BSc Product Design
Ever since I was a child I've been fascinated with how things work, often taking apart my toys to see what makes them tick. As a designer I find myself drawn to the technical side, I love to find a problem and design a solution that is both practical and desirable.
Recent events have changed the working landscape with employees all over the world moving to home working. Many created makeshift work areas in cramped and ill equipped environments that has barely changed over the years.
Frame-Work was designed as a practical, aesthetic solution incorporating; a desktop organiser, that improves the work area by hiding cables via an internal hub, an additional storage space and aiding posture all whilst improving emotional wellbeing.
It is designed to support a monitor alongside a laptop with a built-in adjustable stand allowing the user to set the equipment to a comfortable height. In addition it features general storage for keeping the work area tidy as well as designated storage areas for the user's mouse and keyboard which can be packed away to give a sense of 'close of business' at the end of the working day. Frame-Work incorporates a small planter to bring some life into the workspace and a wellbeing light which reminds the user to take a break, rehydrate or go for a stretch.
The design embodies the Bauhaus style with clean lines, simple and useful shapes with bold primary colours which makes it stand out from greyscale office equipment. The vibrant and elegant design becomes an aesthetic feature of the room when the working day is over.
When cooking with my Dad, he constantly hands me things to read because he never has his reading glasses but never on him in the kitchen. His eyesight is affected by Presbyopia, the natural degradation of eyesight in middle age, where the ciliary muscles can no longer flex like they once could, resulting in a distant focal length. It affects people in the age range of 40-60, with over 1 billion people worldwide having presbyopia.
Vista is a solution to the problem of looking for your glasses whilst in the middle of a cooking task. It is designed to be situated in a chosen location where it is immediately available to enable the user to see their instructions or measurements, allowing them to proceed with the task at hand.
Vista's rechargeable COB LED illuminates the subject of choice and is easily activated by a mercury Balance switch so that it automatically switches on when pulled down for use. It also uses a lightweight polycarbonate Fresnel lens to provide the 3x magnification.