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June 2017

CityHawk : ZERO emission flying car

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We have been working together with our client Urban Aeronautics to take a lift-off. Their press release, as posted in New Atlas announces the creation of this green air vehicle, and the developments are unraveling quickly.
Flying cars are a hot item, but not all concepts are realistic and there are much obstacles to overcome. Some need a lot of space to take off, either because of their inability to take off vertically or in that they have big wings. Others will leave a large carbon footprint, need massive batteries, or have large rotors.
We are happy to be part of the developments of this air vehicle. It is a very compact, so called VTOL vehicle, meaning it can take off and land vertically. In comparison to other air vehicles it needs only little surface to do so, and it can perform “clean’.

“.. CityHawk is unique in combining a compact, car-sized design that has a four passenger capacity, no exposed rotors or wings, no batteries and potential for zero carbon emissions.  Hydrogen's only byproduct is pure H2O.  Perhaps most critical is that CityHawk achieves these groundbreaking qualities while meeting all design criteria that are the basis for eventual FAA/EASA certification.  This paves the way for true, unrestricted commercial viability.…”
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Our sketches have served as a first iteration of the design of the vehicle’s body. Based on these sketches the company produced a 3D print, so now we are currently proud owners of the first edition 3D prin !

June 2017

G Master Skyline shoe wins RedDot

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Yes! The shoe design project of our client, Graphene Master, has won a 2017 Red Dot design award for Product Design!! As we were part of the design team of the G Master Skyline shoe, that makes us extra proud!

It is a fantastic reward for our efforts and contribution to the design.
Dr. Shou-En Zhu, of Graphene Master , came to us for advice on how to finalise the design in terms of detailing and appearance, and asked for our expertise on visual communication of the product. Shou-En Zhu is known to have developed an innovative 3D printing technique on nano-scale. This technique enables for very strong yet ultimately lightweight material. In his collaboration with Haozheng Zhu, this technology is applied in a sport shoe for city runners. (The material then resulted in an agile and extremely lightweight design.)

In several sessions we worked together with Dr. Shou-En Zhu and product designer Haozheng Zhu Msc. in finalising the form and appearance of the running shoe.

“.. The G Master Skyline shoe is a 3D printed shoe, designed for runners who are living in busy cities. It provides runners with agile, cool, supportive and safe experience..”
July 2018

Smart mobility visuals for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure

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For several months we have been working together with the Innovation Unit Smart Mobility of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure. This unit stimulates smart mobility innovations in The Netherlands.
When the Unit just arose, Okapi studio (then named DutchDesignSketching) was asked to help out visualising strategic roadmaps, common goals and operation mode of the Unit. These visuals are incorporated in presentations of the Unit .

Another part of the commission was to visualise pilot projects. These are selected smart mobility projects which would be piloted on a small scale to test their viability.

The visuals gradually grew in interaction with the Unit into a recognisable series of drawings. They all contain several layers of information, which is needed to be used for various groups of public. Their content varies, but they all contain a mixture of design sketching and infographic; combining both ‘realistic’ elements with ‘abstract’ values.
September 2016

Styling the Winkmagic

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During his stay at the UNIST university in South Korea, Koos worked together with chair professor Myunwoo Lee in a device called “WinkMagic”.
“.. I worked on the design of the WinkMagic, a innovative device to quickly and long lasting extent eyelashes. Prof. Myunwoo Lee is regarded in the USA as ‘The fashion’-designer, and is well known among Hollywood’s celebrities hairdressers, having designed several beauty products.…”
“..For this latest device, the eyelash extender called WinkMagic, I am responsible for the styling of the product’s exterior. I wanted the appearance of this product of technical innovation, to be suitable in a filmset or beauty studio setting, so I focussed on the emotional aspects related to comfort and fashion…”
The project now has reached its crowd funding goal.
More info about the project can be seen on :
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Juni 2016

Back to school

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After being a teacher quite some time now, I decided it was time to get back to school myself.
I joined the Adobe Education Exchange community, and found myself surrounded by other educators in a similar situation, as the course centered around new mobile (app) storytelling media, and how to incorporate this in your own classroom .
It took me several weeks of online learning and doing, I was rewarded with a "digital diploma" in the Digital Storytelling course of Adobe Education Exchange. I must say that being on the other side of the line, and getting a certificat instead of giving one for a change, felt like in the old days!