We increased our involvement with the TEDx 2015 event further by pitching to the organizers the idea of presenting to the best speaker, a trophy which would embody the theme of the event. The theme for the event was "All or nothing", the task at hand was to design a physical object/trophy which echoed these values, which was interactive and aesthetically appealing.
To begin, we did a thorough study of the various types of trophies which currently exist, after this study we started searching for inspiration. the speakers at Ted events have always been at the forefront of their respective fields, radical in their thinking and innovative in their approach. This dynamism was something we felt we must incorporate in the design of the trophy.
Another source of inspiration was the theme of the Tedx event, “All or Nothing”. This theme coupled with the dynamism we wanted to incorporate, gave rise to the notion of something that consisted of movement.We felt that a trophy that interacted with user would truly inculcate the innovative and dynamic theme of Tedx. Through intense brainstorming session we decided to design a trophy that would depict the fine line that separates our achievements and failures in the form of a striking and minimal light source.
The trophy would consist of four elements, the aluminium base,a slab of cast aluminium machined to the desired form. Resting on it, the wooden body milled from reclaimed burma teak finished by an expert craftsman. The light source is housed inside the wooden body,a vertical slit across the wooden section, provides a channel for the diffused light to flow through. The final element of the trophy is a brass plate carved with murals,attached to the bottom surface.
The aluminium base consists of the battery and charges the light source housed in the wooden section. Receptors on the upper surface of the aluminium base complete the circuit when the wooden section is placed on the base. This allows the light source housed in the wooden section to get illuminated. Upon lifting the wooden section off the aluminum base, the circuit is broken and the light source is turned off. This interactive process truly captures the essence of “All or nothing”.
Through intense brainstorming session we decided to design a trophy that would depict the fine line that separates our achievements and failures in the form of a striking and minimal light source. The trophy would consist of three elements, the aluminium base, the wooden body and the light source.The vertical slit across the wooden section, milled out of premium Burma teak, provides a channel for the diffused light symbolising success to beam through. The polished aluminium base symbolising people's strength and determination, provides the energy to power the light. Upon lifting the wooden section off the aluminium base the light source is turned off, this action symbolises the precipice on which our lives balance.
All the above, when looked at as a whole encompasses the theme " All or Nothing".