Brian Cusack
Industrial Designer
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Artos

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Artos

Desk lamp for college students


Brief

PRODUCT DESIGN

RESEARCH

CRAFT

Working to create a small production run of a lamp design I created the desk lamp Artos for college students.  Artos embodies a different aesthetic style than commonly available consumer lighting for students and includes functional features in a compact form in order to meet student needs.  The final product is a clean naturally finished mahogany wood with a built in charging outlet, bright light, built in resting space, and small footprint.

 

Research

By interviewing students in different living environments throughout campus I was able to identify key needs and features for the design of Artos.  Three user profiles and living environments highlighted the way that they use lighting and considerations made when buying a lamp.

 

CLEAN AND SIMPLE AESTHETIC

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FUNCTIONAL FEATURES

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COMPACT FORM

 

process + Ideation

After rapid ideation brainstorming on sticky notes I quickly moved into making 3D sketches to explore various forms for the design.  Using peer review of the forms and sketches I moved forward with a rectilinear form that used negative space to create form.  Solid block volume studies helped to define the final dimensions and building a working model before production began on the final lamps.

 

3d printing

By 3D printing the lamp shade I was able to lower the part count for the final design and use one piece to mount, attach the light fixture, the switch, and hide the wiring.  Early iterations were mounted with 4 posts in the corners of the shade but this method created the desired floating cantilevered effect for the shade by only mounting at one main pole.