Hind O.

Principles and Practices

The endless possibilities that gridded geometry offers to 3D and 2D design is fascinating to me. Islamic Geometric Design has particularly caught my attention for a few years now. Hence, I plan on making my final project and exploration of the aesthetics and functionality of Islamic geometry by designing an object for interiors.





Project Management

This was my first time coding, first time designing a website, and the first time I ever heard of Git. I had no idea what I got myself into, but here is my process.

  1. Step 0: What the Heck is Git?

    It is easy to get frustrated with jargon as a beginner. Until I found this tutorial, there was no way I could understand the Lecture on Git Commands.

  2. Step 1: Codecademy lesson

    Codecademy HTML beginner lessons are a great resource to get you started in HTML. I highly recommend it.

  3. Step 2: Reality Check

    Until I did a tutorial I was still unaware of the gap between my vision and my skills.

  4. Step 3: Growth Mindset

    Instead of giving into self-doubt, I decided to make the website a 6-months code project. In other words, I was okay starting at the basics as long as I make progress on the website over time.

  5. Step 4: Puching and Committing Code

    Here is the GitLab's quick guide to basic commands. However, what I found to be ultimately useful, is bothering our instructor at Incite Focus, Jon with questions anytime and without shame.

Computer Aided Design

The simplest yet most informative resource to understand Islamic geometry is a TedEd lesson by my role model Eric Broug.

Once I got the basics down I decided to start with building the grid of a simple 6 fold shape. I used Sara Khallaf’s tutorial.

I chose to work with Adobe Illustrator and SolidWorks.

  1. 2D

    Building the Grid

    Building the Pattern

  2. 3D

    Building the Grid

    Building the Pattern

    Building the Shape

  3. Extrusion

Computer Cutting

Finally using machines :)

  1. Vinyl Cutter:

  2. Very un-intimidating machine. Once I had a path, it took Jon (the Lab’s Guru-Hero) 5 minutes to explain the basic function of the machine.
    There are two things to watch for in Vinyl printing: 1. The Knife 2. The power. Both serve the role of defining the depth and precision of the cut. Depending on your project, you should run a few tests adjusting the two features in order to get your desired outcome.
    In my case, the Vinyl cutter was already set up for the kind of paper and job I wanted.
    Once I made the cut, I used transfer paper to collect the desired shape from the overall grid, then transfered it into a physical workboard

    Transfer paper

    The small pieces were a nightmare

    Final design

  3. Laser Cutter

  4. My classmate Juan helped me figure this one out in Fusion 360. I am yet to learn how to make parametric constrains in SolidWorks.

    Building the Kit

    Finished Kit

    Mounted Kit

    My Speed/Power/frequency was on a scale of 50/50/1500. I would use a different arrangement next time to cause less burns to the cardboard.