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Andy Carlson is a freelance designer at heart, and a particularly driven individual. Since 2008, he has balanced going to school full-time with work in the field of design. Recently he co-founded the ESC Collective, who spent the summer building 12 geodesic domes for the Summit Series in Utah. He is always seeking the next challenge. This might be why he has attended three colleges and explored almost every available medium. He knows the importance of taking a step back and seeing design from someone else’s perspective. It’s part of the reason complex user experience problems keep him awake at night. Currently he is the Creative Director at Fitwall, a tech-driven fitness start up, looking to disrupt the way people get fit.

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Portland, OR
USA

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Since 2008, he has balanced going to school full-time with work in the field of design. Recently he co-founded the ESC Collective, who spent the summer building 12 geodesic domes for the Summit Series in Utah. He is always seeking the next challenge. This might be why he has attended three colleges and explored almost every available medium. He knows the importance of taking a step back and seeing design from someone else’s perspective. It’s part of the reason complex user experience problems keep him awake at night. Currently he is the Creative Director at Fitwall, a tech-driven fitness start up, looking to disrupt the way people get fit.

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ESC Collective Dome Kit

A promotional piece made using a laser printer/etcher, sticker paper, and basswood sheets.

Recommended tools:

- Tweezers - 7-9” bowl - Patience

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Set aside approximately 45mins to 1.5 hrs to do this. The experience is designed for one person, but certain aspects will go faster with more people. Be precise, these pieces are tiny! Avoid touching the sticky part of the hubs as much as possible. Make sure to pinch the hub flaps over a secure them firmly against the wood. The better you stick down your hubs initially the less it is likely that you will have to re-stick hubs that get jerked out of place. Tweezers are your friend, especially if you don’t have nimble fingers. If you ruin a hub, that’s ok, the kit includes almost twice the amount of hubs you’ll need for completion.



Step 1) Break out your struts and make two neat piles. In order for the math to work, it is important to use the correct strut lengths for every facet of this dome.

Step 2) Start with a five-star hub and build the top center pentagon(Alpha) surrounded by six-star hubs at the outer connection points. Each strut coming off of the five-star hub will be a B strut, while the surrounding struts will always be A struts. Place upside down in your bowl and avoid letting the sticker hubs touch anything. Pro-tip, double up your center hub by applying another sticker from the inside to make it extra study during the building process.

Step 3) Build 5 more pentagons(Beta), but this time use the bottom four-star hubs in two locations and a six-star on the left side. The pattern of strut arrangements are always the same, but you won’t be applying as many on this step. Make sure to leave the outer six-star hubs un-attached (See photo). We will connect these on the next step.

Step 4) Now that you have all 6 pentagons(1 Alpha + 5 Beta) completed, it’s time to put together the dome. It is recommended you use a bowl while you are combining the pieces as it will make your life a whole lot easier. Attach the top of a pentagon(B) to one of the 5 six-star hubs in your pentagon(A).

Step 5) Carefully move your way around the first pentagon(A) in the same direction the whole time until you come full circle. The bowl will help from putting pressure on the structure before it gains strength from taking it’s full form.

The top of your 5 Pentagon Beta segments should be placed directly in line with the 5 vertices of Pentagon Alpha.

Step 6) Fill in the rest of the bottom gaps with A Struts.

Step 7) Double check that all of your stickers are still adhered to the struts firmly and then pick your dome up and place it on your desk!