Project #2 Final Sketch & Model making


This is my final sketch of toy concept. I decided to make castle theme and using nutcracker mercenaries. So Idea in here was that if a user hit a board, which is located at the back of the castle, then the character inside the building fall off and other character (Basically it is same character) will come out from the door.


I built a simple mechanism that needs just three actions.

1. Drag it

2. Fix it

3. Shoot it


This is my first model of front door of castle.

PROJECT #2 Rubber Band Toy Process Sketch


It started from a lot of Idea sketches, I sketched desk toy, large scale toy, small scale toy, educational toy and so on.


Then I found a castle theme toy which is shooting small mercenary that hide inside the building. So I mainly focused on how to launch a object by using tension of rubber. Mechanism of mousetrap was really helpful to figure out the toy mechanism.


Then I focused on trigger system, which will contribute on user interaction. So in this pace, the idea was knocking down a character while the ground is moving forward by rubber band.

Project #2 Rubber Band Toy Market Research

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I researched how paper used for making joinary. There are eight different ways to connect paper.

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There are many types of stress relief toys, for example, shooting something, hitting something and destroying something. The Angry bird toy was good example for this case. Then I realized that there should be a main character who represent the toy. The castle theme is good to have imagination and various shapes.

Project #1 American Goldfinch Birdhouse Statement

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Name of the Project: TryAngle


1.’TryAngle’ offers divergent looking according to different angles. ‘TryAngle’ has shape of triangle beside based on observer’s position, it has different shape and different atmosphere. The reason of applying various atmosphere to house design is because the American goldfinch is the bird, which molting to diverse colors in different seasons and it is possessed distinguishable colors on its’ body. So the bird also can be seen in different angle for different feelings like the birdhouse.


2.The ‘TryAngle’ is adjacent to human dwelling. The design hopes that a human have an intimate relationship with birds especially with American goldfinch. The birdhouse match with a house by showing a luxurious color with a noticeable gold point. Usually American goldfinch has sociable and active characteristics because the bird tends to get along with other birds and the bird easily can be found in backyard or around of feed bucket. Therefore, the design of birdhouse wanted to get closer with bird by giving not only a cozy shelter, but also a place of residence.

3.The birdhouse has enhanced individuality in terms of both its easy of construction and use. Manufacturing and constructing are easy for normal users and user will subconsciously notice how the distinctive shape works. The birdhouse will be produced in form of modules and each module has distinguishable shapes for ease of assembling.


4.It is eco-friendly design that try to integrate house and nature in one. The birdhouse is manufactured with walnut wood and the material is strong, hard, and durable, without being heavy. Moreover, the wood has its’ natural chocolate brown in color, which is contrasted to the color of the American Goldfinch, with a straight grain. The combination of color have luxurious and elegant mood.

The empty space that attached to above the entrance can be utilized as a flowerpot or a feed bucket based on user preferences. Also, the color contrast is made by feed bucket and house aroused a striking view.


5.The birdhouse has multiple benefits: portability, convenience, and compactness.

TryAngle is not big and not heavy. It can be carried around and user can locate it at the right spot.

TryAngle has shapes that does a certain task. User will know how to grip an integrated handle, user and birds will know where is the entrance, user and bird will know where is the perch.

TryAngle has multiple features in one house. It has flowerpot, perch, and small holes that under the house can be used for hanging bird feeds.



Project #1 Birdhouse American Goldfinch Research & Pre-existing Birdhouse

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Background Research: There was the bar of gold across the bird’s wings, a colour which, since the ancient Greeks, had been associated with the ability to cure sickness.

There was the splash of red on the cheeks: as with the robin’s red breast this was a sign to medieval Christians that the bird had acquired blood-coloured feathers while attempting to remove the crown of thorns from while Christ was being crucified.

Goldfinch represents enthusiasm, liveliness, and exburence.

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The American Goldfinches (Carduelis tristis) – or simply Goldfinches – are migratory North American finches found across most of North America – from southern Canada through United States into Mexico.

Northern populations migrate south for the winter – throughout Florida, along the Gulf Coast east to California and south to Mexico. They migrate in compact flocks.

They are associated with open habitats, such as weedy fields, meadows, flood plains and orchards, but are also quite common in urban gardens, where they are attracted to bird feeders.

Physical characteristics: size / Ranges

  • Weight: 0.39 – 0.71 oz (11 to 20 g)
  • Length: 4.33 – 5.12 inches (11 – 13 cm)
  • Wingspan: 7.5 – 8.7 inches (19 – 22 cm)



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Life of Goldfinch (Cartoon)

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Pre-existing Birdhouse Design