A Sudbury duo has teamed up to a launch a new design and fabrication studio that is capable of making everything “except the kitchen sink.”
John Borowski and Sarah Mann are the co-founders of New Jack Designs (NJD), which specializes in 3D modelling, image rendering and animation techniques.
The company is officially open for business – and their first major project will be participating in the Sudbury2050 Urban Design Ideas Competition presented by the McEwan School of Architecture.
Borowski, principal and lead designer of NJD, graduated from McEwan as part of the class of 2018.
“I get asked all the time why I didn’t pursue architecture. After graduating McEwen, I got into business development through marketing and fell in love with the idea of blazing my own trail,” he said.
“At some point I needed to realize my dream, and then COVID happened. The entire future is open now. (At NJD), we can make table-top game pieces, ratchets, paint rollers, tape dispensers, emergency whistles, bottle openers, sink strainers, you name it.”
In a way, the design studio was born out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier this year, Borowski lost his part-time job and was invited by Ruckus Studio to become the second designer on a PPE project. The mission was to produce a 3D printed and reusable PPE mask that integrated a gasket and an HEPA filter.
Their only tool was a base model and standard printer settings resulting in six-hour print-per-unit times. The requirement was 60 minutes.
Through optimization of settings and design, the team achieved a unit that could be printed in 54 minutes. The project was a success and, in a way, the new design studio was born.
Now, the duo is focusing their efforts on the urban design competition.
Borowski felt that the competition was the perfect way to launch the brand, exemplifying both their design, modeling, rendering, and research capabilities, and the innovation and insight they say comes with having strong roots in the community.
Both Borowski and Mann, who is the project manager of NJD and a PhD student at Laurentian University, made a point of photographing real people on the streets downtown while modeling real downtown buildings.
“Far too often, designers show us images where everyone is living at the height of privilege,” said Mann.
“There’s nobody in the pictures who’s just showing up for work when they’d rather not or trying to juggle a stroller and groceries onto a bus. We want Sudbury.”
The duo said that NJD will take on any interesting project in the future, but they expect to work mostly with other small businesses, such as contractors who want to show their clients what a renovation will look like when it’s complete or manufacturers who need rapid prototyping of a new product idea.
Their goal is to build a business that helps Sudbury attract and retain new talent, cultivate the talent and strengths it already has, grow the local economy, and develop a robust community of arts and tech start-ups.
“In short, we’re imagining what Sudbury could become by 2050 and doing what we can as a business to get there,” said Borowski.
For more information on New Jack Designs, visit newjackdesigns.com.