Y’all remember spokey dokeys right? The ’80s and ’90s evolution of the playing card in your bike spokes to make you go faster, sound cooler, and be super rad. We’re all about the research into bike spokes as a design concept for our structural system and have done the deep dive into the evolution of bicycle wheel design. In our efforts to dissect the engineering of bicycle wheels we keep stumbling upon all of the inspiring novelty products that defined our childhoods riding bikes. Maybe these novelties can influence our design sculpturally, or perhaps our bridge design can offer up to pedestrians a chance to reminisce about the times when they were the coolest kid with all the lime-green spokey dokeys jumping off curbs and poppin’ wheelies. Nevertheless, our design goal is to communicate the inspiration of the bike wheel as a means to move people from the BIKEWAY to the park while celebrating the movement associated with bike wheels and spokes.
Wednesday was a chance for the studio to put in some good design work, test ideas, speak up, and address concerns about our complicated timeline. We recognize the solutions are close to completing the design of a wonderfully elegant and thoughtful bridge, but we need to continue to work hard and pick up the pace to achieve our semester goals. Here are some studio happenings:
Fall break is rapidly approaching and the semester end will creep up on us soon. The studio is continuing to put our heads down to design on paper, computer, and mock up ideas in our shop. We split into a few groups on Wednesday to explore a few specific themes and riff on some ideas together and will reconvene on Friday to discuss our process, and shop mock up attempts!