Charles Randall-Air Deck Longboard
At Design Interviews
Interview with Charles Randall : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Charles Randall : This design is based on the strength and light weight of a spiderweb. This allows for a durable and light weight design. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Charles Randall : The goal was to make a high end long board which could take high impact and deliver outstanding acceleration and agility. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Charles Randall : The future of this design is undecided. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Charles Randall : We worked on different ideas for several months trying to combine different traits into this project. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Charles Randall : This design was pursued based on inspiration and the idea of having a better long board for the competitive and recreational skating community. .Frank Scott: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?. Charles Randall : Currently I am hoping to sell or lease the production rights. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Charles Randall : I am an avid long boarder, and wanted to improve some of the problems we found in traditional boards.
.Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Charles Randall : No other designers influenced my work. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Charles Randall : This design could be bought by anyone from amateurs looking for a lasting board to professionals wanting light weight durable designs. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Charles Randall : It takes the idea of a solid carbon fiber racing long board and makes it lighter, it also can be carried more easily and it's turn radius is not limited by a solid deck. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Charles Randall : It is a deck for a long board, but it has open spaces which reduce the weight. The light weight, perforated design lead to the name, "Air Deck." .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Charles Randall : I used Autodesk Inventor Pro to design this project. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Charles Randall : The most unique aspect is definitely the webbed carbon fiber construction. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Charles Randall : I worked mainly with my team mate Parker Krueger, but I also got some guidance in modeling from my instructor Frank Rodgers. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Charles Randall : Technology will be key in constructing the Air Deck, but it also helped turn an idea from nature into a new innovation. .Frank Scott: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?. Charles Randall : I used no specific analytical data, but it was influenced by the light weight and high strength of a spider web. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Charles Randall : As a young designer I had very limited resources to create this design and I am not an expert in the software I used to develop this project. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Charles Randall : I wanted to get my ideas out into the world and start on a career in engineering and design. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Charles Randall : I learned more about the software I was using, and I got better at problem solving and tweaking designs to fix minor or major problems. .Frank Scott: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?. Charles Randall : I am interested in learning more about product designing and engineering. I think this competition was very educational even though I am only 17 years old. .
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