Final year project
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A pop out tent to combat festival camping waste
The focus of this design was to create a way that made the setup of a tent faster than those currently on the market. The main competitor is the classic pop up tent; however, the problem is that pop up tents are often the ones left behind after a festival because they are difficult to pack away and the compact size is still large to transport. My alternative product makes the experience of packing down a tent easier, more enjoyable and therefor makes people more likely to take the tent home with them. The tent itself uses no permanent fixings and simple disassembly methods to make the disposal of its materials more manageable, making the environmental impact of the event less damaging to the surrounding areas.
Automatic pop out function
The tent has an automatic pop out feature that makes the set-up time reduce exponentially. It uses torsion springs within the housing that compress when the tubes are pushed inwards and springs out when released. The housing pieces are all uniform and require assembly on site by the user. As each part is identical, assembly should be fast with no confusion on the user's behalf.
The product frame reduces to a third of its size making this compact design easily portable and manageable by all users. The telescopic tubing is connected to the fly and extends when the user pulls on the loop located on the outside surface. The tubes use spring buttons to lock them in place which are simple to operate and provide a reliable fixing method.
Raios- Modular speakers and headphone combination
This was a one-week project revolving around the application of modularity. The idea focuses on the adaptability of the speaker cones used for both the headphones and the speaker body. They can detach and reattach via pins or clasps to the main products giving the user freedom to choose their preferred listening method in the moment.
Complete user preferences
The Raios headphones allow the user complete control over the specs they want for how they listen. The design is also intended for the user to have a wide range of options for personalisation. Examples of this include; selecting the earpad’s shape- circular, square or hexagon, headband size and padding, leather or fabric ear pad covers and cable length and style (coiled or straight). With the LED styling, the user can also choose colours that match their personality. A key feature is also that the user has options to select the sound levels that the cones have whether that be more bass, volume or treble.
Power down LED indication
Alongside the headphones, the speaker setup allows the user to connect music via audio jack or Bluetooth and listen in ‘Static’ and ‘Dispersed Mode’. ‘Static Mode’ has the cones attached to the body while ‘Dispersed Mode’ means the user can detach the cones and locate them around themselves for a more surround sound experience. When not attached, the LED bands on the speaker body will glow until it needs recharging, then the colour will change as the device drops to critical power.
Sustainably inspired furniture
This sustainably designed furniture piece has been developed to face the problem of non-decaying textiles in products such as sofas that go to landfill and can't be recycled or broken down. All the materials used are either completely biodegradable, recovered from the end of machining processes or is a new alternative to commonly used textiles in the furniture industry. This product can be preserved for longer by the user and avoid landfill through swapping out damaged parts, promoting repair design or regularly upgrading with new aesthetics to stay relevant and remain modern as interior design trends continue to change.
Construction at home
One of the core aims of this project was to develop a way for the user to construct their product at home with no tools required or DIY knowledge. The exploded view shows how the use of X and Y slats build on top of one another to form the seated section and the split side arm rests form the frame. The use of runners in the end pieces make guiding the slats into position easy and the locking of these parts forms a sturdy support for the user’s weight.
I am a motivated designer, interested in exploring all the avenues design has to offer. I want a future in the industry that impacts the world for the better, whether that be through sustainable, UX, graphics based or any other route that I have yet to experience.
Before starting university, I've always had an interest for sustainable design. This has been enhanced during my time studying at Loughborough and so I have often incorporated sustainability into the foundations of many of my designs. My final major project has focused on improving the sustainability and waste management of UK festivals and camping events. I have spent the last four summers working at an assortment of events up and down the UK and seen the damage abandoned equipment can cause. I have tackled this problem by developing an alternative camping solution to common market tents that helps encourage users to take their tents home with them and reuse after the festival. This has been done by improving the experience of setting up and packing away tents to make the task less daunting and therefor reduce the amount of damaging waste left behind after the event, helping promote the 'Leave No Trace' policy. Aside from sustainable design I would like to dive further into alternative avenues that allow me to explore my interests and focus my work on my own values. In the future I aim to be employed within consultancy-based design to experience the benefits of direct communication with clients, developing their ideas into physical products and applying my current and future skills to the array of opportunities I could be presented with.
Final year project
Improving festival sustainability by encouraging users to take home their camping equipment.
During my time as the Chair of the Cocktail Society at university, myself and the rest of the committee rebranded the society to give the group an updated approach to gaining interest from potential members. This involved applying my skills in Adobe to redesign the society logo to be used for both print and digital outputs. The process of the redesign involved drawing up a lot of concepts and pitching them to the committee, taking on feedback and adapting the design, all whilst ensuring the result adhered to the university branding guidelines. Although small, this was a real opportunity to demonstrate my skills and work to a short time frame before the new academic year started.
June 2018 - June 2019
Product Design Engineer Intern, Unique Secure