“Form follows constrains” philosophy aids design processAlienology’s physical design output is pretty impressive. As a designer your head space has to be perpetually filled with evolving concepts. Time permitting, those imagined concepts become sketches or even make it to the CAD phase for rendering. Resources permitting, a concept will result in a prototype. However, the chances of the prototype ever becoming a product that makes it to the market are pretty negligible.
Alienology founder Igor Knezevic isn’t interested in showing half-baked concepts or even refined ideas. Alienology portfolio consists only of products available for purchase – an outcome enabled by a commitment to minimise the time span between idea and the manufactured object. Igor has embraced on demand digital fabrication with every limb to rapidly move through a process that would have required much time and capital investment under the traditional manufacturing model.
The LA based design company embraced the Ponoko model from the onset and has used its laser cutting and 3D printing services to create numerous lighting elements, jewelry and tableware. Igor already had experience with digifabbing technologies and had access to making facilities, but the option of an online service made it possible for him to focus on designing the products rather that concerning himself with how to make them physically.
Of course, design is never a straight forward process, and prototyping one of its integral features. Many of Igor’s designs undergo repeated experimentation to achieve the functionality, fabrication efficiency and the desired aesthetic of the final product. Igor has had pieces 3D printed in plastics and Stainless Steel, and for laser cut objects worked with tinted acrylics, felt and different wood materials, such as Veneer Core and Eurolite Poplar. He makes a point of considering material quality as one of the starting points in a design, so little finishing is necessary to complete the products. There are also some products that are designed to be spray-painted and lacquered.A few words from the designer after the jump: