Triton is a DIY floor lamp that features three fluorescent tube bulbs that pass through over 200 lasercut wood pieces to produce a visually striking pattern of light. Instructions and necessarily files for building the lamp were posted to Instructables.com and the project was a finalist in the website's annual Epilogue Challenge.
AlgoRhythm is one part voice recorder, one part instant song machine. The app opens on the recording screen and begins recording with a single tap, providing the immediacy and simplicity needed for spontaneous song ideas. A library of song templates can transform the user's recorded voice into a variety of song styles to help inspire the creative process. I conducted human-centered generative research to drive ideation around the function of the app, and created interface designs and renderings
I designed and manufactured this pair of stacking bar stools that feature a flexible leather sling under the seat for safeguarding personal belongings while keeping them conveniently within arms reach. The Tatonka Stool, named after the buffalo leather used, is a solution designed for the "third place"; a public place where clientele spend several hours working, and often have bags or purses with them.
The Light Writer is an experimental X-Y gantry built from upcycled ink-jet printer parts (and a toy bus). It utilizes the ink cartridge carriage mechanisms to drive an LED around an XY plane. The stepper motors and LED are controlled by an Arduino running special G-Code software (typically used for CNC machines). Vector art is converted into G-Code commands and a long-exposure camera technique is used to capture the image drawn by the LED.
With the advent of the "third place" people are increasingly finding themselves working in new types of spaces; From Starbucks to dedicated co-working spaces. As this new type of working environment develops, so too should the furniture within these spaces. The Orion Co-Working Table aims at providing a versatile working surface that can be comfortably used by individuals as well as groups of varying sizes. This is accomplished by the tabletops non-right and asymmetrical angles, inspired by the shape of the constellation Orion. These odd angles encourage people seated at the table to not face directly toward each other, as they would with a typical rectangular tabletop.
Using the Squarespace platform I have developed several websites for a wide range of clientele. Each site is a unique solution that required design of visual assets custom front-end coding. On the Yell Hello website, Squarespace was used in Developer Mode to allow maximum flexibility and customization of the JSON template.
Drinking With Benefits is a loyalty platform for the craft alcohol industry. Working closer with the founder I designed the user interface in Sketch. I also developed a prototype of the app using InVision that the founder uses to show potential investors. Since beginning work with Drinking With Benefits, the company has been accepted into a tech incubator and is rapidly acquiring investment.
Supernova Showdown is a 2 to 4-person board game designed with a Space Western theme. Cowboy robots and cowboy aliens square off in a fight to claim uncharted galactic territory. I designed the board, pieces, cards, manual, ships, and gameplay. I worked with a concept artist from Dreamworks to develop the characters for the game. The board and pieces are made of lasercut wood and acrylic.
Varsity Bike in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota hired Joe Kane Design to construct an interactive web application. The shop sells bike parts in various colors and the app allows potential customers to try out different color combinations before visiting the shop. CLICK HERE to try it out.
Visual design of logos and marketing materials.
Developed for the annual Formula-e competition at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Andross is a remote controlled car powered by a 16-foot rubber band. The rubber band is housed within an aluminum drive shaft and wound with a drill to provide the necessary power to complete the individual race events. Each Formula-e team was comprised of two graduate Industrial Design students from Art Center and one Design student from Pasadena City College.
Joe has 5 years of professional experience as a Visualization Artist. His weapons of choice are Cinema 4D, Solidworks, and Sketchup.
A mixture of sketches including pen, marker, and Photoshop renderings.
Filtered water bottles typically require increased suction when drinking in order to pull the water through the drinking straw. Passive filter bottles require several hours to filter the water. Twist uses a plunger filter method to filter an entire bottle of water in seconds. The plunger shaft doubles as the straw and the unique form of the bottle causes the plunger to Twist as it is lowered into the bottle. It also provides a comfortable grip.
Peacock Summer is an summertime apparel and accessory brand with a simple mission: Summertime. All the time. Everywhere.
I served as product manager during the development of the Peacock Summer product line and spearheaded the design process from ideation through prototype production and marketing.
A line of products for helping to keep your office and home organized. With a telephone pole design motif, they serve as a gentle reminder to pick up the phone and call someone you care about. Something that is done less and less with the rise of digital forms of communication. All of the products are designed for flat-pack shipping.
Photography is one of my many hobbies. With my love of nature I naturally gravitated towards macro photography and love exploring the world beneath our feet and enlarging it to reveal what is otherwise missed in passing.