Exploded view showing individual belt pulley mechanism
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Seating design showing advertising opportunities inspired from tri-vision billboards
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User interaction to rotate the bars and reveal a dry surface
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I am a final year Product Design Engineering student on the integrated masters program with both the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow School of Art.
The past 5 years, on the Product Design Engineering course, have massively developed my skill set, confidence and creativity in regard to design. Having teaching from both institutions has provided me with both technical engineering-based learning alongside personal creative development and I hope that this is highlighted in my final year project where the aim was to inspire joy in train stations through interactive, rotating platform seating.
Over the span of this project, beginning in September 2019, I progressed through the major design phases to arrive at the final solution. A large amount of time was spent on the Discover phase where I explored what joy and well-being really means to people and more specifically, where it is lacking in our daily lives. I found that a moment of joy can not only be ignited through well designed functionality, i.e. providing a dry seat outdoors, whenever it is needed, but also that joy can be found within a subtle, pleasant touch or playful interaction. Being able to spark a moment of joy into someones day or distract them from the hard realities they may be facing, has the potential to positively impact their general mental wellbeing.