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PRO D U C T D E SI G N U S E R C E N TR E D D E SI G N 2011

G ROW The growing table is an educational product designed to encourage children to actively learn how to grow their own food in an interior environment.


i n t e r m s o f m anu f ac t u r i ng the table, a prototype was produced using CNC technology and Rapid Prototyping technology. Additionally a wood lathe was used to turn the legs of the table. 01. Images displaying render views of the table modelled in Rhino and rendered using 3D Studio Max 02. Illustrations produced using Rhino and Adobe Illustrator. Functions of the table include; a herb sprouting tray, a chopping board for food preparation, a watering pot and felt storage system. The storage system reduces storage space and keeps the material usage to a minimum. It is designed to store tools and acts as an alternative to drawers and trays. 01. Sprouting Tray 02. Chopping Board 03. Felt storage 04. Watering pot 05. Table surface

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E A T PL A Y G ROW The g r o w i ng t a b l e is designed to encourage children to grow their own food. The simple yet functional design is aimed at being placed in an interior setting such as a kitchen or a bedroom. The child is encouraged to grow herbs or vegetables as well as prepare the food. Simple storage solutions such as the use of felt allow the child to store tools discretely. The table is designed to be simple and subtle, integrating healthy living into a child’s life from a young age. The table is made from oak wood using a CNC router. The combination of materials was chosen so that the product remains versatile and timeless, easily becoming part of a child’s daily life.

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F o r t h i s p r o j ec t I decided to focus my research on schools and hold intensive workshops with children ages 7 - 13 . I visited a series of schools to gain insight into children’s mentality towards healthy eating and growing your own food. I gathered user research by holding workshops about the topic of healthy living. The children were encouraged to draw their favourite healthy food and vegetables. This gave me insight into their enthusiasm towards food produce. I also held intensive workshop days whereby the children were encouraged to grow their own food as well as artistically create their ideal garden.

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C U TL E R Y FOR T H E E L D E RL Y PRO D U C T D E SI G N U S E R C E N TR E D D E SI G N 2010

This innovative range of cutlery was designed as an alternative to the standard cutlery for the elderly. Acting as a lever, the user places the side of their hand on the end of the cutlery and with the little or no force the product will bounce up into their hand. Through user feedback this was proven an effective solution.


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T H IS C U TL E R Y w a s D E SI G N E D with both an elderly and younger user in mind. Whilst observing my Grandmother prior to a project brief I was made aware of how she found it difficult to lift cutlery off the table with her fragile hands. She struggled to grip the cutlery to lift it off the table. Inspired by the form of a chopstick holder, the user can place the side of their hand on the end of the piece of cutlery, treating it as a lever. Then by using little force can pick up the cutlery. The bend at the end of the fork fits comfortably in the hand. 01. Bamboo 02. 100% Recycled plastic

The material choice shown in the renders is bamboo but would also be available in plastic which would be provided in care homes or residential homes.

01. Diagram to demonstrate motion of cutlery when in use. 02. Diagram displaying stacking motion. 9 | 40


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PRO D U C T D E SI G N U S E R C E N TR E D D E SI G N 2011

G ROW Eat Work Grow is a social dining product which encourages workers to eat healthy and fresh ingredients at work. With the combination of herb pot and innovative storage container the user can create healthy meals at work which can either be shared or consumed individually.


E A T WORK G ROW The s o c i a l b en t o b o x c o nce p t is a based on a traditional form of social dining. Through a fast paced society we have lost the importance of taking time over lunch and other important meals. This is evident especially in the workplace where users may lead hectic lifestyles which will prevent them from: A. Eating healthy and organic food B. Taking time over food preparation This concept aims to help the user combine social dining and healthy eating in the workplace. This simple, functional product aims to bring people together, by connecting people over the office through social dining.

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The b en t o b o x uses a combination of herb garden and thermal heater to allow the user to eat and grow their food at work. Through the use of a soil compressor the first compartment can be used to grow food. Additionally the second compartment is a storage box for food. This pot allows the food to be heated by utilising available hot water sources such as that from a kettle, through the innovative double walled vacuum. A. Agree with 2 or more colleagues on the chosen ingredients for the day. B. Use the bento box to bring food easily into the workplace. Use the bottom pot to store food and heat up if necessary by using a supply of hot water. C. Use the top pot for herbs which can be used in the lunch. This can either be left at work or carried home safely with the use of the soil compressor.

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01. Illustration displaying the power of social networking and the connections between people within a particular environment. In this case if one person knows at least 4 people each they indirectly become connected to another 17 people. Through social media such as email or mobile application healthy living can be promoted in the workplace. Due to the nature of society, people are readily able to connect with strangers through Facebook and Twitter. By exploiting these means, products and services can promote sustainable and healthy lifestyles in chosen environments.

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U s e r cen t r ed r e s ea r ch

The project is about sharing through the common practice of eating. Through user centred research I concluded that most workers don’t have time to prepare food in the mornings for lunch and it would be more convenient to bring the ingredients combined with the option to prepare at work. “Growing herbs at work would encourage everyone to get together and eat at the same time encourage people to take pride in their food and appreciate how food is grown. If vegetable boxes were to be delivered, then appropriate cooking facilities would have to be supplied to the workplace” Financial Analyst, London “Healthier food at work that was not so expensive , and fruit baskets subsidised by work would encourage me to eat healthier in the office” Copywriter, London

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A LFI E Noah & Alfie is a furniture range developed as part of live design project for MARK Product, founded by John Miller. The project was to design and prototype a piece of furniture suitable for a hallway. The brief stated the furniture must be manufactured from wood and respond to a user’s need.


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Alfie Single bench and single bench with side table Available for the single occupancy household. This single seating unit has additional storage beneath to provide easy access storage for shoes and boots. Designed with an additional table for keys or lighting options this piece of furniture can be used in a variety of types of hallways. The single seat without side table can be used in conjunction with a double bench or table in relation to the occupancy. Combined the bench and single bench provides additional seating as well storage of any shoes, boots along with a surface area for a table light commonly found in the hallway.

NOAH Double bench with central table Similar to that of the single bench, the double bench provides a seating solution for the hallway as well as solving the storage issue of shoes. By providing a bench in a hallway it allows users to put on their shoes whilst sitting down. There is also additional surface space for lighting. Side table This table is designed to store post and keys as well as a telephone, books and magazines. 15 | 40


01. Dark American Oak 02. Kvadrat Fabric available in various colour ways

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E LLIOTS C A F E T A BL E W A R E PRO D U C T D E SI G N 2011

The following range was developed for Elliots Cafe in Borough Market, London. The following demonstrates examples of CAD work for the initial concept generation. The project is ongoing.


E LLIOTS C A F E BORO U G H M A RK E T A S A R E S U LT OF A N E X H IBITIO N I was approached by Elliot’s Cafe in Borough Market to design and develop a range of tableware inspired by earthenware. The following images display the CAD renders of the initial ideas of products I designed for the cafe. The products range from storage bowls, cups and saucers, to bread baskets and a cake stand. The initial brief was to keep the products simple to allow the food to be the focal point. The cafe promotes healthy living, selling fresh organic produce from locally sourced providers. This therefore led to a range of simple ceramic pots with natural cork stoppers and lids. The CAD model and renders were completed through a combination of programmes. I initially used Rhinoceros for the 3D modelling of the products and then proceeded to render the models using Autodesk 3D Studio Max.

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01. Bowls The bowls are designed to hold all mains from meat to fish based meals, whilst the cork lid provides heat insulation as well as a serving plate for side bread produce. Additionally it can be used for starter soups and the smaller bowls can be used for side dishes. 02. Plates & Baskets The plates and bread baskets are designed to hold produce such as croissants and baguettes. 03. Serving Bowls Designed with tongs integrated into the bowls, these products are suitable for produce which requires the use of serving spoons. This could be used with salads or bread based produce. It is suitable for the communal dishes served at the cafe. 04. Soup Bowls Additional bowls have been designed for main dishes of soup. The bowls contain an internal pot which will store optional herbs, bread or croutons. The soup is then poured into the outer dish. 05. Small bowls and pots Smaller bowls are designed for small side dishes and appetisers such as olives and walnuts. 06. Coffee Cups Coffee Cups with a detachable cork mats complete the set. 07. Planters Planters have been designed to grow herbs and vegetables around the cafe. These can be placed on the table or around seating areas. 19 | 40


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Live Well is a service designed to help keep office workers healthy in the workplace. Through utilising the current technology commonly found in the workplace the Live Well pack will be provided to a range of working environments as a benefit from the employer.


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LIVE WELL CREATING THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A HEALTHY WORKPLACE

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LI V E We l l is a service based design aimed at encouraging office workers to incorporate healthy living into their daily routines at work. As most people are at work for an average of 10 hours, 5 days a week, it is a logical place to encourage health and wellbeing as one of many tools to combat stress. Along with encouraging general wellbeing through exercise and healthy eating, the design will bring awareness of issues including repetitive strain injury and the health benefits of eating a well balanced diet. The motivation for Live Well stems from key statistics regarding health in the workplace. 75 % of all sick days are due to stress and back pain 212 people were killed at work in 2005 due to stress and poor health £13.4 billion is the total cost of sick leave to industry during 2006 (Statistics from HSBC data for health in the workplace 2006) Additionally an interview held with Angela Royle, the NHS health promotion officer based in Poole, Cornwall summarised how stress can be combated using health regimes and regular exercises. Stress is in general brought about by work however many daily activities can cause stress for some. Out of 838 cases of anxiety, 98% were thought to be helped through the use of yoga. Through utilising modern technology the service will manifest as a Welcome Pack for each employee. It will be initiated into the employee’s work lifestyle from when they start at the company. The pack will include a booklet, access to the user interface; which will include recipes, exercise reminders and activities, downloads (iPhone Application and Widgets) and general information regarding wellbeing in the workplace. The user interface will encourage wellbeing through promoting exercise at periods throughout the day. In addition to this, it will suggest lunchtime recipes and set up a community for social dining, encouraging users to leave the office for their hour break with others. It will provide details of local healthy restaurants and cheap places to eat within a 5 mile radius. The service incorporates incentives to be healthy through competitions recorded on the interface. It is then the responsibility of the company manager to provide a suitable prize. Suggestions may be gym vouchers, longer lunch breaks or a dinner at a local sushi restaurant. The project collaborated with HSBC employers in order to gather research and determine a suitable design outcome for the project brief. In addition, interviews were held with local health experts at the NHS. 21 | 40


01. Website Interface

LIVE WELL CREATING THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A HEALTHY WORKPLACE

CREATING THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A HEALTHY WORKPLACE

NAVIGATION

ABOUT

TODAY’S RECIPE

EXERCISE PER DAY

FOOD DRINK PLACE MOTION MENTALITY

LIVE WELL is a service provided for your workplace to encourage a healthier working environment.

Simple Nordic lunch recipe full of seasonal vegetables and lots of protein to keep your insides healthy

Easy but effective yoga exercises to do at your desk to prevent repetitive strain injuries

DOWNLOADS CONTACT SEARCH HELP SITEMAP TERMS OF USE

With the support of your employer LIVE WELL aims to promote wellbeing within your workplace. Navigate through the options in the menu bar to discover the full benefits of using this service. You may wish to download a walking map to take a walk on your lunch break or prepare a healthy recipe for lunch tomorrow.

QUICK CALCULATE OF YOUR BMI Gender Weight (kg) Height (cm) BMI

01. Website Interface The website is designed as a central interface used for time tabling, weight control and targets for the user. They can key in their weight along with how healthy and active they have been. This will lead to incentives led by the company such as Waitrose food vouchers or longer lunch breaks. Additionally downloads, online recipes and healthy restaurant and cafe mappings will allow the user to maintain a healthy lifestyle through utilising modern technology. 22 | 40


03. Widgets 01. Posters and infographics

Switch off: You have been at your computer now for an hour. You are advised to take a five minutes rest.

Posters and leaflets designed to raise awareness and act as a reminder will be placed at significant points in the office. The graphics are designed to be clear and concise. As the user becomes more familiar with Live Well they will recognise the symbols as daily reminders. For example the glass may be placed by the desks to encourage users to drink enough liquid. 02. Mobile Application

Buy some potted plants for your desk as this will reduce the risk of dry throats and improve air quality.

Aim to drink 6-8 glasses (1.2 litres) of water a day as well as 1 glass for each 20 mins of exercise.

After work make sure you spend time on yourself. No laptop, no emails, no Blackberry. Just you.

The mobile application is similar to that of the website. It would still contain all the tools such as the BMI calculator but would be more personalised for the user. Therefore it would include a 5 a day counter as well as a counter for water intake. Additionally the live feed of recipes is customised for the user’s food preferences. 03. Widgets Altered depending on season and day the widgets would act as a daily reminder as well as a welcome message. The user can preset the message if desired with personal reminders for themselves or use the programmed daily tips. The ‘Switch off’ widget will also act as a pop-up reminder set on a daily timer to appear at certain intervals throughout the working day. This is to combat repetitive strain injury. The widgets are optional and would be downloadable from the Live Well website.

Before work make sure you are relaxed and full of energy. 20 minutes of yoga prior work is ideal.

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D E SI G N FOR T H E E L D E RL Y PRO D U C T D E SI G N U S E R C E N TR E D D E SI G N U S E R C E N TR E D R E S E A R C H 2011

The rocking teapot has been designed with an elderly user in mind. Tea is part of a social ritual we perform in our society. This was the foundation for the design which was a result of a research project into design for the elderly.


0 1 . U S E R C E N TR E D R E S E A R C H D E SI G N FOR T H E E L D E RL Y “The cha l l enge of designing inclusively for the whole population is not just a matter of social urgency; We are now living in a world of rapidly aging populations with a broader range of physical and cognitive capabilities than ever before.� Throughout the project I worked with a selection of partners from Occupational nurses to Care homes and Nursing homes throughout Cornwall and Sussex. This includes Deerswood Care Home, a selection of Cornwall Care homes, and day centre Age UK. In addition I visited mobility centres in order to carry out a product analysis. This was useful for market research and provided me with a vast knowledge in aid products. Additionally I also held meetings with NHS Innovation and conversed with Jonathan Barnett from NHS Innovation. Through Jonathan Barnett I gained contacts with Occupational nurses and therapists (OT). As part of the user centred research phase of the project I used the following methods to gather information in relation to problems the elderly have within the domestic environment. Below is a brief summary and outline of this phase of the project.

01. Percentage of over 65 + in the UK

02. 225 M elderly people out of 800 M are affected by reduced strength throughout Europe

i. User centred research: User journals and cameras plus observational day with a user ii. Care homes visits within 5 major Cornwall Care homes iii. Meetings with leading figures in the industry throughout Cornwall iv. Workshops with user groups and focus groups v. Interviews with the public vi. Product analysis at Tremorvah Industries and Cornwall Mobility centre

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02. T H E RO C KI N G T E A POT de s i gn p ha s e prototype The design is based on the standard, readily available kettle tippers which acts as an aid product for those with arthritis or restricted strength. Although a successful product the lack of aesthetic considerations and consideration to the stigma of the product allows the user to feel dependent and unable. I felt the design of this could be improved by designing a product that encourages independence, considers ability, and maintains dignity. These three common themes are key to the project. The design was based on the idea of improving independence with an aesthetically pleasing product which aided the user while maintaining their dignity. Two products were produced and designed for the project. One is a teapot which can hold hot liquids and one is a jug more suitable for cooler liquids. The prototypes are made with a very similar concept of wooden base with a ball bearing embedded in the base to maintain the ability to pour without lifting off the table.

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FOLK C LOT H I N G STOR E I N T E RIOR D E SI G N C O N C E PT FOR FL A G S H IP STOR E M U N I C H 2012

The interior is designed for Folk clothing store. The concept is based on the appreciation of craftsmanship and subtle attention to detail found in Folk’s clothing ranges.


FOLK FL A G S H IP I N T E RIOR d i s p l ayed i s a rendered profile of a design generated for Men and Woman’s fashion store Folk. The design is a concept for a new store opening in Munich, Germany. The soft pastel colourways and natural materials is a representation of Folk’s finely tuned eye for detail and craftsmanship displayed in their clothing range. The interior will importantly keep the clothes the focal point of the store and will complete the entire aesthetic of the brand.

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C O N C E PT M A T E RI A LS I N C L U D E copper patina, stone, teak wood cladding and porcelain hexagonal walls tiles. Additionally charcoal powder coated metal piping is used for the clothing rails.

01. Copper Patina 02. Stone 03. Teak Wood 04. Porcelain Tile

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Elevation of interior for Folk Clothing Store

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SP E C IFI C A TIO N S p r o duc t s i nc l ude lighting range, ‘Pleat’ from Marset as well as EX.t’s wooden lights, ‘Blub’. The custom made products include a till area, wall and floor storages and clothing rails which meander around the store providing storage for the clothes. Additionally for usability Woodnote’s floor seating (as shown in image to the right) will be placed around the store to provide seating for customers. This is suitable for this particular environment as it provides temporary, functional seating as well as being aesthetically pleasing and comfortable.

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A E SOP E X H IBITIO N ST A N D I N T E RIOR D E SI G N C O N C E PT FOR POP U P STOR E SO H O LO N D O N

Aesop’s recently announced they are opening a store in Soho, London. As part of their ever growing brand the exhibition stand will act as a temporary pop up store for Aesop, promoting products from skin care to hair care in one structure.


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The A e s o p exh i b i t i o n s t and is designed as a pop up stand which can be used for Aesop promotions at trade shows and exhibitions. Aesop are a contemporary skin care brand with stores across Asia, Australia and Europe. They are renowned for their store interiors and have a strong portfolio of interior environments.

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c o nce p t “We respect those who sing, write, cook or pursue any other line of creative expression. We enthusiastically encourage those who attend to the design of all things large and small.� - Aesop

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SP E C IFI C A TIO N S Ma t e r i a l s include an iron framework combined with a canvas backdrop from Kvadrat fabrics as well as stone flooring and product display unit. The combination of materials works effectively with the simple elements of the design, retaining a sense of minimalism and lack of excess.

01. Stone Brickwork 02. Stone 03. Stone 04. Canvas 05, Iron Framework

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WHERE THE WI N D BLOWS E X H IBITIO N D E SI G N 2011

Where The Wind Blows is an interactive exhibition designed for part of the container exhibition series for Cornwall Design Season 2011. “Cornwall Design Season is an exploration into how great design and creative solutions can bring about lasting benefits for the people in Cornwall�


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I w a s i nv i t ed to take part in Cornwall Design Season to organise and design an installation as part of the Container Project. I collaborated with local designers to create an installation for Cornwall Design Season in collaboration with Dott Designs of the Times. With themes nominated by the likes of Kevin McCloud, the theme delegated to the container was ‘the first commercial wind farm’. We chose to combine creativity and education through a union of interactive installations including origami wind turbines. This was representative of the user choosing to support wind power. It was a simple technique which was effective in terms of user interaction. The user can show their vote towards wind power by creating a delicate windmill which was magnetically attached to the container. The outcome was a beautiful collection of silent voices all supporting the use of wind power.

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p r o duc t i o n o f the exhibition involved designing the interior of the container as well as manufacturing precut origami windmills and graphic displays using technology such as the CNC router, vinyl cutter and laser cutter. For more details about Cornwall Design Season please visit www.cornwalldesignseason.co.uk

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