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Imposing Model – The Design

You are reading Part 4 of this Imposing Model Project. Feel free to start at the beginning, or see the previous part here.

Now that I had an adjective, a noun, and a handful of rough hand sketches, it was time for me to start working through some concepts in 3D, so I started up SpaceClaim.

Still Sketching

In my hand sketches, I had found a few things that I really thought conveyed a sense of “imposing,” so these were my first targets. I tried exploring the idea of using the exposed speakers themselves as “lidless eyes” with limited success:

I then went back to the idea of something sweeping upward and outward, getting something like this:

At this point, I felt it was better to simplify, and distill the design down to fewer elements. This project was done for a “Design Form” class after all, so I figured I should make something more focused. So I broke the design down to one sweeping wave form carrying the two speaker elements:

Feeling that I was getting somewhere, I tried reinforcing the notion of top-heaviness by reversing the two speakers, this time placing the woofer on top of the tweeter:

I really liked where this was going now, and took some time to set up a mock-up environment. I built models of my computer and desk, and used these as references to set the scale of the speakers. I then sent the whole mock-up into my renderer to see what things looked like a bit more realistically than in SpaceClaim.

Design Refinement

At this point, it made sense to start building in some detail to my model. I knew I was going to have to make a physical model as well, so that placed some constraints upon how exaggerated the model could be.

I decided to start with the things that would be most difficult to make in real life, the speakers. Having some experience with the modeling foam we were using, I thought I would rather avoid having to make smooth and symmetric speaker cones. Instead of making them myself, I found some cheap car audio parts online; as an added perk, they provided 2D detailed drawings. It was easy to create these real-world speakers in my model. Again, the focus was on these speakers being very prominent and in your face.

It quickly became apparent that I needed to make the entire model larger; these speakers were a bit larger than the initial mock-up. I removed the grill feature on the top, and started fine tuning the design. I made all of the walls a bit bigger and sharper, giving me this:

Finishing Touches

I didn’t like how the speaker cones were jutting out from the base, so I extruded a cylinder straight back from both the woofer and tweeter. The tweeter now intersected the side walls of the “wave,” but I actually liked how that detail ended up looking.

After adding in a few rounds and some simple cabling off the back, I felt things were wrapping up nicely. However, seeing the speaker by itself doesn’t quite give a great idea of its scale, so it was time to head back to the desk mock-up:

Things looked good to me, so I made up few more renders:

At long last, the only thing left to do was build the model. I’ll cover the build next.

September 1, 2010 at 7:40 am | Classes, Projects, Work | 3 comments

3 Responses to “Imposing Model – The Design”

  1. [...] Once I had a good handle on what I wanted to pursue, I knew it would be faster to again move into SpaceClaim for some concept modeling, before I started building the speakers. I’ll cover that in the next post. [...]

  2. thaivu says:

    I think it wonder if you use Key shot render!

  3. JimboRocks says:

    Hi thaivu. You are correct, my renders were created in Keyshot. I should have mentioned that in the post. Thanks for asking.

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