The Art of Engineering:  Industrial Design at Delta Faucet


Do you ever wonder how the
everyday objects in your house get made? Someone has to design them. We’re here at Delta Faucet to
learn how creative people make the things you use every day. Follow me. [MUSIC PLAYING] HOST: Support
provided by the Glick Fund, a CICF a fund focused
on inspiring philanthropy. Additional support provided
by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, in honor of
the children and families of Christel House. Inside this space,
two groups have to come together to create
something that not only looks good, but has to function. Industrial designers create the
look of the fixture, the form, while engineers have to
worry about the mechanism, the function. Both have to come
together in good design. I’m Jordan Baylor, and
I’m an industrial designer for Delta Faucet Company. All through high
school, I took ceramics, photography, painting. I did oil painting,
of all things. HOST: Really? JORDAN BAYLOR: And my
mom was a fine artist. And she was a photography
major and graphic design. And so she really was always
pushing me in that direction, taking us to museums. And my dad was an engineer. And so it was science fair,
science fair, you know, physics. It was you need
to be an engineer. You need to have a job that’s
going to pay the bills. And I found myself
really pulled. In my mind, I had
figured it all out. I’m going to get a job
at an engineering company and work on their design team. And she’s like, oh, you
don’t want graphics. You want product design. You want industrial design. And my jaw hit the
ground, and I was like, that’s
exactly what I want. Like, sign me up. What is that? HOST: Yeah. And I had no idea that
that major was even offered. How do you start
finding design? I mean, yeah, you talked about
you can find inspiration. I mean, what leads you to,
like, hey, I need to make this, or I want to make this faucet. Where do you even
start with an idea? I know, faucets don’t sound
that exciting initially. You know, faucets,
toilets, showers, you think, people design those? But we actually do. And that’s my job. Yeah. So sometimes it’s
as simple as we need a really, you know,
ornate faucet, something with a lot of detail. And then I’ll kind of start
in that style category. Or maybe it’s something
really clean and simple. And then other times,
you’ll just find something, like, oh, I love that
dish or that chair. And then I’ll challenge
myself to say, how can I turn that into a faucet? How can I make
something different? HOST: It gets to the idea
you need to be observant. You’re gonna find inspiration. You have no idea where,
which tell me a little bit about– I see you’ve
got sketching going on. You have these
milk jugs up here. JORDAN BAYLOR: Yeah. HOST: Take a look at it. JORDAN BAYLOR: So I was shown
these milk jugs the other day. So the fact that this form
goes from square to circle was kind of the inspiration
behind the [INAUDIBLE]. So I have that pulled up here. I was looking at
different finishes. HOST: Oh, I see. You can kind of show
much it changes when you’re looking at materials. So something that– it’s really
sleek-looking, like chrome. And then we can go
in and see, well, what would it look like in
a really urban environment, maybe? HOST: Yeah. And it kind of just
changes the form a lot. So when you’re designing,
which– is it often the form comes first or function? Or in certain lines,
does it change? Every once in a
while, we’ll get to have a really
fun project where we get to push engineering. And if the design is so specific
that our standard valves and such won’t work
with it, we get to do a little bit
more unique things. And we’ll work with engineering. So sometimes,
engineering comes first, and sometimes,
design comes first. And it just kind of
depends on the design. So the key is we want to
try to use as many parts as we already have as
possible, because it reduces the amount of time we have
to spend on designing, and it also makes it a lot
more reliable, because parts we know, they work. And so that way, we can reuse
them and reuse them in design. So Jordan’s done
a really good job with this design in
making sure that it fits some parts we already Have Do you find often
the case that you have to go back to
somebody like Jordan and say, hey, this little
thing you gotta tweak? Yeah, sometimes. Yeah. Yeah, sometimes, we
get– and sometimes, it’s hard to see until you
get all the parts put into it about whether the
things are gonna fit correctly, if there’s maybe a little
bit of radius here, a little bit of angle there. So we’ll make little
tweaks and suggestions. And we’ll kind of work
with the industrial design group back and forth to
figure out what’s gonna work and what’s not. And generally, we come
to a consensus that’s gonna work for everybody. So is this something
that’s made here? I mean, how long does it
take you to get to wherever it’s created itself? Well, the really
cool part about this is we have this technology
in our own building. So I can take Jordan’s design. We can work with all the
engineering staff of getting the internal details into it. We can send it down
to our model shop, and a couple days later, we can
have the part to try it out. I really like to be able
to work with them to get their vision to production,
because I think it’s important that, you know, what
they see and what they think the
customer wants, it’s important to try
to do what we can to make sure that we’re
bringing that vision to reality. So I like taking the
challenge of trying to not just fit existing stuff,
but sometimes, make new parts. So I really enjoy that
collaboration aspect of working together,
and in the end, everybody’s happy
with the result. It’s essential to
get collaboration with everyone else. A lot of times, I’ll say,
you know, this is so close. Something’s not right. And I’ll take it over
to one of my colleagues and say, you know, what
do you think about this? What am I missing? And sometimes, they’ll just
know right off the bat. Oh, this needs to
be a little wider. Or maybe– and we
just feed off that. And it changes and
it evolves as you go. And the design– sometimes,
you just need people around. You need a second opinion. And I trust these guys so
much with their thoughts and their design style. OK. So we’re at the– actually,
where are we at, Jordan? This is our
employee break room. Yeah. Right. So we’re in the break room. But what’s really cool is– so
again, going back to the thing, it’s got a function. So what’s it feel
like– all right, this is the working
product, right? It’s very exciting. It still feels kind of
surreal, because I’m so used to seeing it not working. Right. But here it is, and yeah–
it’s a sense of pride and a sense of accomplishment. Wow. I will never look at a
faucet the same again. What an awesome example of
where artists and engineers come together to create
something that has to look good and function. For this project, I’m
going to follow the pattern of inspiration that Jordan had. So I found something
that I see often. And that is colored pencils. My goal– take these
colored pencils and inspire a faucet design. Sounds easy enough,
but I have a feeling it’s going to be more
difficult than I think. Let’s check out our supplies. First thing, of course,
are colored pencils. Then I have a pencil,
eraser, and a sketch book. But any type of
paper would work. I also wanted something
to build from. So I grabbed this delta faucet
for its clean, simple design. Lastly, I’m going to step
two and transfer this to a digital format
using a tablet. I’m really excited
to try this out. Let’s get started. First step was to sketch
out several ideas, simply because I wasn’t sure exactly
how this was going to work. Remember that this
is simply a sketch, so don’t get caught up in
trying to make it look perfect. We’re just throwing
down some ideas here. I can’t draw a
straight line myself, so no, it’s not cheating
when you use a ruler to make a straight line. I decided to make the nozzle
resemble the tip of the colored pencil, which is not easy. Once I had worked
through my sketch, I then started to
transfer it over to the tablet in a
really similar way that Jordan did over at Delta. I don’t see a lot of faucets
on the market with color, so of course, I’m
going to add a lot. All right. I’m going to stop there for now. But I’m having a lot
of fun with this idea. I really wanted
to push the color, since I don’t see a lot of
faucets with a lot of color. I hope you got inspired by this. And I cannot wait to
see what you create. Until next time, guys,
stay art-rageous. What involves volcanic
ash, dangerous chemicals, extreme heat, expert
timing, ground pigment, and expert creativity? You guessed it–
fresco painting. Check this out. [MUSIC PLAYING] Fresco painting
using wet plaster dates back to 1500 BC and the
island of Crete in Greece. Of course, fresco can be
seen around ancient Greece, as well, often within
tombs depicting scenes of everyday life. There are even scenes of a
couple dudes just reclining at a banquet. However, where we really see
some incredible examples is in the ancient city–

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