Ghetto Blaster DJ Booth & Drinks Bar
This is a product design I created for a drinks bar / DJ booth. The overall design is inspired by 80’s style ghetto blasters but is very much influenced by the more contemporary neon-retro look. This is hands down one of my most favourite projects and is definitely a product I am very proud of.
The design is stylised and original. I spent the initial stages researching boomboxes, picking out interesting features and exciting areas of their design. I then worked out proportions and sizes for the overall design to work to, ensuring that then end product would be fit for function. Once I had an informed view I started sketching various layouts and designs. This easily created over 20 ideas that I gradually broke down into 3 potential designs. What was most interesting is that the designs felt very original. This was mainly due to the fact that none of them was a copy of an existing ghetto blaster design, they were all a mix, taking inspiration from lots of various places.
Using these basic designs, I moved my ideas into Adobe Illustrator to create a 2D front view for each. It then became clear which of the designs really popped and had that graphic design language that would only become even more amazing once in 3D. I finalised the 2D drawing into a detailed render. At this point, I proposed the ideas in a few different colour schemes. These were debated and it was chosen that 2 products would now be made instead of just 1. We would build one in a classic techno black and another in a neon-retro style blue with bright accent colours.
Once the proportions worked in basic 2D orthographic view I progressed the design into 3D. Using SolidWorks I created a very detailed model which I then used to create production drawings as well as created 2D vectors that were used on various machinery to build the product. The design is a combination of polystyrene, wooden sheet material and cast plastic.
To give the final product that wow factor, I designed an LED lighting system into the product. This allows the insides of the speakers and tweeters, the top lightbox and gaps between the design to illuminate. Better still, I used an LED controller that responds to the vibrations created by surrounding music, this allows it to easily change to the beat of music without any complicated connections or software.