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The pod internals

The pod internals

The pod consists of twelve components, which include 3 different materials. The pod is modular, therefore if certain parts wear out faster, they can be replaced. This also helps with the products end of life, as the materials can be separated and recycled easily.

Sterilising and storage

Sterilising and storage

The at home station sterilises the cup using steam from the privacy of the user’s bathroom or bedroom. The user simply fills their cup with water and pours it into the steriliser base. Then, the pod is partially disassembled and reconfigured so that all the parts can be slotted onto the base. First, the hinged lid slides off, as it is on rails. Next, the bottom half is turned upside down and slotted onto the steriliser using another identical rail system. Finally, the top half tessellates with the bottom half and rests on top. The bottom cap is pulled up to allow the steam to escape. Once secured, the hot plate activates and sterilises the cup and pod all together in 6 minutes.

The steriliser internals

The steriliser internals

This cross sectional view shows how each part works in the pod configuration, and in the steriliser configuration. The design means that the pod gets sterilised at the same time as the cup.

Protein of the future

Protein of the future

In the year 2050, the global population is predicted to have reached 10 billion. This means that existing farmland
productivity will no longer be able enough to sustain the global population. Animals are the middlemen when it comes to protein. They absorb protein from the vegetation they consume, which they then pass on to humans. On average, animals consume six times more protein than they produce, making them wildly inefficient for protein transfer. Meat, dairy, egg, and fish farming accounts for 83% of the world’s farmland, yet they only provide 18% of the world’s calorie intake.
Taking inspiration from countries such as Thailand and Mexico, where insects are regularly eaten as part of the local diet, I investigated crickets as an alternative protein source. They contain around 65% pure protein and live on scrap foods, such as potato peelings, that would otherwise go to waste.

The home cricket farm

The home cricket farm

The home cricket farm gives students access to a cheap, nutritionally valuable protein source that is fed using waste food. This project focused on encouraging a change of lifestyle for the user by investigating the reasons behind the unpopularity of insects in western countries.
The farm is designed to keep the user engaged in the process of raising the crickets, whilst stopping them from developing any kind of emotional attachment to the crickets. This was achieved by using a tactile interface that promotes ongoing intrigue in the farm, and by making the farm completely opaque. Inside, there is a system of rotating nets that allow the user to easily access the food, egg, and water trays whilst keeping the crickets and user separate.

Emily Booth

Sustainability, user centred design, and inspiring joy in our everyday lives are my fundamental design beliefs.

Sustainability is an essential part of my work, and the reason I decided to become a designer. My two main projects this year have been concentrated on encouraging women to use reusable menstrual cups, and on the future of global food production.

User centred design is always at the core of my process. As designers, we must have a complete and detailed understanding of our users in order to design products that fully meet their needs and wants. My design process focuses on problem solving and enhancing the user's enjoyment of the world around them. I have a particular interest in designing products that provoke joy and intrigue. I believe that design can have the power to provoke emotional responses in users that can alter their perceptions and general outlook of life.

I also love playing around with simple mechanisms and manipulating them for use in different processes and products. This is demonstrated well in my Clean Bean project, which uses a water injection process, a redesigned 'sports cap' mechanism, and a lid based on the click of a ball point pen.

Final year project

Encouraging the use of reusable menstrual cups


Oakham School Design Prize 2015 - Best A-Level Project


During my GCSEs and A-Levels, I shadowed the set designer within the Drama Department. I helped with constructing and operating the elaborate sets, which usually consisted of one or two clever moving elements, such as a vanishing staircase or revolving platform.
I have also worked at RPC Plastics, Rutland, learning primarily about design for manufacture and designing moulds for the injection moulding process.


September 2018 - September 2019

Junior Designer, Spliced Studios