I am an experience designer and strategist 
fostering dialogue between technology and people.

Lighting: Beta Bloc Lamps (2010 - Present)

The updated version of these light sculptures took off on fab.com in May 2012. You can learn more and buy them at betablocs.com.

Reclaimed Architectural Glass Block + Electroluminescent Wire + Electronic Controls

This is one of my favorite projects, created during Bill Burnett's Formgiving class for the Illuminating Object assignment. Modular Beta Blocs were created from reclaimed architectural glass block and electroluminescent wire that plug into a purpose-designed control box. They are dimmable and can be programmed to a respond in various ways to a wide range of external stimuli including ambient light, sound, touch, temperature, humidity, proximity, etc.

This animated gif shows how a new version responding to sound.

The video below shows the very first prototype responding initially to the sound of bubble wrap popping, then to the vibration caused by me shaking it vigorously.

From a design perspective, I chose to explore the physical principle of Brownian Motion, or the seemingly random movement of particles suspended in a liquid or gas. The 25' - 40' of EL wire are fed carefully into a painstakingly drilled hole in each block. The path of the EL wire is primarily a function of the block's internal volume and features, enabled by only minor aesthetic input during the assembly process.

Study: Color (2009)

Stanford's ARTSTUDIO60 class is a contemporary take on The Basic Course at the Bauhaus as taught by Johannes Itten. It is a rite of passage in the Stanford Design Program. 300 Objects, is essentially a color theory exercise in which students paint 300 small objects and arrange them in three different patterns using 100 objects per pattern. The goal is to give students a more intuitive understanding of color and a language in which to communicate it.

Process shots below.