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JENNY HOLMSTEN Industrial Design Portfolio

HI! My name is Jenny Holmsten I’m an industrial design student at the bachelor program of industrial design at Umeå Institute of Design. I’m originally from Örebro in the middle region of Sweden and have a background of studies in interior design and form. I’m an outgoing person with a passion for good and innovative design and I’m not afraid of challenges. I put my heart and soul into everything I do and design and it’s very important for me to design with a holistic perspective. If I would to pick three words to describe myself it would be creative, observant and enthusiastic. I hope to hear from you! Jenny Holmsten


01 Computer mouse

04 Backpack

02 Medicine pump

05 Future Airport

0 3 S a f e Ve s t

06 Safety Stirrup

B U T F I R S T. . . T H I S I S M Y C V >

+46 70 719 53 71

E D U C AT I O N Ume책 Institute of Design - BFA Industrial Design

2012 - 2015

FIDU Design college - Industrial Design

2011 - 2012

Tull채ngskolan - Interior design & Form

2008 - 2011

WORK EXPERIENCE Zenit Design - Industrial design internship

3 months, 2014

Digitala Dokument - Documentation consultant (Hourly employed)

2008 - current

Awenkon - Company branding


Tysslinge Ryttarteam - Association branding


Young Entrepreneurship - JH Design


OTHER Member of the student union, environment council - UID

2014 - 2015

Member of the student union - Tull채ngsskolan

2010 - 2011

SKILLS Software Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premier Rhino, Solidworks, SketchUp, AutoCAD, Keyshot, Sketchbook, Muse Mac, Windows Wacom tablet, Cintiq

Workshop Wood, Metal, Foam, Lathe, Milling, Paint booth, Clay


ERGOMICE 2 week form project A design project with focus on ergonomics. I chose to focus on the computer mouse. In today’s society more and more jobs requires work in front of the computer. According to a study from the Institute of Occupational Health problems may occur if you use the mouse for more than 10 hours a week. Symptoms of RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) is a hard, excruciating pain in the hand, wrist or forearm. Further, there may be numbness, tingling and muscle weakness. One can also get symptoms in the neck and shoulder region.

I D E AT I O N To make this mouse as ergonomic as possible I sketched organic forms and forms that would benefit the “dormant grip�.

Front, back and perspective view

Taking 2D sketches into 3D form to evaluate shape

MODEL I built a full scale model in the workshop. Materials that I used: PU foam 2-component Filler 1-component Filler 1-component acrylic paint in paint booth Metal sphere

Creating the final design in PU foam

Finalizing surfaces

Ready to be painted

spherical Sphere scrolling wheel for navigation in multiple directions

Support for the thumb

FINAL PRODUCT The final product benefits the “dormant grip” of the hand and enables you to work long hours without overstraining your hand. It’s a simple and clean design showing that good design and function can be combined.


PA R K I N S O N MEDICINE PUMP Personal project My grandmother suffers from Parkinson’s disease and in recent years it has become rapidly worse and she can no longer digest the medication without the stomach and intestinal system collapsing. The solution to this is a medication pump that provides the medicine in a continous flow into her system directly. She’s already ashamed of this disease and does not want to see other people when her body is weak. The medicine pump will make it even more obvious that she is suffering from a disease.


Medication wearing off


Symptoms are prevented

Symptoms return

Medication starts to work





A B O U T PA R K I N S O N Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease that affects the brain and central nervous system, which leads to tremors, muscle stiffness, and difficulty walking. A typical day is like a rollercoaster, from good muscular control to no control at all. This is repeated throughout the day, every day. Movement and coordination in the body is controlled in a part of the brain by a chemical called dopamine. In Parkinson’s disease the dopamine-producing nerve cells are damaged. Without dopamine, the brain can not send signals to the muscles so that they can function properly.

Apomorfin pump Duodopa pump

M E D I C I N E P U M P S T O D AY Medication pumps are based on the principle of “continuous dopaminergic stimulation� Dopamine drugs is injected in a steady flow directly into the small intestine through a small tube connected to a portable pump. The pump makes sure that the concentrations of drugs in the blood and brain is stable. To avoid dosage spikes from pills, the patient has to use a portable medication pump.

Stomach probe

Connection to the stomach

Medicinepump Intestinal probe

Medicine cassette







MY VISION HOW CAN I MAKE THE MEDICINE PUMP M O R E C O M F O R TA B L E A N D D I S C R E E T ? I wanted to create a pump that’s discreet and comfortable to wear underneath clothes, without being visible. And also give my grandmother and other patients more dignity and freedom in their everyday life.

SKETCHING I started by sketching different types of ways to position the pump on your body. Around your neck, in your belt or perhaps with a patch. The forms are simple geometrical figures to get a clean and medical feeling. I created these forms in foam to get a feeling of size and proportion and how they felt against your body.



DOSAGE 15 mg

+ Easy to remove the cassette when needed + Flat shape with no edges

REFINEMENT After evaluating the sketches and foam models I decided to go with the concept of attaching the pump as a patch directly on your body, to go away from the loose tubes and a separate bag. I then created three different versions of a pump in Rhino with variations of the technique when removing or attaching the medicine cassette. At this point I also did three versions of a interface that would provide some information (such as amount of medication) to the patient while injecting mediciaton.

+ Water and dirt proof





INACTIVE STATE Shows number of dosage occasions completed during your day.

ACTIVE STATE Show amount of mediciation being pumped in to the body.

Fills the circle as the percentages rises.

The medicine cassette and holder connects and start the flow of medicine.

Medicine cassette flicks off when empty of medicin and is replaced with a new one. The patient is able to do this themselves.

Changeable patch

FINAL CONCEPT The final concept gives my grandmother and other patiens the ability to move around easy without feeling exposed to other due to the pump. The medicine pump also provides the patient with some information during the day about the medication and amount of dosage, so you can feel as a part of your own treatment.


AUTOLIV SAFEVEST 5 week Hot Team project This project was developed during a Hot Team at Umeรฅ Institute of Design. Hot Team is a project where students from different educations come together and work in an efficient short term teamwork. The project aimed to improve the safety in the backseat in collabortation with Autoliv, one of the biggest companies in car safety equipment. TEAM Jenny Holmsten, Pontus Merkel, Linnaea Silfvergrip, Eric Hรถglund och Lisa Sundberg.

H O W C A N W E C R E AT E G R E AT E R C R A S H P R O T E C T I O N F O R C H I L D R E N I N T H E B A C K S E AT ? Including both passive and active safety, based on the passengers anatomical and cognitive condition.

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RESEARCH We decided early in the process to focus on children age 5 - 14 because they are the most common passengers in the backseat. We searched for statistics of traffic accidents from sources such as WHO. We looked into what kind och injuries that are the most common and the attitude among both children and their parents. The result of the research formed our vision.

“ T H E M O S T I M P O R TA N T T H I N G I S T H AT I K N O W M Y C H I L D I S S E C U R E LY FA S T E N E D ” - Fanny

“ I T ’ S I M P O R TA N T T H AT T H E B E LT I S AT TA C H E D P R O P E R LY ” - Sara


Lack of safety knowledge

Laziness over safety

Asymmetric seat belt

Whiplash affects most children when involved in a car accident

USER STUDY / CONCLUSION During the research we did interviews with parents and also filmed them when putting their child in the backseat to see the ergonomic difficulties. We then compiled the problems we found under four categories: Attitude, Comfort, Handling and Safety. From these categories we could highlight the main problems with the backseat safety for children and continue to form our vision for the future.

OUR VISION After the research we set up our goal and vision for the project and aimed to acheive them all with our final concept. THE CHILD SHOULD BE SAFE IN ALL POSITIONS AVA I L A B L E H E A D / N E C K P R O T E C T I O N E A S Y T O U N D E R S TA N D A N D H A N D L E GROW WITH THE CHILD HIGH LEVEL TECHNOLOGY


Chosen design

Reflex stripes

Sketches by Jenny and Pontus

Boa system for size adjustment

Airbags in the collar

Magnet technology

I D E AT I O N We decided early in the process to go with a vest concept based on our discussion with Autoliv as well as our own. A vest distributes the crash force equally over the body and it’s a known product wich makes it easy to understand. We also hade the possibility to build functions into the vest, such as magnets or a temperature regulation system.

Built-in airbags

Reflex stripes

Boa system for size adjustment

Model by Jenny, rendering Pontus

SAFEVEST CONCEPT The vest concept suits children aged 5-14 and grows with the child thanks to the efficient boa system (usually used in skiing boots) with a built-in wire that’s adjusted with the wheels it’s both expandable and contractable. The child sits safe due to elektromagnets installed in the back of the vest and the backseat of the car. When a car crash occurs the magnets are activated and pulls the child back in to the seat. There is also a built in airbag to protect neck and head from whiplash in a car crash.

Scenario sequences by Jenny



SCENARIO The upper sequence of pictures shows a child positioned wrong with a normal seatbelt and how the child body get’s thrown in to the front seat because of a rotation in the torso. The secend sequence shows the child with the safevest on and how the vest pulls back the child equaly over the torso and ejects an airbag to protect the child from whiplash.

P R E - C R A S H Safevest pulls back to the seat

S E AT B E LT When a child is in incorrect position while using a seat belt during a crash, the belt can’t hold on to the body wich results in the child being thrown forward and hitting the front seat.

C R A S H Airbag is released to prevent whiplash

P O S T - C R A S H Airbag keeps head in position and lower the magnet-preassure

BRANDING AUTOLIV SAFEVEST The final concept provides the child with a complete solution for maximum safety. With the built-in airbags and symmetrical form the child is safe in any position. It’s easy for the parents to handle and comfortable for the child to wear.


E V O Q U E B A C K PA C K 4 week clay/form project A project I did for a clay modelling and form course at Ume책 Institute of Design. The goal was to transfer the form language from the Range Rover Evoque onto a product. I chose to focus on a backpack for the fashion conscious and urban Evoque driver. The backpack design should convey the same sense of endurance, agility and class as the Range Rover Evoque. The project toggles form studies in clay and sketches on paper to gain a better understanding of form development.

Y O U D O N ’ T H AV E T O S H O U T T O B E H E A R D

- Range Rover

K E Y F E AT U R E S I analyzed the Range Rover Evoque and picked out the key features I wanted to work with and apply on my backpack. The slightly angled roof with a sharp end The front light profile The distinct chamfers

URBAN I N S P I R AT I O N I took inspiration from protective sportsgear, visually durable textures and lifestyle photography.



FIRST Form exploration

SECOND Form exploration

Durable fabric

Breathable fabric

Hard, white plastic



SKETCHES I started by sketching different silhouettes and moved forward from there by going more and more into detail. My key sketch was used as a foundation to find the specific form in the clay.

C L AY M O D E L L I N G After ideation sketching I moved on to clay modelling to get further understanding of my form in 3D. I then switched between clay modelling and sketching over photos of the clay until I found the final design.

FUNCTION The final backpack consists of a hardshell cover for protection of both you and your belongings. The back side is made of a breathable and weatherproof soft texture. On the side of the backpack you will find quick reach net pockets.

A dynamic hardshell covers the front of the backpack.

Side pockets for quick reach.

The back of the backpack is in a soft and weatherproof material.

The backpack opens up with a zipper along the side of the shell and folds up from the top. In between is strech material.

E V O Q U E B A C K PA C K The final backpack suits the urban, sport interested yet fashion conscious person. Both as an accessory and as durable sports bag.


FUTURE AIRPORT 5 week project A project in collaboration with Swedavia, a state owned company and owner of 11 airports in Sweden. Swedavia strives to be a model of sustainable development, which involves environmental, economic and social development with the customer. In October 2013 Swedavia started a project with the aim of taking a holistic conception for travelers with disabilities and struggles at the airport. Our part of this project was to focus on the user experience and of the management of the information and assistance that’s available at the airport today.

UmeĂĽ Airport

21% Need of toilet

19% Nervousness 12% Stress 10% Thirst 6% Shopping

Stockholm Arlanda Airport

3% Hunger

RESEARCH These are the problem areas from the research that I felt were important and wanted to work further with: 71% of the travelers feel stress/desire directly when they arrive at the airport. Difficult for a “first-time traveler� to know all the steps. > Hard to find the right information quickly. > Hard to get their personal travel information easily. People with disabilities lacks tools that would make them more independenton the airport. > There is a big focus on people in wheelchairs and other disabilities are often forgotten, such as hearing impaired or sight impaired travelers, travelers who are prone to anxiety or just elderly people with low muscle strength.




MY FOCUS I chose to focus on the information and navigation for the traveler at the airport and how I can get the person to feel more secure in this foreign environment?

TA R G E T G R O U P The project involves design for all travelers.

H O W C A N I M A K E T H E N AV I G AT I O N E A S I E R F O R A L L PA S S E N G E R S AT T H E A I R P O R T ? And at the same time relieve the staff.

BASIC CONCEPT After my first ideation I came up with a concept of having a guiding robot that assist you with navigation and mobility and also carries and secures your bags when you spend time at the airport.

VOLUME TEST I knew at this point that the concept was going to be a robot assistant and needed to get the proportions for the luggage storage correct before moving in to the sketchfase. I taped a simple form on the wall and evaluated height and position with a cabin bag and users with different heights. The sitting position in the chair would represent a person in a wheelchair.

Increase angle of screen (for shorter people)

Make space for knees and feet (When using a wheelchair)

Adjustable handle?

I N S P I R AT I O N / I D E AT I O N I took inspiration from one-person vehicles, Segways and shopping carts, and tried to come up with a form that looked stable and trustworthy.

FINAL PRODUCT The final product makes its way as a Segway. It keeps your bags safe during your stay at the airport and guides you through it with an interface on the top surface of the assistant. The semi-transparent glass works as a safety for you as a passenger knowing that your bags are still there, but at the same time not completly visible for other passengers. I chose to create covered wheels so no one gets stuck with their foot for examples in crowded areas.

Semi-transparent glass

Information screen

Coverd thires for safety in crowded areas

“HELLO!” “I´m your personal guide, please connect with your booking reference.”

SCENARIO This is a senario to further explain how the assistant will help you. Step one - You pick up the assistant near the entrance at a docking station with your booking reference. Step two - Pack your luggage and maneuver in the interface to get your specific information, different needs or just the correct way to your gate. If you have limited mobility the assistant will work as a transportation aid and gently takes you through the airport. The assistant is equipped with speakers, a headphone jack and a hearing loop. Step three - Leave the assistant at the nearest docking station by the gate.

“I’ll provide a map over the airport and help you find your destination through an interactive map.”

“If you have limited mobility I’ll help you by pulling you in the right direction.”

FUTURE AIRPORT With this assistant, passengers at the airport in need of help will be more independent and able to do more themselves. The assistant will keep you calm by having all the information you need, and most important your personal information.

“HELLO MR. JOHNSSON!” “Let me guide you through the airport.”


SAFETY STIRRUP 5 day personal project A personal project based on my own interest in horses and horse riding. Riding is Sweden’s largest children’s and youth sport, half a million swedes ride regularly. The number of horses have increased a lot which means the riding accidents have increased. My goal was to create a tool to help speed up the rescue process when riding accidents occurs, due to the fact that you are likely to be alone, away from people and civilization. I have choosen to brand it for Sprenger, a leading brand in the safety stirrup market.

BACKGROUND 13,000 are seriously injured every year in Sweden and need emergency care, of which 6,000 are children. 56% of all horse riding accidents are from falls. More than 50% of the cases suffers from fractures and 11% suffer brain injuries.


CONCEPT The concept is based on providing security for the rider when riding alone. As it often happens that people are out by themselves I wanted to create a product that keeps you connected to a contact person if you encounter an accident. This product will speed up the rescue process and hopfully prevent serious injuries. It will consists of two products, the safety stirrup and a mobile app.




THE STIRRUP The stirrup opens up in case of an accident when the foot is pressed against the outer frame. A sensor is placed between the footplate and the battery and when opened and seperated it triggers an alarm conected to the application. LED lights are placed on the front and back for enhanced visibility in the dark when out riding. ON/OFF button and lid covering battery and technical components

When released, sensor is triggerd

LED:s for visibility in the dark



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Rider choses emergency contact

Main menu

A P P L I C AT I O N The sensor in the stirrup is attached to an app in the mobile phone by bluetooth. Each pair of stirrup is unique with its own code to easily connect to your mobile. In the app you select a contact person that will be notified if an accident occurs. At the same time as the stirrup opens up it triggers the sensor and an alarm is sent to your contact person. The contact person will then recieve a map with your location and where the alarm was triggerd, as well as an live update of where the stirrup is at the moment (this to easily find for exampel a stressed horsed).






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Alarmed position 54°19’36”N 18°7’13”E



Rider starts the tracker



Current position 53°19’36”N 18°4’18”E

SafeRider ALERT Contact is alerted by sound



Contact recieves emergency information

SAFETY STIRRUP The final product works as the link between accident and rescue and provides the rider and close ones with security and information to make horse riding a safer sport.

DEGREEWORK TEASER R E F O R E S TAT I O N 10 weeks degreeproject HOW CAN I MAKE THE REFORESTATION PROCESS MORE EFFICIENT AND ACCURATE WITHOUT MAKING FOOTPRINTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT? The logging industry is today extremely efficient with machines and robots, while the reforestation process is a manual work. Today (in Sweden) it’s all done manually with a spade or a special tube pushed down into the ground. The work is very monotone and hard due to different types of ground and also because the sites usually is far from roads and you have to walk. Many plants today are planted unneccesary because they are planted incorrect and die. It does not have to be this way and I want to look into how reforestation can change but still keep the process at this low impact level on the enviorment as it is today.


C O N TA C T Jenny Holmsten +46 70 719 53 71 j e n n y. h o l m s t e n @ g m a i l . c o m w w w. j e n n y h o l m s t e n . c o m

Industrial Design Portfolio BFA - Jenny Holmsten  

Selected work from my bachelor education at Umeå Institute of Design. 2012-2015. Jenny Holmsten, Sweden.

Industrial Design Portfolio BFA - Jenny Holmsten  

Selected work from my bachelor education at Umeå Institute of Design. 2012-2015. Jenny Holmsten, Sweden.