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Alekos Fs2d Residential Doorbell & Light by David Alan Peters

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer David Alan Peters (DP) for A' Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of David Alan Peters by clicking here. Access more information about the award winning design ALEKOS FS2D here.



Interview with David Alan Peters at Tuesday 17th of April 2012

FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
DP: I was inspired to make this particular design by a dream I had while I was working on it.

FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
DP: I wanted the doorbell to be very unique and really capture peoples attention. after all it is one of the very first things a visitor interacts with when approaching your home.

FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
DP: I would like to find a manufacturers representative or distributors that could help me get this product design into retail stores or mail order catalogs.

FS: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
DP: I worked on this design concept on and off for about two years, making revisions and refinements.

FS: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
DP: I was trying to come up with a useful product design that was unique and could be used in or on the home, a product I could use to help start my business. This doorbell design has gone through many changes and refinements. The final design is based on a dream I had about the doorbell.

FS: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
DP: I plan on manufacturing the product myself but will consider leasing the production right to other companies.

FS: What made you design this particular type of work?
DP: I wanted to design a product for the home.

FS: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
DP: Many things helped influence the design of this doorbell such as new and old European and American Architectural details. The final design is modeled after a dream I had.

FS: Who is the target customer for his design?
DP: Middle to upper middle class home owners.

FS: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
DP: Im not sure I know of any resembling designs for a doorbell but this doorbell is also unique in that it is cylindrical and projected out slightly from the home, where most doorbells lay flat against the wall.

FS: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
DP: Since this design incorporates spears I chose "Alikos" for this model which means "Defender of man kind" and symbolically defends your home. I used Guidepost Doorbells because it is shaped like a post and with it's light guides the way to your door.

FS: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
DP: I like to design with my imagination and then do a few sketches and finally do technical drawings by hand.

FS: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
DP: I think the slim cylindrical spear shaped design incorporating an illuminated glass cylinder is very unique for a doorbell.

FS: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
DP: I worked with a highly skilled retired machine shop owner. "Tom Scott" who machined my prototypes for me on his manual lathe.

FS: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
DP: The technology is simple incorporating a G4 LED and sub-miniature switch.

FS: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
DP: Before finalizing designs making my prototypes I showed the designs to friends and family to get some feedback. Since making the prototypes I have showed them to many store owners and have gotten allot of positive feedback from them. I did a fair amount of research on the internet to find the correct glass and electronic components I used.

FS: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
DP: One challenge was getting the mounting plate, back nut and nipple just right, so it would function the way I wanted it to and at the same time look good.

FS: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
DP: I entered my design into the competition to hopefully get some recognition and publicity.

FS: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
DP: I have learned allot about micro and mini switches and other components that are in the doorbells and have made some good supply contact. I have also learned allot about small LEDs. And I learned I needed to communicate very precise directions for the glass manufacturers and machinist to get everything just right.

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
DP: The finish I will be using on the doorbells is a proprietary water based patina applied by hand and then sprayed with a super hard UV resistant coating, creating a beutiful appearance.


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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