3/16/15 – Bad Pogo

The following drawings/photos are from Project 3 of the Toys! Studio 2015, entitled ‘Toying with Toys (or, Pimp my Kid’s ride)’. I worked together with Kelsi Thrasher on the construction of ‘Bad Pogo’ a re-imagined green and pink pogo from the 90’s (you know, the model we all had as kids).

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technical drawing by Kelsi Thrasher

In the early 20th century modern doctrine of ‘form follows function,’ the pogo’s efficient use of materials belies its reality of unpredictable motion. The re-introduction of wit, ornament and attitude necessary for an ironically ‘honest’ object of industrial design would be the appropriate 21st century reinterpretation, one which never occurred in its evolution from Flybar (1918) to Xpogo (1999).



Besides the addition of grip tape, handle bar tape, and a coat of rubberized paint to the spring, most of the hard work was done by Jim Howe at Howe’s welding, who took our full scale drawings and, using existing dyes within an unreasonably short deadline, improvised a new frame that looks better than we could ever have hoped. He also took the time to paint the new frame and bolt work after finishing. We now love Jim (even if he looks like William Dafoe as the Green Goblin), and I’m looking forward to working with him on our final project (a soap box derby car!).



3/6/15 – Lamp Progress

Citing star coral, the elevator buttons at the College of Design and trypophobia, Terranum imagines a crater-like topography of light constructed in canson paper, LED ultra bulbs, chipboard and money clips.

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This iteration looks at new means of securing the cable through a custom laser cut baseplate while the money clips hold the modules together. The final project will utilize black Strathmore paper, and consist of three LED packs (45 lights – the images show a third of the ‘final’ lamp as it would be completed).

3/4/15 – Make it RAIN!

We had an incredible turnout to our Toys! Studio ‘Make it RAIN!’ event this afternoon in the College of Design. Nearly 3,000 balloons, 700$ in prizes and a few hundred students turned up from various ends of Ames (as well as a custom fishing net from Louisiana).

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Our project, which focused on the sobering realities of student debt, was constructed around three symbolic gestures. First we constructed a ‘debt ceiling’ (although in reality it became more cloud-like): a slippery, architectural plane of (broken) economic promises.



The ‘debt ceiling’ begins to sag under its own weight.

Second, we tapped into early 20th century psychological warfare tactics, by deploying leaflets with messages of impending crisis and ‘humanitarian aid’ (in this case, cash and gift cards). In this way, information about student debt as well as financial relief was disseminated simultaneously to the student body.

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Finally, the single balloon stood in as the symbol of modern crises: the ruptured sphere, the build-up of internal tension and the inevitable ‘bubble burst’.


While we cheated and used a machine to blow up the balloons, there is something poetic about a thousand balloons filled with breath (ex-corporated souls) rupturing in the hands of students. Also, to be completely honest, the CoD never looked so good.


We were completely thrilled with the turnout and the drop, and are working on releasing a video asap. Thanks again to everyone who helped us with funding and showed up to the event!