Starting point for designing new things

Design activity is a creative process with many starting points. In the formative age of a designer, most of the time spent were aiming to understand the underlying concepts on how things work. Once the concepts were understood, the designer must choose the starting point to begin the design activity [1]. Below are three starting points that can be used to start any design (building, ship design, machine design and so on):

1. Start with a basis design for inspiration and iterate from there.
2. Use first principle techniques, i.e. collect all the underlying mathematical definitions and derive the design from there.
3. Combination of both basis design and first principle techniques.

[1] Bear in mind, the term design shall not be limited to forms i.e. how it looks like, but a combination of both on its forms and how it works.

Definition of Creativity by Steve Jobs

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Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.

— Steve Jobs

Dieter Rams: Ten Principles for Good Design

1. Good Design is Innovative
The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted.
Technical development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design.
But innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology,
and can never be an end in itself.

2. Good Design makes a product useful
A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy certain criteria, not only functional, but psychological and aesthetic. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product while disregarding anything that could possibly detract from it.

3. Good Design is aesthetic
The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products
we use everyday affect our person and our well-being. Only well executed
products can be beautiful.

4. Good Design makes a product understandable
It clarifies the product’s structure, Better still, it can make the product talk.
At best, it is self-explanatory.

5. Good Design is honest
It does not make a product more innovative, powerful, or valuable than it really is. It is not an attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.

6. Good Design is unobtrusive
Product fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained in order to leave room for the user’s self expression.

7.Good Design is long lasting
It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, It lasts many years – even in today’s throw-away society.

8. Good Design is thorough down to the last detail
Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect toward the consumer.

9. Good Design is environmentally friendly
Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the life cycle of the product.

10. Good Design is as little design as possible
Less but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects and the product are not burdened with inessentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity.

via: http://www.mockwallace.com/

UMT-Themed Powerpoint Template

I teach Maritime Engineering Design subject this semester, and I thought it would be great to revamp some of my old slides since I’ve been lecturing this subject since 2011.

While constructing new slides, I’ve made a UMT-themed Microsoft PowerPoint template that the students and staff can use for their presentation. The design is very simple with the emphasis of UMT main colours used in UMT’s logo.

Feel free to modify and edit the template to your liking.Sample photos are as shown below together with the download link.

Dowload link: Powerpoint_Template_Dr Faisal_UMT_R1

Intel ComputeStick: Komputer Dengan Windows 10 yang Hanya Sebesar Key-chain.

Baru-baru ini ipmart.com.my ada menjual Intel ComputeStick, sebuah komputer kecil sebesar mouse (RM 560.60, termasuk GST). Oleh kerana saya sudah mengikuti berita berkenaan Intel ComputeStick sejak pertengahan 2015, saya pun beli lah satu untuk digunakan bersama-sama dengan TV Panasonic Viera 2012.

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Intel ComputeStick ini sebesar sebuah mouse yang bersaiz biasa. Di tepinya ada terdapat satu USB port yang boleh di-expand dengan hub USB anda. Tapi buat masa ini saya cuma perlukan Wireless Mouse + Keyboard combo, oleh yang demikian, satu USB port pun sudah memadai.

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Di badan Intel ComputeStick ini ada satu exhaust fan kecil. Oleh yang demikian, pastikan ia boleh bernafas nanti di ruang belakang TV. Jangan diletakkan terlalu cramp di belakang TV.

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Ok, satu USB port ini saya gunakan untuk wireless mouse + keyboard combo.

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Set Intel ComputeStick ini didatangkan dengan USB power cable + plug. Boleh juga kalau nak sambungkan USB power tersebut ke TV, tapi untuk memastikan cukup Amperage (2 Amp diperlukan untuk dibekalkan ke ComputeStick, biasanya USB di TV membekalkan 1 Amp dan ke bawah) saya menggunakan power plug yang dibekalkan.

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Seterusnya, sambungkan Intel ComputeStick ke HDMI port di TV. Jangan risau, Male to Female extender dibekalkan sekali untuk memberi ruang kelegaan di belakang TV.

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Bagi memastikan aliran udara tidak di tutup di belakang TV, saya membuat susunan sepeti yang ditunjukkan di dalam gambar di atas. Ini bagi mengelakkan ComputeStick tersebut panas. Tapi so far, ComputeStick ini tak lah panas mana. Steady je dia.

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Langkah terakhir, ON-kan sahaja TV & ComputeStick. Dongle USB ini cuma mengambil masa 8-10 saat untuk load Windows 10 (ia datang sekali dengan Windows 8 asalnya, saya baru upgrade ke Windows 10 sebab saya suka Windows 10).

Dengan menggunakan IntelStick ini saya boleh view YouTube, membaca email, membuat Powerpoint semasa saya outstation di mana-mana hotel yang saya menginap. It’s 2015, and now I have a keychain with Windows 10 in it.

Saya berharap post ini dapat membantu anda untuk memahami produk Intel ComputeStick. Saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Esram & Macha yang request saya untuk membuat post ini.

Taklimat UROVEC 2014 di Universiti Malaysia Terengganu

Hari ini saya dijemput sebagai Pakar Teknikal Zon Pantai Timur untuk Pertandingan Rekabentuk Robot Bawah Air 2014 (UROVEC, 2014). Pertandingan ini disertai oleh 28 sekolah menengah aliran Teknik dan Vokasional yang dibahagikan kepada empat zon:

  1. Zon Utara (untuk penyertaan dari Perak, Pulau Pinang, Perlis & Kedah),
  2. Zon Pantai Timur (untuk penyertaan dari Pahang, Terengganu & Kelantan)
  3. Zon Tengah (untuk penyertaan dari Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka & Johor); and
  4. Zon Timur (untuk penyertaa dari Sabah & Sarawak)

Program ini adalah salah satu daripada Program Outreach yang saya sertai, kali ini dianjurkan oleh Ministry of Science and Technology (MOSTI), di bawah usaha National Oceanographic Directorate.

Maklumat lanjut berkenaan pertandingan ini, buku panduan, video dan maklumat penting yang lain boleh didapati melalui link di ini: http://www.mynodc.gov.my/index.php?q=Pages/UROVEC14

Foto Pusat Pengajian Kejuruteraan Kelautan, UMT dari Udara

Pagi tadi dalam jam 10.20am, saya dan Master’s degree student saya, Israr telah meluangkan masa untuk menjalankan maiden flight (penerbangan pertama) quadrotor drone yang kami develop sejak dari 2012 (TPM grant, UMT). Sesi berjalan lancar dalam keadaan angin yang tidak terlalu laju (mungkin next time saya perlu bawa anemometer untuk mengukur kelajuan angin).

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Bangunan Pusat Pengajian Kejuruteraan Kelautan ini mempunyai 6 tingkat dengan ketinggian 24 meter. Oleh yang demikian, secara kasarnya kita boleh menganggarkan ketinggian penerbangan ini adalah setinggi +- 40 meter.

Spesifikasi quadrotor drone yang kami gunakan adalah seperti berikut:
1. Emax Brushless Motor 2213-935 KV
2. Emax 25A Electronic Speed Controller (ESC)
3. Emax 1045 propellers
4. Ardupilot Mega Flight Controller (APM) 2.0 (firmware V 3.15)
5. LiPo battery 2200 mAH
6. Frame X-type, 400 mm
7. Camera: GoPro Hero 3

Sloppy Kathmandu Tripod Design

I bought a Kathmandu Tripod in 2010, I don’t quite remember its price, but then the brand claimed to be the thing to bring for an outdoor adventure.

The camera yaw-axis broken when I was using it in Melbourne, 6 months later! Upon a close inspection, I should note that if a designer intends to design a product to hold an expensive equipment (e.g. a DSLR camera), the design should be sturdier at the respective parts. Shown below is the yaw-axis clamp that was broken due to bad design (reduction of material).

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I bought a Flashforge Creator 3D Printer

I ordered a Flashforge Creator 3D printer on 30th Jun 2013 from AliExpress. The item was safely arrived from mainland China by FedEX on the 4th July. Pretty quick, and I’m very happy to report that the machine is doing very well!

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As usual, I started off by calibrating the build platform. The Creator model was derived from Makerbot Replicator, therefore the LCD interface shows the similar guide on leveling the platform step by step.

Once done, I printed the calibration box that came together inside of the SD Card. The current model has a heated bed platform, therefore it is a good idea to print the model with raft support to ensure that the printed item stick on the platform well.

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Flashforge Creator is much better than the Mbot3D printer. Creator operates much quiter, the filament guide is more well thought for and it comes with heated bed platform. The price is much cheaper than the Mbot3D as well, that might be depending on which model that you are getting. My Mbot3D is a dual extruder model (which I got wrong on more extruder is better, you’ll be happy with one, trust me) that cost me $1k++ with shipping, and the Creator is a single extruder with heated bed platform that cost me $800++ with shipping.

As for me, I think that I’m going to stick with Flashforge Creator 3D printer for a while. However I’m still having fun with the no-heat bed platform on my Mbot3D. So the journey continues…