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About Me Education 2017-Present Nottingham Trent University BA Product Design—2nd Year

Hi, I’m Cara Robinson I’m a second year BA Product Design student at Nottingham Trent University. I’ve always had a love for design and the endless possibilities it can bring. I’m very motivated when doing things I love. My strongest areas in design are sketching and CAD work, I love everything to be perfect and I love having to solve problems as it gives me a huge sense of achievement. I have a very organised approach and work well in a team, these are skills I can transfer to any organisation or situation.

2015—2017 Hawarden High Sixth Form A-Levels Product design, Maths, Physics, Welsh Baccalaureate

Skills Persona Development Problem Solving Communication Mood Boards Organisation Prototyping Teamwork Sketching CAD


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01 Compact Living Flat-pack Chair - Individual Project 5 weeks

Brief To design a living space/products for the young, mobile, urban dweller of the 21st century. Your living space is limited to 15 sq meters and must incorperate the basic housing products listed below. You must also select a specific design challenge and develop an innovative product/solution in response to this need

Design Concept The idea for this product is for it to be a flat-pack chair that will fit easily into a small space. I was given a specifically sized space to fit this, and other things into. I made the chairs out of sheets of wood so they can be easily hung up and blend into the rest of the space. The pillows are specially designed to fit into the angle of the cross but can also be used on sofas and beds to make them more useful when the chairs are away.

Journey Of Use The chairs are stored away on a rack that can be folded flat when all the chairs are in use. The chairs simply slot together in a cross a specially designed pillow fits perfectly to add comfort. These pillows can be used on sofas and beds when the chairs are not in use.

02 Home-ware Sheet Metal Bookend - Individual Project 8 weeks

Adobe Illustrator drawng for concept board

Brief Explore the commercial home-ware market, developing a single or range of products specifically for sheet material manufacturing. Understanding the production methods and materials supported by them is essential. There are no restrictions on type of product you produce however awareness of target market must be considered. There may be further neeed for stock fixings, further fabrication/finishing.

Product Description A trio of bookends inspired by the natural form of a beehive. The product has been brought into the modern home with the use of three beautiful materials, copper, brass and steel, that could fit into any design lovers abode. Giving them a brudhed finish adds to the inviting and homely feel of the products. Two rubber strips on the inner faces provide extra protection for your furniture

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03 BPMA Bottle Top Protector - Individual Project 4 weeks

Hole for straw to go through so you can drink whilst protecting your drink

Brief Many companies are looking for a new promotional item or gadget that they can use, which has their brand or logo on it. Your design needs to reflect an innovative approach to this, however, there is no reason that traditional favourites like the pen, mug or mousemat can’t be altered in some way to include another feature that exists separately, but not yet in combination with the pen, mug or mousemat.

Design concept Space for companies logo on top of cap. Easily engraved and branded.

Whole cap made from silicone so it is flexible and easy to place on top of bottle and remove from top of bottle.

The idea behind this product is to have something to prevent drink spiking in places like concerts and night clubs. The product is made out of silicone so it can be easily removed from any bottle. The company can put their logo on the top of the cap to advertise.

Ideation I sketched many variations of this product; different shapes, features and additions. This was to help me to visualise what would work best and what wasn't necessary. It also helped me to see which shape would be easiest to brand which is the flat simple top.

Journey of Use I created a simple sketch to show how the promotional product would be used. The customer would purchase a ticket to their concert or night club . They would then attend it where they would be given a free bottle cap on the door. They would then purchase their chosen drink and put the bottle top on it. Now their drink is protected from being spiked.

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04 Wilko Travel Storage Box - Individual Project 4 weeks

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Brief Design an innovative new product for the ‘Blox’ product range to be sold in Wilko Stores across the UK. The concept should be supported by in-depth research into your chosen field. One area to look at is storage solutions & play on the go. The concepts should be gender neutral. The concepts should be able to be manufactured at a Wilko price point. The concepts shouldn’t replicate any market leading branded products. The concepts should not be kit designs unless it has new point of different/innovative features.

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The market sector for this product is children over the age of 5. This is because the youngest a child can be to play with toys with small parts, like Blox, is 5 years old. The product could be used by anyone who wants it but it is aimed and marketed towards young children.

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When the lid is taken off the flaps on the side fall down to reveal a baseplate and storage space for box and instructions. The face of the storage box has interchangeable scenes to form a background

Design Concept The idea for this product is for it to be a multifunctional, travel storage box for children to play on the go. I developed this idea from a generic storage box and added the features on that would make it better. These are things like hooks to hang it on a car headrest, fold down baseplates with a lip to stop blocks being dropped off the edges, and a lid with a handle to carry it when not using it.

Ideation For the ideation in this project I tried to come up with a number of different ideas that I could develop but once I came up with the storage box idea I went with it and developed it from there to get this end product.

05 Nestle Twice Chocolate - Group Project 4 weeks

Brief Gen Z key tension: Although this generation are virtually together more than ever, they often feel isolated and disconnected from people in real life, they also experience higher levels of loneliness than any other generation. Sharing is a meaningful way for them to stay grounded in the real world, and not just displace their physical connections with less rewarding virtual connections. How can we encourage more physical interactions for this generation?

Product Description A spherical chocolate designed for sharing. Add it to hot water or hot milk and enjoy a combination of different flavours with a friend. Socialise with one or more friends over hot drinks youve made. With unique packaging made from one cut of cardboard it not only adds to the mystery it also creates much less waste.

Branding Part of the brief was to create a brand for our final product. We decided to use stand out coulours that almost clash to attract the eye. We used classic text to create the logo with a split design and the slogan in reference to the function of the chocolate. We then stuck to the classic Nestle slogans to make it fit in with the other sharing chocolates in their range.

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