As a fitness fanatic and the occasional self-quantifier, I found daily written and digital exercise trackers time-consuming, stressful, and uninspiring. Seeking beyond the conventional methods in tracking, I was inspired to create something that held specific design qualities.
Because the action of tracking is inherently structured and orderly, existing designs are modular and numerical. In order to shy away from this, I wanted to conceive a design that would portray one's overall progress by simple, visual means. It would be immediately visually telling (without the crunch of numbers), while remaining extremely organic. I wanted to motivate the user to accomplish simple habits and goals by experiencing a unique and simple tactile feedback for each goal achieved.
CAD Model & Renderings
SOLIDIFYING THE DESIGN
I eventually chose to create a monthly goal tracker in the shape of a Nautilus Shell with 31 slots to represent a monthly calendar--the shell's dimensions were 8.5''x11''x1''. Through 3D printing a smaller version of the nautilus, I was able to iterate my design explore how the nautilus would sit as a tabletop piece. The dome-shaped back allows the user to place shell on desk to view at an easily viewable 15 degree angle.
After obtaining the overall shape of the shell, A single block of 6061 aluminum was CNC machined, 31 holes were offset from the top surface to ensure the tool tip would not dent the surface while 31 neodymium magnets were slip fit on the back of each slot with aluminum dowel pins slip fit on top. These aluminum dowels were later machined and sanded flush to the curved back of the shell.