HELLO, Iâ€™M HUGO FRANKLIN My name is Hugo Franklin and I am a second year BA student studying Industrial Design and Technology at Loughborough University in the UK. I am currently seeking a placement within the design sector. As a highly creative individual, I am excited about the opportunity of bringing my class-based skills to real-life projects. I will seize the opportunity of a placement to share my skills and ideas, whilst developing myself as a designer.
Loughborough University BA Industrial Design and Technology Year 1 66.2% (2:1)
Product Design Intern Bentley Designs (Furniture) 2 weeks in July 2013
Ravensbourne Foundation Diploma (3D Design)
Warehouse Assistant Dansk Design 2014 - 2016
New Hall School 3 A-Levels A-B
SKILLS Business Set-Up Leadership Teamwork Modelling Sketching Presenting Organisation Communication
Bartender and Waiter Ramada Hotel May - July 2015
SURFACE MODEL DESIGN / INDIVIDUAL / 8 WEEKS
Create a fully developed model of a mobile speaker based on the electronic components provided. At all stages you need to show an awareness of product functionality and common manufacturing forms and processes. To create Lisse, it required learning a whole new area of Solidworks, surface modelling. This allows for much more organic forms to be produced, something I really wanted my form to have. Lisse suits any work environment by subtly fitting in as an organic ornament, as well as a speaker.
SKETCHES / INSPIRATION The sketches have been inspired by the products shown. By identifying key features and forms from each product, I could create a stylistic direction to take into my sketches. Inspiration from the existing speakers included simple forms that would suit any workspace, whilst maintaining contemporary design.
SPEAKER EMBEDDED INSIDE STAND SIMPLISTIC DESIGNS, SUITABLE FOR ANY WORKSPACE
ROUNDED SCULPTURAL FORMS
STAND TO ADJUST THE ANGLE OF SPEAKER
GLOSSY RED BODY WITH COPPER STAND
THE BRITISH DESIGNED, CONTEMPORARY SPEAKER
CONNECTIVITY Supports Bluetooth and all popular streaming technologies, so everyone can connect with Lisse.
PORTABILITY Music can be played wherever, whenever - with this unobtrusive design, Lisse can adapt to any environment.
TOUCH SENSITIVITY Control everything through the speakers minimalistic touch bar, which appears with the motion of a hand.
DEWALT WIDGET INJECTION MOULDING PROJECT / GROUP / 6 WEEKS
In groups of 6, you are to design a functional polymer widget to be given away to promote a particular brand. The widget should have a balance of complexity to give you a suitable challenge in prototyping the mould but also something that is realistic and able to manufacture with the resources available. In order to finalise the Dewalt widget to a high standard, teamwork and communication was vital. Throughout this project, I broaden my machinery and CAD skillset, whilst gaining a better understanding of how to work well in a group for a highly complicated task.
MOULD TOOL DESIGN ENVIORNMENT - building sites - homes - workshops - gardens - outdoors
USERS - builders - decorators - plumbers - machanics - technicians - general public
- online - magazines - hardware stores - auction websites
- rugged - durable - sturdy
Using our CAD model of the final widget, we produced engineering drawings to show an exploded view of the block and dimensions for each insert. Solidworks also allowed us to create a plastic flow analysis, which highlighted areas that may be prone to flashing and shrinkage. Once we had decided on a final form for our widget, we programmed the CNC simulation on Soildworks. This enabled us to create a path for the CNC machine to follow, and thus cut the cavities into the two block halves.
MASS MANUFACTURE Freeze Time Hold Time
Injection Insert Removal
6 15,333,840 5.02 3,054,549 months
seconds cycle time
Once we had decided on a final form for our widget, we began to focus on the manufacturing process. This required lots of time planning and precision so all members of the group knew what they had to achieve by when, with no errors. Using our CAD simulation we had programmed, both mould halves could be CNC machined. To make the inserts we used the milling machine, lathe, grinder, and band saw. After all the inserts were completed and the block closed flush, we began the injection moulding process.
â€˜A universal attachment, improving the accuracy of drillingâ€™
Place spirit level inside holder
Close cap to secure spirit level
Clip widget to drill
Drill screws with accuracy
APP GENERATION PROJECT / INDIVIDUAL / 12 WEEKS
Set by the O2 Customer Experience Design team - design a smartphone app that enhances the experience of Smart City living. Munch is an application that makes sharing food amongst people living in shared accommodation, much easier and enjoyable. Through user research and by creating a persona, I could really focus on the apps purpose and how this will be presented on a mobile platform. To create a working prototype for Munch, I used new software, Axure RP.
CHARLIE GREEN AGE: 20 OCCUPATION: Student UNIVERSITY: Loughborough
“I want to be able to swap food with my housemates to reduce our overall food waste”
Charlie is currently living in a 4 bedroom house in Loughborough. He is studying Business and Economics, and hopes to gain a placement at Goldman Sachs, London. He lives with 3 other male students who all cook their own meals. Like Charlie, all his housemates are keen sportsman. Charlie recieves a monthly allowance from his parents, along with his student loan.
He wants quick and easy access to information about food that he has remaining. He would like the app to have an element of fun and gamiﬁcation. In order to prevent himself from buying food he doesn’t need, he would like to simplify the food buying experience through an app. Charlie would like to swap food amongst his housemates so he can try new food, whilst reducing food waste.
Charlie considers himself to be skilled with mobile technology. He owns an iPhone and uses Apple Pay to pay for his food at check out. As active person, Charlie owns a Fitbit to measure his daily active and monitor his sleep. Social networking is a signiﬁcant part of Charlie’s life. He uses Facebook and Instagram for food ideas, sharing his favourite recipes with his friends on WhatsApp.
“I like the ‘keep me logged in’ option. It would be very frustrating if I had to type in all my details every time I logged in”. Assuming the app would be used regularly, I knew it was very important to give the option for the user to stay logged in. I feel without this feature, the app could easily become undesirable.
“The use of large circular buttons at signiﬁcant points when using the app, make it clear that by pressing the button will perform an important action”. As well as being the main focus on the screen, the large buttons are used in many apps now, and are becoming a universal symbol for a button of significance.
“Some of the symbols could be simpliﬁed. For example, I think the back arrow is too thick; a thinner, subtler arrow would look more professional”. For the final visuals I looked over all symbols and tried to simplify them to a point where they were still understandable. 3
“On the ‘your group’ page, you need to add in an option to add other participants to a group. Also, some of the buttons should be larger”. This was vital feedback as without the option to add other participants, the app would not be able to be shared and discussed about between friendship groups. For the final design, I used a hamburger menu to add friends to groups.
FINAL VISUALS When designing the final visuals, I wanted to focus on creating a simple, clean, and easy to use application. The overall flow of the app, along with a well thought out layout, gives the feel of a clean and easy to use product. World renowned apps, such as Shazam, have helped to inspire some of the features used. For example, the large, circular buttons represent stages of importance by being the main focus on the screen. Munch has global navigation that can be completed in a variety of ways. As well as the task bar, back buttons and the swipe of a screen allow the user to access all pages easily.
HUGODESIGN PERSONAL PROJECT / INDIVIDUAL / ONGOING
Using my experience with laser cutters, I decided to design and model my own cardboard lounge chair. From this, I set myself a summer project to start my own business selling cardboard lampshades, inspired from the work produced by Graypants.
BUSINESS START-UP Throughout summer, I went through the stages needed to create five desirable and unique cardboard lampshades. From ideation sketches to developing prototypes, and having discussions with design companies about handcrafting each lampshade, I then photographed the products and branded them on my website. This process has not only provided me with numerous vendor relationships but I have also registered the business.
DESIGN WEEK / INDIVIDUAL / 1 WEEK
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. Once I had identified the problem of glasses accumulating in the kitchen, I then began to focus on the sustainable aspects Spun could adhere to. Initial research focused on manual dishwashing and the amount of energy and water needed to do this. To reduce energy and water usage, I created a glass cleaner that recycled water using a wheel powered by kinetic energy.
It takes on average, 10 minutes to fully load a dishwasher
56% of households in the UK manually wash up
Households with a dishwasher use 50% less water
The ﬁgures below show the estimated cost of manual dishwashing for 8 minutes per day, 6 times a week
48 litres 14,976 litres 31 p
DAILY WATER CONSUMPTION ANNUAL WATER CONSUMPTION WATER PRICE (£/100 litres)
SKETCHES Spun makes manually washing glasses more enjoyable and efficient, whilst reducing electricity and water used by recycling hot water through a kinetically powered wheel. Recycling water may be a hygiene issue, especially if glasses with visible bacteria are being washed. As the product is kinetically powered, spinning the wheel may become tiring for the user.
SPUN Fill base with hot water
Place glasses onto the sponge
Spin wheel to clean glasses
SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS The base that contains the water is made from recycled HDPE. Using a single type of plastic makes the end of life process more efficient. Recycled rubber has been used for the wheel, water flute, and outer case. Both HDPE and recycled rubber are durable, waterproof, and easy to recycle.
RECYCLED WATER SYSTEM To save on water usage, Spun recycles hot soapy water via the flute inside the sponge. Recycling water will benefit the user by saving them money on their water bills.
KINETICALLY POWERED Other than the energy required to provide hot water, Spun uses kinetic energy to spin the sponge and clean glasses much more thoroughly than regular manual dishwashing.
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