Final year project
Improving the effectiveness of Search & Rescue dog teams though optimising… [Read more]
LAIKA: a complete system for Search & Rescue dog teams
LAIKA is a three-part system that increases situational awareness and communication throughout all members of a search team, including the search dogs. LAIKA is designed from the dogs perspective, to improve how they communicate with their handler. Through the use of a 360-degree camera mounted to the dog's harness, the dog handler can confirm their dog has found something remotely, saving valuable time. To allow the system to be deployed in any environment, it includes a mesh network antenna that provides off the grid GPS and messaging.
LAIKA: mesh network antenna
When each search team member has an antenna unit, they create a network between themselves. Each member acts as a node in the network - the more people that join, the greater the coverage.
LAIKA: dog-mounted 360 camera
The handler has access to a video feed from the dog's harness. If the dog alerts, they can 'look around' in the image to confirm the find, then send that location to the rest of the search team.
Design week: Neo
Paired with a mobile app, Neo gathers insights into your phone use habits and suggests a daily screen time limit. Through using your phone, you drain your screen time. To bring it up again, you must put your phone in Neo's face down charging slot. The aim is to increase the user's awareness of how much they use their phone, encourage them to escape the matrix of the online world.
Entrepreneurship & small business planning: PODSTOP
As part of a business module assignment, we had to come up with an idea and create a business plan to pitch to investors. Our proposition was PODSTOP. With a unique system that allows users to book and access their pod with their phone, PODSTOP offers a streamlined accommodation service like no other. I was the teams Chief Design Officer and oversaw all the design and innovation aspects of the company, including graphic and user experience design.
I am a well-rounded designer who enjoys those 'Ah-Ha' moments driven by user-centred research. I like to solve problems and design products that make a difference.
My placement year in California taught me a great deal, I finished my year in San Franciso where I discovered my passion for UX design. It fitted perfectly with my Ergonomics background and I wish to pursue a career in UX.
My work this year has been highly rewarding, working alongside local Search & Rescue dog teams to understand what they do and help them to do it more efficiently. This has been a great experience, possibly due to the amazing dogs I got to work with at the weekends.
Final year project
Improving the effectiveness of Search & Rescue dog teams though optimising the synergy between handler and dog
'20 Diploma in Professional Studies
General Assembly User Experience Design Course - SanFrancisco
This course covered the core UX design techniques alongside Human-Computer Interaction psychology.
Taught by local industry experts, here I learn Sketch and Invision.
September 2018 - August 2019
Junior Designer , Special Services Group LLC - California