• "why did i did it so good the first?"

    The above quote (from myself, uttered repeatedly in a state of Rhino frustration) truly encapsulates the entire vibe of today. Our project has undergone major developments. As mentioned in the previous post, we started to explore other forms for the pendant. We undertook this task with more vigor after an unsuccessful hour of attempting to drill the magnet hole in our most recent pendant print. 

    Initially, we were reluctant to move past our current model. We only have two days or so left to produce a working prototype and a stunning presentation. (Not that I have any doubts about our capability to do so, but we’re cutting it pretty close.) However, we did further flesh out the concept of using a "flower-stem-combo-as-pill-storage design". But as quickly as we were convinced by this, we changed it once more (for two main reasons: time constraints and the fear of making it look childish). 

    From the flower idea, we leapt to "internal-organs-as-stylish-pendants”. With this, we decided to make only one pendant and partition off internal areas in the heart for different pills (corresponding to the time of day that the pill is supposed to be taken). To open, the user would just slide the top of the heart off (similar to a matchbox), an extremely simple and achievable project. I made several iterations of an anatomically correct heart and extruded various arteries to make for the pill compartments. The final result was fairly awesome, but it was also crude. 

    The heart as I had modeled it was essentially just a heart-shaped box. It didn’t have the same atmosphere or thoughtfulness of the previous orb model. Andrew suggested remodeling it with a webbed design, similar to that of Nervous System Jewelry.  We finished today with the plan sketch of the new heart in Rhino and an eager yet terrified emotional stance towards tomorrow’s work. 

    ALSO, we sought out some opinions on our project from outside the studio. Without further ado, here are the Official Necklace Testimonials:
    “Cool.” - Saeed Arida
    “Oh yeah, I would definitely wear this” - Saba Ghole
    “Sure, whatever, it’s your project” - Sofia Canale-Parola
    “That seems cool as heck” - Jake Barton

  • Our project's goals for the Medical Compliance studio was to increase consistent medication adherence for young women (12-20 years old), who because of forgetfulness and/or shame or taking medication in public. Established medical literature and our own experiences as forgetful adolescent girls proves that this is a relevant project. 
    "The Young and the Necklace" is an otherwise unadorned silver chain, with an anatomically-correct heart pendant about 4"x4"x1" in size. There are three inner compartments to contain pills for morning, noon, and night. 

  • Moments after sitting down to brainstorm ideas for our project, we both knew that creating an adaptive piece of jewelry that fixed a common problem was the way to go. Our first design thoughts were to create a statement piece of jewelry that was both unique and helpful and after making a few sketches and doing copious amounts of Google searching, we came up with the idea of creating a small orb like shape that from the outside, would appear to be just a pendant, but from the inside would hold your daily dose of medication. This design fixes two major problems. It fixes the problem of carrying around an ugly, unwieldy pill case. Our design also facilitates an easy-to-access medication when out and about. Our design makes it as easy as rotating a lid and taking out the desired pill. After making a few prototypes and figuring out exactly how we wanted our pendants to look, we decided to go ahead with our original design of a ribbed sphere. After modeling on rhino and printing our first prototype out, we knew we had a ton of adjustments to make. By the end of the project it was very clear that while having more than one design idea is important, sometimes sticking to that first idea is the best solution to not rushing a project.

  • "Compliance" suggests a sort of negative attitude, but what does it actually mean in a medical context? In truth, "medical compliance" is not typically solely forcing people to take their medication. It has a much broader application. It's about allowing people to make their own informed decisions, and we're focusing on making that a more interesting and enjoyable experience. As the autonomy of disabled people is continuously stripped and ableism on an institutional level enforced, this concept is becoming more and more important. Our overall goal as a studio and as individuals is to find an innovative way to enable and empower our users, so they can achieve something they couldn't before. 

    We began with this exercise of attempting to list the food we had eaten from the last four days. This let us get an idea of how aware we were of what we eat, what might prevent us from not being careless, and started to stir some potential brainstorming ideas.