Main Project Inspiration-Seyo Cizmic

My main project idea wasn’t inspired directly by an item or movement, but instead came about while brainstorming. This brainstorming session however was inspired by this image:
Seyo Cizmic – Harakiri (Seppuku)

Although I enjoy the symbolism involved in the image, the juxtaposition of the hammer nailing itself also appealed to me. I began to think of items in everyday life that could be reinvented or enlivened while still imagining the image above. This led to my first sketches of brass knuckles somehow being soft instead of hard. Initially this began with bristles on the end of the knuckles. This quickly iterated to a new toothbrush design with brass knuckles for holding the brush. Although I really enjoy this idea, I felt like its functionality would suffer.

“Soft Brass Knuckles”

My brainstorming stumbled around some more and I began writing down whatever crazy idea popped up. I considered a new fire hydrant aesthetic, a laundry basket with skis to be more adapted for stairs, a flannel t-shirt (no collar), and finally a toilet paper roll. I liked the idea of enlivening a toilet paper roll because it is something so common in our everyday lives but it is seldom celebrated aesthetically.

My final project will be a toilet paper roll dispenser. My first sketches involve a face surrounding the roll. I knew the design would most likely be restricted as a box around the roll. After researching toilet paper dispenser designs, I found several box designs that all seemed to use some variant of a robot face. My final design does not use a robot face, however these designs have inspired me to design a dispenser that will be fun and colorful.
Robotan by Airyusha Japan

After thinking about the manufacturing process for my project, I have decided that 3D printing could be utilized to create complicated patterns for the front face of the dispenser. The ease of creation means that multiple designs can be printed and swapped out depending on preference. I plan to create several faces and perhaps a city scape outline. By 3D printing, the negative of the image will be where the empty space in the plastic is. This will create a pleasing and also functional effect where one will be able to see how much toilet paper is remaining in the dispenser.

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  • Tyler Lefholz
    March 6, 2017 1:03 pm

    Really unique idea, turning something so commonplace into a noticeable statement. I’m really interested to see how your city-scape idea will look on the dispenser. Using that “scape” idea, you could probably use several types of landscapes, creating a line of products. Excited to see how it turns out.

  • Sam Van Dreser
    March 5, 2017 8:09 pm

    I like your idea of spicing up the toilet paper dispenser. Most people take this item for granted but still use it everyday. Im curious as to what your city scape design will look like. Have you thought of something where you could incorporate the toilet paper into the design, one that comes to mind would be a glacial valley.

  • I really liked all of your sketches to show your brainstorming process. For your dispenser, are you going to try to make a juxtaposition like Seyo Cizmic? You could make the dispenser look like a toilet that is giving out toilet paper. Since you were also thinking about a city-scape design, you could create a forest-scape instead. Since paper is made from trees, that could be the focus of your design.


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