Travis Lontz worked as a mechanical engineer for 10 years in the field of product design and produced multiple designs that were efficient, manufacturable, but unfortunately “beauty challenged.” A desire to improve the appearance and user considerations of his concepts prompted him to return to school to learn the principals of form and procedures for ethnography. Two years of long hours allowed him to take care of his family while earning two degrees. Lontz recently graduated from Auburn University with a master’s degree in industrial design. His thesis work involved the exploration of DIY and design.
Methods & Means
The Mutual Benefit of Designers in Virtual DIY Communities