For our main project I went back and forth on what to make. It is truly the hardest decision in this class…
I really wanted to make something for my van, since I am working on building it out. Some of the ideas included making a custom roof rack with a deck and slide out beam to support hammocks. This was a cool idea as I would have to learn to weld, which is a skill I intend to acquire this semester. The aesthetic would have been “van-life.”
Figure 1. Van-life
The other two ideas I had involved electronics. One was a led car window display that would be programmable to say things like, “oops, I’m sorry,” or “get off my tail!”
Figure 2. LED display
The other was a custom sounds car honk with buttons that could be programmed for each different sound.
Figure 3. Custom sounds car horn
But after thinking really hard about what I wanted this project to be, and discussing it with my wife, I went a completely different direction. I decided make something for one of the things I am most passionate about, cycling. The reason for this decision was not only because I love cycling (and I also coach for a local bike team), but because I have hopes to work in the bike industry after graduation. So I wanted this project to put me out of my comfort zone and do something I haven’t really done before, yet it is related to cycling. So I landed on making some sort of clothing article for cycling. What I have in mind is a very light weight and packable wind/rain jacket. And sure, there are plenty of companies that do this and have great products, but I want to go through the whole process of making this on my own, and expanding my skills set. The aesthetic that this embodies is a “cycling aesthetic,” plus a “minimalist aesthetic” since it is light-weight. Below are some images of the inspiration for this product I chose to pursue.
Thank you for reading.
Figure 1. https://www.instagram.com/p/B2WNXNEhOU2/
Figure 2. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/842736149005853357/?lp=true
Figure 3. https://www.google.com/search?q=custom+car+horn&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwjyt4nsud_nAhULBs0KHZIKAXkQ2-cCegQIABAA&oq=custom+car+horn&gs_l=img.3..0j0i24l8.80644.86394..87382…4.0..0.203.3324.0j18j1……0….1..gws-wiz-img…….35i39j0i67.knoSkTpXL1c&ei=YCBOXvKHBouMtAaSlYTIBw&bih=609&biw=1280&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS813US813#imgrc=19q7HDHvhDTYHM
Figure 4. https://www.thegeekycyclist.com/best-things/waterproof-cycling-jackets/
Figure 5. https://www.mbr.co.uk/buyers_guide/best-waterproof-mountain-bike-jackets-337470
Figure 6. https://roadcyclinguk.com/gear/pearl-izumi-pro-barrier-lite-jacket-review.html