Design Process: Wood Inlay

“In Design Studio, we develop our aesthetic sophistication and digital craftsmanship related to the maker mindset of mindset of creating something out of nothing. Our class explores technological-human interaction to convey meaning in the form of physical installations and interactive objects. This includes designing cardboard sculptures, pop-up cards, handmade paper, photo & image transfers, screen printing t-shirts, sewing, soldering and woodworking for signs and desk lamps. At times we integrate our academic studies (Science, Math, etc.) into the development of substantive works using our makerspace’s high-tech, low-tech and no-tech.” – Gerry Irrizary


I learned that using construction lines as a learning technique helps construct the letter and it would help me get creative and show what I learned in this unit about sans serif serif. I learned how to use the sanding tool and many other tools. The drawing of the circles guide allowed me to draw the serifs more accurately.

The requirements for the inlay include:

  • had to be a range of techniques in the sculpture
  • can not exceed 8 inches wood.
  • Use less solder because we were low on it and it was expensive.


Some tools I needed for this project included:

  • Soldering iron
  • wood burning pen
  • trim router
  • Orbital sanders
  • paint
  • paint brush
  • air intake



The letter I decided to use was the letter “N” with no serifs. I figured that this letter would turn out looking well even with my shaky soldering skills.


There were many precautions when it came to designing the letter, due to all the dangerous tools were using to create it. Goggles, face masks and  aprons were required in order to prevent any residue going on our faces and clothing. It would also make sure we weren’t breathing anything harmful from the heat or wood.



My design was able to meet all the requirements and met all the criteria I needed to make sure were in the wood and lettering. From this project I learned about different tools as well as learning how to operate them safely. I’ll be able to use tools such as orbital sanders and the burning pens for future projects in and out of school.


Design Process: Type Sculpture


There are different ways to show off letters through typography because of the different styles such as serif and sans serif. Elements of design that does typography are Serif, Sans Serif and strokes. Emphasis. Certain areas when making the structure, I would emphasis certain areas to make a person look more there by making it look different from the other areas of the structure. I used sans serif without feet. The lettering style I selected for my sculpture design was the Serif I.


Structure of sculpture and aesthetics are the areas where we are being graded on. Materials I have used are:

  • Mosh posh
  • cardboard
  • newspaper magazines
  • scissors

Some constraints are: The time to work on the assignment, amount of mosh posh used and length of the letter.


These are a series of letter designs I made for certain letters




The developing process went smoothly and had stumbled upon only one issue. I wanted to add a dot above the I to make it look like a lowercase one, but wasn’t able to tape it to the main body.


My design was able to meet all the requirements. It matched the size of my other group mate’s letters. The paint was put on well but the text still shows because of the yellow paint being too translucent. I could have coated the letter with more paint in order to make sure the letters were gone.



Design Process LED Desk Lamp


I needed to first learn about safety when it came to cutting. I needed to learn about the types of cuts such as long grain and end grain. I needed to learn about using the drill and knowing about the different drill tips. I needed to learn the different settings on the drill and the speed I should cut. Going too fast will break the glass and going too slow will melt the glass. My teacher Mr Gerry and classmates when I’m stuck.


The problem was that we needed to drill a hole in the wood and acrylic. The tool we would need for that is the drill. The blocks also needed to be the same dimensions, so we had to use a ruler and bandsaw for this process. Make sure to have both hands operating the tools. Your eyes have to be kept on the wood and the tools. We have to use face masks and goggles so we don’t get caught by the wood shavings.



My task was to come up with 3 designs that I could create as an alternative to the original design. The creations I came up with were:

1. The original design: It’s modern and cube shaped. This design alternates the wood and acrylic pieces. It would be made with a smooth finish.
2.”Minecraft smooth edges DLC”. Smooth, rounded finish. Wood and acrylic pattern.
3.Wood and acrylic alternating pattern. The wood and acrylic are angled to create a star shape.

4.Wood and acrylic alternating, with each piece being moved about a cm.


The Materials and supplies I needed for this design are as follows:

  • Band Saw
  • Drill
  • Dowell
  • Lights

Some Problems I faced during this process included:

  • The edges need to be smoothed out
  • The circle in the center needs to be cut out well so the lights go through


My design meets the requirements according to the standards because it replicates the original design with the square tower. My design met all the constraints and didn’t require any outside resources.

Data – Mid point status report(Published late)

At this point, our code is at a point where we can see progress. The front end code has been completed, and we are currently at the testing process for the back end code. With the front end completed, I took the time to go back to the song library and clean it up for any “errors” the computer may find. For example, feelings that was’t on the restricted list, capitalization and any special characters(such as dashes). This cleaned version of the song library was sent out to students who personally requested it from me. What we plan on doing next is cleaning the front end code, and then complete our back end code. Furthermore, we’ll need to insert comments where necessary.

Data – Deliver


In order to check for mistakes within our code, we decided to revise each other’s codes before working on our final iterations. Viridiana checking on my front end, and me checking on the back. For both the front and back end, a number of hard to spot variable mistakes were found, which prevented the codes from running. Our goal was to also complete the final iteration of the back end together in order to ensure that it was working.

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Data – Develop

Front End Versions

Version 1(Name + Introduction)


Version 2

  • Add check for restricted strings and integers for Genre, bass, tempo, lyrics and Feeling,
  • Includes half of the elements
  • Included append, which holds the user’s answers


Version 3

  • Completed the other half of the elements


  • Added the feelings element
  • Included results(the answers the user gives is written out in the end)


Back end Versions(incomplete)

Version 1


Version 2ss

Version 3sss

Version 4sssssssss