There has been some free time with the job search. I've been utilizing that time to better my CAD skills. Some time ago, I sketched a Cartier watch for Sketchwars. I've been practicing Solidworks by modeling this design. I would say that its progressing pretty well. The watch face and movement should be an interesting challenge!
Lately I've been interviewing for a new position and have been learning a lot about where I stand as a designer and where I want to go. One area where I would like to improve is with my CAD skills. CAD is a very powerful tool for designers, especially when you are trying to make an idea work for manufacturing. Seeing an idea go into production is an area where I would like to have more involvement.
With this exercise, I chose to model a Cartier sketch from a prior Sketchwars entry. At Dell, I was using Creo. Most companies use Solidworks, so I thought this would be a good way to become more familiar with that program. A lot of techniques are applicable, but the interface is different from Creo.
Personally, I really love watches. I consider watches to be a form of jewelry, another way to express your style. I'm a big fan of Nixon, Bell and Ross, Cartier and other fine watches. This has been a really great exercise, and I'm looking forward to honing down the details.
Right now I’m in the process of revamping my portfolio. I took out some projects and even added a few. I’m currently in the process of revisiting a personal project that I’ve worked on while at Soulcake. It was a rebranding exercise, and I chose to rebrand Hoover.
This project ended with a polished sketch, but I wasn’t confident in my CAD skills in 2014. I’ve learned much since then and have been using this project as a way to learn Solidworks. It has been an interesting challenge going from Creo to Solidworks. A lot of the fundamentals are the same, but the interfaces are different.
I had a critique about this project recently and I’m in the process of a redesigning this vacuum cleaner. I did some additional research and have a better idea of how this vacuum cleaner will fit into the marketplace and the audience for this design. The next step will be to do some ideation and update this design for 2019.