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Scott Leblanche

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Introduction Having recently graduated I am now looking to start my career within the design community. I studied Design and Innovation with The Open University. As the OU emphasises distant learning, it added an extra challenge to the course, requiring self-discipline and a great deal of independence. However, the OU offered an interactive platform for design students, enabling me to work together with my peers, inspiring me and allowing my work to be critiqued, as it would be in the design industry. Due to my passion of art, especially painting, sketching is my main method for communicating design ideas. Furthermore, I am fascinated in the way products work, which I believe helps in creating great designs. Throughout my degree I studied engineering, enabling me to understand important aspects such as material science and structural integrity. Throughout my career I want to be actively involved in designing products services and systems that will help reduce the human impact on the earth. I believe that this is a critical area that needs urgent attention, especially with our reliance on plastic. Therefore, this is an area that really inspires me and that has driven me to pursue a career in design.

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Curriculum Vitae


Work Experience


BSc (Hons) Design and Innovation


The Open University 2015-2018

Security Officer 2016-Present

BTEC National in Motorsport Engineering


InDesign Illustrator Photoshop Keyshot Solidworks SketchUp Microsoft Office

Thames Gateway College 2009-2011

Secondary school St Bonaventure’s RC School 2002-2008

Security Officer 2016

Trinity Mirror Control Room Officer 2014-2016

Street Stuff Bar supervisor 2014

CitySprint Courier 2013-2014

Orange Nation Bar supervisor 2012-2013

Contact 07539881059

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1. Glamour grip 2. Hydration Station 3. Buddy 4. Other work

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Glamour grip Individual/Group project (4 weeks) Individually a list of problems were created from day to day life. As a group, these were compared an d the most suitable was choosen. After this collabortaion, each member was to find a solution independently. Therefore, the design objective was to create a solution in helping aid the stability of heeled shoes in adverse weather conditions.

Can heeled shoes be worn in treacherous conditions?

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With the aid of sketching various possible solutions were created, conceptualised and refined. Assosiative thinking methods, using animal footprints helped define the solution. The idea of a device that strapped to a shoe became prominant.

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3D prototyping was used to help refine and shape the design solution.From here certian aspects were changed and modified, especially in terms of functionality. 3D prototyping gives a real feel for the concept, helping with the spatial positioning of elements relating with its ergonomics, enabling a more human centred design.

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Concept refinement Transparent PVC cover. Has good weather durability and protects the heel from adverse weather conditions. The shoe can still be displayed and still retain the aesthetic value.

Elasticated outer rubber seal to prevent water getting in and a soft cotton inside to avoid friction to the users ankle leading to discomfort.

Rubber sole with retractable metal studs. The sole pattern allows for water to be dispersed and aids in traction. For more adverse weather conditions, the studs can be activated to increase grip.v

Elasticated rubber locking straps. To allow the shoes to be strapped into the device and adjustable for different styles and types of shoes. The shoes slides into the device and locked into place. Full length zipper allows the user access to the device.

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Hydration Station Individual (8 weeks) Waste generated via PET bottles is creating great environmental issues, especially for marine wildlife. Just over half are recycled, the remaining bottles are destined for landfill, littering or incineration, all of which are detrimental to the environment. Therefore, the project aim was to reduce the negative impact of PET drink bottles on the environment.

Can we reduce the amount of plastic bottle waste?

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The Problem

Plastic bottles are depleting the earths natural resources, polluting the earth and destroying marine ecosystems. 13 Billion plastic bottles are used in the UK every year.

7.7 billion water bottles

Only 7.5 billion are recycled.

Littering cost local authorities ÂŁ778 million in 2015/16.

Plastic bottles make up a third of all plastic pollution in the sea.

Landfill and incineration of plastic bottles produces 233,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year.

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Ideation Large symbols to promote recycling, type of plastic, plastic number Improve the labelling on bottles and other plastic containers in general. A new mandatory labelling. Legislation and policy to enforce from government

This would be easy to implement, coloured plastics and adding to the current labelling. Working with manufactures.

Bold and bright colour coded, this represents the type of plastic. This would make recycling easier and intuitive.

Contactless card payment. By using this type of design, this idea would be able to target younger users, thus contributing to a sustainable future.

Dedicated bottle collection points. Colourful, playful and consistent design. Promotes recycling. Easily identifiable.

OLED screen for advertising drinks

The design of the bin will be easily recognisable by all members of the public.

Manufacturers should be held responsible for the use of PET, therefore, instead of the labelling being dominated by marketing it focuses on its life cycle.

Inspired by the current labelling on cigarette packaging, the marketing information could be replaced with images of the damage to the ecosystem. Enforced by legislation, this works as a constant reminder and deterrent, promoting recycling.

This could also be an automated service. The same amount of plastic purchased must be equal to the amount recycled. Linked to either credit/debit card or national insurance number.

The labelling of the drinks bottle would be dominated by a provocative image of the damage that plastic has on the environment.

Exchange system. User must return bottles in order to purchase more. Just as the 5p bag scheme was brought in, this must be enforced by the government.

This idea would need a system in place to monitor and collect the data needed to police it. This would be in the form of a national and even global database. This idea could be expanded to other forms of plastic packaging

Drinks machine with a reusable cup dispenser. Like a vending machine, automated, cleans the cups for reuse. In places of work and around densely populated places. Uses cups that are placed back inside the machine. Could make use of Idea 2.

iPad for ordering the drink and making a purchase. Water should be of no cost.

Make bottles equivalent to currency. For example, a value could be placed on the bottle, no matter what the condition, it would retain its value. Thus, promote the return of the bottles in exchange for goods.

Drink on the go!

Upcycling PET bottles to PHA, a biodegradable plastic. This idea uses PET from the bottles to manufacture a variety of biodegradable plastic products. As the products are biodegradable and can decompose by natural organism. This idea makes current disposal methods better for the environment. To give a constant supply of PET to PHA manufacturers a new recycling system must be put in place, this will give enough material to make this cost effective.

Track bottles with a chip. Immediately after purchase, the user is linked to the bottle, maybe via contactless payment. If the bottle is not recycled the person is fined. A system would need to be put in place in order to detect the bottle on collection.

Chip could be located in the collar of the bottle.

For example, a value of ÂŁ5 could be placed on top of the drink price. This would be returned when the bottle is returned.

Improved build quality for longevity. Emphasis on reusability. Ties in with my initial idea. A material safe for reuse. Could make use of the PET bottles already out there. Tackles current problem and future problems.

This idea could initiate the development of a new shopping infrastructure that makes use of a vending system to dispense the drinking product, hence reusing the container instead of a onetime use.

This idea would require a new recycling system in place. This idea would persuade users to retain their bottles instead of incorrect disposal.

Plastic water bag made from either a recycled or biodegradable material.

Water bottles used like camel backs incorporated into clothing or handbags or rucksacks.

As there are problems with reusing PET, it aids in the throw away culture, meaning the product is for onetime use. Instead, an alternative such as HDPE could be used. Re-use instructions on the labelling, I.e. washing instructions, should be clearly displayed. This should be advertised with the marketing information on the bottle. It should take priority. This idea tries to promote the reuse of plastic bottles.

The Hydration Station provides a more sustainable option for drinking water in public. It allows the user to drink water or refill their own bottle,as well as the option to purchase a reusable one to refill. Furthermore, it provides a bottle disposal in conjunction with the new UK recycling scheme.

DRINK Reuse Recycle


With the use of an intuitive user-friendly App, a built-in tablet PC is used to control the features of the Hydration Station.


The user scans the barcode of the bottle that they are going to recycle.



Via contactless device or card, the user is paid for their bottle recyclables.

Vending machine dispenses reusable HDPE plastic bottles that can be purchased to use with the refill station.


The bottle is disposed into the recycling compartment of the Hydration Station.


A water fountain provides cold, fresh and clean water for the user to drink, as well as a refill station for use in conjunction with a reusable bottle.

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Buddy Individual (6 weeks) Social isolation in the elderly can be a risk factor for mental illness including dementia, depression and anxiety. This persistent loneliness may lead to negative changes in behaviour, leading to a reduced quality of life and even premature death. With an ever increasing ageing population, this makes this a topic of great relevance. For that reason, the area of concern for this project would be reducing the negative impact of loneliness in the elderly community.

How can we solve the problem of loneliness in elderly citizens?


This software could work on all platforms. It replaces the original operating system, taking complete control over the device.

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The system could start extremely basic, however once the users learns more, certain functions can become available.

The App not only reminds the family member to contact them, it monitors the amount of contact and communication between the user and the elderly family member. Therefore, the user puts in an agreed amount of contact, and the family member is reminded.

Training and learning. Touchscreen, no keyboard Group sessions Allows users with dexterity Interacting with real problems to use easily people, other elderly.

Built in systems and soft wares such as anti-virus.

Simplified applications that don’t confuse the user.

This is a unified system for the elderly, having many of the same features on most operating systems, yet being more simplified.

Family takes pictures that they want to send to their family member.

Device controls all system functions, sending info back to the government company maintaining.

The picture the family take automatically shows on the picture frame.

A dedicated app that lets them send the pictures taken or pictures to from their library. The The has the

A charity or the government, or even both could run this app. Let the charity or government deal with the technical side and setting up each user. Let the user only worry about socializing and meeting new people. The app is similar to Facebook messenger.

Digital picture frame. This is connected via Wi-Fi to the home network. Has a USB for dongle, and simcard slot.

Government run scheme gives elderly users this device free. Device runs its own type of operating system, this being extremely intuitive and user friendly. The government recycles the device. All devices are tracked by the government and returned when no longer needed or when being upgraded. Redundant systems may be given to third world countries.

The concept takes the idea of a simplified phone, yet taking advantage of touch screen technology to display in a simplified format.

As with the split screen in many devices, use this to teach the user how to complete certain tasks, with a video on one side and space for the user to complete the task.

phone offers a large display. system is user friendly and a guided walkthrough of all functions.

The picture frame has a user-friendly touch screen interface. Here the user can select the picture they want to have displayed.

App like Tinder for the elderly. Not based on looks, the app builds on promoting friendships.

Device is similar to the amazon fire stick. It is more powerful yet easier to use. It also has more functions.

User-friendly interface. Exploits the large screen of the TV to display in big bold formats.

The phone slides out to reveal its full extent, increasing the screen size dramatically and giving access to the phones full features.

To control the device, I want to use a device like a graphics tablet. This allows the user to control the cursor. This also changes into an LCD keyboard.

The device has a sim card slot or USB slot for dongles. This allows the user to connect to the internet if they do not have a land internet.

The home screen does not display random users, it displays the users with the least amount of contact, and this makes the point of the app to get all users involved, and promote the idea of socializing.

This app allows the more social to be encourage to help those who struggle with making new friends.

Volunteers, CRB checked Market the app with lots of advertisement, especially TV. Advanced interface for volunteers and simplified for the elderly user. Let the elderly choose who they want to speak to. The app may flag down people with a low communication rating, then allowing. volunteers to try to reach out

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Final Design

David Jones



Hi Jeff!

Hi David! How are You?

Make new friends I’m good. Are You free for a chat right now?


I have an appointment now, but it will finish at 7 pm. What about then?


Oh great! If you do not mind, I am new to this and just tryign to get used to operating this phone.

Miller Online


User ID


........ LOGIN Forgot Password?




I look forward to speaking later.

Okay, see you later.


Michelle Offline

Buddy counter Buddy is a simple and intuitive social app aimed at bringing together those in need of company. With a minimal interface that comprises of navigation via large icons and only four screens, Buddy makes finding friends as easy as possible.

I know the feeling. I am only getting used to all this tech

Users with a low amount of friends are placed at the front of a new friend search.

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