A bag representing and explaining the theory of loop quantum gravity. The field of modern physics rests on two major theories: that of general relativity, the understanding of gravity, and quantum mechanics, the understanding of particles at a tiny scale. However, these two theories don’t quite mesh: physics can’t yet describe gravity according to quantum mechanics. One possible answer to that problem is the theory of loop quantum gravity (LQG).
LQG suggests that the fabric of space-time is “granular” and made up of small parts rather than being smooth and continuous. If general relativity describes gravity as the bending of space-time and if LQG describes that same space-time as being made up of quantifiable parts, then we have a theory of quantum gravity.
The knitted fabric has an outer and an inner layer of contrasting colours. The honeycomb-like stitches represent the granular fabric of space-time. These stitches stretch as objects placed in the bag respond to gravity. The stretched stitches represents gravity’s distortion of space-time as described by loop quantum gravity.
64% of boat owners contacted by the Canal and River Trust’s annual survey in 2011 used their boats "to cruise the waterways in [their] leisure time” while only 26% used it as a second or permanent home. Casual and new boaters are often unfamiliar with the more technical aspects of their craft and often fail to complete regular maintenance checks, as confirmed by a boat mechanic I interviewed on the Grand Union canal in London who credited new and casual boat owners for most of his business. He often found himself called out for tasks they could easily have dealt with themselves if properly educated. Another consequence of their unfamiliarity with their craft is getting into preventable difficulties which necessitate calling out a rescue service like River Canal Rescue.
I proposed these crocheted curtains as a way River Canal Rescue could combat unnecessary call outs. Regular maintenance tasks would form their pattern and the curtains would be hung up in boats, serving as reminders whilst ensuring privacy and serving as decorative items. Instructions on how to crochet the curtains would be delivered on a reversible poster and an option for them to be delivered ready made would be included. The poster includes a ready-made pattern and a blank chart for boaters to draw their own designs on.
An interactive explanation of the “swipe”. When the iPhone was unveiled in 2007, it was the first smartphone to use a multi-touch touchscreen and use it exclusively. The removal of physical input buttons suddenly made the phone’s inner workings seem intangible to its users. In order to introduce users to the inner workings of their devices, I chose the one gesture I found synonymous with iPhones: the unlock swipe.
I was interested in how much physically contributes to such a small throwaway gesture and I knew that I wanted the swipe-gesture to be the user’s way of accessing the information, with it gaining more and more meaning as they swiped through the steps of the process. I decided on using the actual size and shape of the iPhone so that the outcome could feel like a direct view into the phone. The highlighted parts are as true to size as possible and are named to show the range of companies present in the device. Previously mentioned parts ‘faded to black’ or a darker grey as you swipe through, with discussed parts highlighted in yellow.
myhealthlocker was launched as a pioneering electronic healthcare record in 2013 for users of the South London and Maudsley Trust’s (SLaM) mental health services. It was originally envisioned as a way of enabling patients to gain more control over their healthcare and treatment but despite the thousands that signed up to the service, it has only a handful of active users, most of whom are unable to use the website independently.
I worked with a team from No11WW (now Mindwave Ventures) to conduct early research into the second interaction of the service. Mindwave Ventures is a technology start-up focusing on digital technology and data solutions in mental healthcare that grew out of a project sponsored by SLaM.
As a service design intern for the team, my main role was to transcribe and conduct conversational interviews with a range of current and potential users before analysing and mapping out the findings. Key points, opinions and insights from the interviews were documented and key areas for improvement and innovation emerged organically, such as identifying where myhealthlocker could streamline the consent process for research projects, the importance of carers having their own portal and of visualising data at all parts of the patient’s journey.
The project was an opportunity to learn interview skills vital to designing services as well as learning how to quickly familiarise myself the both the complex issues and the complex needs of the users.
Designed and produced a prototype for Year Here fellow Clare Davis’s project that helped recent retirees reconnect with their local communities. I made several key design decisions led by my insight into the project, the audience and issues of accessibility. I also sourced the artwork, created the final designs, wrote and edited the copy and built the prototype.
Davis was unsure as how best to present the information she had gathered for people who are about to retire but she did want it to feel like a presentation or a gift. I suggested a box that could be posted if necessary but that could also be presented face-to-face and a ribbon tie that would be secured to the box through four holes in the card. The card material itself was suggested because of it’s warm, craft feel and because it would be sturdy enough to protect its contents if it were to be posted.
Inside, a short introduction to the scheme is accompanied with a teabag and branded coaster along with an invitation to a local centre for retired adults. A user can then pick out their favourite activities and compile them into their own book, as explained by the simple illustration.
The internal pages were originally to be alphabetised according to title, not subject or location. I suggested colour coding them instead, grouping the pages into categories like ‘Volunteering’ or ‘Culture’. The groups were each headed by a tabbed title page for easy navigation and arranged in an intuitive rainbow order.
We were charged with making a catalogue proposal for an exhibition of our choosing. This catalogue was designed for the Constructing Worlds exhibition held at the Barbican Art Gallery from the 25th of September 2014 to the 11th of January 2015. The exhibition itself was inspired by a recently-released academic book, something which I felt was reflected too much in the arrangement of the exhibition, which was grouped the work according the artist and followed a strict chronology from earliest to latest work.
I came up with the driving concept of shifting focus back on to the photographs and to separate the text entirely, allowing the text, an introductory essay, to illustrate the images rather than have the images be illustrations to the text. The internal half pages placed throughout the book show the essay on their front face with image credits are listed on the back. The credits reference the image numbers used instead of page numbers, again reinforcing the importance of the artworks over academic structure. The paper stock used reflected the “constructing” aspect of the exhibition, drawing attention to the materiality of the book and showing the emotive nature of architecture through the warm colours.
Group project with Vilde Bjørgen, Thea Engerdahl, Becky Grover and Riika Suominen
A three minute documentary on the Napoli Fans Club London, a London-based fan club for S.S.C. Napoli. and a passionate community. Napolitans from all walks of life gather in the basement of Bar Italia Uno to watch matches and share their passion for their home town.
My role included researching, interviewing club members, shooting footage, directing shots and editing.
Group project with Ellie Mills, Charlie Pelling, Ciara Pound, and Nick Reilly.
Found appropriate artwork for and designed the cover for an award-winning* World Bank report. The authors wanted the cover to feature an image that positively reflected the content of the report, showing the issues raised as worth tackling. Some of the key findings of the report pointed out that new sub-Saharan cities and towns were growing too quickly to be designed around anything other than car use. These new environments didn’t encourage walking or cycling which often result in road traffic accidents causing a rise in non-communable diseases such as obesity and heart disease.
After some research, I found a photography project by Stan Engelbracht and Nic Grobler from Cape Town, documenting African cyclists. The picture I put forward for the front cover was of a young boy whose love for his old, brake-less bike shines through.
*World Bank VPU Team Award 2014
Clothing for those days where your body confidence takes a nosedive.
The garment pictured here was designed in close consultation with the woman wearing it according to what she would want to wear on such a day. She liked the idea of a defensive camouflage pattern that looked quite urban and angular but needed to feel some protection from the form of the garment as well, hence sleeves that could be rolled up or down over her hands, a cowl collar that could be laid flat, gathered up or pulled over the head as a hood and two seams running from shoulder to hem that both streamlined the garment and reference the style of double-breasted military coats.
The garment pictured here is a test for the form and style of the piece and will later be made in the pictured dazzle-patterned fabric.
A book collecting examples of house repair by students. The theme of repair is reflected in the book’s form, from the repaired type on the cover and the French fold pages to the screw post binding.
The content of the book is prefaced with an extract from Matthew Crawford's <i>The Case for Working with Your Hands.</i>
We were briefed by the British Red Cross to create an idea for a day of fundraising. The challenge was to create an idea that the public could immediately connect with, even if they were just walking by, which would be flexible and look approachable. The five cubes we created, each one representing a different campaign, could come together to form the Red Cross emblem as well as run around independently to cover larger public spaces. The campaign was positively received by the public, who donated over £300 in the 5 or so hours we were on the streets.
Group project with Elyshia Barnard, Sian Bowles, Robyn Frost, Mal Sobczak, Gideon Roth and Dominique Welch.
A projection based film inspired by interviews with residents of an estate local to Kingston upon Thames. The interviewees all had similar stories of trying to escape the estate, through music, video games or TV shows. We filmed inside a room on the estate, projecting their stories on the windows where they bounced back into the room. Like their projected fantasies, the residents remain on estate.
Group project with Charlie Mistry, Kate Shegoleva and Stephanie Wright.
An estimated 350,000 tonnes of clothing ends up in the landfill each year from the UK alone but how much of that could have been saved if the owners knew how to mend? This is a font and identity for a series of workshops designed to get children mending and encourage the spread of skills that could help save clothes from the bin.
Each of these landscapes was created in classrooms using standby lights, a result of playing with the significant amount of light produced by forgotten standby lights.
Documentation of the drawing boards used at Kingston University, London.
A small hand held light against the blue stand by light of a classroom projector.