The Surefoot bathboard for The Helping Hand Company was the first complete product I designed in its entirety from scratch. The brief was to design a brand new bathboard which incorporated locking suckers for added perception of safety.
These suckers needed to adjust to suit any bath and they needed to be locked in position using a single quick-release lever. The fact they needed to both slide and rotate and lock using independent teeth engagements made this particularly fun to engineer.
I was responsible for the complete design, prototyping and testing for this product, liaising with the overseas tooling supplier, and resolving production issues.
The bilateral jaws needed redesigning to improve grip on certain items such as carrier bags and large plastic bottles. These jaws are used for both litter clearance and as domestic living aids so consideration for both applications was crucial.
I made the jaws slightly shorter to give better mechanical advantage but without affecting the opening range. I changed the internal surfaces from a flared-outwards design to parallel sides, so that the gripping force always acted inwards instead of squeezing the object out. Finally I added interlocking serrations to the tips in order to create a better mechanical grip on flexible items such as plastic bags a fabric.
The handle and cuff support needed to be reverse-engineered so that new tooling could be made. This involved precise measurement and complex surfacing to accurately recreate its ergonomic curvature.
Matryoshka is a drum kit where each drum “nests” inside the others like Russian dolls (Matryoshka) to make transportation and storage far more convenient.
As a drummer in a band that regularly played at different venues, I wanted to design a kit that would make the job of lugging around and setting up the kit much easier. As well as significantly reducing the space it takes up when collapsed, this kit also memorises the exact location of each drum and cymbal, which removes all the guess work and tweaking from the set-up process making it much faster.
This project was a key part of the final year of my Masters at Coventry University.
Brief: Design a CD player that compliments contemporary interior design and furniture
I took the brief one step further and actually incorporated the player into a piece of furniture to make the Digitable the ultimate in convenience in a living room setting. It also made sense to extend the functionality to include DVD playback.
I kept the controls very simple for intuitiveness. Many multi-CD jukeboxes at the time had very confusing control interfaces. I felt the physical act of selecting the CD or DVD from a carousel and inserting it into the play was a far more intuitive mechanism, and a more pleasurable interactive activity.
This project was modelled and rendered TrueSpace.
Animo canine behaviour monitor by Sure Petcare
Oi! Sandwich is a blue-skies sandwich display unit concept with gravity-fed sandwich channels and a sushi-bar style rotating conveyor belt. It was designed to provoke thought around the display of lunch items in supermarkets in order to add “theatre” and inspire ways to allay crowding in the lunch-hour rush.
The channels allow sandwiches to slide to the front to ensure they are always visible and easily reachable. 1The conveyor allows customers to stand in front of the display and make a choice from the selection as they pass by, rather than crowding and fighting over each other at peak times. It also provides a place to put back unwanted items and creates a intriguing point of interest.
The concept of a supermarket that can be replenished from behind the shelves and out of customer’s way is a long-term goal that has many challenges in terms of space efficiency and practicality.
The sketch above shows how a fresh grocery display could be arranged to allow extra stock of trays to be replenished from a corridor behind the fixture. The trays can then be drawn forward easily from the front when the empties are removed.
The Dairy Tray is a returnable transit packaging solution for the majority of yoghurts and creams for the supermarket dairy section. The pots would be inserted by the suppliers and sent through the supply chain and placed straight on the shelves. Once emptied they would be sent to regional sites for washing and distribution back to suppliers. This would reduce the amount of card consumed in the system, and provide a more stable and secure platform for transportation.
I made cosmetic improvements while considering mouldablity, and created visualisations to help determine how the tray would affect branding and on-shelf look and feel.
A further development to the Dairy Tray incorporated a pull-forward device for fresh goods such as salad bowls. See it in action here.
These two handles for the Helping Hand Company expanded their range with options for improved comfort and functionality.
The gel-filled handle was based on a silicone gel technology developed by one of the company’s suppliers. This needed to be stylised to carry over the family image of the range, while allowing the handle to be assembled successfully.
The ratchet trigger allowed the user to maintain grip on an object without sustaining pressure on the trigger, a benefit for the elderly and arthritis sufferers who has hand strength issues.
This project for Contour Aerospace involved re-engineering an existing seat to fit on narrow-bodied aircraft, while maintaining its functionality and style.
My responsibility was to redesign the seating and outer casing from the ground up around the new frame, with aerospace regulations in mind. I also redeveloped the back side to give more space to the passenger, and developed a new styling element around a fixed monitor.
For evaluation I built ergonomes to represent the extremes of the customer base.
These concepts were created in a matter of hours as last-minute additions to major tenders.
This combination down light and reading light was designed to be serpent-like to suit the style of an Asian airline first-class seat.
These split controls for a premium economy seat concept wrap over the arm-rest to allow the seat to be controlled more easily from the fully flat bed mode. I redesigned the graphics and produced mock ups for an international trade show.
At the touch of a button the panel opens and the mini-bar containing chilled drinks and glasses rises up from the sideboard in this first-class suite design.
“How do you get orange juice from an Apple?”
The iJuice is a juicer I designed for the company then known as Apple Computer, Inc.
This was a university project that focused on identity. The brief was to design an unusual product for a well know company that conveyed their brand image through styling and function.
The iJuice captures Apple’s identity through simplicity, minimalism, elegance and aspirations of a clean, healthy lifestyle. It also sought to be the physical embodiment of the Apple brand by echoing the profile of their ubiquitous lower-case “i” in the font they used at the time.
Modelled in Rhino, rendered with Blue Moon rendering tools.