Designer Andrew Ferrier spent his youth in Canada dedicated to guitars, bikes, and snowboards – all pursuits that would go onto inform and inspire his work as an industrial designer of human-centered products ranging from lighting, smoking accessories, to a modular seating system – all elegantly simple industrial forms shaped from milled aluminum. The material plays prominently across his portfolio, and appears again with his latest project: the Fuzz Pedal.
A fuzz pedal – or fuzzbox – is shaped to sit underfoot a guitarist, giving easy access to producing a heavy distort/alter sound with a characteristically “fuzzy” effect with just the tap of their foot. Ferrier’s Fuzz Pedal is a designer’s response, one seeking a more elegant form heightening the design’s function and durability of an effects pedal (something especially desirable for an object meant to be stepped upon regularly).
Milled from solid aluminum, the Fuzz Pedal’s anodized and textured surface is reminiscent of another beautifully engineered and manufactured metal cylinder, the Apple iSight. But where the iSight was designed for capturing video, Ferrier’s aluminum can-sized audio accessory is ruggedly thought out to resist chipping, a common durability issue affecting typical FX pedals over countless hours of tapping the device in and out of action.
The pedal’s aggressively knurled pattern hides scratches and also affords the guitarist’s foot a confident, yet not too grippy, target for their toes to land upon. Equally important is the recessed section of the cylinder dedicated for the placement of dials and the foot switch itself, a detail there to prevent inadvertent activation during playing the guitar.
“Visually, the aggressive texture reflects the sonic output of the product,” says Ferrier. “The design also strives to use the shape and texture of the product to differentiate itself instead of relying on the painted graphics commonly seen in the market.”
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