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For Methods, we did more of a product design/graphic design based project. This year's theme was school supplies.
We got to choose a theme, and gender/age group as our target market, and apply aesthetic and functional ideas to it.
It made me wish I was an ID major :-
Anyway, I tried to give it the busy composition and linework look of some of the turn-of-the-century illustrations I've seen.
As you can see, I decided on sort of a "steampunk" theme, but with more of a concentration on function than decoration. What, er, "grinds my gears" sometimes is when people just slap gears on top of surfaces, and the gears aren't even connecting to anything, or doing anything interesting. They're just, well, stuck in there.
I wanted to try to avoid that in my school supply line.
On this particular panel, I have a backpack, a frankensteined-together pencil-pen-eraser-highlighter, and a combination lock.
The backpack is a hybrid of bent aluminum made to look like copper, and thick leather, with some nylon here and there holding it all together. It features several gadgets, such as a crude scales on the bottom that measure the force of the contents on the bottom of the backpack and reports them in pounds with a little dial. Meaning that when people walk and the stuff bounces up and down, the dial will visibly waver back and forth. It also has a small speaker that people can plug an mp3 player into, and a little thermometer, and of course-- a clock!
The two pockets on the outside (actually "compartments" since they're made of metal) are lockable and can be opened with the same pen nib in panel 1.
The pencil contraption is actually something that can attach to any pencil, so that you have everything at once-- a ball-point pen, an eraser, and a highlighter with a round container for ink that looks a lot like a chemistry bottle. The pencil and eraser are realistically replaceable. Not sure about the other two...
The combination lock, ironically, doesn't do anything extra. I thought about putting a clear glass back on it, but for obvious reasons that wouldn't be a good idea. Think of how much easier it would be to break into!