Following on from auto design we look at how transport design encompasses a wider range of products, from everyday items to the recreational. The following students demonstrate a good understanding of what the future buyer will want and need in order to live in a safer, more environmentally aware society.
Taking a more personal approach to design is Adam Jenkins, a graduate of Northumbria University. Adam has created ‘Trolli’ a multifunctional garden organiser that combines traditional garden tools and materials with a sleek 21st century design. Adam came up with this design after identifying a problem with security over tools at his local allotment. His practical design doubles as a trolley for any gardener’s tools and seeds, with a quirky feature of the handles being the fork and spade, as well as a work station. Trolli allows its user space to work, space to store and it also allows easy transportation of produce and equipment.
Using the wind energy from cars driving by, Michael Davies from London South Bank University has created ‘Harvester’, a wind turbine that stores energy to run street lamps. The design idea came from finding a viable resource to power street lamps instead of using power from the grid. A simple design, it would work well as a future resource of power, allowing car users to ‘give back’ with renewable energy.
Both Lewis Wilson and Frankie Chan from the University of Salford have also taken into consideration the users’ needs in their designs. Lewis Wilson’s ‘Cadapt’ is a visually creative take on the golf bag that allows the user freedom of ease when choosing a club. His original concept was to design a golf bag for the more elderly player but has since realised that his design would benefit all ages of golfers. This high quality product not only means no longer having to reach far into a golfing bag to find what you need, but also presents the golf kit in a state-of-the art way.
Frankie Chan’s ‘SMIDSY’ (Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You) is a unique lighting device for your bike. With increasing numbers of people switching to cycling for their everyday transport, ‘SMIDSY’ attaches to your bike and increases cyclist visibility. Less hassle than current lighting systems from bike users, this light weight design will definitely not go un-noticed by other road users!
However, useful design is not just created for the benefit of the environment as Ben Carter, a graduate from Northumbria University has demonstrated. Designed through his love of skateboarding, his design, Apocrita, is lightweight and shows no visible sign of the motor that is carefully hidden away within the skateboard itself. Unlike many other motorised skateboards, Ben has designed with the skater in mind.
Another designer for extreme sports is Charles Creed from the University of Derby. Although originally designed to help paraplegics returning from war Charles has designed scuba diving equipment that allows the user dive further into the water with the aid of a motor. Lightweight and small, it doesn’t restrict its user.
Images courtesy of Stacey Rivers