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Guitar Man – Gaurav Genani on his Graduation Project

One of my closest friends here in Delft, Gaurav Genani, has
been working on his graduation project as a Master’s student at the Faculty of
Industrial Design Engineering. We play in a band together and he’s one hell of
a guitarist. I was very intrigued by his topic of his graduation project. I
hope you guys will find it exciting too!


Q. So is it a graduation project or a thesis?

A. So how it works is that in the Industrial Design
Engineering Master Program there are 4 semesters and each semester is worth
thirty credits. So the final semester consists of a graduation project worth 30
credits. So strictly speaking, it’s not a thesis. But all other faculties here
have theses and Industrial Design has a graduation project. So the graduation
project will prove if you are capable and ‘good enough’ to graduate, like a


Q. So what’s the graduation project like?

A. There are 3 main fields: Strategic Product Design, Design for
Interaction and Integrated Product Design. These three different fields have their own
demands. My field is Integrated Product Design and I have to demonstrate, through my
product, how the user perceives what works and what doesn’t in it.


Q. What’s YOUR graduation project about?

A. My graduation project deals with ergonomics of electric
guitars. I’m part of the ergonomics group so my graduation project should
somehow deal with ergonomics. So, I’m a guitarist and I wanted to bring that
into my work. I wanted to explore the injuries and the strains that revolve
around guitarists.


Q. It’s like your integrating your creative passion with you

A. Yes, I’m a guitarist so the analysis was somewhat done in
my head already. Sometimes students get attached to projects that are
completely new for them like sustainability and they have to go through the
initial phase of getting used to the project. I could somewhat go past that
since I have an understanding of the subject. It allowed me to go into deeper
analysis of the project.


Q. So what’s the product you’re working on?

A. I wanted to explore how you attach the instrument to your
body. The most common and pretty much the only way for electric guitars is a
strap around the neck. But this has a lot of biomechanical problems. But as I’ve
found, it also turns out that you can attach it to your waist as well. So I’ve
made a belt and I’m thinking of an attachment to fasten the guitar to the belt.
So the link is based on zero-gravity tool holders which are used in assembly
lines. So due to that principle you don’t need to use much body strength to
hold it. From a musician’s perspective, the neutral position should not require
strain on any extra muscles. So the guitar should remain in position without
using extra force.  I’m currently working
on building it here using aluminium and steel brackets and springs. That’s the
main idea.


Q. So what’s next?

A. After building the prototype, I’ll be reviewed in a ‘Greenlight’
meeting. It’s a no go sort of a thing where it will be decided if I’m on the
right track to graduating.


Gaurav working on building the product 

Well, fingers crossed and I hope this works out well. Being
a somewhat of a guitar player myself, I think this is a much needed aspect of
the instrument.

Thanks For the interview Gaurav!
And I’ll be expecting the product once it’s one the market. Free of charge!

Tot Later





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