co-creating with nervous system–july 2014

custom cell cycle ring in polished silver (design by Will Walker)

We’re starting a new feature here on the Nervous System blog, to showcase some of the things our customers are making with our generative design apps every day. Each month, we’ll highlight a different custom piece that’s come through our studio and bring you some background and insights straight from the designer. We hope you’ll enjoy getting a look at the endless creativity that our Nervous System co-creators are bringing to life, and maybe find a little inspiration in the process.

Designer: Will Walker
App used: Cell Cycle

Nervous System: Was this piece made for yourself or for someone else?
Will Walker: It was a birthday gift for Catherine—I initially made a plastic version during the Formlabs / Nervous Systems workshop at Solid earlier this year. She liked the plastic ring so much that she wore it out! So I decided something a bit more permanent was in order.

NS: Did you feel you were you able to achieve your vision using the app?
WW: [The] flexibility of the design app actually impressed me. My initial thought was to try to create a wireframe approximating the shape and feel of a large stone, and to play up the dramatic differences between the smallest and largest cell sizes available. The ability to use the largest cell size as a window into the ring’s interior was a feature that spoke to me.

NS: Do you have any previous experience with design or 3D modeling?
WW: I work with Formlabs using high definition printers and teach 3D design, so I’m familiar with lots of CAD tools—but the visual language of the Nervous System app is a lot of fun, since you still have a lot of decision making available – and modeling these shapes by hand would be time consuming and would require a lot of testing to get right.

cell cycle app
designing in the Cell Cycle app

NS: Was creating your custom design with the app easier or more difficult than you’d anticipated?
WW: It took 15 minutes and was essentially effortless.

NS: What was your favorite part of the process?
WW: Ordering 3D printed metal and having it arrive at my door in perfect shape. :-)

Catherine shows off her one-of-a-kind ring
Catherine shows off her one-of-a-kind ring

NS: Did the finished product turn out as you’d expected?
WW: Yes, it’s even more ethereal and beautiful when it’s in your hand!

Thanks again to Will Walker for taking the time to share with us!
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