Final year project
Accessible Beehive for Novice Beekeepers [Read more]
Thrive - Accessible Hive for Novice beekeepers
Thrive addresses the problems identified through research and enables the user to monitor the health and activity of the bees, fully engage with their beehive, maintain interest and attachment and derive more pleasure from beekeeping. By eliminating some of the unknowns and some of the physical challenges, such as heavy lifting, the design makes beekeeping easier, less stressful and therefore more successful.
Tailored Restorative Justice (RSA)
The UK has the highest criminal re-offending rate in Europe. This is having a long term negative effect on individuals and affects our society as a whole.
A virtual, adaptive and tailored court, integrated with social services, providing a one-stop location for defendants to receive effective and personalised support, ultimately reducing re-offending in the long term.
Thrive's paired App allows the user to track the hive's progress at any time of day even when they are unable to visit it in person.
Features of the Thrive App include environmental data tracking and an inspection log/diary. AI diagnosis technology provides hive behaviour predictions and tips to address warning signs, such as extreme temperatures or noise levels and weight changes.
The "80%" problem
The three common contributors as to why 80% of new beekeepers give up within the first year which was identified in research:
Not knowing when, or what to look for during an inspection, physical challenges, such as heavy lifting, and inevitable disappointment after the colony's failure leads to an eventual swarm.
Thrive - Exploded view of components
Electrochromic glass technology allows the hive to be inspected with minimal intrusion. When switched on the glass is clear. When off the glass is opaque, blocking sunlight to protect the hive from overheating.
Empathy and an awareness of my own strengths and weaknesses guide my approach to design. I design the products I would like to use: accessible, visually appealing and playful with purpose.
I am a versatile and hard-working designer with skills in a range of industry-standard software including Adobe creative Sweet, 3D modelling software (such as SolidWorks, Keyshot and Fusion), Microsoft office, Miro and more.
My strengths in design are the things I enjoy most.
I enjoy talking and listening to people, understanding the struggles they face, what brings them pleasure and what makes their lives easier.
I like to create, draw, build and share ideas and objects with others. I enjoy testing ideas, seeing my designs in use by others and learning from their experiences.
As a dyslexic, I don't get much pleasure from reading and I don't expect others to work hard to learn about my ideas. I combine my illustration and communication skills to tell product stories in a way that will attract and engage others.
Final year project
Accessible Beehive for Novice Beekeepers
Nominated for the RSA design awards. An adaptive, virtual courtroom, tailoring to individuals.
Short-listed for the Starpack awards.
Design and Create Solutions Ltd - taken on as an intern I was entrusted with a variety of projects designing interiors for bars, restaurants and exhibition stands as well as graphic design of signage and adverts. I was soon given responsibility for entire projects from client consultations to design proposals and presentations, working on and supervising the production, always mindful of finding cost-effective as well as visually appealing solutions.
My work placement gave me the opportunity to discover and develop my strengths as a communicator, liaising with clients, management and experienced technicians. Part of my placement was spent working from home, where I learned not just the new software required to collaborate and share design ideas online, but also how to communicate efficiently and effectively, gathering all the information required for tasks, and how to remain focused and motivated whilst working alone. Whether in the office or working remotely, I enjoyed being part of a team and found leading a project through from concept to seeing the products and installations in use, immensely rewarding.