Hi! I'm Lynn, a former professional shower-observer and lifelong avid maker (tables, cheesecakes, softgoods,..) obsessed with building beyond understanding into prototypes and products.
Personal Care Patent, P&G
All technical images sourced from US Patent 9,233,055.
During my time in R&D at Procter & Gamble, I worked in consumer research where I explored a range of research techniques including observational studies, large quantitative product tests, qualitative interviews and focus groups. My observational work on personal care project revealed use insights which I translated into an opportunity space. Exploration of this space with my team eventually lead to my being listed as an inventor on US Patent 9,233,055.
Please note, due to the confidential nature of this project, I am sharing my work here in generalities.
Test Kitchen Spice Rack
Encouraging Experimentation in the Kitchen
Materials: Aluminum, Mahogany, Glass
Dimensions 19" x 1.25" x 7"
Cooking is an art and a science. It requires experimentation – willingness to try new flavors, combinations and methods. The experimental cook colors their culinary canvases with countless blends of spices. Each meal presents an opportunity to run a new trial, increasing her understandings of the intricacies of flavor. The Test Kitchen Spice Rack puts the spice palette right at the chef's finger tips, encouraging her to lift, smell and delicately dash in bursts of flavor.
I turned the mahogony caps on the wood lathe and fitted them to the glass tubes with o-rings. To create the cast aluminum ends, I sculpted a pattern, rammed up, and machined the draft angles off the cast piece for a clean fit with machined top and bottom rails. The outer surfaces of the spice rack are bead blasted for a frosty finish, while the interior has a highly polished shine.
Wall clock, paper, foamcore, cardboard, marker
10” x 10” x 7”
An exploration of personal and cultural constructs around time lead me to consider our cultural obsession with busyness and the feelings of guilt that often accompany down or “wasted” time. Considering how we relate to and consume our resource of time, I created a clock of heightened emotion; hoping to raise the question of alternative perspectives.
The clock’s outer frame is a readymade ring that stands about an inch off of the wall. The clock face within forms a cone pointing into and beyond the surface of the wall. The cone face is inscribed with a seemingly never ending list of to-dos which start clearly legible and spiral into the center of the clock where the list slowly overlaps itself to create a dark center. At the center, the functional hands of the clock are bent towards the viewer to fit inside the coned face. The hour and minute hands are elongated black triangles and the second hand is a long red rod, which moves with a very faint tick.
Materials: Wood, cord, hot glue, paper, performance
There is much talk about the Stanford bubble – the idea that we live in our own worlds, oblivious of other people and the world around us. In considering the formation of self-created bubbles that limit our sphere of interaction, I considered how I learned to suppress my inner Ohioan upon moving to New York. I quickly learned it was no longer socially acceptable to say hello to one’s neighbors if you didn’t know them; I retreated into my own bubble. Even within Stanford, we often limit ourselves to certain spheres of networks, oblivious to those nearest to us. This project was an attempt to pop some of those bubbles and encourage friendly interactions among neighbors in a building where high levels of anxiety and mental illness are believed to be related to the isolation of individual studio apartments. It was important to me that this be done in a friendly and welcoming way, meeting people where they are by inviting them to open up from there.
I distributed 32 handcrafted doorstops to my floor in Stanford’s Studio 2 graduate apartments with note attached reading "Hi! Open to meeting your neighbors or just saying hi? Open your door :)."
Adventures in Woodworking
What if Cincinnati had a locally themed water park? How would it embrace this theme in its corporate identity?
I set out to create a visual identity for Cincinnati’s newest high end waterpark. My journey went something like this: