The Award

Humber College 2019 Industrial
Design Thesis Award Show

I was responsible for the design and construction of 39 acrylic awards for the Humber College 2019 Industrial Design Thesis Award Show.

The design featured the Humber College logo, which was frosted onto the clear acrylic interior and accentuated by a contrasting black color, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing and seamless appearance. I utilized a layering technique to provide depth to the awards without adding unnecessary weight, allowing recipients to easily display or store them on shelves.

My Role
Industrial Design, Fabrication, Laser Cut Technician.
Humber College Institute of Technology
Project Details
Duration: Nov. 2018- April. 2019

The awards were available in three colors, denoting the award status:

  • Gold for 1st place
  • Silver for 2nd place
  • Rose gold for 3rd place.

During the design process, I worked with complex colors and shapes to create a striking and eye-catching design.

Inspired by the contrast between black and clear acrylic, I aimed to create something that would make recipients feel truly honored to receive the award. Previous awards from the organization were relatively simple, so I wanted to push the envelope and design something that would stand out.

The balance between curves and sharp edges created a cohesive design language.

Additionally, the contrasting black against clear acrylic, along with the pop of color on the edges, adds a visually striking detail and sophisticated touch to the design.

One difference between the prototypes and final design was the removal of metallic components.

Instead of using vinyl, which is toxic when laser cut, metallic-colored acrylics were wrapped in black satin polycarbonate and cut. The polycarbonate was etched away to create the metallic components. However, due to budgetary constraints and logistical issues, the metallic components were replaced with black acrylic components.

One of the biggest challenges when assembling the pieces without adhesive glue presented a challenge.

Assembling the pieces without adhesive glue presented a challenge. Acetone was used as a chemical welding agent, but it caused a shattered effect on the edges. To solve this issue, a series of etched grooves were added to interlocking pieces. The first groove, in orange, was filled with acetone, and the two halves were clipped together. The secondary groove, in gray, prevented overflow from reaching the edges, resulting in a smooth finish.

The base plate was created by fitting a piece of 1/4" Clear Acrylic to the vertical portion and welding a 1/8" acrylic base plate to the bottom using acetone.

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