as design competitions in my free time.

I’d like to think that I am a well-rounded industrial designer very knowledgeable in the entire product development process. My website is damonahola.com; you may find me on  Facebook Twitter (which I rarely use), Google+ (which I use less) & the Tumblr page I just created for the PoD class. I’m really looking forward to this amazing opportunity as a part of the inaugural PoD class.

Project 1: A Making Mashup

You’ll each choose a descriptor and a thing from my lists. Use the descriptor to make a thing, and post it here on the blog. Use the internet for research– tutorial sites like Instructables.com are great if you’ve never worked with a certain material before. Post up photos, a brief description of your thing including which descriptor and which thing you were assigned, and any sites/resources that proved useful during your research. Your assignment is due on the blog at 8pm ET Monday September 10.

Descriptors:
Papercraft
Electronic
3D
Cardboard
Laser-cut
Vegan
Duct tape
Water-soluble
Magnetic
Tyvek
Embroidered
Upcycled
Beercan
Junk mail
Edible
Plastic bag
Durable
Camouflage
Awkward

Things:
Terrarium
Clock
Animated GIF
Motel art
Chandelier
Wallet
T-Shirt
Fax machine replacement
Plush Toy
Portrait
Lamp
Phone case/dock
Flashlight
Email notifier
Pub game
Water carrier
Musical instrument
Mousetrap
Artificial pet
Bike accessory
Party favor
Privacy device
Kitchen utensil
Teapot
Telegram
Prison contraband

Class Introductions

Hello! I’m Becky Stern, your instructor for Making Studio. Welcome to the first class of your new grad school careers! Please make a post on this, our class blog, introducing yourself. I’ll go first.

I grew up in rural Connecticut and went to Parsons School of Design for undergrad and Arizona State University for grad school. I worked for a long time at MAKE Magazine, on the blog and as a video producer. Now I’m head of wearable electronics at Adafruit, an electronics company in downtown Manhattan. I consider myself an expert at making tutorials, and an enthusiastic novice at making most everything else.

I like to make jewelry, electronics, fabric and fiber crafts, and sometimes combinations thereof. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, the Adafruit YouTube channel and blog, Ravelry, and my own site, Sternlab.org.

One thing I’m looking forward to in this class is seeing you all take up something you’ve never tried before. I love those “a-ha” moments when a concept or technique clicks into understanding.