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Prototyping the glasses

This image shows an OLED projecting an image onto the glasses. The OLED was connected to a Bluetooth Module which allowed me to send information to the OLED which could be displayed immediately - this simulated the display being sent information; whether it be a destination or something the camera has picked up on.

Ergonomic testing of model

I created a mid-fidelity model to test the fit of the parts. Prototypes could only be tested on ourselves this year due to COVID-19 issues. This meant I could adjust the shape of the parts to make them more comfortable for the user, for example, the lenses were digging into my cheeks as you could see.

Charlotte Matthews

Product Design student with a passion for experience design and software

My final year project combines my passion for motorcycles with a genuine interest in emergency services, particularly police officers. I believe that by carrying out research and design work in this area, that my project could benefit a user group heavily underfunded but so crucial for all of our safety. I enjoy learning about people and designing great user experiences, as well as combining creativity with technical concepts. This is why I wanted to design a product to improve the experience of riding motorcycles as a police officer, which also utilises software concepts (AI, cloud etc.) and allowed me to apply my User Experience Design skills from placement. I worked closely with Hampshire Police throughout this project, carrying out regular interviews and feedback sessions to ensure what I was designing, would be useful for them.

My current career aim is to be a Software Product Manager within the next 5 years.

Final year project

BSc Product Design & Technology

Work Experience

I carried out my placement year from July 2019 till September 2020 at IBM as a software designer for Blockchain. I thoroughly enjoyed my placement year and look forward to returning to the world of work once I have graduated. I learned a huge amount over the year, from how to design efficiently for users, to gain a basic ability to program and build websites in React JS.

My biggest challenge was starting in a UX design role having never done User Experience Design specifically. It meant I needed to pick up not only new design methods, like empathy mapping but learning a whole new load of software, like Sketch and Adobe XD. Not only this, but placement students were treated exactly like other employees, so I regularly had to give presentations, manage projects and work with a range of other teams over the year. However, I was part of a very skilled and diverse team of designers and developers, so these skills were picked up quickly.