Polk Omni S6

The Polk Omni Collection of premium wi-fi audio products blends beautifully in the home and visually embodies Polk's signature warm sound and broad sound stage. The shape of warm sound. I collaborated closely with acoustic and mechanical engineers to achieve the ideal angles and distance separation of drivers and tweeters. Great care was also taken to prevent grille cloth print through while maintaining maximum open area for minimal acoustic diffraction and turbulence.

Design Winter 2014. Release Fall 2015.

Design Lead: Cameron Nielsen
Lifestyle and Product Photography: Mike Lembke
Omni Collection Design + CMF Language: Michael DiTullo, Jeremy Savage, Mark Werle, Cameron Nielsen

The Polk Omni S6 uses simple color association to communicate source behavior (white for wi-fi, amber for aux). It shares a minimal and approachable user interface, warm material palette, and completes the ecclectic Omni family  

The Polk Omni S6 uses simple color association to communicate source behavior (white for wi-fi, amber for aux).
It shares a minimal and approachable user interface, warm material palette, and completes the ecclectic Omni family

 

Over time it was decided to move to a more traditional speaker architecture with a larger and more powerful sonic array. The final concept work focused on communicating a broad sound stage and room-filling sound with large, wrapping fabric grilles.  

Over time it was decided to move to a more traditional speaker architecture with a larger and more powerful sonic array. The final concept work focused on communicating a broad sound stage and room-filling sound with large, wrapping fabric grilles.

 

Competitive speakers were extremely wide and shallow. I pushed for a smaller visual footprint in the front view to emphasize convenience. Attention to form and size nuances ensured more acoustic volume than competitors in a package that feels smaller psychologically.  

Competitive speakers were extremely wide and shallow. I pushed for a smaller visual footprint in the front view to emphasize convenience. Attention to form and size nuances ensured more acoustic volume than competitors in a package that feels smaller psychologically.

 

The Polk Omni Collection - 2015  

The Polk Omni Collection - 2015

 

The pillow concept I worked on was selected as the starting point for the family. I was tasked with designing the flagship full-range speaker. The initial concept focused on ambient omnidirectional sound and portability, with aesthetics inspired by midcentury forms and palettes.  

The pillow concept I worked on was selected as the starting point for the family. I was tasked with designing the flagship full-range speaker. The initial concept focused on ambient omnidirectional sound and portability, with aesthetics inspired by midcentury forms and palettes.

 

As a key contributor in crafting the design language for the Polk Omni Collection, I helped create 5 provocative design language families for presentation to executive and NPD teams. The goal was to translate Polk's signature warm sound into a tangible form and material palette.   

As a key contributor in crafting the design language for the Polk Omni Collection, I helped create 5 provocative design language families for presentation to
executive and NPD teams. The goal was to translate Polk's signature warm sound into a tangible form and material palette.