Final year project
Intuitive Epinephrine auto injector [Read more]
LifePen: intuitive Epinephrine auto injector
My final year project focused on developing an intuitive auto-injector to treat a condition known as anaphylaxis. This condition can result in an extreme allergic reaction known as anaphylactic shock, treatable in the moment by injection of adrenaline to the thigh. The product is required to be used at a moment's notice by potentially any random user. Existing concepts currently on the market do not consider how to effectively communicate the process of use under stressful and time-dependent conditions leading to failure of administration and tragic loss of life.
Quick, clear & linear
The process of use is made obvious to any user through two key elements. An attractive and ergonomic grip that suggests the correct hand placement. Ambiguous blue safety pull which suggested that this element must be removed and an orange trigger making the 'danger zone' identifiable from the beginning. 'Blue to the sky, orange to the thigh.'
Using the emerging 3D printing technology known as SLS, LifePen's internals are made from completely one piece to reduce assembly costs and the likelihood of failure. This enables mechanisms to be reused with the potential to meet the high demands currently placed on autoinjector manufacturers.
To progress this product further custom grips can be designed and ordered by the user to allow them to express themselves and feel more comfortable incorporating this life-saving device into their day to day life. This image highlights a tropical fade grip that will be purchasable from launch to try to increase uptake of LifePen.
Designed for life
Anaphylaxis is, unfortunately, a condition that people live with throughout their lifespan, so it was important to design LifePen to fit within people's lifestyles. This image highlights how it is meant to fit into your day to day environments yet stand out so it can be found at a moment's notice.
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Stay home, eat noodles.
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Hi, I'm Tom and I design with purpose and good intention to change peoples lives!
I am extremely creative yet concise, with the ability to challenge briefs and always leave things better than how I found them.
My work is a unique blend of industrial design and ergonomic principles. Design Ergonomics has given me a diverse outlook on design, providing me with strong visualisation and concept generation skills as well as the ability to truly understand my user and the problem they are faced with. Anything I produce has a clear purpose but also appropriate and strong styling.
My final year project is testimony to this. 'LifePen' identifies and addresses serious issues with existing auto-injectors (EpiPens) ensuring that the process of use is clear for all ages but also provides a package that allows users to customise their pen, understanding not only the academic issue but also uncovering the desires of the user, taking this type of product to the next level.
I have understood the importance of both disciplines throughout my degree. I have ensured gradual development of each, I am experienced with Keyshot, Solidworks and the Adobe Suite, as all effective design graduates must be but have also equipped myself with unique skills that allow me to graduate with an edge. For example, I am experienced in human modeling software, human-computer interaction, user experience design.
I have recently been extremely interested in the development of UX design. It has been interesting to see this industry grow so rapidly and I have enhanced my Sketch and Adobe XD skills accordingly.
As an individual, I enjoy keeping active and fit. Maintaining a healthy social life is very important to me to ensure I can develop not only as a designer but as a person. I enjoy team sports, specifically Ice/Inline Hockey having played for Nottingham University Ice Hockey Club and LSU Roller Hockey throughout my university years.
To potential employers, I believe I should be considered an Industrial Designer with a specialism in ergonomics, desirable as I can offer additional skills and knowledge which can be hard to find elsewhere.
Final year project
Intuitive Epinephrine auto injector
Between the years 2018 - 2019 I had a fantastic opportunity to join an ice arena marketing team for a year as a marketing assistant.
The company exists within the Nike Group, responsible for the running and maintenance of well know Alpine facilities across the UK.
My responsibilities included the development of marketing strategies for the facilities to attract new and maintain existing business, the development of concept graphics required for marketing campaigns, and maintaining brand identity across all facilities.
I also had the fantastic opportunity to learn how to maintain a Zamboni Model 526 Ice Resurfacer at the weekends which satisfied my hands-on drive and fulfilled a childhood dream!
Throughout this year I also had the opportunity to work as a freelance graphic designer for Nuvola Distributions and Bracknell Ice Skating Club. Producing graphics for events, advertising elements of their products, and establishing brand identity.
My year out provided me with not only valuable graphic design development but also a wealth of life experience which I will continuously draw upon in the coming years.