Adeline Masbrata graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Design from San Jose State University. A talented artist and crafter, she discovered industrial design was the perfect outlet for her creativity. Read on to learn how KeyShot helped Adeline grow as a designer and bring her ideas to life.
Modeling software used: SolidWorks
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How did you get into industrial design?
I have always had a passion for creating since I was little, whether it was drawing, painting, or making crafts. I learned about industrial design while searching for a career to pursue. I became interested in San Jose State University’s industrial design program as I saw that it was rated as part of the top ten in the US. I thought the online description sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a shot. Throughout the past four years of my college career, I fell in love with industrial design: it’s the perfect combination of my passion for people, problem-solving, and creativity.
Tell us about some projects you’ve worked on.
I think the COVID-19 pandemic had a big influence on how I approached my projects. For my project Bol Chair, I wanted to create a product that would help ease the stress of telecommuting, since I’d learned that many telecommuters struggled with truly unplugging from work. Bol Chair was meant to help the transition between work and relaxation. I wanted it to convey a cozy, comfortable feel even without a physical model that users could test. I used KeyShot to help create that mood in my renderings via the material textures I was able to choose, creating a scene, and creating an HDRI environment. I think the lighting was important for setting the mood, so I made it look like evening, around the time people wrap up work and start relaxing.
How has KeyShot helped you grow as a designer?
Since the pandemic made it difficult for me to access a workshop and other physical model-making resources, I ended up leaning more on KeyShot and SolidWorks to accurately depict my designs. Creating product images on KeyShot allowed me to showcase my designs in ways that might not have been possible even with physical models. KeyShot helped save time and resources for model making. I was able to focus more on the ergonomic aspects of my physical models and use KeyShot to focus on showing the aesthetics. I was also able to easily demonstrate how my designs worked with the intuitive animation feature.
“As I was learning KeyShot, it was really important for me to explore other people’s work, which inspired me and showed me the possibilities of what I could achieve as long as I put in the time and effort. I would see their renders and then research how they did things and over time, I was able to learn a lot about KeyShot and its features that would allow me to create renderings I was more proud of.”
What advice do you have for students who are getting into KeyShot?
As I was learning KeyShot, it was really important for me to explore other people’s work, which inspired me and showed me the possibilities of what I could achieve as long as I put in the time and effort. I would see their renders and then research how they did things and over time, I was able to learn a lot about KeyShot and its features that would allow me to create renderings I was more proud of. KeyShot also has a lot of great resources that helped me, including the material cloud and tutorial videos online. I think utilizing these online resources is important to learning more about KeyShot and creating better renders. I definitely still have a lot of room to grow, and I’ll keep relying on these resources to help me learn.
“I really enjoy not just the aesthetic aspects of industrial design, but also how the products we create can make a difference in people’s lives.”