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Hamish Tennent Industrial Design

Contact E: P. (+64) 21 067 0953 W:

Hamish Tennent Industrial Design P. + E. W.

Expert Interview In-Context Immersion Ideation

Design Process Research

Concept Screening Mockup Presentation Expert Feedback DFMA and Detailing


Interviews Case Studys/Profiling Self-Documentation

Concept Formation Group Feedback



Detailing Scale Testing Concept Analysis



Rhino 3D + Vray



Consumer Profiling

Bunkspeed Suite (Shot, Move, Drive),

Data Visualization

Autodesk Maya


Sketchbook Pro



Mock Ups

Microsoft Office + iWork



Model Making




CAD Modelling





After Effects

Sustainability Design

HTML5 and .CSS based web design.

Cost Evaluation

Materials and Manufacturing Prototyping

Experience Jan ‘10 - Jne ‘10

Industrial Design Intern Aier Audio Products Working with a startup developing high end headphones.

Motorcycle Design Intern Oct ‘11 - Dec ‘11

Honda Motorcycles Europe Worked with Design and Product Planning Manager Paolo Cuccagna to create concepts for a commuter motorcycle.

Media and Advertising Design Oct ‘10 - Current

R2 Enterprises Ltd Maintenance, updating and development of the companies online ordering website, product packaging and marketing strategy.

Education Massey University - Auckland Jan ‘08 - Dec ‘11

B.Des - Industrial Design w/ First Class Honours

San Jose State University Jne ‘10 - May ‘11

BSc - Industrial Design (Study Abroad)

Exposure Displayed at: Milan Salone Satellite 2011 ICFF New York 2011 Neocon East 2011 Sustainability 3.0

Featured on:


2011 Neat Ideas Fair EDF Sustainable Design



Design Process A brief overview of how I go about my process of researching, designing and realising solutions.

Design Process Research and Ideation

My research phase is broken down into three main categories; researching literature, direct interviews/observations and immersing myself in the area/culture. Ideation occurs during this time to create as wide a range of early concepts to draw on later in the process.

Design Process Conceptualisation

Using a large number of techniques from ideation, sketch rendering, presentation rendering, 3D mock-ups and test rigs allows me to quickly explore a large number of ideas very quickly.

Design Process Design Exploration

Using more refined mock-ups and presentation sketching I can expand off 2D/3D ideation mediums from the previous phase. This exploration also allows me to begin designing the materials, manufacturing and lifecycle of the solution.

Design Process Design Exploration

Refinement and development of the chosen solution takes place via detailed sketching, full scale and ergonomic tests, and mechanism development.

Design Process 3D Refinement

Using CAD tools such as Solidworks, Rhino, Maya and the Bunkspeed suite allows me to realise the details and provides me the information I need to carry out FEA analysis, materials testing and begin to develop the way in which full lifecycle of the product will occur.

Design Process 3D Refinement

This section allows me to view the project not only from purely a design perspective, but to look at the business viability, sustainability, marketing and branding of the project. Costing every component is essential so an accurate view of manufacturing and assembly can take place.

Design Process Design Realisation

Creating models and prototypes both in scale and in full sized allows me to bring all the details together and properly present the solution in a complete package. These full scale prototypes allow the interaction with my designs which is often a key factor of the overall solution.

Projects A selection of the work I have completed; more information can be found on my website or by contacting me.

Urbanspeed Shown at 2011 Design Exposure Auckland

Featured on Yanko Design

With high expenses, current bike share systems aren’t able to be used by poorer cities who don’t feature high budgets.

With a failure to integrate with public transportation, bike share systems are confined only to certain parts of cities.

Bike stations take up massive amounts of public space, often in crowded downtown areas.

Maintenance operations are required on bikes regularly to keep them in running condition.

Urbanspeed Project

November 2011 My research focused on the problems of public bike share’s and private cyclists with the aim of creating one solution that could be applied to these large markets.

Urbanspeed Project

November 2011 My process started with creating 250 concepts on post-its and re-sketching them into a book. Then I explored 50 of these ideas onto larger paper before creating complete concepts to develop.

Urbanspeed Project

November 2011 With the low price point being such a factor, many mock-ups were done to explore the easiest way to create the frame using low-tech production methods and materials on a high volume scale.

Urbanspeed compacts down which makes for extremely efficient storage in bike share and private storage situations

Drastically reducing the footprint means bike share racks integrate much easier into public areas.

A full range of accessories allows the user to build the bike how local needs dictate.

Utilising high manufacturing volumes means Urbanspeed reaches a lower end cost.

Low-maintenance design uses such features as belt-drive tech to lower overall running costs

Compressing to 22% of the footprint of a conventional bicycle allows easy storage.

Quick-release levers allow the frame to be compressed and set at a length to suit the riders body size.

A single cast component allows movement, gives structure and ensures longevity.

Belt drive technology provides longevity, efficiency and eliminates almost all maintenance.

Flat Pack Chair

Flat Pack Chair Project

November 2009 The chair is manufactured from 4.75mm recycled polypropylene, which is laser cut or stamped to form the central shape and supporting straps.

Flat Pack Chair Project

November 2009 The gentle flexible nature of the Flat Pack Chair moulds and adapts to the users body shape, whether they are sitting upright and reading a book on the beach, or reclining in the sun.

Made from 100% recycled polypropylene

92% material efficiency

Single operation, flat pack manufacturing cuts down time and greatly lowers shipping costs Straps utilise tension to completely eliminate fixtures.

All material waste is recycled back into usable polypropylene to construct more units.

Designed to utilise existing products at the end of their life cycle and reuse them.

With a 80-85% recovery rate to turn recycled polypropylene into usable, mouldable granules.

With the global average price of raw polypropylene rising by 5% p.a and the environmental affects of plastic production becoming evident, recycling existing materials is becoming increasingly important.

Fixture design was a key component as the simplified form meant that every detail would be visible. A lot of time was spent designing strong, simple straps that hid created a flat comfortable surface and used no third party materials.

Utilising polypropylenes ‘livehinge’ properties gives strength and creates comfort.

Flat Pack Chair Project

November 2009 With a fixture-less design, two straps use a tensioning style of joinery to provide the shape and strength to the main body.

Flat Pack Chair Project

November 2009 Assembled in under 3 minutes with no fixtures, the chair provides a simple, comfortable and relaxing solution for on the beach or around the home.


Utilising low tech design lowers the cost and makes the design more accessible for everyone.

Touch December 2010

I needed to create one unit to replace the need for both the sight stick and guide dog.


In response to a brief I was given to ‘design light’ I decided to create a visual aid for sight impaired people to aid them in easily navigating public spaces.

The interaction with the hand needed to explain how to hold the device.

Touch December 2010


The Touch handheld device allows the visually impaired to explore social spaces whilst only subtly holding a small handheld device

Touch December 2010


With a touch sensitive pad and small shifting weight, the product informs the user how to get to their destination and what is around them simultaneously. It uses simple infrared led’s and a GPS chip, technology far inferior to the average mobile phone.

Weighted direction casings

The unit contains a weight that is shifted along the front edge to provide the user a sense of direction.

Antenna/ bumper

Non-static feedback module Infrared sensors

Processor and relays

Texture and radius guides the users hands into holding it correctly

Zero Emissions House Group project by: Tony Ton Carrianne Seger Tad Osada Jeff Greger Erik Swanson Hamish Tennent

2011 EDF Sustainable Design

2nd Place - People’s Choice award 2nd Place - Social Innovation award

Sustainability 3.0 Exhibition “Beauty, Brains and Brawn”

Zem House Project April 2011

The Zero EMissions housing project was run from August 2010 until April 2011 and challenged a team of 26 mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, industrial design, business and public policy students to design and build a 100 square foot house on the San Jose State university campus.

Zem House Project April 2011

My role was primarily how the target user of a recent college graduate used and interacted with the structure of the ZEM house.

A roof garden allows the user to grow food and reduces their impact on the surrounding environment. Passive solar design ensures heat is captured or reflected when needed.

An interactive structure facilitates food production, socialisation, storage and insulation.

Green-walls, a roof garden and planters insulate and cool the house in summer, whilst trapping heat during winter

An angled front wall contributes to a passive solar design.

Prefabricated panels greatly reduce build time and the waste is recycled.

Angled solar panels provide power for the home.

Zem House Project April 2011

Creating a full Bill Of Materials for our design and having to keep it under $15,000 forced us to realise the real world costs of our design and work with the business students to make sure our sales model’s were justified.

Zem House Project April 2011

Through using structurally insulated panels (SIP’s), optimised building methods, sustainable joinery and finishing, the ZEM house impacts the environment 2.5 times less than a regular ‘stick frame’ style house.

Okala Lifecycle Analysis

Ghost Kettle

Ghost Kettle Project

August 2009 Ghost kettle represents a fun new way of approaching the kettle with the design very much aesthetically representing the way in which the user interacts with the product.

Eye retracts to allow filling Second arm acts as a spout and allows safe pouring of hot water. Handle doubles as a switch, activating when pushed downwards.

Green light reflects on the body to indicate if the kettle is currently switched on

Contoured base provides power and contrasts the water jug section.

Ghost Kettle Project

August 2009 Doing a Life Cycle Analysis report forced me to list every component, its environmental impact how its is manufactured, how it goes through its lifecycle and all of the other above steps as shown in the Okala book.

Bill Of Materials

Amount Unit

Okala Factor Millipoints


Okala Impact Millipoints

Polypropylene (PP) 5.4 lb 13 lb 70.2 Integrated Circuitry 9600 lb .25 lb 2400 Circuit Board 4800 lb .5 lb 2400 Copper - Cable (2) 1 lb 37 lb 37 Manfacturing Injection Moulding






Rotational Moulding 2.2 lb 14 lb 30.8 Thermoforming 1.4 lb 6.4 lb 8.9 Transport Container Ship






Truck - 28 Tonne






Automobile - 50 mpg






Uage/End Of Life Electricity - Averaged 12 KW-hr .15 KW-hr 1.8 Packaging 1 lb 85 lb 425 Landfill - Body and Top





Total Impact/Lifetime 7557.2

Okala impact analysis shows the harm Lifetime of certain aspects of each product, with my Ghost kettle being Per day 1 slightly more sustainable than common Total Life/Years 7 market products due largely to part 2920 minimisation and simplification.

Impact/Hour 2.5881



Flask Project April 2011

Designing an everyday object to use unorthodox materials drove me to design an ornamental hip flask that uses cork and ceramic to create a sculptural piece. This exercise was done in an effort to better understand the two materials ahead of my ‘Rocker Stool’ project, which also uses cork and the slip casting process.

Rocker Stool Shown at 2011 ICFF New York

Featured on Yanko Design

Shown at 2011 NeoCon East

Rocker Stool Project April 2011

Designed to evoke a playful reaction, Rocker Stool is a low seat that invites the user to investigate it. Black sand is placed inside the slip cast ceramic shell so when the user stands up the stool remains tilted to the last angle, creating a ‘ghost’ of the previous interaction.

This project allowed me to learn a new process in slip casting and experiment with ceramics. I began creating a number of small items to learn the nuances before attempting a full size piece of furniture.

Mould design became essential and as I began to build further knowledge of ceramics, I settled on a three piece mould, which would be much easier to work with than an incredibly heavy two piece. It also meant I didn’t have to worry about undercuts on the base.

Dried ‘bone-ware’ after shrinkage and prior to firing.

Fresh ‘green-ware’ directly after casting.

I had to design and test my materials extensively as with ceramics shrinkage out of the mold and through the firing process is very evident and can change the size by around 14-17%. these means my mold and master was made 16% larger.

Rocker Stool Project April 2011 In the latter stages of the project I was selected to exhibit in the Milan Salone Satellite under the organisation ‘mbrela’. During this time I was still learning the process of slip casting and couldn’t afford to ship a large porcelain piece with me so I decided to create a fiberglass replica to show.

Rocker Stool Project April 2011 I was luck enough to exhibit at the Milan Salone Satellite 2011, Neocon East in Baltimore and ICFF in New York all underneath the ‘Mbrela’ name. This was an awesome experience and creating this functional, travelable prototype really helped in expressing the movement and interaction between the user and the piece.

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Hamish Tennent - Extended Portfolio  

And extended version oof my portfolio including extra information on each project and a few supplementary ones. As of October 2012

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