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Jim Christian
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spherical shell concept sketch comments

Reviewer 1:

I think that visually, this door is very impressive. Watching it open would be very fun for the users. You will have to make sure that it clearly reads as a door, since the hemispherical shape doesn't signal that at first. I don't entirely understand how the mechanism works. It seemed to me that the door parts were going into the wall, but then you said that it didn't need stow-away space in the walls. Does this mean that the walls are extra thick? Overall, I think it's a very fin design.

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Reviewer 2:

typical space door openning mechanism. it has appeared in many sci-fi movies, it can lead the cutomers to the sci-fi setting immediately.

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Reviewer 3:

The idea of this door seems interesting.

I think that this is one of the more feasible ideas, but also the least interesting looking of your drawings.

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Reviewer 4:

It's great that you thought about the issue of having extra space in the walls for the retracting door and that you found a solution to that. This door could look really slick and futuristic.

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Client 5:

This door really has a "wow" effect.

I would be careful when it comes to having to add a ramp.

The ADA requires for every inch of rise, there must be 12" of length.

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Client 6:

This is really cool.

Iris doors are awesome... a 3D version must be more awesome.

I can't fully grasp how this would work/actuate, but I know I like the idea.

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pentagonal iris concept sketch comments

Reviewer 1:

I like the sci-fi feel of this door. The effect that it would give as it opens would also be impressive. It also has a more industrial, ship-like feel because of the ramp with the arrow and the shape. Could this ramp be extended for people in wheelchairs? It looks like there is a step up, which I think would add interest for most people. But could cause an interest for people with disabilities.

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Reviewer 2:

the door openning mechanism is similar to the previous one-spherical shell. The main difference is thenappearance.

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Reviewer 3:

I think this is more quintessential sci-fi; I feel like it fits the most with the project.

It looks like you would have an extending ramp?

If not, I would be concerned about handicap accessibility.

With the retracting pieces, have you thought about how big it would need to be?

I would recommend making it a 5' opening and having most people have to step up and over the bottom "knee-knocker".

I think that this would make it more feasible in whatever space that they would have.

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Reviewer 4:

Since this door is a more stereotypical sci-fi door, it could come off looking a little old and retro. This one seemed less sleek and a little more forced. Maybe if you could combine this design and upgrade it to the future.

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Client 5:

Why not make everything 5 sided you ask?

After you build one, you'll know why!!!

I think this door also has a great look to it.

What is the simplest and most robust way to build one?

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Client 6:

Very neat looking door.

I think we will have to do an iris door somewhere -- it's a classic.

A couple challenging factors: doors should accommodate a wheelchair user (google relevant ADA specs) and 5 Wits is on the 3rd floor of a mall, so we can't penetrate the concrete slab floor at all.

We don't like to build elevated floors within the space, because that requires wheelchair ramps at all the exits (at a 12-1 slope!) which becomes architecturally prohibitive quickly.

But I love an iris door, the trick will be satisfying all these criteria to pull it off...

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waterfall portal concept sketch comments

Reviewer 1:

I think that this idea is super fun. Besides the potential feasibility issues of there being water everywhere and people getting soaked, I think it would add a cool effect to the space. It would provide a shifting barrier of sorts that I think would make an amazing portal effect. I think that users would be quite fascinated with it and, if you can resolve the feasibility issues, might be worth pursing.

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Reviewer 2:

very different and interesting idea for the door concept. The customers will defunately be surprised when they see this waterfall portal.

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Reviewer 3:

I like this idea the most, but I think it is the most challenging to implement.

My concern is how the water would splash off the doorway and how tall the portal should be.

To limit the amount of splashing, I would recommend that you make the top of the door angled instead of flat.

To make a normal 7' doorway, the portal would need to be 8-9' tall to keep the border of water around the entire doorway.

For all of your designs, how would the doorway open?

Automatic?

On a timer?

Interaction from the guests?

I think that to properly answer these questions, you need to give more thought to the application.

Or i guess 5Witts would take your design and work on the application?

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Reviewer 4:

I really like this design. If you could do it well, it would look really futuristic. Also, since it's not a physical structure like doors in the "real" world, it would definitely add to helping users feel like they're in a new experience and transport them out of their normal lives.

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Client 5:

This concept was a little vague to me.

The use of water is VERY risky.

Water is difficult to keep clean and contain.

It requires significant maintenance and can cause damage to the rest of the set (water damage and mold).

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Client 6:

Wow, another awesome idea with a bit of bad news...

5 Wits has had water effects in our last couple of shows, and we have an outright ban on water gags in Syracuse.

The water gets everywhere, it grows things, it destroys wood, rusts steel, and generally wrecks stuff.

Which is too bad, because a lot of cool effects can be done with water... including this sweet looking door.

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Overall concept sketch clarity and presentation

Reviewer 1:

I think that Jim's concept sketches clearly expressed the feel of the idea. I was able to understand the desired user experience behind each one and I also liked the more fun tone of the captions. Some of the technical details didn't read as well, but I don't think that was the true goal of this exercise.

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Reviewer 2:

The concept sketches are very clear. The website presentation is simple and easy to navigate.

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Reviewer 3:

Your sketches were nicely done and very clear.

I really like the presentation of your storyboard as a cartoon, and that your pictures that show up.

Your sketches are detailed enough to give a good idea of what the portals would look like.

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Reviewer 4:

Really well done (beautiful) drawings. I am slightly confused about how the water spout works on Waterfall Portal door but all the other drawings make sense and are explained well.

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Client 5:

The presentation was clear and the pictures were well drawn.

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Client 6:

Amazing drawings, very well represented.

Helpful annotations and descriptions.

First class job.

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