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Amy Loomis
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door 1 concept sketch comments

Reviewer 1:

I like the concept of the shifting door. I don't think the sketch takes the feasibility into considerations as well as the later sketch but it conveys the embodiment nicely. Another sketch displaying the human interaction with the door could be useful.

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Reviewer 2:

Growing up with the Harry Potter series, I am super excited to see a door that is very similar to the one for entering Diagon Alley come to life.

I think it can be easily implemented and would deliver great visual effects, while being a functional door.

I am curious to know how the door would be controlled, i.e. when/how the door would be open, how long would it stay open, can it be kept open for people who move slowly, etc.

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Reviewer 3:

This would have a high WOW factor; having several moving panels sliding in different directions is in keeping with a futuristic motif and would be very cool for users to look at. It also can easily self-reset.

However, the drawing does not really show how users will interact with the door; I would have preferred some mention of that to give a clear picture of the user experience.

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Reviewer 4:

*Good use of two perspective and shading, although the glowing is not indicated in the depiction. *The idea of a door that you initially don't notice is very sci-fi and would create a cool effect. I like it. *This seems feasible. Where are the wall/door sections retreating too? Is the wall next to the door hollow? Is there any point in having multiple layers?

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Client 5:

This door looks amazing.

There will be many challenges in fabricating this door.

Keep in mind that guests can (and will) touch, push, kick, etc. so everything must be robust!

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Client 6:

Sweet door.

I've never seen one like this, physically... it's more like something out of a movie... which is exactly what we are going for!

The actuator count could be high on this door -- if there is a way to engineer a simple system to provide this motion, I think this is super cool.

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door 2 concept sketch comments

Reviewer 1:

I was a little more confused as to what exactly was going on in this sketch, the third drawing gave more clarity. The concept is well thought out and I think more wore work in visually displaying the thought in the sketch is needed.

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Reviewer 2:

A glowing archway would be very cool visually, but I am not sure if rotating away the walls that meet at the corner would be visually pleasing on the other side of the door (or I am misunderstanding what you meant by "rotating away"). In general, it would be good to show what this door looks like from the other room , since people do look at doors from both sides.

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Reviewer 3:

I think this sounds like a great idea. As with your first sketch, it has a high WOW factors and is in keeping with the motif. This has an added benefit over the first door of potentially being easier to implement, as it involves fewer moving panels.

Again, the lack of description of how users interact with the door keeps me from giving it the highest score.

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Reviewer 4:

*Interesting idea for turning a wall into a door. *Parting lines would likely be very noticeable. *It looks as the the ceiling is moving too? Would this be easy enough to achieve given 5Wits! setup?

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Client 5:

This door isn't as "cool" looking to me as the 1st door.

Although it is the clever use of a corner!

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Client 6:

I like this door as well - I love the mystery and awe associated with making the corner of a room into a door.

My guess is, thinking about the complexity involved with this design, that the first option may offer more bang for the buck.

A very unique idea, in any case.

Many guests comment that cool doors between rooms really help to make the experience "real."

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door 2 implementation concept sketch comments

Reviewer 1:

This drawing helped clear up some of the questions about the second picture but as with the first I would like to see something displaying how the door functions in the room and how the user will interact with it.

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Reviewer 2:

This is an interesting idea for moving the panel and LED archway with a single actuator. It would be great to also see this mechanism from another direction, so it gives a better sense of the size of the mechanism and possible mounting strategies for different components. I am assuming that this mechanism is normally hidden in a wall. Would it interfere with the walls that rotating away? Also this visual effect for the "appearing LED archway" is different from the drawing shown in concept 2. Personally I think this rotating effect is less impressive than moving sections of the archway directly out of the wall (like in concept 2).

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Reviewer 3:

The actuation mechanism shown here is very simplistic. It sounds easy enough to implement and keep behind a wall users will not see. However, it does not necessarily capture the complexity of aligning several moving parts, since it only describes the bare-bones of how the door opens.

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Reviewer 4:

*The pictures are well drawn. *Explanation could use more detail. I'm not entirely sure what I'm looking at. I see that a drive enables the panel to move at the same time as a block, but I can't figure out how the shape of the block matches up with the door 2 idea. *Appreciate that feasibility is being explored.

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Client 5:

This drawing a a little confusing to me.

I'm not exactly certain what this actuation is doing.

More details would be helpful.

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Client 6:

I love that you are exploring real ways to make these things work, right from the beginning.

On the one hand, it's great to be creative without the constraint of reality... on the other hand, reality always wins when picking a design we can actually implement.

The trick is finding something that looks much more amazing than it costs.

Looking at this mechanism, I don't know if the "corner door" would pass that criteria -- there is a lot going on here.

I love the concept... how to simplify?

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Overall concept sketch clarity and presentation

Reviewer 1:

The page was set up nicely.

I think the scrolling speed of the sketches could be slowed down a bit for better understanding.

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Reviewer 2:

The website is very clean and simple to navigate. The sketching is very good in general and I particularly like the animation effect. However, I was really confused by concept 3. Because you mentioned concept 3 is an implementation of concept 2 and it is a rotating mechanism, at first it a lot looked like a mechanism for the rotating walls and not the archway.

Another suggestion is to make the window slightly smaller so people don't have to scroll down to see the description.

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Reviewer 3:

The first set of sketches is terrific; it is easy to understand, and the animation clearly shows how the panels open. Moreover, the animation contributes to that understanding.

The second set is not nearly as effective. The animation actually makes the experience of viewing the images rather disorienting. Here, you might have benefited from merely showing the pictures together rather than as a continuous animation.

The third drawing is extremely simplistic compared to the other two. I would have liked it if you annotated the panels; I had to give it a third look before I understood how this implementation matched the door you described in your second animation.

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Reviewer 4:

Concept sketches are all very well laid out and clear, but the accompanying explanations lack detail and could be utilized to set context and detail the idea better.

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Client 5:

There were some nice drawings/animations in this presentation.

I only wish the animations were a little slower because there were many slides I wanted to get a better look at!

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Client 6:

As usual, great drawings, great use of animation, clear annotations.

First class.

I look forward to reviewing your ideas every time, Amy.

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