20. Student of Parsons The New School for Design. This blog contains my product design, photography, and process.

Copyright © 2011–2014 Joseph Gonzalez

We turn Barrels to Boards; Wood to Wallets. Join the Hepcat Adventure. Repurpose. Reuse. Skate. Create.”

I’m conflicted between how much I want this board and how much I like being able to turn on my board. This thing looks great but its crazy narrow.

A gorgeous trash can and an amazingly simple hinge.


I am very fond of our robot overlords and I accept their constructive criticism


Parsons is $60k a year
That’s $240k for four years, roughly a quarter of a million dollars

If I’m not incredibly successful within a couple years of graduating, I am so fucked. 


Star Lord graduated from the Hey Arnold school of battle.

Sproutling Baby Monitor

I’m not a fan of all the fitness tracking nonsense that’s been popular lately, with like 5 different monitors to predict how I will poop or how deep my sleep was. Maybe because I don’t do much intentional fitness stuff in the first place, or that I’m afraid of skynet.

This technology makes perfect sense for newborns, though. I like this product a lot.


Vintage Toledo drafting stool re-seat project.

I’ve been working on this on and off for the past week or so.  I had been looking for an old industrial drafting stool for my shop.  I looked at every antique and junk shop for a while.  Then i found this one in the attic of my dad’s shop last summer.  Couldn’t ask for a cooler shop seat.  Complete with a Grumman Aircraft badge attached to the bottom.  Unfortunately the seat was pretty shot.  I used it till enough pieces came off that it was finally un-sitable.

I had looked for 1/16” maple veneer for a bit locally with no luck.  So with some time for smaller projects I decided to make my own.  I had some walnut from the first guitars and some maple laying around.  I resawed and bookmatched the top, then made enough for a middle layer of maple and a third layer of walnut.  I joined these and thickness sanded them.  Top layer is thin, while the middle and bottom are a bit thicker, just because thats how much I needed to remove with the sander.  The grain in the middle piece runs perpendicular to the top and bottom layers.

Then I needed to figure out how to form them.  I made a very low tech bottom mold out of 2x4 that I shaped to match the seat profile. The bottom form got a sheet of wax paper.  I glued the layers using titebond 3.  Then more wax paper and a 1/8” sheet of masonite on top.  Almost all my big clamps were used to clamp this the sandwich down to the form.

After about 24 hours, I pulled out the seat, which thankfully held shape and had no visible gaps.  I traced the original seat, cut it out, and drilled holes.  Then a bit of sanding and a simple finish.

Voila…new school old stool!  Yes, I know the back doesn’t match now.  Maybe I’ll do that at some point.  For now, it works and is nice to have back in the shop.

One small step for mankind, one giant leap for me toward making the tufted velvet, victorian, Eames chair that I want for my future library.

Badass, Love the initiative.

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By Andy Khouri

The boutique merchandise division of the Alamo Drafthouse known for limited edition posters by some of today’s coolest illustrators, Mondo has been expanding its interests into the realm of collectible vinyl music, releasing limited editions of soundtracks for OblivionGravityJurassic Park and other films with particularly memorable and cool scores. Mondo’s about to level up with its most ambitious music plan yet: a series of vinyl-only releases of Danny Elfman’s music from Batman: The Animated Series.

Coming to Comic-Con next week, the first selection of music will be available in no fewer than five different designs by five different artists, each with their own distinctive illustration created especially for the 7” vinyl record format. Revealed for the first time by ComicsAlliance, this fabulous Harley Quinn piece by Matt Taylor speaks right to the heart of what’s cool about this project: high style and high fidelity, with palpable affection for the material that’s made the animated series — and Elfman’s thremes in particular — so beloved even 20 years later.



Oh god. Hey, the world, my birthday’s coming up.

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#TheFray were awesome! Didn’t understand a word that guy sang, though.

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Y The Last Man #011

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3.  Little Architect by Carlos Ng: Little Architect is a tool set for young architects that dream of designing and building amazing structures around the world. All of the modular tools combine work and play, and a 12” rule, a protractor, and a 45/90 triangle are all included in the set. By turning the tools into puzzle pieces, a sense of playfulness and fun is added to the tools. Proceeds from the Little Architect will go to benefit Architecture for Humanity. [1st Place]

Check out my classmates’ project with Areaware.

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PocketScan wants to put a scanner in your pocket for $99

And so, the PocketScan was born. Backed by several technology patents, the PocketScan is exactly what its name implies: A tiny palm-sized device that lets you scan almost any kind of 2-dimensional surface directly to your iPad or Android tablet via Bluetooth. It has an internal battery that should last for 400 scans and is charged via micro-USB. The free software  (which is compatible with PC/Mac/iOS/Android) is what makes the PocketScan do what no other portable scanner can: Show you your scan in real-time on your device so that you know exactly what you’re getting.

I will gladly take the side step toward the future. This device is great, pretty much what anyone who has had to fiddle with a large clunky scanner bed has desired. Worse yet when the one computer connected to the one scanner in the computer lab is being used (I’m looking at you Parsons third floor lab).

What I mean about this being a sidestep though is that this seems like something that will eventually be eaten by a cell phone app. Even now all the magic that sets this device apart is in the software. What I really want is to open up an app on my phone and be able to do this (like the article says the camera app sucks, especially for design students).

This device seems analogous to the point-and-shoot camera. Large scanners will always be what the professionals use (like SLRs) and this is nice to carry around for now. But soon enough this device will no longer have much purpose when I can do a decent enough job by tapping a square on my screen.

For the sake of the company I hope they are thinking ahead on their software game. If they don’t do it someone else will.

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"Our Modern Conversation" Print [2014]

Maximilian Mueller

My friend, and artist, Max has opened up his official facebook page. You guys should follow him

His solo show Seize the Stem is open for a few more days at TBD. Catch it before its gone after June 30th.