Used in medical, retail, and kiosk applications, the key to the M170 design’s stability when tapping the touch screen is the chrome steel "unified strut" display support mechanism. The display angle is adjustable from 5 degrees forward to a full 90 degrees backwards allowing the display to be mounted to horizontal or vertical surfaces without modification or third-party hardware. Machineart handled the entire development from concept sketches to mock-ups, part design, prototypes, and production documentation.
3M TOUCH SYSTEMS
M150 Touch Monitor
Solving the touch stability problem inherent in all touch monitors was a main focus of this project, while simultaneously developing a distinctive brand appearance.
With its triangulated base design and easily adjustable angle adjustment, the design enables use in many different point-of-sale environments where counter heights and lighting angles differ.
Paint stores routinely mix paints for customers wanting to match a particular fabric or color chip. To make scanning samples as easy as possible, we designed Datacolor’s product to be as familiar and easy to use as a computer mouse. The body is suspended on a leaf spring hinge mounted to a base with a hole in the bottom that serves as a target for positioning flat samples. The user simply pivots it down to contact the sample and presses the button on top. The body is removable for scanning 3D samples - simple & good looking.
Info Pen Concept
Symbol Technologies experimented with scanning technology for consumer use some time ago to expand from its commercial product base. Machineart was asked to visualize a device that would be used to scan newspaper and magazine coupons and ads to enable direct look-up and purchase of products via the internet.
This design concept recalls the form of a fountain pen and inkwell interpreted in an elegantly modern way.
PC Design Language Standards
In an effort to internationalize its PC’s and Workstation product identity, Fujitsu hired us to develop and define new visual design standards. Machineart defined “concavity and convexity” as the primary visual attribute, along with multiple sub details such as controls and indicators, cooling vents, graphics usage, color and texture. Models were made of each product type to demonstrate consistent application of the standard and a manual was designed to serve as a guide for in-house designers when working on new models.
VPP5000 Super Computer
The design process of creating a visual identity for Fujitsu’s high end computer involved a study of what the word "supercomputer" means to people in order to derive an appearance that expresses it. The design team chose "mysterious force" as the key word to guide development of the design language. Its appearance promotes a feeling of awe for the power and intelligence that a supercomputer brings to massive computing tasks like research into the origin of the universe, global weather forecasts, and safer cars.