As the Lead Designer and Project Coordinator for the EXO Building System I was responsible for designing and implementing all components of the system. I managed all document creation, supervised manufacturing and construction, and handled all account managment.
The EXO Building System is a series of structural panels that click together to create a permanent structure. EXO buildings were designed to have a 50 year maintenance free structural life span, and as such the structures exceeded most BC Building code requirements. The panels are comprised of a steel exterior cladding, insulating foam, structural HSS tubing, and the vapour barrier. The advantages of this system are shorter build times and lower costs when compared to traditional building practices.
My role at a glance:
• Developed and implemented design directions
• Project management
• Account manager
• Hired and managed drafting team
• 3D modeled all components using Solidworks
• Designed and detailed all structural steel
• Worked with a team of designers to develop tooling and manufacturing procedures
• Supervised manufacturing and maintained quality control
• Supervised on site construction and ensured buildings were built correctly
• Applied for building permits and liaison with city inspectors
Exploded view of an EXO building
Finished 4 classroom building built for School District 43 in Port Coquitlam
A private residence in Abbotsford completed in 2015
Prototype building that was manufactured and assembled in the EXO facility
Completed in 2014, this 3 classroom EXO building was an addition to an existing private school located in Surrey BC
EXO panels allow the customer to pick from a wide range of options when it comes to shape, configuration, and colour
I was responsible for designing and detailing all structural steel components of the EXO Building System
All EXO components are fabricated in house at their facility in Langley BC. Shown here is the CWB certified welder assembling a truss for a future EXO building.
EXO panel production line
EXO wall panels assembled on site
Blakeburn elementary construction phase
Blakeburn Elementary EXO classroom
I was responsible for designing and assembling the EXO trade show booth, in addition I attended all tradeshows as the resident EXO expert.
NoBoard is a pioneer in the sport of powder surfing - snowboarding without bindings. As an avid snowboarder I was truly excited by the opportunity to work with the client to design their 2nd generation grip mat and bring it to production. Structural design and material selections were key to developing a prodcut that met the client's needs for flawless performance in a wide range of situations and temperature ranges.
• Worked with client to develop concept, iterating from napkin sketch to Solidworks 3D model
• Designed and optimized tooling
• Utilized proprietary polymer blend to maintain durometer in all temperatures
• Supervised manufacturing
Aluminum tooling for NoBoard grips
Harvester Grow Trays
Harvester came to me with the request to create a new product line while implementing a lower tooling cost. Traditionally high quantity production runs of vacuum formed products require cast aluminum molds, which are quite expensive to produce. It was important to keep the new molds aluminum so the solution was to use aluminum sheets and cut all components out on a CNC water jet machine. Each piece interlocks and requires minimal welding without sacrificing strength or performance. At 1/3rd the cost of cast tooling the new style of tooling was deemed a success and was utilized across the entire product line.
3' x 6' tray.
Exploded view of aluminum tooling, all pieces interlocked and were welded together to create a low cost, high performing mold.
Stack-ability for shipping was important to Harvester, the newly designed trays met the goal of 40 per pallet.
Multiple models have been created by modifying the dimensions of the original tooling design.
The Hakkasan Group is a Las Vegas based company that owns and operates a number of hotels, nightclubs, and restaurants that are located all over the world. Over the years I have developed a close working relationship with Hakkasan designing and manufacturing promotional products for their celebrity clientele and musical performers.
To attract some of the top architects in the world, Hakkasan approached me to design a container to house their invitation to bid for the design of their new hotel in Dubai.
The case is made from bamboo plywood that has been etched with a CNC laser cutter.
3D renderings of the final design, presented to, and approved by Hakkasan.
CNC laser etched bamboo piece pre stain.
Hakkasan tasked me to create a book cover to house a marketing package that was being presented to their top resident DJ, Calvin Harris.
All logos are CNC machined and hand polished.
3D rendering package presented to client.
Laser etching and stain prototype.
Omnia Day Club Grand Opening Invitations
Omnia approached me to design their invitations to the grand opening of their day club in Bali, Indonesia. They wanted something the invitee would be able to wear and bring to the event as a pass to get in.
Cardboard Coat Rack
As a packaging designer at the Great Little Box Company I needed something to hang my wet clothing on during the rainy months. Instead of purchasing a coat rack, I looked to my surrounding environment for inspiration. Having witnessed the structural capabilities of corrugated cardboard the choice was obvious. After my original prototype lasted through 2 winters I made the decision to do a small production run and had them for sale in a local designer goods shop in Vancouver.
The coat rack was made entirely of cardboard and 100% recylcable, there was no additional hardware or materials used.
Capable of supporting many items.
Product was flat packed and easy to assemble. 2 identical pieces interlocked to create the finished product.
Jewel Night Club Grand Opening Invitations
ARIA Hotels + Casinos in Las Vegas was looking for a way to invite their VIP clientele to their grand opening of their new nightclub JEWEL. They wanted something that would live beyond its use of the delivered message, an item that the end user will want to keep and cherish.
Concept 1: Jewelry Case
As the user opens the box a LED light would be activated that would illuminate a hologram on the underside for the lid. This hologram would have the invitation details for the grand opening.
Concept 2: Jeweler's Kit
Lifting the lid would reveal a stir stick provided by the co-sponsor, Grey Goose Vodka, a jeweler's glass, and the invitation laser etched onto a small gold acrylic triangle. The invitation would be etched small enough that the jeweler's glass would be needed to read it.
Final Direction: Hologram
The client chose to go with a hybrid of the 2 concepts presented, they wanted the shape of concept 2, and the functionality of concept 1.
Shown here are various stages of production, the production line, a base on the vacuum forming machine, and a series of trimmed bases.
The Final Product
The Final Product
Logos and Graphic Work
A selection of logos and graphic work from the past 10 years.
Located in the Pine Pass in Northern BC, Powder King is a ski hill known for it's steep runs and deep snow. The Ski Club approached me to update their logo with one requirement, that it have mountains.
When a ringette team from Kelowna came to me to design a new logo they wanted me to draw inspiration from Calgary Flames logo.
Ram has been in business for 12 years and when it was time to update their logo their design brief was simple: "We want the logo to have a big horn sheep, we don't want it to be a cartoony, and please make it a bit country".
Core77 hosted a contest sponsored by Wavesport Kayaks to design the base graphics for one of their freestyle models. Sticking with the freestyle theme I looked to my favourite sport for inspiration, skateboarding. My design was select as a top 5 finalist and I was the recipient of a cash prize, in addition a limited prodcution run of my design was produced and sold on Wavesport's website.