It’s no secret that .xyz domains are popular among members of the design community. Rosch.xyz creator Ronny Schmidt says he chose a .xyz thanks to its perfect connotations with his 3D design work for Nike and Red Bull. Fashion designer DamoWang.xyz says he loves his .xyz because it makes the brand instantly stand out and get recognized. Multinational design contest platform Uni.xyz says their .xyz is perfect for them because it connects them with design enthusiasts globally and across all generations. Today’s #WebsiteWednesday is another .xyz adopter from the design community, and he uses his .xyz to give an informative look behind his work process: SamLavoie.xyz.
Sam Lavoie, creator of SamLavoie.xyz, is a San Francisco-based industrial designer, artist, and maker who says his interest lies in “developing compelling products and experiences.” As an industrial designer, Sam’s work focuses on creating products or designs to manufacture and scale for mass production. He showcases his many design skills on the impressive resume he’s linked on his website, which range from prototyping, casting and mold making, to even sewing. This is a great way to quickly show potential employers what he is capable of and helps him stand out in the minds of potential collaborators. Sam has laid out the content of his .xyz website as a showcase of his past projects, while also giving in-depth descriptions of his process from idea through creation. He shares this process in great detail via dedicated pages, a system which helps him share his knowledge with other designers and shows potential employers the true depth of his skills.
Sam’s work experience includes completing projects for a handful of notable companies. He competed in NASA’s Rover Challenge, an annual off-road collegiate race that draws teams from around the world to compete to build the lightest, fastest, and most capable 2-person off-road vehicle. He and his team’s rover placed 2nd overall from a field of 115 teams. Their design also took home the award for lightest vehicle. On the dedicated page for this rover project, Sam gives a full description of how he and his team built such a lightweight vehicle. He details their progress from initial sketching and 3D models all the way through to creating the design and putting it together for the competition. He shares photos from the creation and testing process as well which helps give a personal connection to his working process.
Many of the creative designs Sam features on his site involve items that aim to improve home life. For example, he created his lightweight indoor/outdoor leisure chair design Helium with the goal of producing a chair that is “easy to move around, easy to clean, and easy to relax in.” Another unique design Sam showcases on his site is the Mesa handheld vacuum cleaner which integrates stylishly within decorative potted plants. He’s also developed a line of glassware for glass maker Nachtmann called Erode. Sam designed the set to be simple, stylish, and usable for all ages. On each page for these projects, Sam shows the benefits of the product, how he came to the final design presented, and what steps he took to get from prototype to final product. This gives special insight into his process and is a great way to showcase his design ability.
Sam has worked on experimental designs as well, which he features on his website to show his process for his most imaginative projects. Some of the concepts include headgear made to optimize the wearer’s senses, a minimal calculator, and a modern-looking vest fitted with electricity to glow on command. He created a page dedicated to these designs to show them all in one quick and simple display. This page shows potential employers and collaborators his ability to think outside the box and the potential he has for creativity.
The .xyz community is home to amazing and inspiring designers from around the world. SamLavoie.xyz shows through the work on his thoughtfully designed personal website that he’s a great example of that community in action. His website is a perfect look into his process and sets him up to attract future collaborators and employers by giving a full picture of his creative process.