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James Hance Industrial Design

Zebra Pen Innovation The brief - an innovative new pen design for the Zebra pen company. Designs and modelling focused on my chosen direction; an expanding pen grip for adjustable comfort.


Zebra Pen Project

Pen Ideation Ideation explored mechanisms that could support an adjustable stepper system using the least amount of components and complexity. The form was carefully developed to convey the operation of the pen whilst keeping it uncluttered and ergonomic.

Zebra Pen Project


Improving WC Hygiene - cubicle lock POP LOCK

Many innovations in public toilet hygiene have reduced physical interactions to reduce the spread of germs. One particular area of the WC that has been neglected is the cubicle lock; this component is touched when we first enter and lock a cubicle and so we immediately after touch our clothes and other items, facilitating the spread of germs onto them.

Touchless - Current innovative WC peripherals that have eliminated hand contact include the touchless hand dryer, automatic faucets and touchless flushes. The immobilization of germs is a key way to reduce the spread of germs and viruses.


Cubicle lock



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Here, the indicator is shown alongside the latch in its locked and unlocked state

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How To Use The Lock As shown, is an example scenario of how to operate a cubicle door installed with the lock; the door can simply be pushed, perhaps with a foot or elbow to release the mechanism.


Cubicle lock

The POP LOCK Germs can be picked up upon first entering and locking a cubicle door, spreading to our clothes and belongings as we touch them. The POP LOCK helps in the reduction of germs by eliminating the hand-interaction.

Cubicle lock



Aerodynamic Shelter The result of a team effort to create an aerodynamic shelter, this clothes airer utilizes a structure that circulates air effectively whist keeping out any potential rain.


Cyclone airer

Ideation Sketches and marker drawings helped to resolve issues with the structure, usability and the cyclone system.

Cyclone airer


Modelling and Testing Cardboard models were created early in the design process to test different slat setups in order to create a cyclone circulation. Test models were filled with a handful of polystyrene chips and tested in a small, open ended wind tunnel.

The most suitable slat layout discovered was a verticle slat arrangement, so a prototype ripstop nylon model was created and further testing took place with the open and an enclosed wind tunnel. The model was rotated throughtout 360 degrees in the tunnel to prove it can create a cyclone in any wind dirrection.


Cyclone airer

Harnessing vibrations As a bicycle travels over any road surface, there are small vertical oscillations exhibited. By matching the frequency of these oscillations, the energy can be converted into electrical energy. Here the intent was to power a bicycle safety beacon, the primary benefits are increased safety of cycling by eliminating the switching on of a beacon and the need for batteries.


Piezo beacon

Ideation Early concept sketching for the product explored a casing which would compliment the ease of use, eventually leading to the idea of a sprung-jaw to facilitate quick and easy installation. The design also had to accommodate free movement of the piezo-electric cantilever.


Piezo beacon

The Pzo safety beacon The Pzo is a vibration powered safety beacon with no batteries or buttons to worry about and is always flashing when you’re on the move.

Piezo beacon


Ideation The emphasis of ideation was on the design of a sprung clasp which could hold small precious objects. The expandablity concept was an evolution of this idea.

Interlocking object


Object Receptacle The design is more than a sculpture, it is intended to grasp precious objects such as jewellery, or possibly even fruit. Modules were manufactured using a 2D laser cutter.


Interlocking object

Water Timer The result of a team project to create a 3-minute timer, a rocking structure shows the passing of time and ejects a ping-pong ball after 3 minutes have elapsed.


Water timer

Ideation Early sketches explored the notion of a kinetic water timer, eventually leading to the formulation of the rocking concept.

Water timer


The Rocking Timer The final piece ejects a ping-pong ball after 3 minutes has elapsed, during which the timer slowly rocks from left to right 3 times..

Water timer


James Hance-SAMPLE 2011 Portfolio