Wable is an interactive tool for Spatial Wire Forming - interpreting a user’s movements to leave trails of physical material in the air.
Wable extrudes and bends metal wire in response to your movements through space, translating your gestures into physical material. Wable interprets how it is being moved by the user and reacts by generating different bend radii to leave behind a trail of wire in the air.
This experimental tool explores the role of human intentionality and agency in a computer-controlled process. Digitally-driven, automated making technologies have led to a dislocated interaction between humans and machines. Rather than ‘handing over’ a file to a machine, how can we build in adaptive response mechanisms into our tools which can allow users a more active and dynamic role?
As our tools evolve to become more interactive, we can develop new capabilities alongside them. This has the potential to bring more human involvement into processes which might otherwise be highly automated.
Protesters want to spread a message, but increasingly they seem to be talking amongst themselves. To the non-protesting member of the public, the energy and creativity of a protest can disappear once the protesters have left the scene, leaving little or no trace behind. Protest? What protest?
STAMP is the protest shoe that spreads your message as you walk. It’s a tool that can be used at protests of any size, to leave behind an imprint of the protest message on the urban landscape. The STAMP sticker-dispenser easily attaches onto your shoes, allowing the wearer to deposit a trail of stickers on the ground. It would be used by several people in a crowd to build up a carpet of campaign messaging - a visual stream of colour to maintain the discussion and inspire curiosity after the event. STAMP comes as a self-assembly kit, which could be sold or developed using an open-source template to repurpose household items and dissolvable stickers.
This playful tool uses humour to disrupt an establish activity of distributing campaign messaging at a protest. It is a subtle invention which literally spreads a message, and provides creative opportunities for protesters to attract attention and disrupt routines.
The idea for STAMP was developed during Makerversity London's 'Tools for Change' Civic Hack workshop, focussed on designing for activism. STAMP was one of the winning ideas judged at the end of the workshop. You can read more about it here:
Experimental design project into how we can interact with the manufacturing process to gain a sense of handmade
Design of a sweeping organic form that you could sit on in two directions. Taking an experimental approach over the course of 4 weeks, this chair was developed first in cardboard, before refining a wooden construction which could be easily assembled from sheet and stock materials without the need for complex steam bending rigs or moulds.
Design and make project to combine the adventure brand of GoPro with a normally static object used to protect surfaces from hot pots and pans; a trivet. This required detailed design development through sketching, CAD and physical prototyping, and the design of moulds and manufacturing processes to complete a small scale run of nine identical products.
Lathithá Wines Tasting Box
Working with a small wine-seller in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa, our team devised a portable kit for a multi-sensory wine tasting experience. This could be installed at an exhibition or wine-tasting event to promote the business, as well as in the entrepreneur’s shop as a point of sale.
What if your clothing could influence, direct or choreograph how you move?
The WIM (Worn Influencer of Movement) project imagines the future of what we wear shifting from passively following the way we move to actively influencing our movement, allowing us to correct, modify and explore our motion.
In this experimental design project, I worked as part of a team of three to realise this vision. We created a garment which delivers sensory stimulation to the joints and the skins, communicating instructions for sequences of movements to be performed by the wearer. We worked with dancers and performers to inform the placing and integration of the technology, resulting in a live choreography system of garment-based stimuli.
The Smog Bazooka is a concept particulate pollution detector and collector. The device integrates an infrared dust sensor, fan and ioniser to measure and capture particulate pollution inside an easily cleanable and removable container.
The device is envisioned as both an independent device in the home, or as a wider community network. It would have both automatic activation when triggered by a set particulate count, or manual activation by a simple interface. The user or community would be able to monitor and activate the device through an accompanying smartphone app.
Tape Laying Device
A semi-automated handling, cutting and laying mechanism for water-activated tape used for leaf-on-line braking simulation and testing of railway locomotives for an industry client.
The project resulted in the delivery of a functional prototype of the tape laying system and an extension on paper to include a full solution of a rail-worthy device.