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-HI,Iâ€™M ALBERTO BARRAGAN.
MIST Ironing clothes is possibly the most time-consuming, unsatisfying chore as far as household chores go. The main objective of this product is to remove creases in fabrics as fast, efficient and environmentally friendly way possible, saving up time, energy and water consumption. Design a product to improve domestic household chores. This could be to add greater enjoyment to a task, convenience or functionality. The product should add value to either cleaning or kitchen activities in the home.Â It should lead to task improvement, improve sustainability credentials, and have a high-risk aesthetic. Duration: 1 W E E K
“Ironing is possibly the most time-consuming, unsatisfying chore...”
Anthony lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is work orientated at the office and has high job prospects in the future. He believes that if you want to be successful you have to dress the part. However, due to such a busy lifestyle, he doesn’t have the time to iron his own clothes or go to the dry cleaners. Every time he goes to work by car, his suit gets creased and even at the office, when important meetings take place, he wants to impress his colleges and superiors. Living in such a humid place, it becomes quite uncomfortable and there is a chance that the walls and furniture gets ruined. He is a bit hesitant to buy a dehumidifier since he cares about the environment and it wastes quite a lot of energy.
This product would be found near bedrooms and laundry rooms. It has to be quickly accessible in case of in a rush. It would be mounted against a wall, where it can be easily installed. Suitable for both flats and houses, due to its modest size, sufficient to suit any type of clothing. It could also be available in office areas, where suits might need a crease removal. It performs well in both excessive (family) or occasional (single/couple) use. The user would benefit more if located in a humid area.
To refine the process of removing creases, I am going to look into common household appliances, like irons, steamers and dehumidifiers, and analyse them to determine possible combination solutions to reduce the total energy usage. Their environmental impact will be assessed and also will their consumption of resources and annual cost. For the aesthetic, I will analyse the brand DNA for the chosen manufacturer, Dyson, to generate a design that would fit the task and target market.
PROPOSAL My final design consists in a wall mounted product that combines a dehumidifier and the steamer properties in one. The dehumidifier sucks the air in with fans located along the 2 arms, then air moisture is the condensed into liquid water, stored in a removable water tank. This step is done while the dehumidifier option is turned on. To activate the steamer, turn the temperature dial to the specific garment option, this will take the water stored, making its way into a heating element that would create steam, which will then be pressurized to achieve a smooth fabric. This is perfect for locations with high humidity levels (such as New Orleans). Locations without high humidity levels can still refill the water tank when needed.
SCENARIO AIR VENTS
CONDENSED AIR MOISTURE
TE M PE RATU R E D IAL
1 I donâ€™t have time to iron this shirt...
Select desired temperature
Simply slot the garment and pull up gradually
WATE R TAN K
mist Water you waiting for?
not in collaboration with dyson
S A F N AV MOTORCYLISTâ€˜S SAFETY NAVIGATOR
Motorcyclists are one the of the vulnerable user groups on the road. They are not protected by a vehicle body in the same way car users are, and tend to be harder for other drivers to see on the road. Motorcyclists, in particular, have the highest accident and injury rates per mile travelled of all road user groups. Identify an opportunity for an IoT product for which the industrial design and app interface are dedicated to a clearly defined context. This opportunity may be based around current needs or projected up to five years into the future. Duration: 1 2 W E E K S
“Motorcyclists are of the most vulnerable user groups on the road...”
decrease of casualties since 79’, motorcyclist’s in the UK are still 38 to 40 times more likely to die in an accident on the road than standard car drivers; this is shocking news when you consider that motorcyclists only comprise 1% of the overall road traffic, yet account for around 20% of the fatalities and serious injuries on the road.
of motorcycle traffic is carried by rural roads, yet it is on these roads where the majority of motorcyclist fatalities occur, (68% in 2013). This is because of the difference in the average speed on different road types. Accidents that occur on rural roads are more likely to be fatal in nature compared with those that occur on urban roads and motorways. Rural roads and motorways have a much higher average speed than urban roads. They are also often much more sinuous and narrow in nature with blind bends, dips and other distractions.
In , 16% of accidents were caused by failure to look properly, this is something that only the rider can avoid, but there are other contributing factors to accidents that can be improved: slippery road awareness, turn and manoeuvre, appropriate speed to specific conditions..This can easily be avoided if the rider is aware of the possible dangers ahead. Also, many deaths on the road, could be avoided by reducing ambulance delays.
SKETCHING, PROTOTYPING & MODELMAKING
SHOCK RESI STANT TOUCH SCREEN
MAGNETIC MOUNT SLOT
SAFNAV operates like a normal Satellite Navigator, but offers the maximum safety experience for motorcyclists. A mount can be chosen from a wide variety of designs, in order to fit a specific motorcycle model.
SAFNAV will send an emergency signal to the SAFNAV emergency helpline, when it detects an accident has occurred. If the rider is conscious, he can cancel the signal.
Users can access the SAFNAV app and create/rate different routes for other SAFNAV users to ride. They will also be able to warn other users about the conditions of roads, whether it has gravel, ice... This will create a closer and safer community between motorcyclists.
A SAFNAF emergency helpline operator will then send important information, such as location, identity, blood type and time of accident to the nearest medical centre.
Your SAFNAV will show warnings made by the other users. It will also give you stats from your trips (length, time, average speed, height...) and will analyse your driving skills and advise possible improvements.
This will allow the emergency service to act and arrive quicker and with all the information they need.
T I LT DESIGNERâ€™S ERGONOMIC DESK
These days, our lifestyle makes us sit much more than standing up, and our body is not build for such a stationary position. Having the desk too low or too high encourages bad posture and can affect the user on the long term. Studies have shown that sitting down for long periods of time has been linked (correlation, not causation) to spine problems, respiratory capacity reduction, obesity and even cardiovascular problems. Design, model and evaluate a multifunctional, ergonomic computer workstation such that it is suitable for use by design students across Europe. Duration : 9 W E E K S
“Younger individuals are more likely to experience back pain...”
The brief asks for an ergonomic desk targeted to European design students. SAMMIE (a Digital Human Modelling Software) offers data from key countries in Europe (UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden). That data will be used to design the ergonomic requirements. The table should accommodate the 1% and the 99th% of Europe’s population and accommodate comfortably the 5th% and 95th%. It was deduced from the data that the 1% female Italian and the 99th% male Dutch were the extreme size for Europe’s population. SAMMIE offers an opportunity to model a range of humans that vary in size and shape to represent the intended user population and to perform assessments of fit, reach and vision of designs in a CAD environment.
An ergonomic workstation should promote good posture: straight back and neck, top of the screen should be at or slightly below eye level, elbows at a right angle and forearms and wrists supported, legs should be supported and knees at a right angle. A standing option should be included to improve blood flow. Users are expected to take a walk or do some stretching every once in a while. Common tasks performed by design students were then analysed (computer work, sketching, prototyping...), to study their respective positions and improve them if needed.
I engaged design students in a questionnaire to find out which features are desirable in their workstation. The following were: leg space over drawers, space over reachability, easy cable management, standing desk, L shape design and a monitor stand. The aesthetic should also be considered since most ergonomic workstations aren’t very attarctive, they asked for a clean design.
INCLINED DESK OPTION
TI L T
PARTS AND HOW IT WORKS
Mechanism of the tilt surface The tilt function can be enabled through 3 simple quick manual steps: pull (2), tilt (3) and push (4). Monitor Stand
PC Tower Storage
Drawer A4 Book Shelf
Mechanism of the standing desk The standing option can be used by pressing the up and down buttons on the input module. 3 preset heights can be added by pressing for 3 seconds one of the preset buttons and it will record the current height.
Telescopic Steel Legs Input Module Motor
Up Down 3 Preset Heights Height Display
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PYRAMID COFFEE TABLE
In the Istituto Europeo di Designâ€™s workshop (Madrid), the table was hand-crafted with great accuracy, creating a triangular structure that provides stability and an alternating visual illusion when the user moves around the table. Made entirely out of Iberian pine wood, coated with a dark varnish. Not a single nail was used.
DAMASCUS STEEL KNIFE
Pattern-welded steel, commonly referred as the Modern Damascus steel, provides a beautiful pattern to the blade. The handle is made out of dark walnut wood, while the sheath is made of 8oz leather. The techniques involved forging, wood and leather work. The result was bushcraft knife that was as attractive as it was effective, with itâ€™s razor-sharp edge and strong blade.
RIPTIDE CRUISER SKATE
The design was inspired by traditional Hawaiian surf boards. The board is entirely made out of Sapele wood, a strong, durable hardwood with an attractive reddish-brown colour grain, reminiscent of mahogany. The trucks, bearings and wheels are Penny built, that ensure a smooth, comfortable ride. Fading gradient triangular pattern laser engraved.
ABOUT I like to think of myself as a passionate and versatile designer. I am fascinated by how things work and enjoy creating things that are both useful and innovative, and yet I believe that they must also meet aesthetic standards related to their purpose, their use, or their design inspiration. Whilst my skillset is well-rounded, I consider initial ideation and visual research to be my strongest traits, allowing me to communicate ideas clearly. I am currently looking for a 12-month placement that will give me the opportunity to employ my abilities and to further my potential as a designer. The international background of having been born in Luxembourg as well as holding both Spanish and Portuguese nationalities, has given me the opportunity to travel and study in different places, meeting different people and working under different environments. This has completely changed my perspective in life, and effectively, it has become an inspiration to my work. When I place the pen and paper aside, I enjoy getting actively involved in my surroundings. This is why I have held various positions of responsibility as member of 3 different committees over the last year: the Loughborough Design School, the Spanish Society and the Catholic Society. This experience has given me the chance to work with great people in initiatives that were launched by teams I partook in. I like to spend my free time taking part in sport activities such as football, martial arts (karate and kick-boxing), cycling, trekking... I also have a special interest in wood and metal working.
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Product Design Portfolio Loughborough Univeristy