Buzzy Bees is a collaberative project between Isabell Torron, Evan Chul Yoon Chung, and myself.
The Assignment was to create a family of three products which were all construted entirely out of laser cut and 3D Printed parts. Only one of the three products had to be physically fabricated. The final model was only allowed to have a printing time of under an hour in order to simulate manufacturing time and cost. We were given a generic type of product from which we had to develop our family; in our instance we were given a planter.
As a group project, I found that we had very different ideas of what we wanted to make. In order to develop a family of products which correlated to a particular aesthetic, I created the fake brand "BuzzyBees". This helped create more of a cohesive design direction.
We were interested in creating a family of products that would work both in the home and in the classroom. After much discussion, we decided to make a planter, a lunch box, and a furniture piece.
My initial "Blue Sky" concepts for Planters and Lunchboxes.
We wanted our planter to use clear acrylic so that kids could see plant roots growing and therefore gain an interest in plant structure and development.
Idea and Brand Devlopment
The name "Buzzy Bees" came from the idea that these products would be used by "colony" children in an environment in which they are running around and actively excited about learning and nature. The Hexagon form language is inspired by bee hives and plant cell structure which fits perfectly into our idea of modularity.
The color pallate was developed off of the color of honey. Colors where then picked to complement that tone and to be evokative of nature.
The concepts were then modeled in Rhino and rendered using a Brazil Plugin.
Stackable lunch box concept modeled by Isabel and myself
Modular stool furniture modeled by myself
Planters were modeled in Solid works by Evan and then I modeled them in Rhino
I then finished all the rendering in Brazil and composed the presentation posters.
Cork and white acrylic attachment "stickers" were used so that users could stack modules in an unlimited amount of ways while keeping the clarity of from and visuals from the acrylic panels as clean as possible.
3D printed and laser cut part files developed by Evan and then Edited by Isabel and myself. \