Jazz was a result of a partnership between B/E Aerospace, Panasonic Avionics, Formation Design Group, and Teague.
The goal was to design a next gen long-haul economy seat. The objective was to consider both seat and IFE design requirements simultaneously from the ground up, as opposed to the traditional method of plug and play.
Formation Design Group took the leading role designing the seat’s overall aesthetic, engineering its underlying structure and mechanisms, and developing its comfort systems.
Formation Design Group has developed a new lie-flat seating concept that represents the next major evolution in premium seating. The configuration features lie-flat beds arranged to allow seat counts comparable to traditional angled flat seats while providing larger beds compared to staggered arrangements. In addition, the concept allows for direct aisle access for all seats. This highly efficient arrangement is made possible by the use of vertical cabin space through a small elevation change incorporated into every third seat.
Hunter Engineering contracted Formation to design several components of their automotive diagnostics equipment series. I was a lead designer for their Revolution Tire Mounter, Road Force Wheel Balancer, and Elite Alignment Cabinets. I developed several phases of concepts, created prototype CAD models, and finalized renderings.
Quirky Vivo Wifi-Hifi Audio System
Vivo is a smart home audio system that wirelessly streams music, operates as an intercom, and keeps you abreast of the world around you. It has two detachable wireless speakers and a base station, which also functions as a wireless hub. Plus, its touchscreen interface pings you with real-time notifications and breaking news.
This was a two week exploration. I was the lead designer on this project, creating several designs, a physical prototype and aiding the photography & graphic teams with art direction.
Quirky Track Light
Track is a work light that communicates with a tracking wristband. When you move, it moves.
The wristband features a power button, with ON/OFF/ TRACK/PAUSE features.
The Light pivots on three axes to cast light at any angle. Its legs provide a solid base on nearly any surface. They also fold down to provide you a loop to hang the light in those awkward work environments.
Track can also be mounted to any standard camera tripod when extra height is needed.
Quirky Hang & Charge Rack
Rack is a streamlined, wall-mounted charging station that features adjustable hangers, a platform for your battery charger, three power outlets, and a mag-tray on top.
This was a two-week product exploration of a Quirky Idea submission. As the sole designer on this project I created several iterations before moving into CAD & prototyping a works-like model from laser cut cardboard. Finally I aided in the art direction for the photoshoot & retouching process.
VW Concept Switch
VW Concept Switch is a Smart EV with an expandable footprint to fulfill many user scenarios. A sliding rear hatch creates a truck-bed platform that can be reconfigured to provide many different storage options without compromising living space. Driven by four wheel-mounted electric motors that get their power from a super capacitor chasis, and regenerative braking.
* Senior Thesis Project 2008
Radiant Technology POS Terminal
Formation Design Group was contracted by Radiant Technologies to design their R30 Point of Sale Terminal. I participated in early brainstorms focusing on user interfacing, ergonomics, manufacturability and overall design language. A design of mine was used to create the final aesthetic design direction and architecture.
* IDEA Silver Award 2012
Pure Fishing Reels/Branding/Packaging
Pure Fishing contracted Formation to design several reels for their many brands. I have been a lead designer on several of these programs from mid-range salt water reels for Pfleuger or Penn to low-end fresh water reels for Shakespeare. I produced several 2D concepts that were selected from to create final CAD models & eventually a production reel currently being sold at many stores including Walmart, Bass Pro Shop, and Cabellas.