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by JBallard
April 9th, 2014, 9:53 am
Forum: portfolios
Topic: Senior highschool student portfolio
Replies: 9
Views: 4183

Re: Senior highschool student portfolio

Robrecht, Came out of lurk mode to respond to this. Once in a while it seems people come through who just, "get it." The work you're showing here feels like it came from an astute first or second year and I'm hearing you say you're still in high school. Seeing your process (sketching, notes, prototy...
by JBallard
March 31st, 2011, 2:44 pm
Forum: furniture
Topic: Show your designs!
Replies: 133
Views: 113424

Re: Show your designs!

theha: Really diggin' the angular asymmetrical feet forms you have going. How much weight can the foam take without deforming? Hold a TV and all the components fine?
by JBallard
March 31st, 2011, 9:22 am
Forum: business practices
Topic: Fell through, didnt want to pay full price
Replies: 9
Views: 4138

Re: Fell through, didnt want to pay full price

Yeah, don't get too discouraged. It happens all the time. I felt like I was looking into a mirror reading mpdesigner's last post... He's right though, the more you do this type of work the better you are at spotting the flops. It's all about experience and picking out cues for concern. I'm most cert...
by JBallard
March 1st, 2011, 3:58 pm
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: The Lonley designer
Replies: 25
Views: 3212

Re: The Lonley designer

I've found that marketing knows what was popular last year and engineering knows how next year's products will function. It's only the designers that know what it will look like and how we will use it. Really nice. Never really thought about it that way. I've just always assumed marketing and engin...
by JBallard
February 11th, 2011, 10:46 am
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: Is CFRP overrated or Why do we use it
Replies: 40
Views: 5768

Re: Is CFRP overrated or Why do we use it

With RTM and short strand injection molding, the cost is coming way down, so you're only going to see more of it. Ugh... It also seems to be tailored a bit to a certain demographic. Like you mentioned, the main applications (or the ones that make sense anyways) are for transportation. I've seen rac...
by JBallard
February 11th, 2011, 10:21 am
Forum: projects
Topic: Design cater to little people or peple suffering of dwarfism
Replies: 3
Views: 1015

Re: Design cater to little people or peple suffering of dwar

This might sound silly, but I would spend a weekend watching the show, "Little People, Big World" on TLC. It's actually one of my favorite shows and gives a lot of insight into the mind/world or little people in general. Matt, the husband/father on the show even has his own business that designs spe...
by JBallard
February 11th, 2011, 10:08 am
Forum: off topic
Topic: Funny Websites to pass the time
Replies: 6
Views: 3202

Re: Funny Websites to pass the time

by JBallard
February 11th, 2011, 9:59 am
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: How many of you know exactly what you want to design?
Replies: 9
Views: 1318

Re: How many of you know exactly what you want to design?

I've circled the question a bit, but to answer it shortly I would say that at some point I would love to do footwear then lever edge that into lifestyle apparel. Jackets, high end shoes, bags. I think understanding the craftsmanship behind high-end cut and sew products would be amazing. I'm just sc...
by JBallard
January 28th, 2011, 4:52 pm
Forum: software and technology
Topic: Product presentation videos
Replies: 4
Views: 844

Re: Product presentation videos

Ah, right on. Well, being a mac user I use iMovie. I literally made a film (60sec) last weekened. You could save out your animations as video files (avi,mov...) and import them into something like iMovie. Then add your transitions, titles, etc and export. Bingo. I'm 97.3% positive Windows has editin...
by JBallard
January 28th, 2011, 10:17 am
Forum: software and technology
Topic: Product presentation videos
Replies: 4
Views: 844

Re: Product presentation videos

Might want to check out HyperMove. We just had a rep come show us the basics and it's pretty easy to move around in and use. I'm pretty sure there's a trial for it as well.
by JBallard
January 17th, 2011, 12:25 am
Forum: sketching
Topic: doodling
Replies: 5108
Views: 1320044

Re: doodling

All this anime/samurai talk got me in the mood...Here's a loosey to keep it goin'.
Ghost Dog in the house?
by JBallard
January 16th, 2011, 11:31 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Projectiño: iPad sketch glove - [On hold]
Replies: 10
Views: 4148

Re: Projectiño: iPad sketch glove - [In progress]

Interesting concept, and I appreciate you looking at softer more lifestyle-like materials (suede, wool, felt, etc.) But as others have said, you're going to be walking a fine line between function+style and function+total dork factor. If you aren't careful, you might end up like this: http://prozac...
by JBallard
January 16th, 2011, 2:12 pm
Forum: sketching
Topic: doodling
Replies: 5108
Views: 1320044

Re: doodling

@Jungle: Yeah, nice man. You gotta make time for that kinda stuff even with work. I know when I make time for that stuff (personal sketching) I find I become super motivated and get even MORE done at work. You've been told to move away from the edgy comic sketch style? I'm sure you and I could have ...
by JBallard
January 16th, 2011, 1:59 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Projectiño: iPad sketch glove - [On hold]
Replies: 10
Views: 4148

Re: Projectiño: iPad sketch glove - [In progress]

Interesting idea. I don't have an iPad, so don't have the issue with touching unwanted functions, but I do have a Cintiq. The main issue here is oils from your hand clogging up the screen... I know i've looked at gloves in the past, but was put off by how odd they look as well. I've even used paper ...
by JBallard
January 13th, 2011, 10:51 pm
Forum: materials and processes
Topic: foam cutting
Replies: 10
Views: 1860

Re: foam cutting

Not even a dirty tip... I know a huge foam manufacturer in Wisconsin who will do this. We were trying to prototype a complex molded foam part, and actually had him machine it (once it had become cold). The dimensions were a little off, but it was good enough for a comfort test. Apparently, I need t...