We spend a lot of time as designers thinking about what the product of a design can be. Is it a brand, a service or an experience? My work gains value through the elucidation of its function. I set out to create a playful photo-taking apparatus that would elicit genuine emotional responses from participants. There's something about waiting for the pencil to strike the shutter that alleviates the awkward tension of getting your picture taken. This design is a 3D printed camera housing that plays music and eventually takes a picture when the user turns the crank. I left the gears exposed so that they become part of the visual experience.

This particular iteration, “Version 2.0 ” is comprised of 3D printed ABS, laser cut acrylic, metal bolts, washers, lock nuts, and a music box that I purchased online. I've outfitted the design to work with a disposable camera.

Music Box Portrait from Clay Kippen on Vimeo.

Below are some of the portraits: