2016 (3 weeks)
Nostalgic Object was inspired by a hand-cranked emergency radio that I would use during hurricannes while growing up in Texas.
Hurricane season sometimes meant days without power--- at times, setting up a shelter in the windowless space beneath the stairs while the outside was howling.
The design goal: save the treasured nostalgic object, but rework the controls and design to make them more logical, and the aesthetics more user-friendly.
Horizontal radio dial movement is in line with graphics
Radio Dial movement is in line
The flashlight is controlled by turning its rim.
Its form and warm glow are reminiscent of an old projector. It gives off a diffused ambient glow.
The original radio was very unintuitive, overly rugged, and confusing to use in the dark.
Original Design Issues:
Inputs (eg: signal type and tuning) were not in line/ the same orientation with the selections.
Basic input locations are not obvious when operating the radio in the dark.
Many similar style knobs used for different functions.
I examined and redesigned the radio layout to be gridded and hierarchical