BSc Product Design
I am an energetic, self-starter designer, committed to seeking opportunities to acquire new skills and develop myself in the design world.
Throughout my final year, I have ventured into projects that assist people with their personal challenges, as well as designing for a new, post-pandemic world.
Pill: A Smart Desktop Fire Extinguisher
58% of employees now prefer working from home at some point in the week, after finding it better during Covid-19. This has led to a huge leap in people spending all day at home, sitting behind desks with a range of devices plugged into the mains, usually through an extension cable.
Whilst most people keep a very limited supply of fire safety equipment somewhere in their house, this is usually not close to where they work. Therefore, a need for an easily accessible, desktop fire safety product has been created by this change in the workspace.
The 'Pill Smart Desktop Fire Extinguisher' uses a minimal form and discreet size to encourage the user to leave it on top of their desk in easy reach if they need it.
When working, 80% of people are found to use headphones. These headphones can easily overcome smoke detector alarms coming from a different room or floor in the house. To overcome this problem, the Pill Smart Desktop Fire Extinguisher also includes a smart alarm that provides the user with a physical and obvious alarm in their vision when smoke is detected in their house.
Simbio Dysphagia Cup
Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulties and affects 1 in 6 adults in the UK. A common secondary issue is the risk of dehydration, as sufferers find it difficult to drink in front of people due to the embarrassment of using a special cup.
The 'Simbio Dysphagia Cup' tackles this problem by providing a discreet medical cup for dysphagia sufferers. This enables the user to build their confidence out in public, while maintaining access to a reduced and controlled flow rate through a low-key cup that will not attract any unwanted attention to the user.
The design was inspired by the familiar form of modern flasks and travel cups to blend in with everyday life and not to draw attention to itself or the user.