Backyard brainstorm
Backyard brainstorm
My name is Dan Kennedy. DK Studio is the banner under which I operate in San Francisco as artist and product designer, and my creative output is documented in these pages. Please navigate the site by clicking on the categories at the top of this page, and contact me if you have any questions or would just like to say hello!
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Product Design Process

I've been involved with over 40 product development programs, and while these have ranged from small consumer products to large medical systems they all have shared the same general design approach. This slideshow discusses the highlights of my process.

High-Speed Docking Station
2006 / Belkin

Lunar invited me to participate in this program for Belkin, on which I served as program manager. I led our team through the development process described in this case study.

CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System
2005 / Accuray

CyberKnife is a non-invasive radiosurgical system for the treatment for cancer. I managed a program at Lunar Design to integrate the various robotic elements of the system both functionally and aesthetically. More information about this remarkable system can be found at the Accuray website.

Biometric USB Flash Drive
2005 / SanDisk

This portable flash drive features a fingerprint scanner to restrict access to its contents. I served as lead engineer on this program at Lunar Design.

External Hard Drive
2003 / Seagate

This was Seagate's first standalone consumer product offering, and it brought many engineering challenges due to the unique "wraparound" industrial design. I helmed this program at Lunar Design from the kickoff meeting in Palo Alto through pre-production in Taiwan.
Fundamentals Overview CAD rendering Final product Final product Prototypes Exploration Installation Product in use Product in use Sketches Form studies Thermal design Thermal & EMI Configuration Analysis Industrial design CAD Prototypes Supplier liaison Part breakup Documentation Molding strategy Thermal design Stability testing FEA