U-MIX Control PRO

U.M.C.P. is a USB MIDI device that can be used to control any software that supports MIDI on MAC/PC/iPad
open project
 
 

My Role

I was part of team formed by one product manager, one hardware engineer, two developers and one UX + industrial designer (myself).
 
 
I took part in all stages of the development from the conception to the final release including packaging and user manual
I drove the initial design exploration phase and then together with the team we decided on the direction to go. I was responsible of the industrial design of the product which also included the silkscreen design.

The Challenge

The scope was to create a new DJ midi controller from scratch in a multifunctional and globally spread team.
 
 
The people involved were from different parts of the globe with different time zones and required a considerable communication effort.
This project was also an exercise of developing two products at the same time. Both of the products had a similar design but different feature sets. One of them had an incorporated sound-card while the other did not.

Initial Design Exploration

The initial requirement was to create a completely new and original design. Here are just a small part of the initial design ideas that I explored.

My Contribution

Areas of the development of which I was responsible:

  • created several product design proposals (the final design was chosen by the Mixvibes team)
  • designed the completely new jog wheel design different from other designs on the market
  • created technical drawings and 3D files for the manufacturer
  • designed technical schemes for the user manual and packaging
  • provided the files for the silkscreen process (the text printed on the device itself)
  • contributed with product visualization through the entire duration of the development process
  • created product renderings for marketing (web, print and packaging)

Notable personal contributions and solutions:

  • V-shaped EQ to accommodate the small size of the device and make space for the load and browse buttons
  • handles molded directly in the case for better ease of use
  • optimization of the jog wheel size
  • reduction of the device height by realigning the internal components resulting in less material and lower weight
  • function assignment for knobs and buttons (ex: kill function for the equalizer)
  • knobs design

Awards

The controller received the Mixmove Tech Award – “Best DJ Software” in 2011 for being the best DJ Controller under 600€.


2010
Autocad Corel Draw Illustrator Photoshop Rhinoceros Siemens NX V-Ray

Cross Control

Cross Control is a USB MIDI device that can be used to control any software that supports MIDI on MAC/PC/iPad
open project
 
 

My Role

I was part of team formed by one product manager, one hardware engineer, two developers and one UX + industrial designer (myself).
I was responsible of the industrial design of the product which also included the silkscreen design.

The Challenge

The scope was to create a completely new DJ midi controller from scratch in a multifunctional and globally spread team.
The people involved were from different parts of the globe with different time zones and required a considerable communication effort.

My Contribution

Areas of the development of which I was responsible:

  • overview of the UX design process
  • jog wheel design exploration
  • function mapping and silkscreen development (the text printed on the device itself)
  • technical drawings and 3D files for the manufacturer
  • product visualization through the entire duration of the development process
  • product renderings for marketing (web, print and packaging)

Notable personal contributions and solutions:

  • remapped the loop section and simplified the silkscreen
  • created usability improvements for the FX (effects) part
  • optimized the jog wheel size
  • increased of the pitch fader size by optimizing the position of other components
  • design of new knobs


2009
Autocad Corel Draw Illustrator Inkskape Photoshop Rhinoceros Siemens NX V-Ray

VFX Control

Hardware MIDI interface that works on USB. It has an integrated sound card that supports ASIO with 2 stereo RCA outputs and a headphones jack for monitoring
open project
 
 

My Role

I was part of a team formed by one product manager, two software developers and one industrial designer (myself).
 
During development my responsibility was to provide 3D product visualization and high-resolution 3D imagery.
I also participated in the product development by offering ergonomics advice and function assignment counseling.

The Challenge

For this project, all the rendering and modeling was done without having the device at hand and with absolutely no blueprints. I reconstructed the 3D model using only a few low quality pictures.

Personal contribution

  • created the 3D product model for the subsequent renderings
  • contributed with mappings proposals for new features
  • designed the jog wheel within the constrains of the product (largest possible jog given the existing constrains)
  • provided 3D product visualization through the entire duration of the development process
  • created the silkscreen design
  • provided the product renderings for marketing (web, print and packaging)

Other notable personal contributions and solutions:

  • created the mappings for the the entire FX block of functions
  • designed a solution for the loop LEDs that allowed assigning multiple loop intervals using less LEDs
  • designed new iconography for the silkscreen (ex: vinyl button)


2009
Hardware Corel Draw Illustrator Photoshop Rhinoceros V-Ray

U-RIP 22

Small form factor sound-card that can quickly add one additional input to your laptop to be user when recording from a turntable.
open project
 
 

My Role

I was part of a team formed by one product manager, two software developers and one industrial designer (myself).
My task was to give the team valuable images for marketing and presentation purposes in print and web formats. The goal was to promote the product before the manufacturer even produced the first sample.

The Challenge

This like most of my other 3D projects the model was reconstructed from images and sketches with no direct access to the real hardware. The result though was nice and I still enjoy watching these 3D renders.

Personal contribution

  • modeled the 3D case of the unit with no access to the real product or any detailed blueprints
  • provided renderings for marketing and packaging
  • designed the silkscreen


2010
Illustrator Photoshop Rhinoceros V-Ray

U-MIX 44

External USB sound card that supports 4 inputs and 4 outputs as well as a monitoring headphones jack and one input jack for the microphone
open project
 
 

My Role

I was part of a team formed by one product manager, one software developer and a UX/Industrial Designer designer (myself).
During development my responsibility was to provide 3D product visualization and high-resolution 3D imagery and support the silkscreen process.

The Challenge

All the modeling and 3D rendering was done without having the actual product in my hands the images are generated only from sketches of the product.

Personal contribution

I provided 3D visualization and silkscreen files for this project and I also made the images for web and print that gave the team the ability to promote the product to market before receiving the first samples.
 
Highlights:

  • provided 3D modeling with no access to the real product or any detailed blueprints
  • created the renderings and worked on the post processing for the marketing imagery


2010
Hardware Corel Draw Illustrator Rhinoceros V-Ray