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BA (Hons) Product Design

Ollie Watkins

I am a Christian designer with a passion for joy. Through my work, I aim to bring this joy to others, whilst providing a practical response to everyday problems. My logical workflow helps me discover innovative yet simple solutions.


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Adults rarely give themselves permission to play, instead turning to social media and streaming platforms for entertainment. This problem led to the design of a tactile and sophisticated board game that isn't put in a cupboard and forgotten about after Christmas. Ashlar is a 3D board game based around simple architectural building blocks. In the game, players construct a castle-like structure, gaining points for completing goals, whilst trying to stop their opponents from doing the same. The simplicity of the building blocks brings out a childlike playfulness in adults of all ages.


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As a society, we struggle to put our phones down when we go to sleep and wake. Sunburst is a smart mirror-light, that activates when a phone is placed in the drawer. It aids sleep through a sunset light effect, and wakes you up in the morning with a sunrise.

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