Zhomb CreativeAdvertising/Marketing in Burleigh Heads, Queensland
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I was contracted to provide 3D modelling and design assistance by Lead Designer and Project Manager, Tim Stevenson of Change Industrial Design. The 3D modelling aspect spanned 5 configurations of cubicle layouts with 2 types of roofs to suit each, and the client had requested these to be deliverable in one 3D Assembly. Tim had a strong vision to deliver to the highest level of durability, vandal resistance, and design refinement. My role centered around the structure, roofing and signage with design exploration conducted into many other areas of the project. Once the 3D model had been refined to a high state, the Client took over to construct a prototype with which to identify outstanding components requiring resolution.
I was contracted to create the 3D CAD files from the clients basic prototype. Design considerations for the end user were applied with assistance from Michael, bass guitarist from death metal thrash band Widow the Sea. I worked closely with the Production Engineer, Bill McMinn, to optimise the design through FDM prototyping and onto production through injection moulding. For the final aesthetic, being a uniquely Australian product, I had no option but to elect a uniquely Australian snake to become the motif... enter the Copperhead!
Zhomb was born on a dusty country back road in a tomato field somewhere in northern Queensland. Scribbled into the travel diary of two intrepid adventurers, their puppy Mo, and a clapped-out 1971 Holden. Unfortunately for some, it has nothing to do with the living dead, and means absolutely zilch! Intensely hated by my first business mentor, it has nevertheless endured. A word on him though, he would travel back in time and rebrand Nike as Speedys Sporty Sprinters...
Besides, I just love the logo!
In 2002 I began the patenting process following on from the completion of the research and development phase which resulted in a fully functional prototype. This process resulted in the Australian Patent - 2003254391 and the United States Patent - 7,166,004 being granted. I was simultaneously approaching swim brands worldwide with a view to a partnership for production, distribution and branding which saw the creation of prototypes 6 - 13. In late 2006, Speedo USA released th...eir own design onto the market. Although a blow for the project, I quickly realised they had given me two gifts, first the proof of market, and second a benchmark. I trialled the best of my prototypes against their product and found mine close in terms of functionality. I re-prototyped by creating handmade epoxy plugs that were then moulded in silicone. From these the P-Type 14 was poured in Polyurethane. Currently under quantitative testing and review.
This project was undertaken as a competition for Amerind whilst on study exchange at Istituto Europea di Design, Madrid. The brief required a piece of mobile furniture, incorporating the company products and appealing to young professionals, whose lives are increasingly nomadic. The result is this overtly playful coffee table underpinned with some solid engineering. I recently revisited the design, recreating the 3D CAD files and further resolving the components.
The brief required a water bottle of any form for any market. I used the traditional leather water gourd as a design reference.
Project undertakings included market evaluation and positioning, concept through to resolution sketches. Form studies were conducted in blue foam, and the final form prototype was created using vacuum formed plastic sheet.
The product intent is plastic injected body with neoprene fabric wrap for comfort and creation of small key pocket.
The brief required form resolution for a home electrical device. Project undertakings included concept through to resolution sketches for three separate products. The most resolved sketch of each were taken to form studies using blue foam. A further and final form study was created from the best of these. The final concept form being created in jelutong timber with part separation to emulate final product split lines.