Category Archives: Projects

Houston, We Have Photographs

As promised, and a little late I know, my apologies…  Some pinhole photographs from Proto 2! (Ticker tape, klaxon horns, ‘splosions!!!)  These were shot on Fomapan 120 ISO 400.  I developed them at home and photographed them using my smartphone, ran them through Photoshop and inverted the image, BOOM.  I’m sure they could be clearer but I did the best with whats I gats.

Dome From Rave

The 02 Arena from the 9th floor


The 02 Arena from ground level

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Out And About With Proto 2

The second prototype functioned much better after the minute changes made from Proto 1.  The shots came out much better too as I gave a lot more exposure time and used 400 ISO film instead of 100.2015-01-21 12.40.50 The 3D printed tripod mount really improved stability and allowed me to angle the camera.  And I promise, once I get a half decent method of processing the negatives I will upload the photos for all to see.  Stay tuned!

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This is a Journey Into Sound

This is a Journey into Sound
Created by: Dan Jones
Music: Antigone – Menace of the Species

This is a Journey… is a first year product design project I worked on. The brief was to create a “Rube Goldberg machine” with eight knock-on effects based around a stimulus word of our choice. I could have only one interaction with the piece, which in my case was placing the stylus on the record.

My chosen stimulus word for the project was ‘Recording’. With this word in mind, I decided to base my project around the history of sound recording and the technological advances that have enabled sound recording to progress over the years. Each knock-on chronologically represents a technological advancement in the methods of recording sound. The sequence is as follows: phonoautograph, phonograph, gramophone, electrical, magnetic, multitrack, tape, CD, digital.

I employed a multitude of manufacturing and prototyping processes in order to complete this project, including 3D printing, laser cutting, milling, cutting materials using a Zünd cutter, a band saw, various sanders and an array of different hand tools.

This video was recorded in one take, the music is played in real time and as you can see, I interact with the piece only once. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed making it. Thanks for watching!

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Representation of Electronic Recording – Test Run

One part of my Rube Goldberg project. Testing the servo motor sweep distance and ball bearing ejection.
I laser cut each individual part from sheet acrylic.

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Sneak Preview VIDEO!

The phonoautograph and the phonograph are two iconic devices that advanced the way in which we record sound. My project is based on Rube Goldberg machine, through which I plan to tell the story of the history of sound recording. In this video you can see two examples of knock-on features undergoing operational motor testing.

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Sneak Preview – Rube Goldberg Project

Here are some pictures of a “Rube Goldberg” inspired project I am working on at university.

My project is titled “The History of Sound Recording” and will have eight knock-on features that illustrate the main technological advances in sound recording over the years.  Stay tuned for the finished project.


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How Fresh Was Your Week?

A selection of pages from a project I developed during my first term at Ravensbourne University.

After conducting research on Freshers Week, I devised a concept based around augmented reality that I believe would enhance and aid communication throughout Ravensbourne University and generate excitement among those attending.


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