Kairos translates brain activity during states of intense focused concentration into a copper patina, serving as a record and catalyst leading to further interactions and behaviors.
Flow is a psychological state that occurs when one is completely absorbed in an activity with an energized focus that can enhance creativity and productivity. Kairos, referring to “a time when conditions are right for an accomplishment of crucial action,” becomes an environment where flow experiences can be visualized and evaluated. An EEG headset measures brain activity of the person sitting at the desk where high states of concentration trigger fluid to be pumped onto a copper surface forming a patina. A motor moves the pump nozzle horizontally along the desk taking one week to travel from one side to the other allowing multiple streaks of patina to form. Over time, the patina becomes more personalized to the user’s flow experiences, resulting in a visualization of his or her body of work shaping future interactions and behaviors.
This camera allows for visual interaction with the world in an exploratory way.It is a simplified wooden camera set with an assortment of interchangeable accessories including lathe turned lenses that connect through magnets embedded in each part.The act of changing lenses involves the tactile feeling when aligning the dot markers and twisting on the new lens. Looking through the various lenses allows the world to be seen from a different perspective through the use of different color filters, a Lichtenstein-like grid, a peephole lens, and a kaleidoscope.
Cache Storage Cabinet for CB2
The Cache Storage Cabinet was created exclusively for Design Collab—a CB2 collaborative that brings us together with like-minded souls and design institutions. Design Collab No. 1 debuts small–space solutions by 12 students in the Designed Objects curriculum at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Designed by SAIC student Chester Ong, this conceptual cabinet spans only 10 inches wide with a hidden side panel that pulls out to reveal three storage drawers within. The slim, sleek concept neatly tucks into small spaces and tops out at counter height in hi-gloss white engineered wood with no exposed hardware. Rolling from room to room on four chrome casters, this design is envisioned by Ong as "the perfect space-saving organizer for your home office, kitchen or library to store everything from books to bourbon."
Make a splash indoors with the puddle tray. Slush and snow are no match for your carpet or hard wood floors with this puddle shaped shoe organizer. The Puddle Tray is made from durable recyclable plastic that is easy to clean, allows water to evaporate, and is large enough for 5 or 6 pairs of shoes or boots.
These blocks connect using magnets as a modular construction toy that encourages creativity in play.Looking at a cheetah in motion sparked the idea of capturing the dynamic form of an animal into a stationary object.The concept centers on the double-hinging mechanism afforded by having magnetic connections that allow double-sided movement like a Jacob’s Ladder toy through the positions of the magnets as they relate to each other.The concentric arcs and teardrop shape limit the complexity of the individual shapes, while lending itself well to organic modular structures while the concentricity of the shapes allows the blocks to be positioned for easy packaging.
Interested in the concept of self-replicating objects, Yo-yo Mama is an experiment in creating a process that gives birth to a second yo-yo through the act of playing with the object and using rotational molding.
Yo-yo Mama Movie
Musical Mancala borrows the idea of a complex digital based interface of a musical sequencer from a computer screen and translates it into a simpler tactile physical interface for an automatic drum machine.Users simulate percussive instruments using eight Mancala-like pockets around a wooden board.As beads are dropped into each cup like a game of Mancala, music begins to play and an understanding of the musical interface begins to develop indicating eight notes in a looping measure of beats.
This collaboration with designers Julia Torres and Ben Dayton, employed design thinking and user research to create a wrist-based haptic feedback wearable device for sight-free GPS for the daily bicycle commuter. Role: Product Design and 3D Rendering
A modern interpretation of the children's game, Telephone or Chinese Whisperers, this project uses a Raspberry Pi single-board computer to illustrate data lost through transmission
By speaking into one can, a microphone transmits live audio voice data converted into text and wirelessly translates the phrase to a foreign language and back into English 3 times over using Google Translate. Within seconds the phrase is played through a speaker in the opposite can with a slightly altered message from the original.
News from Nowhere: Chicago Laboratory - Ossto Escribo
Participated in workshop led by Tokyo-based Takram Design Engineering with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago design students and faculty in 2013. Collaborated with Kathie Chung, Madeline Geftic, and Arianna Petrich to design a writing system for a post-apocalyptic speculative future. Role: Concept, Design, and 3D Rendering