Designbelt Business Cards    (2014)   

"It’s about to get real (a)”. As things begin to heat up with product design fabrication (b) and teaching (c) Designbelt is in need of a new look. Gone are the days of one-sided, white cards printed by Staples; we are designers and our brand should reflect that.  

(a) Martin Lawrence, Bad Boys Michael Bay. Don Simpson / Jerry Bruckheimer Films (1995)

(b) Wine Box anticipated fabrication Summer 2014

(c) Adjunct Faculty, Mercyhurst University Interior Design Program (Fall 2014)

Wine Box Version 2    (2014)   


second cycle sustainability The life cycle of of materials requires that re-use be built into the design of products if sustainability is truly to be a consideration as the human footprint on the environment is paramount to all superficial constructions deemed worthy of LEED credit.

Wi-Fi Bench    Erie, Pennsylvania    (2014)   


Connectivity relies on service and security to make a public wireless network truly accessible. The detailing of each component is critical in supporting an invisible infrastructure* known only by the presence of the project icon.

*Thomas Pynchon. The Crying of Lot 49 (HarperCollins 1965).

Design Your Own Library: a “choose your own adventure” style design primer  (2013)

Jeremy Smith / Designbelt 

entry text from the Fenn Young Designers Awards

Libraries built for the millennial generation will have no boundaries and cease to act as containers of knowledge but conduits for access. The library has the potential to be whatever we make it, whether that be as big as an ex-factory or as small as a bench. The dissolution of boundaries in support of a virtual library means we are free to redefine the value of space while remixing program. This primer is both tool and game offering a playful way to approach design, allowing you to be the architect of your own library.

Wine Box Version 2    (2014)   


The Wine Box is more than just a case for packaging wine. Once delivered, boxes can be stitched together to make a wine rack or placed on their side for refrigeration. The box is simplified to a folded laser-cut, coated cardboard sheet and (3) tubes, easily reproduced and transportable to be assembled as needed. The design elements are easily customizable to the specific winery with supergraphic, cut out logo and vineyard information as directed.  

Wine Box    (2014)   


The interactive qualities of design can bind utility and aesthetics of objects regardless of scale. The Wine Box reacts to containment, finding added rigidity and playfulness through occupation. The lid has corresponding holes for necks to lock the bottles in place once secured.


Bayfront Central Market Concept    Erie, Pennsylvania    (2014)   


The central market plays a critical role in building civic identity, with siting, functionality and aesthetics shaping public space.The building is clad in a continuous wood screen, with operable wall panels, cantilevered over a glass base. The skin’s simplicity allows it to be both foreground and background, while glowing at night like a beacon on Erie’s bayfront.

Mixed-Use Garage    Erie, Pennsylvania(2013)   


In order to capitalize on short-term opportunity while strategically building infrastructure for long-term growth, a new typology for mixed-use must emerge that responds to site assets and constraints such as view and wind. 

Wi-Fi Bench    Erie, Pennsylvania    (2013)   


Infrastructure can elevate the quality of public space by acting as a conduit for accessibility. These visible and invisible networks can operate simultaneously* to support retention and interaction by offering users service without financial commitment. In doing so, demand and enthusiasm are fostered for space with positive long term implications.

*Thomas Pynchon. The Crying of Lot 49 (HarperCollins 1965).

Construction in Detail Vignette 2:  Copper / Wood Skin

Construction in Detail Vignette 1: Wood Cladding as Skin 

The education of a designer/architect during the “tween” years of internship is often full of rendering, graphic representation and web management rather than construction detailing and learning craft. The Construction in Detail Vignette Series hopes to fill the void by exploring building construction and assemblies in axonometric form, while using a graphic background to also challenge conventional communication missing in most architectural practices.



As explorations, these studies are inherently flawed to some degree and are a point of departure for future practice rather than for actual construction. 

Erie Times News    12 August 2013

Designbelt’s founder Jeremy Smith was recently interviewed by the Erie Times News for his children’s book published for the Tall Ships Festival beginning this Thursday. Read the story here. Purchase a copy here.  

Utility Box    Erie, Pennsylvania    (2013)    project update


The transformative nature of design relies on the ability to program responsively to the needs of both the client and context in order to hold and retain value. The Utility Box contributes much to its environment with little effort. It is a forum for entertainment, social service and collection. This urban intervention is a prototype for identifying critical needs and creating a wholistic response through design.