I started out by sketching the design of the water bottle based on the idea of cell’s organic form. All the sketches have a round hovering base and are all made out of aluminium, which are the two key components of my water bottle.
To truly understand the concept of hovering, I planned an experiment with the electromagnetic levitation device that I have been working on since the beginning of the semester. The design of my device was based on a instruction guide that I found on instructables.com.
The floater shown in the guide has two electromagnets inside, one at the bottom and one at top, and it is running on two Full H Bridge IC; but the anti-gravitational force created by the device in the guide is too weak, so I added two more electromagnets (placing them side to side) and one more Full H Bridge IC too increate the anit-gravitational force.
For the typography, I created my own font called the EMWA font for my logo, which contains only 4 letters – a, e, m, and w. I designed the font based on the futuristic geometric shapes of spaceship. I also chose to use Helvetica Neue for its clean and slim look for the rest of the contents on my website.
After coming up with a final sketch for my water bottle, I constructed a 3D version of it in Maya.
I then exported the 3D model to Illustrator and started to create frames for my website’s gif animations.
I combined the frames that I created in Illustrator in Photoshop to create gif animations.
I also cut some clips from a Discovery show about whale hunt and created a video for my website in Premiere Pro
The process of making the website for my project, “Earth Mineral Water”, was both challenging and enjoyable. Making the magnetic levitation device was frustrating, I spent a lot of time searching for tutorials online to complete the device. The 3D program, Maya, was confusing when I first used it to make my water bottle’s model, but I got more familiar with the program throughout the process. After all, I really enjoyed creating a branding identity for my science fictional bottled water.