I am a problem lead designer, who believes that design should be used to create products that not only look and feel good but also help resolve real social problems. This design ethos has been a focal point for my final year projects, where I have explored issues of hand hygiene practice in hospitals and the global plastic waste problem, designing solutions to help improve the negative impact in these areas.
From my placement year I gained invaluable experience working for Diversey in the Netherlands, which has provided me with diverse life experiences, and furthered my passion for design and creativity.
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Hand hygiene is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and others from infection. Through observations it was noted that there were few hand hygiene products designed for children. This project aimed to provide a solution that improved hand hygiene practice in paediatric wards by increasing child engagement.
Through interviews with paediatric nurses and the exploration of the user journey key touch points were highlighted as well as clear understanding of correct hygiene practice. This information was used to design a viable solution that can be implemented in hospital wards.
“Happy hands” Is a hand hygiene solution for paediatric wards, designed to improve hand hygiene practice amongst children in hospital through elements of interactivity and fun. The kit consists of sticker covers for existing dispensers, interactive sticker collection sheets, and books in which characters experience hospital life. The aim of these elements is to put children at ease and help make their hospital experience less scary as well as safe.
Happy hands goes beyond the practice of hand washing by acknowledging that being in hospital can be a worrying time and the importance of keeping a child happy and engaged throughout their stay.
Globally there is an increasing problem with the waste produced by consumer packaged goods. One industry contributing greatly to this is the thriving beauty industry. This project aimed to reduce the negative impact of the industry caused by packaging waste.
Through interviews with waste management specialist the issues faced throughout the recycling process were identified. Additionally a survey highlighted a lack of understanding of the correct recycling practice for beauty products amongst consumers.
The design outcome is MiljØ, a beauty brand that aims to reduce the waste problem caused by the industry by keeping the environmental impact at the forefront of its design decisions. The MiljØ product range consists of three key products; an eyeshadow palette, a lipstick and a mascara, all of which are completely refillable, with any mixed materials being separable to allow for correct recycling. MiljØ also offers an in house reward scheme in which the return of empty packaging can be exchanged for in-store credit to promote engagement.
There is a sense of unity throughout MiljØ. This is due to the clear ethos that the brand follows, to provide environmental solutions without compromising on quality.