|Helmet Design | Industrial Design | Sporting Goods Design|
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|“John Larkin is the most productive, easiest to manage industrial designer I have ever worked with”
|"This new ‘enduro’ lid from IXS is simply a great helmet at a great price."
Winner Plus-X Design Award 2014
|Nice video of iXS' new Trail RS helmet.
And a great image gallery here:
|This "retro-futuristic" urban helmet is based on a prototype design that I presented to Giro in 2011. Giro's designers worked their magic on the head-form, fit system, and venting and the result is this light, compact, great-selling helmet!|
|Helmet design for Thousand bicycle helmets, a big success on Kickstarter.|
|Working with the engineering talents at Decagon we helped design the aesthetic appearance of the TrueDry CV9 machine, which dries and weighs samples very accurately to test for moisture content.|
|Pencil and PhotoShop rendering of eyewear design.|
|Lazer Oasiz, new MTB helmet for 2011
With Lazer's cool RollSys fit system
|“Machine Language is a valuable creative resource that we trust with our most important clients.”
Ryan Gray, SGW Designworks
|I helped design this shape for a SmartPhone RFID finder device for Ugrokit. Items tagged with RFID tags will pop up on the smartphone to help you find them.|
|“Jet Fighter” style motorcycle helmet for Mach 1|
|Pencil and PhotoShop rendering of eyewear design.|
|"John's perspectives were both useful and surprising. His design work for us at Decagon led to improved user experience and increased product sales."
Scott Campbell, President,
|I designed the external appearance of this scientific measuring device, the Vapor Sorption Analyzer for Decagon Devices in Pullman, WA. It is used in the food and soil industries to very accurately measure water content of samples.
|Debuting at Interbike this year is the O'Neal 'Orbiter' all-mountain helmet. Looks cool in black|
|This is the original clay model from which the Orbiter was built.|
Working with Alpha Med-Surge engineers, I helped design and prototype portions of this surgical headlamp. Surgeons are now able to walk freely around the operating room with this powerful, self-contained lamp, where they had once been tethered to a light box by fiber-optic cables. They love the new freedom!
|"John nailed his assignment right from the start, immersing himself in the project and becoming an integral part of the design team. John is a joy to work with, his reception to input from others and his ability to bring ideas to fruition are exceptional."
|(via Twitter from Seesmic): Raced today with Lazer Helmet's new Nirvana helmet. Very nice. Light, lots of vents. Great fit, too.|
|Serfas 'Mirador' sunglasses design|
|Working to a design by Nathan Wills of Torch, I created the physical model for the innovative Torch T1 urban helmet, with innovative panels of “be seen” LED lighting.|
|CAD and PhotoShop rendering for bike computer design|
|Lazer's Krux street and skate helmet,
new for 2009.
|Military and police duty flashlight for Ivus Energy. Recharges fully in 90 seconds. See the full story at www.ivusenergy.com/technology.htm|
|“John is the ideal designer. He listens carefully and is easy and fun to work with. In addition to great aesthetics and function, his designs encompass a depth of understanding for manufacturing and marketing that add tremendous value to our products.”
David G. Alexander, Ph.D., CEO
IVUS Energy Innovations
|Serfas TX-2 Floorpump
This new pump has a unique folding tripod base, comfort handle and high-mount gauge.
|'Bravo XC' helmet for Six Six One, also sold as Schwinn 'Atlas'|
|CNC 'Bullet' pump and 'Carbon One' pump for Serfas|
|“John Larkin brings an incredible combination of intellect, talent, and innovation to every object he creates.
His designs glide through modeling, prototyping, development, and into the marketplace quickly and within budget.
John doesn't just design beautiful things. He creates products that solve problems we didn't know we had.”
Barry Ramsay, President,
|Derby Equestrian Helmet
Riders in Tennessee Walker events wanted a stylish derby that also provided the protection of a test-certified helmet.
|Horizon Fitness recumbent bicycle design|
"A great guy with a great eye"
Mike Milano, D8
|PFP-2, PFP-3 floor pumps for Park Tool|
|'Shilo' sunglasses design|
|"strikingly futuristic and aerodynamic design"
New York Times 4.21.2006 article about "American Streamlined Design: The World of Tomorrow" exhibit
|Limar 907 bicycle helmet design|
|'Kred' sunglasses design
These are the first of close to 40 sunglasses I've designed by now.
|Women's triathlon saddle design for Serfas|
"John Larkin is a gentleman who we like and trust. He is an excellent listener and communicator. He executes his work on time at reasonable costs. We heartily recommend him to others."
Richard Timms, MD, CEO
|Troxel 'Sierra' equestrian helmet
This helmet has leather and cordura accents inspired by outdoor gear.
|The Legendary Lance Levy field testing a pair of Traitors in the Idaho backcountry.|
"I was aware of your expertise in designing cycling helmets; you have now proven to me that you also have superb creativity in equestrian helmets and in soccer headgear."
Dennis Piper, Full 90 Soccer
With an inmolded shell, soft-edge visor and leather accents, the Orion was a breakthrough helmet for Troxel, a leader in equestrian helmets
|Technical rendering for Serfas grip design|
|Serfas ergonomic bicycle grip design|
|Table, Lamp, and Chair Competition “Grand Award” for furniture|
|'Rockwood' stool, 1985|
Mountain Bike Action “Best in Show”
Mountain Bike Magazine “styling was best of this bunch” (Himal helmet).
|Trek 'Himal' Team Edition helmet|
|Serfas 'Force 5' sunglasses design.
I usually name projects as part of the process.
|Fitness equipment design for Horizon Fitness|
|Serfas helmet-mounted light design|
“The work you have done has taken Trek from a distant supplier in helmets to having some of the best product available”.
Chris Cox, Trek Bicycle
|Cover of VeloNews!
Trek Photon helmet
|"Trek's SpeedShell helmet is beautifuly sculpted and highly aerodynamic."
|Trek 'SpeedShell' road helmet design|
|Trek 'Rite Tite' retention system|
|Vision Fitness 'iNet' console design|
|Serfas 'Furano' racing saddle with Ti rails and carbon bumpers|
|*****A Yahoo! Local User:
"First Rate ID Guy: This guy does GREAT work!! Call him for the right look.
|Happy man on his Horizon Fitness elliptical trainer|
|Serfas 'Aileron' interchangeables|
"John is the right guy - I was very impressed with the model, his tooling knowledge and his overall attitude."
Dave Kunze, 1011 Interactive
|Serfas 'Zipper' minitool design|
Consumer Reports “Best Buy” (Vapor helmet). Twice!
Over 1 million of this entry-level helmet were sold.
|R2600 Recumbent bike for Vision Fitness|
|Serfas 'Sike'; all-around sports sunglasses design|
|"...an impressive portfolio of helmets..."
Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
|Vigor Fast Trax bicycle helmet design|
|'Kendo' helmet design for Trek|
|"John was awesome! He totally stepped us 'outside the box'."
Joshah Jennings, University of Idaho Engineering
|'Vandal Racing' car.
I worked with University of Idaho students on 'Stealth' bodywork for their car project.