Sunday, February 8, 2009

Tommy Forsgren

One of my favorite transportation designers. Beautiful surfacing, renderings and sketches. Always a great place to go for some inspiration. He's currently working at BMW as a senior designer...

Joel Dos Reis Viegas

Super sweet concept art and illustrations Joel Dos Reis Viegas. Love this quick and energetic style. He's done lots of stuff for Ubisoft, Virgin, BMG etc.. Its all good stuff, check it out...

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Slide flashdrive

Here's the final render for for design communications class. Tried to keep it pretty simple on this one since I've been bogged down with school work. The final versions are offered in a soft white plastic, satin metal, and wood.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Sketch project

This is a little flash drive project I'm workin on at school. I'll be posting more development and explanation as the quarter goes on.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Paper thin

Here's a little Organic TFT Flex OLED screen that Sony had on display at CES. Pretty amazing that they figured out how to cram display technology into paper. There are two small arms holding the OLED display that oscillate back and forth showing of the screens flexibility. I want one..

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

the new portfolio

Hi everyone. Here's the new portfolio. There is a little less shown on the process of the designs, and instead it is more about the story design stories. I've got some more work to do on it, but for now its done. Feel free to drop any comments or critiques.

download here

And heres a little teaser done for class

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Never get tired of post-apocalyptic animations, especially when producer Tim Burton has a hand in it. This new one coming called 9 looks exciting, but I can't quite tell what its going to be about. The only synopsis I could find mentioned that a group of doll-sized creatures follow Nine (elijah wood) on a quest around an post-apocalyptic world. And of course it will be released on 9/9/09. I'll be there!


Love the muji brand. They do an great job sending a clear message about who they are and what they represent throughout their website design, advertising, and products. Above you can see an example of one of their beautiful ad campaigns. What is special about muji is that they stand for something a bit different than lets say walmart or best buy. Muji is not about forcing new products on people, actually in fact they want less because they believe that less is better. They are not about trying to make flashy products one year and then reselling them the next year so that they can make more money.

A quote from muji that explains there message:

"Muji is not a brand. MUJI does not make products of individuality or fashion, nor does muji reflect the popularity of its name in its prices. Muji creates products with a view toward global consumption of the future. This means that we do not create products that lure customers into believing that "this is the best" or "i must have this." We would like our customers to feel the rational sense of satisfaction that comes not with "this is the best", but with "this is enough." "Best" becomes "enough.""

If you browse through their website or even use their products I think you'll get a better sense for what they are trying to say. They are lifestyle and necessity.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

How to make a portfolio?

Okay, here it goes. For the first post, I am gonna go through some ways to improve a portfolio as well as state a few of my goals for the quarter.


How do I start a portfolio?
Before making a portfolio think about who its for and why your a making it. For example, if its for a apple, you should probably include some gadgets or likewise if its for electrolux then you should probably include home appliances. As a student however, the most important thing to show in your portfolio is that you have PONTENTIAL. None of use are perfect as students, and we never will be so rather than being conservative, be bold and show employers that you are capable of learning and adapting. There is plently of time to be a perfectionist later...

How long should my portfolio be?
A good portfolio is concise and is fun to look at. If I have to flip through a 40 page portfolio I will probably be bored by the end of it. If you can show your skills and talent in just 15-20 pages it will be much more efficient and it will leave the employer wanting to see more. You want them to be excited about your potential, not bored of it. So the final answer is, less is more.

How do I create a graphic layout for my portfolio?
Designing a layout for your portfolio is just like designing any thing else. Design is UNIVERSAL. You should keep the same principles in mind when your a designing a packaging, graphics, product etc.. Make it:

Simple. Friendly. Unexpected. Fun. Intelligent. Intuitive. Modern.

First, it should depend on the what the project is about. If its a toy project, it should be a little more playful. If your designing a highend electronic device then it should feel a little bit more refined.

Second, your graphic layout should be consistent across the "whole" of your portfolio. You are creating a brand for yourself, so the graphic layout should say something about you as a designer. Everything that you create and design sends a message, and its better if you send a more promising message to your employer.

How do I sell my projects in my portfolio?
First, every project in you portfolio should be something new, something no one has seen before. If someone has seen it then why does it exist? The only exception to this is if you are trying to show that you have some basic skills like drawing or 3d modeling. But, in my opinion you should constantly be trying to innovate, so the bulk of your work should give something new for your employers to chew on.

Once, you have decided that the projects your including in your portfolio have reason, then you should make sure that the reason you included that project is EMPHASIZED. Make it clear why you are showing something. After an employer has flipped through a project, something should click in their head that whatever they just looked at was sweet and it was something that they have never seen before.

Hopefully some of the things I just said help when you are putting your portfolio together. Just remember to keep it simple, yet unexpected. Less is more.

On a side note, my goals for this quarter are:

Improve rendering skills.
Have fun designing.
Stay in touch with friends.


Hi everyone, my name is Ed Mangum and I'm an Industrial Design student at the University of Cincinnati. I'll be posting designs, photography, technology, or any other stuff I think is cool so I hope you enjoy. I'll also try to post stuff I am currently working on so that I can keep my work habits in check. Feel free to drop a message with any comments or questions and thanks for stopping by!