Spring 2015 IPP


Jules Gouvin-Moffat
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Our on-and-off work (the combined time was about two months) on this project has culminated in this latest iteration. At first, we were focused on the mechanism, and how to make the concept of an adaptive high heel come to life. We made a few different prototypes, but we liked the idea of the shoe constructed out of different parts, so the actual heel could fold down into the rest of the shoe, which would also create a unique, interesting design. We found a template for the outline of a high heel, and from that created a high heel in a modeling software called Rhino. The sole was split in two and hinged,  just below the toe, to make an easier (and possible) transition from low to high positions. The bottom of the heel component was hinged to the lower sole, so both pieces could move. The heel and upper sole were notched together, rather than hinged, but the notch we designed in this initial iteration was weak and not secure. The overall shape was also not stylish, uncomfortable, and led to a certain fragility that meant we didn’t feel safe walking on it.


With new knowledge on high heel design, we remodeled the notch and designed our own shoe shape. Where our first iteration was too skinny, this iteration was too big. Inspired by an actual human foot, it was more comfortable but still drastically lacking in style. Although we wanted to be distinct from a typical high heel, we also wanted our product to look as good as possible. The new notch was also much too tight, and required the user to pull at an unreasonable angle and with unreasonable strength. We also added slots to the side of the upper sole and base, for lacing straps.

For our spring independent project, we fixed the remaining problems, with a focus on making the heel user-friendly and beautiful. One of our more major accomplishments was the addition of straps, which took many iterations and adjustments in the design of the heel. We wanted the attachment method to be as discreet as possible, so we experimented with a lot of different methods for concealment. We were drawn to lacing the straps through the back of the heel, which is mostly not paid attention to. After trying horizontal slots, four slots, side slots, and slots that went through the heel entirely, we decided on simplicity: one vertical channel (which is the equivalent of two slots), and one slot in the base, which is mostly hidden in the new reveal.  Jenny Milwid, a professional leatherworker, came in to teach us about using leather and lend us her tools and high-quality leather. From there, we cut our own straps with holes and buckles, and made two for each shoe. We also redesigned the shape of the shoe to be both distinct and beautiful, and made a notch that can attach securely as well as detach easily.


Abi Tenenbaum
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In this one week studio, I wanted to create some kind of animation. I spent many hours brainstorming, and eventually I came up with diong a sequel to a past NuVu animation. I decided t animate white lines on top of live footage. I wanted the video to be a sort of introduction to NuVu that new students could watch to get a sense of what they're getting in to. I explored the design process and the different aspects of creating a project to find good scenes and activities to include in the movie. Trying to capture the spirit of NuVu in one week with a one-and-a-half minute video is not as simple as it might seem. NuVu's uniqueness and amazingness is not easily expressed in any form, and the oppurtunities the students get to explore so many different projects allows them to explore the limits of their openness and creativity.


Abi Tenenbaum

This is a movie trying to capture the spirit of NuVu in the Spring of 2015. Each scene is also a step in the design process that all of NuVu's students explore in their time here. Scenes range from brainstorming and sketching to coding and documenting.


Max Dadagian
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I started this project by sketching out ideas and conceptualizing how I wanted the device to work.  I knew that I wanted to completley deviate from the idea of a zero-gravity rowing machine and focus more on making the device much more practical in terms of usability and aphordability.  After lots of sketching and brainstorming I knew that I wanted to create an ergometer that would attach to the wall and the device could be folded down from there, and be used using elastics for resistance.  The building process was very long primarily due to the fact that it was difficult to design pieces that fit perfectly with eachother.  I did not have multiple iterations fo the whole device all together, but I had many different iterations for each of the individual pieces.

Seat Iterations:

I had three different iterations for the seat.  The first seat was the same size as the origanl with two triangular pieces on the bottom where the two armature pieces would fit in between.  The next iteration for the seat had a handle that extended down from the seat so the user could grab the handle and lift the seat up and out.  However the handle was far too thin and bended whenever pulled as if it was going to break.  In addition I ran into a challenge when gluing the triangular pieces into the right places.  I than put slots into the seat where the triangles can fit in.  

Armature Iterations:

There are three parts to the armature.  The first is the piece that attaches to the wall.  Initially I had just one piece that would attach to the wall.  I than realized that if I was going to use a hinge, I would need about three of those pieces glued to eachother in order to make the hinge more stirdy.  In addition, this pice includes a groove where a pin fits that doesnt allow the armature to rotate past 90 degrees which is full extension. In addition it has another slot that fits between the other two armature pieces and fits a nylon spacer, thus allowing the device to fold flat into the box.  Each iteration of these pieces was simply trying to get it to fit the device and allow it to fold flat into the box.  The other armature pieces are the ones that attach to the seat.  these are simply to pieces of wood that are screwed to the joint between them and the piece attached to wall and to seat.  

The Box:

The body of the box only took one iteration on box maker.  However, the details of the face of the box had to be altered on Rhino three times.  The first two times the face of the box was cut, the device could not fit through the slot that I had designed to be cut out due to the fact that the bolts and the rubber bands glued on the side of the armature where wider than the lot.  In addition the top of the hole for the box was not high enough because the box was hitting the edge on the way out of the box.  In order to combat these issues I redesigned the face of the box twice more altering the width of the slot for the armature and the size of the hole for the seat.  This took me two prints to get the device to fit the box without hitting the edges of the face.  

Final Post

Weliton Filho

In our final model of the spring loaded pull down mechanism that provides a private and comforting space when sitting on the couch, we modeled it 1/5 the size of the actual couch. This final model is twice the size of all our other iterations.

Our biggest challenge was calculating the math of two restrictions: 1) The length of the mechanical arm in order for the top drawer to clear the bottom. 2) The distance between the hole cut on the top and the hole cut on the bottom when the two drawers are sitting next to each other. To solve for these restrictions, we made diagrams and designed triangles within them using the Pythagorean theorem to solve for the missing side. The distance between both holes has to be 69mm and the length of the mechanical arm has to be 79.75mm in order for the top drawer to clear the edge of the bottom one when being pulled down.


Max Dadagian

The main manufacturer of rowing machines (ergometers) is a company called Concept 2.  The cheapest ergometer one can purchase from them new is $900, these are expensive machines.  This is primarily because of the technology that they use.  These machines apply resistance through a fly wheel that is attached to a fan thus proudcing air pressure.  All of this is shown on a monitor.  Therefore, the price of an erg would be more than halfed if one were to apply the resistance through a different mean.  I decided to just that and apply resistance through elastics.  This way, one would get the same resistance when pulling as they would with a normal erg.  However, there would actually be more of work out the elastics could there would be  more resistance on the way back to the front end of the stroke due to the tension on the elastics.  In addition, Concept 2 ergs take up a lot of space, this collapses into a box that would mount on the wall, and when wants to work out they would unfold the erg out from the wall.  In addition, the only way to know you are rowing with poor technique on a normal rowing machine is if a coach tells you.  This device would be used off of the ground and the user would be kept up by the elastics on the handle, however, the user would still end up hit the ground if they were using poor technique.  Therefore, in order to not hit the ground one has to maintain good technique thus making the device self correcting so anyone can use it.  Therefore this device is deviating from the focus of simulating rowing on the way and putting more of a focus on getting a good workout.  


Tyler Morris

    Initially, I planned on using the wireless MIDI technology provided to me by Fishman Transducers to elaborate my own musical performance with colorful images and illustrations, however, I realized that, when connecting these two arts (musical and visual), I should create a visual story. Eventually the idea evolved into creating a story that can be controlled by my note choice on the guitar because I took inspiration from the "create your own adventure" themes books that I read growing up. After brainstorming various plot lines that could be altered, I decided that the story should mean something to the viewers of my performance and that my performance should be interactive. I also decided that my performance should involve peoples' emotions because music is such a unique and emotional experience. 

    I first attempted my Musical Portrait idea by using my own emotions. In order to connect my emotions to music, I researched emotional questions and created a list of approximately 25 questions that elicit emotional responses from a person. After answering my own survey, I found images that represented each one of my answers to the questions and I imported all of the images to the Resolume Arena MIDI projection mapping software. Then, using my extensive knowledge of music, I MIDI-mapped each of my images to a musical note that would most commonly portray the emotion that is presented in the image. After MIDI-mapping the images, I tested my performance and I decided that I should have another individual answer my survey.

   For the next iteration of my Musical Portrait, I asked one of my peers to answer the survey and, after he had completed the survey, we found images together that properly represented each of his responses. Using data from my own presentation on the notes that correlated with each question of the survey, I mapped the student's images to notes in Arena. After testing the student's personal presentation, I decided that the images that evoked positive images should be in the background, while the darker and more negative emotional images should overlay on top of the positive images when a chord is played, in order to fully represent the full sound and emotional diversity of the chord.  

   For my final presentation, I decided to use Cole's Musical Portrait because of the emotion diversity that his answers and images had. In the final version of Cole's Musical Portrait, I adjusted the opacity of the positive emotionally images to 0.90 and I adjusted the opacity of the negative emotional images to less that 0.90 in order to blend the images together when a chord is played. For the final presentation, I will perform the song "Neon Suns", which and an originally composition on my debut album, And So It Begins, because the chorus of the song sounds very sad and dissonant, while the verse of the song is more uplifting and elicits a positive feeling to the audience. Because of the many emotions present in "Neon Suns", I believe that the song will fully demonstrate the capabilities of MIDI technology as well as the combination of visual and musical art.   


Teresa Lourie


Michael Schaff and 2 OthersMatthew Lapuck
Ivan Carroll

The main idea is to create a collapseble, space efficiant and affordable foldable chair that easily transforms into a table or desk. Our design prompt was redesign our privous folding chair from the first studio of the term. One problem that we faced was that almost every classroom and office is the lack of space, with our design we were able to reduce the space need in order to have the most choices for a combansion of chairs and tables. 


Michael Schaff and 2 OthersIvan Carroll
Matthew Lapuck

Our design prompt was could we improve the folding chair that had been built in the previous Montessori furniture studio.

We were tasked to redesign our folding chair from the previous Montessori furniture studio. Our group began by brainstorming how to improve upon the previous folding chair. We were aspiring to allow the our next chair to be more space efficient, versatile, and dynamic. The apparent change that needed to be made from our previous chair was allow it to fully fold and become a flat surface. We planned 

We spent a lot of time brainstorming how we could improve the folding chair and make it more space efficient than the one that was previously built. We came up with the idea of building a chair that folds into a box that can be easily carried around and stacked on one another. Originally we also decided that we were going to build a separate folding table to accompany the chair but we ended up deciding to combine the two together to make a chable. Our final solution was a chable that folds up and fits in a box.

Our first iteration was a separate folding chable and chair. Our idea was that they would be easily portable and one could bring them with them on trips like camping and going to the beach. The table would have legs that swung down from the main body of the table and the table would fold into quarters to make it small and easy to transport. The chair consisted of three pieces that would come out of the box which would act as the back leg. The three pieces were the back rest which would just come straight out of the box. The seat and front legs which would be attached to one another by a hinge. One problem with this was the table was not really any different from various existing folding tables. Also we were having trouble putting the chair together since we hadn't designed any locking methods and tracks for it. We decided that we should combine the two ideas into one making a chable

Our second iteration combined the easily portable chair and table into one design. We designed it so that the chair would still come out of the box and it was still very similar to our previous design for the chair. The big change was the table portion of our design. As previously stated it was combined into the box. The legs were cut into the bottom part of the box and swung down from the box. The legs by them self were too short so we had a piece in each of the legs that slid down to extend the legs and make them longer. The problem with this design is it didn't look very good or work so well. The legs weren't stable and the leg extenders didn't work, they would just bend and the table would fall over. We decided that for our next iteration the table legs will be inside the box as well and it would use the same pieces to be a table and a chair.

Our third and final iteration was the best of the three and the only one that actually worked well. for the design we took what we previously had and continued working on it. We designed it so that in the sides there were little cuts that could be used to lock the seat in place and prevent in from bending. For the back rest we cut holes into the seat that would hold the back rest. Additionally we had decided that we were going to use the seat as the table so we designed another piece that would fit over the seat and act as both the seat and the table top. Our final iteration worked pretty well and looked cool as well. 

Our final product is a chable that folds in on itself and fits into a box for easy space efficient storage. It can act as both a chair and a table by just manipulating the pieces in it. It is made by cutting pieces of wood using the laser cutter and putting them together. Very little construction is needed besides gluing the box together and adding hinges to the legs and a wire to act as a locking device for the