Final year project
Re-designing the mobility aid to improve the lives of young, long-term… [Read more]
Strutz - a crutch created to aid mobility in young, long-term users
The design of the crutch goes beyond the aesthetics, it is driven by its function – every angle and every detail was chosen to benefit the user. Self sprung geometry reduces the forces associated with long-term use and alongside this, technology is built in to aid user gait patterns. An FSR, gyroscope, and accelerometer monitors weight distribution and the angle of tilt whilst walking. Haptic feedback lets the user know if these variables are detrimental to their physical health and allows them to correct their form in real-time.
The idea that a crutch could become a possession to be proud of rather than put up with drove many of the design decisions.
Ability to customise
Carbon fibre gives the user a high-performance, durable platform, with variation and choice to personalise something that is unique and meaningful to them.
Receptive to changing environments
Handle rotation and a magnetic connection provides a stable platform for the user to sit down, have a rest, and know their crutches will be where they left them!
A level of comfort
Adjustable handles, high glycerin gel padding and elasticated quick-release straps, all contribute to a user-centered level of comfort that is fundamental to their quality of life.
Data from the crutch is converted into a user-friendly display, alongside features like clinician feedback, goal setting and a community for Strutz users to connect.
The whole package
As users will be continually growing, alongside the initial purchase, new larger parts are sent when growth milestones are hit. Strutz are on hand to assist wherever possible, which is just a part of the wider circular service offered.
Curious, brave and with an iterative mindset, I strive to create beautifully simple but significant design that positively impacts people’s lives.
When evaluating my designs over the last four years, I observe a journey of development and refinement with a personal, clean style at its core. My year spent in Milan shaped my ability to create high end, client worthy products, putting the end-user at the heart of the process.
I have developed a passion for social sustainability and the need for products that improve quality of life, which is why I chose to focus on young, long-term crutch users in my final project. This encompasses what I believe design should be - a beautiful aesthetic with every inch of function equally considered. The aim is to continue to question ‘what is’, to create something better for the future.
Final year project
Re-designing the mobility aid to improve the lives of young, long-term users aged 10-17
'20 Diploma in International Studies
September 2018 - February 2019
Erasmus Exchange, Politecnico di Milano
March 2019 - July 2019
Junior Designer, Borromeo de Silva