Industrial Designer


I will be posting some random thoughts, projects and doodles to this page. Stay posted.

Posts tagged Design Process

Another fun little community design challenge, thrown together by the guys at Creative Session. The project was to redesign a desk fan with the following criteria listed below.

1.Desk Fan,   2.On/Off,   3.Battery/USB powered,   4.Articulate at various angles,   5.Blades

I wanted to go with a more unconventional shape of the fan, where most of the fans in the market today have a flat fronts and are quite shapeless. I wanted the user to be able to interact with the fan and to move it in whatever direction they needed the air to flow. A sphere seemed like the best possible solution and the cradle/stand would act as a power source and a nest for the desk fan. After a few quick rounds of sketches and building the cad, I started to render the 3D in a darker environment and the shape reminded me of a planet or a moon. I thought it would be appropriate with a name that represented this vision so I went with Triton - the largest moon of Neptune. 


It has come to my attention that the overall shape and size of the vent cuts might be too small and create a lot of noise when the fan is running. So if this was to be made, I would have to re-think the vent shapes and overall design and open the container a lot more (thought for the future). The USB power cable could be attached to a power adapter or directly to a laptop with an App to control the fan speed and activation. 

Attitude during the creative design process

I drew up my own diagram for the attitude change that occurs throughout my creative process during a project. It is a mix between the Creative Design Process tweet by Marcus Romer and design courage by David Whetstone.


What I’ve experienced as a freelance product designer, is that you’re constantly going through periods of self-doubt. This is or course natural, but sometimes hard to grasp for people outside of the industry or even for clients that just want you to deliver.

Fear is generally the biggest obstacle I face during this process. Fearing that you won’t deliver on time or to the expectations of the client, fear that you took on too much, and the fear that you’ll deliver sub-par design that will wreck further job opportunities.

My exercise lately, that’s come through a lot of rounds with myself, is to try to absorb that fear and turn it into a motivational driver to work harder and extend further. It doesn’t always work, and I often fall back into the same track of ups and downs that are presented in the diagram above, but being cognizant about the emotional roller-coaster and accepting it as a process makes it somewhat easier to perform the tasks at hand.

I do have a love/hate relationship with design and I think it’s healthy to be able to take a step back and be critical to what you’re doing, but at the same time let the process take control and in the end try to be content/happy with what you have produced as long as you gave it your all.