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Jason Rhys-Thomas

Product Designer

About Me

“A holistic designer with a passion for bleading edge technology and a good eye for trend spotting. Enjoys researching the latest materials, components and techniques to see how they can be applied to existing problems and the new possibilities they offer. Proactively using trend analysis to predict future needs generated by the convergence and divergence of current markets then having products and ideas ready to exploit them.”

  • Photoshop
  • Solidworks
  • Keyshot
  • Premier Pro
  • After effects
  • Prototyping
  • Sustainability
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What I do

Rendering

Working with clients to turn their rough ideas into a workable design. Starting with rough sketches to ensure I have understood the client and then moving on to computer mockups and renderings to ensure the design looks correct before moving on to the next step.

CAD

Once the desing is ready and the main engineering concerns have been considdered I can begin to create CAD models taking into account materials and production methods to take the design to the next level. At this stage photo realisitic renderings can be created to give the client a better idea of how the final product will look.

Prototyping and production

To really help get a feel for the product it is often usefull to create a scale model or to test features with working prototypes. I have good knowledge of rapid prototyping techniques and have also helped design and produce many one off and sort run products for descerning clients.

Technical Skills

Solidworks
79%
Photoshop
86%
Prototyping
74%
Coding
38%
Keyshot
62%
Premier and After Effects
43%

Professional Skills

  • Communication
  • Holistic Approach
  • Attention to detail
  • Creativity

Recent Portfolio

  • All Categories
  • Sustainable Design
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Prototyping and One Off products
  • entrepreneurial Skills

Walkman Inspired Flashdrive

The aim of this project was to create a themed flash drive which could be injection moulded. The theme for this one was 90s Sony Walkman products. Much of the body was made using surfacing techniques. The tooling was then designed in solidworks and tested using flow simmulation to ensure it would work. A negative for a silicone tool was 3D printed then the Tool was cast and injection moulded parts were created and tested.

This project focused heavily on Design for Mannufacture and gave me a good understanding of the injection moulding process and desing considderations that had to be made to ensure the mould would work

Here is a final render of the flash drive in Keyshot

This is a rendering of the silicone tool created after optimising it using the mould flow simulation tools in solidworks

Haptic Listening Chair

I have workked on many audio projects over the years so decided to push the boundries a bit. Aften a lot of research into haptics and the link between hearing and touch I decided to create a listening chair which could augment the listening experience with touch. It took many prototypes and itterative re-designs to create a chair design that could accurately transmit the vibrations to the human body and also be comfortable for long listening sessions. As well as overcoming all the technical issues, I also had to package it in an aesthettically pleasing design that would fit in with other high end audio equipment.


The aim is to produce a finished pre-production model ready for the New Designers so I have worked with Stonebridge LTD to create the curved Ply panels and Dayton Audio were kind enough sponsor the project in the form of donating the majority of the electronic components needed.


The chair uses a programmable 8 chanel DSP to shape the sound and turn it into signals suitable for the haptic transducers in the chair. It has several presets which have been designed and tested. The firts is designed to give a "live" listening feel, reasings were taken from sensors placed on a chair at a live event to see what range of frequencies were transmitted through different areas of a chair in a concert hall, those results were used to shape the response for the haptic chair. The other settings take it to the next level by splittling th incoming track into different frequency bands and then feeding them do different areas of the chair. This means the sensation changes and moves as the pitch and timbre of music changes

Here is a final render of the chairin Keyshot

Here is an image of one of the later working prototypes and controll electronics

The Yellow Heads HD25

Over the past deccde I have worked at custom cans I have been lucky enough to work alongside thousandas of music proffessionals to create one off pairs of branded headphones for use on stage


This pair was one of the more fun recent ones I got to design and produce. The Yellow Heads wanted a pair of headphones to match their on stage personas. After creating some mockups of the design in photoshop, masks were cut and the design was airbrushed on to some sennheiser HD25s. They were given several coats of super durable matte lacquer to ensure the design would survive touring and a matching custom cable was also made to set them off


The Yellow Heads custom sennheise HD25

This is a pair of sennheiser HD25 custom airbrushed with the yellow heads branding

The Yellow heads

Re-Purposing old mobile phones

Research showed that nearly 50% of people keep their old mobile phones as a spare when they upgrade. Modern smart phones have a tremendous ammount of processing power and a host of advanced sensors so it sees a waste to leave them in a drawer.


As part of a group project in university we desided to create a rnage of usefull products that could use those unused phones. By doinf that it was possible to create smart devices that would cost the user very little but have more features than existing IOT products. For example, a baby moitor that used AI to detect when a baby is trying to climb out of a cot or this dash mount that tied into the ECU of the car and combined real time fuel usage with GPS data to help you drive more economically and comparing your daily commut to give you an eco score thus gameifying the experience and making it a little more challanging and fun


The unit could expand to fit most mobiles and could have several software options to also monitor other engine paramiters and diagnose engine failts as well as woking as a dash cam and GPS

eco driving dash mount

Assembly instructions for the dash mount

dash mount features

Some of the design considderations

Haptic music collar

During my research into turning sound into touch for the Vibrant haptic chair, I came up with a few other product ideas along the way. One was this collar that helped turn music into touch sensation.


It has haptic transducers that vibrate the air in your lungs at the front and then a head massager linked to a transducer, the different length tines on the massager each have a different resonant frequency meaning the feeling moves around the head as the pitch changes without the need for complex electronics. several prototypes were made and tested and it came a close second to the chair. I may developw this further in the future as I believe there is probably a market for such a device.


audio head massager

Initially several rough functional prototypes were made to check the how effective it would be and it worked better than expected

haptic collar sketch work

Then sketches were drawn up to get the design right and figure out how to package all the electronics

haptic collar keyshot renderings

Finally it was all drawn up in CAD and then rendered in keyshot and photoshop to give an idea of how it would look in real life

haptic collar keyshot renderings

Here is the finished photoshop rendering

Sustainable Toy Design

Childerns toys generate a lot of plastic waste. The main issue is that most of them have quite a narrow age range and once the child is done with them they get thrown away


The idea was to create a cradle to cradle toy. It could be re-configured to create different toys and stem projects and then be made into a tabel, planter or storage once they grow up to stay useful and relevent until they them selves had childern.


It was also designed to need no packaging to further reduce waste. It could be made into a crate ready for sale with logos, bar codes and instructions all laser engraved onto the wooden panels making a zero waste product and as all the components were wood, hemp or steel it was all biodegradable or recyclable


It was designed to use standard off the shelf nuts and bolts so if pieces were lost they could be replaced easily and would link to an online community where people could share plans and mods to turn it into new and interesting things.

sustainable toy design

Some of the possible configurations

haptic collar sketch work

Designing out the need for packaging

haptic collar keyshot renderings

Remains useful throught the users life

O2 Boost air purifier

This was designed as part of an entrepreneurial module during my degree. After researching the market and current trend it was decided to produce this air purifier. It wold work as a compannion to the water cooler in offices. It removes odors and allergens such as pollon from the air making the work environment more pleasesnt, it can also kill airbourne viruses such as the common cold meaning less days take off sick. It's headline party trick was to use electrolosys to split water in ordere to generate extra oxygen. Additional oxygen has been shown to aid concentration, further increasing productivity.


The unit also has a built in screen which can not only show air quality but also display pertenant business data such as sales figures to keep the team up to date and motivated.


The business model was based around businesses leasing the units. This would allow us to maintain a relationship with our customers and ensure the units were serviced yearly to keep them running optimally


After all the CAD work was done, a full scale working prototype was made as proof of function and to give an idea of scale

air purifier NABC

Flat Pack Speaker Kit

I worked with the guys at the open source Frugal-Horn project to bring a flat pack version of the speakers to the UK


The plans were drawn up in Solidworks and then sent off to a local CNC company who cut the panels and sent them back to me. A few test versions were built the rest of the Kits were sold to customers all over europe.


The cabinets were made from 18mm BB grade birch ply and were designed to only need basic tools and glue to assemble them


flat pack speaker design

From CAD to real life - designed for CNC manufacture


Test build of the Frugal-Horn

From CAD to real life - designed for CNC manufacture


Test build of the Frugal-Horn

Finished speakers with high end full range drivers.
This set had the edges rounded over with a router and then covered in calssic comic book art using decoupage


Commuter scooter

I worked with the guys at the open source Frugal-Horn project to bring a flat pack version of the speakers to the UK


The plans were drawn up in Solidworks and then sent off to a local CNC company who cut the panels and sent them back to me. A few test versions were built the rest of the Kits were sold to customers all over europe.


The cabinets were made from 18mm BB grade birch ply and were designed to only need basic tools and glue to assemble them


flat pack speaker design

From CAD to real life - designed for CNC manufacture


Test build of the Frugal-Horn

From CAD to real life - designed for CNC manufacture


Test build of the Frugal-Horn

Finished speakers with high end full range drivers.
This set had the edges rounded over with a router and then covered in calssic comic book art using decoupage


Do you have a project you think I could help with?

If you have an idea for a product that you need help turning into reality or a working prototype you need building don't hesitate to get in contact

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Rapid Prototyping

Ideal for proof of concept or to aide iterative design. From rough mock-ups to fully working prototypes or beautifully finished models

From £150
  • 3D printing and laser cutting
  • Professional painting and finishing
  • Arduino and electronic prototyping
  • Mould making
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CAD and rendering

Turn concept sketches and plans into 3D models and photo realistic images and animations

From £250
  • CAD modeling
  • 3D rendering
  • Photo Compositing
  • 3D animations and walkarounds
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Hiring?

If you are looking for a hard working, entraprenuriel, Gloucestershire based product designer to become a part of your team, get in contact

Negotiable
  • Part time role
  • Holiday or Maternity cover
  • Short term contract
  • Special pproject
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