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NIK PARO I N D U S T R I A L D E S I G N P O RT FO L I O +44 (0)7852 717521 np@nikparo.com


Hi, I’m Nik. I grew up in Finland, but I now live in Newcastle, UK, studying Industrial Design at Northumbria University. It took me a while to discover Industrial Design, but I believe my years doing other things now allow me a wider perspective. I’m very rational, and tend to look at a problem from many angles. I have no problem both giving and taking feedback, and I can be very adamant about details I find important. If you wish to contact me, I love figuring out the crucial detail of how to make

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something work, and how to make the most out of a design. I believe that less is more, that design is good

np@nikparo.com

for our planet when done right, and that user experience

+44 (0)7852 717521

should be at the centre of any design. Other things I enjoy include computer graphics, concept art, travelling, movies, games, and team sports and activities.


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March - September 2012 [Nik] excelled in his position as a product Intern and was

Nik was a very dedicated and considerate employee who

a great asset to our company during his time with us.

was always willing to offer assistance, often staying late

He was extremely diligent and hardworking, showing a

in the evenings and coming in at weekends when there

skillset and aptitude far beyond what was expected from

were impending deadlines. I am grateful to Nik for all his

this position. He was involved in projects that included

efforts and achievements, and would highly recommend

the strategic rethinking of the catering proposition for a

him for any future position or endeavor he may seek to

leading airline, and conceptual thinking around future TV

pursue.

and AV concept. His contribution to these projects was invaluable.

If you have any questions regarding this reference please do not hesitate to get in contact on 020 7820 6070 or at richl@forpeople.co.uk. Richard Lawson Creative Director

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Product Design Intern

Feel. Think. Do.


NON LITERAL FORM

This was a conceptual project aimed at communicating with the user through form. Working with consumer electronics as inspiration and aspiration, the focus was on attracting the user from a distance and engaging with them through form, material and perceived function.


Non literal form, Form semantics, Year 2


Use negative space to intrigue

Holes and dials encourage

from a distance.

curiosity and play.

Familiar shapes can suggest interaction through association.

Non literal form, Form semantics, Year 2


EXPLORATION: Personal

Exploration: Executive

Attractive, durable and good value. Made out of high-

Tactile, professional, and exlusive. Made of machined

density polymer and TPE rubber, with a led display

aluminium and hard glass, contrasted by warm, soft

hidden behind its front.

leather.

Non literal form, Form semantics, Year 2


CHOSEN DIRECTION - PERSONAL PREMIUM

Non literal form, Form semantics, Year 2


Size and thickness greatly influences how you would intuitively hold and use an object.

Raising an object from the ground can create negative space and interest.

Two or three solid colours is plenty to give a bit of character.

Non literal form, Form semantics, Year 2


Non literal form, Form semantics, Year 2


Non literal form, Form semantics, Year 2


FOOD CONTAINERS

This project looked at how food containers could be improved for a home

environment, where they need to keep food air tight, but where spilling is less of a worry. The aim was for an inclusive design solution.


inHouse Silicone food containers, Year 2


How can a food container be made easy to open by anyone, while still being air-tight? How can you prevent lids and containers getting separated and lost?

inHouse Silicone food containers, Year 2


I N S P I R AT I O N - S E A L I N G

inHouse Silicone food containers, Year 2


inHouse Silicone food containers, Year 2


inHouse Silicone food containers, Year 2


THE SILICONE FOOD CONTAINER

The sides of the box can be folded down

Big tabs makes the container easy to use

As the container is made out of silicone,

in order to save space - with or without

for anyone.

one hand is enough to open it.

The lid’s ridges provide both aesthetic

The lid uses a double edge - similar to

A living hinge is ideal for ease of use, and

quality as well as structure.

many bottle stoppers - for an airtight

works perfectly in silicone.

food inside.

seal. inHouse Silicone food containers, Year 2


food containers


STUDIO 104

Studio 104 is a course wide extra curricular project I have been heavily involved in. Our aim is to raise ÂŁ15000 for New Designers 2014, and so far we have produced T-shirts and established a web presence. As one of eight core members, I am in charge of web and communication.


Studio 104, web & communication, 2012-2013


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For our online presence, I first worked with the graphics team to ensure consistency with offline media. I then designed our website and built it around an e-commerce platform. It can be found at www.madeby104.co.uk

Studio 104, web & communication, 2012-2013


SOLIDWORKS SNOWBOARD A snowboard replica, made with Solidworks using “master-modeling�. Using this technique, where everything links back to the master sketches, allows for changing and updating all parts in one go.

Snowboard, Solidworks, Year 3


Snowboard, Solidworks, Year 3


WORKPLACE 2030

How could the workplace of 2030 respond to the needs and wants of future

generations? This project demanded careful consideration of current trends in order to set the scene for a future work environment improvement.


UK in 2030. What’s different? more people & less space.

ambient technology.

An aging population will push people to work

Technology will be smaller and less intrusive,

until they are older. More will be living in the

with a lot of small smart devices working

cities.

together.

more knowledge work.

shorter commutes.

Automated systems will take over many simple

Awareness of resource use will shorten the

and mid level jobs, with knowledge work being

average commute, and remote work will be

more and more common.

more common.


Directional sound, voice, video.

Presence. Seamless interaction.

Feel of proximity.

Sharing of documents, notes.

What’s needed for natural remote collaboration?

A casual environment for team building.

Eye contact.

Body language. Impression, appearance.

Workplace 2030, RSA Competition, Year 3


Link people, not objects. Link people to a virtual environment through virtual rooms, and connect people within that environment through virtual spaces.

A user + any broadcasted physical environment. A Virtual Room. This anchors a virtual space to a physical

A Virtual Space. Interaction with others happen through these. They are extremely flexible, and exist independent of the real world.

environment.

Workplace 2030, RSA Competition, Year 3


AR Glasses. Widespread

usage

of

intuitive

Augmented Reality is assumed. Existing

projects

include

Google

Project Glass.

Motion Sensing. Motion sensing through worn sensors and cameras can be used for both communication and gesture input. Existing advanced motion sensing project: the LEAP.

3D Scanning. 3D

representations could be built

and calibrated before a user joins a virtual space. By only sending the vital movements, bandwidth could be very much limited, and huge assemblies made possible.

Workplace 2030, RSA Competition, Year 3


Augment People. Layer Reality. Being connected to the workspace is now the norm, so it is more casual and free than today’s teleconferencing. Work mates often meet and chat during lunch, wherever they actually are. But the workspace is much more than a playground. It can be used to share data as if you had a physical version right next to you, whether that is in 2D or 3D. Thanks to the multi-layer design, the users can also easily move around within the shared space, in order to interact as naturally as possible.


Features. AR Glasses track your eye movements, for eye to eye contact and accurate Reality Augmentation.

Virtual spaces can be personalized freely, for easy access to favourite environments.

3D Audio enhances immersion, and aids hearing in crowded spaces.

A pre-scanned model is used to portray even subtle emotions.

Full control of the personal location within a shared room, allow a natural discussion despite very different environments. Workplace 2030, RSA Competition, Year 3


PORTABLE SPEAKERS

Bowers & Wilkins’ customers mostly consist of established audiophiles thanks to their focus on sound quality above all. They were however unsure how to approach

and attract young audiophiles to-be, which is why they asked us to design portable speakers for that market.


B&W, 2 people project, Year 2


SO who are we designing for? We defined our target market as young professionals who have started to climb the career ladder. They have a love for music, and are possibly practising an instrument themselves. They are (or portray themselves as) active and social, and they would appreciate a speaker that is lightweight, durable, innovative, urban, and a bit of a statement.


How can you keep true to the B&W heritage & sound quality, while attracting a younger generation? How can you provide a big and accurate sound from a small portable speaker?


CONCEPT 1: Use a rugged style to encourage active use on the go. Let the speaker expand and form a bigger resonance chamber for deeper bass.


I N S P I R AT I O N & D E V E LO P M E N T

B&W, 2 people project, Year 2


nucleus The nucleus is designed to be durable and social, and is aimed at active young professionals that appreciate a rugged but refined character. Having an expanding chamber, it will come alive with more power than expected from it’s initial small size. You can also use its built in bluetooth capabilities to connect to other nuclei, and play in unison from all across the room.


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CONCEPT 2: Use a horn to boost sound volume and clarity.


I N S P I R AT I O N & D E V E LO P M E N T


bugle The bugle is aimed at those who would like to make a statement in style. It has striking aesthetics while still being both unique and completely functional. The bugle’s horn will direct the sound in the chosen direction, and is made of high quality clear polycarbonate to minimize distortions and maximize durability.

Red Product is a well respected charity brand. By buying a red product, you are both showing awareness for world issues and contributing. It is a brand alliance worth looking into, but it should be used with care, as it could be misinterpreted as a marketing ploy.


bugle

portable speaker


THANK YOU NIK PARO

+44 (0)7852 717521

np@nikparo.com


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