Post 6 – 2024 Main Project plans and inspirations

My main project will be a home/virtual assistant using a Raspberry Pi. With AI being very popular, there are many ways to create a virtual  assistant. I plan on following an online tutorial to set up the main program. The aesthetic and design aspect of the project will be in the enclosure of the Raspberry Pi and hardware. I want to develop some of the ideas I had while working on the upcycling project. With the many constraints of that project, I wasn’t able to do everything I wanted. For this main project, I can 3D print the enclosure to give it a much better finished look. The enclosure will also feature a screen to communicate different things to the user.

Growing up, my personal aesthetic was very plain and minimalistic. As I started to explore different styles and aesthetics, I started to develop my love for color and bright designs. Different pop culture influences helped me develop my style and aesthetic. Graffiti art has always been prevalent. Graffiti has exaggerated features and a lot of color. When I think of this art, I think of great culture and places I’ve grown up in.

Brain Mash

Combining the bright colors of graffiti and my love for technology, my project aesthetic will feature these two aspects in a way I’ve never done before. I am taking inspiration from games like Valorant and more specifically the character Raze. Raze has a boombot that is very colorful and covered with graffiti. This is the aesthetic I am going for. Ever since I saw this bot, I really wanted to recreate it or do something similar.

Raze’s Boombot – Alvaro Bernal

Bullet Ville – Wolfie’s Hoversaw – Dani Ferguson

The images above are the general ideas I want to replicate for my main project. This is a bit outside of my comfort zone since I tend to gravitate towards a more minimalist aesthetic when fabricating things. I tend to use the form follows function idea. Since the hardware for this project is minimal, I have a lot of freedom with the enclosure and hope I can create something interesting.

Happy-Cube – Gareth Davies

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  • Benjamin Hyde
    March 12, 2024 4:53 pm

    Alexis, this is a wonderful use of vibrant colors and patterns, though most of the decals and details may not any sort of direct relation with each other the blend of them together gives a completed look. This reminds me a lot of the design in the game called Sunset Overdrive the best way I can describe it is as punk-punk.

  • Very cool idea and aesthetic, I’ve been wanting to make a raspberry pi virtual assistance as well and I haven’t even thought about a making cool enclosure. The pictures you showed would be a really awesome idea for the style. How do you plan on coloring the 3D print for the designs?

  • Jarod Ocampo
    March 2, 2024 8:55 pm

    This project sounds like a fascinating fusion of technology and art! It’s exciting to see how you plan to step outside your comfort zone with a more vibrant and expressive aesthetic inspired by graffiti and characters like Raze from Valorant. The idea of blending the colorful, exaggerated features of graffiti with the sleek functionality of a home/virtual assistant is genuinely innovative.


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