Monday, June 1, 2009


5 Book

 5 Book Open

5 Book Back

This is the last book I made for a final in a bookbinding class. I actually had the idea for this book about 6 months ago and it evolved into this CNC routed and engraved MDF covered book that has five different sections.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Backyard Garden

Backyard garden

Backyard Aquaponics

The backyard garden is something that my roommate and I have been working on since the weather has permitted. We use containers to plant in so they can be easily moved and worked on since we have limited space. We also have the an aquaponic system made from the same parts as the one I had in the studio. It will be interesting to see how it fairs outside.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Greensgrow Aquaponics Installed

Aquaponics at Greensgrow

Yesterday my group finished installing Greensgrow's system, now all thats lets is to get it up and running with some fish. Then once the water is beginning to get cultured with bacteria they can add plants.

Urban Aquaponics Final Presentaiton

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Greensgrow Aquaponics

Late Night Build

Greensgrow Install

We stayed up all night building our system. Then installed at Greensgrow in the pouring rain that morning.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Aquaponics Map

Aquaponics Map

This map illustrates how aquaponics works.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Tank Consturction

My group and I have began construction on our aquaponics system for Greensgrow farm in Northeast Philadelphia.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Friday, April 3, 2009

Friday Photo

LED Grow Light

This week my group got in touch with Mike Hogan, an electrical engineer who built a crazy high intensity LED grow light. We installed it on our aquaponic system, it's real bright.

Thursday, April 2, 2009


push Flatware Set

Push flatware was inspired by the traditional style steak knife that uses two different materials (wood and stainless steel). Using laser cut corrugated cardboard and acrylic, push makes for a juxtapostion of materials that uses the corrugations to hold the acrylic in place as rivets or pegs would on a traditional steak knife.

Clipped Flatware

Clip Flatware
Clip Flatware Nesting

This flatware is designed to be clipped together with clips that were cut from the center of the handle. The shape was also designed to nest together to save material for laser cut production as well form and function.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Flower Box

Flower Box Broad St.

This honor box turned flower planter came from a project/contest to redesign a newspaper box for City Paper. My partner, Shannon Malone, and I decided to make use of the empty space at the bottom of the box by turning it on its side and transforming it into a planter. City Paper did not keep word on funding and implementing them in Philadelphia for at least Design Philly 2008. So the box does not bare any logo and will serve its purpose as is. Click the photo to see more photos of it on my flickr.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday Photo

Model Making

This is my desk after a couple hours of model making for some laser cut flatware.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Names are important, they define who we are as humans. They give ownership of all aspects of one persons life. I think that a pseudonyms have a time and place, such as instances where a self brand is needed. But no matter what there should be some way of saying who you are, your real name. For example bands often call themselves by some name that they choose that has nothing to do with its members real name. But then print their name on the packaging of music or on their website. I also believe that nicknames factor into this dilemma of using your real when creating anything from a blog comment, to paintings, to a book. Some people have not been called by their real name their whole life and live under a name that is not their real name, if this is the case I think its ok for someone to claim that as their real name. Ones real name should be whatever it is that defines you. In the end its important to be who you are, call yourself that, and stay true to it.

Steven Heller of Design Observer makes some good point on the topic in his article: What's in a name?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday Photo x Lomography

Coney Island

I ended up looking through files of old photos and came across some pictures I shot with my Action Sampler lomo camera. The photo above was shot from the train going to Coney Island a couple years ago. If you never heard of them check their site out. Click the photo to see some more favorites from the same camera.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Aquaponics Setup


Aquaponics is the combination of hydroponics and aquaculture. Nutrient rich water from the fish is used to feed the plants and the plants filter the water for the fish. My team members Jackie Starker, Jesse Gerard and I are designing a home aquaponics system for the farmphilly project we are currently working on in my Design Studio class that I mentioned in an earlier post. The above photo is a rough, quick setup as a study model system. Next steps are getting the grow light attached and plants. I will be updating the progress of the project on here periodically.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Friday Photo

Bit under the weather yesterday, Friday Photo on Saturday.

Spoon and Soup

This spoon was cnc routed out of acrylic and the soup is from the convenience store by my school. It's actually pretty good.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Pocket Notepad

Over the past year I have gotten into making books. The book above is a scaled up cardholder with notepad made from a Trader Joe's bag. I have made an Instructables for a wallet sized one. You can check that out here.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday Photo

Every Friday I will post a photo that I have shot and write a sentence about it. Here is the first one.

Friday Photo 01

This is the view I see of the city everyday on my bike ride to center city Philadelphia.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

farmphilly. aquaponics

I have been reading a lot about aquaponics lately and have come across aquaponics starter kit concept in my studio class Aquaponics is a closed loop system uses nutrient filled water from fish to feed and fertilize the plants.  This project is given the title farm philly.  More to come in short time.

Thursday, January 29, 2009