Final year project
A Solution to Make Sustainable Transport the Easy Option. [Read more]
Sleekit Beastie - Freedom in your Backpack
The Beastie unfolds from its compact form - the same size as an A4 pad and a water bottle - into an adult scooter. It gives you functional freedom whenever you need it.
Its unique construction means the design's functionality does not compromise its speed, strength, cost or desirability.
The low profile folded body means the scooter can slot into a laptop pocket to keep its weight as close to your back as possible whilst leavening plenty of space for other items. The handle provides a clean, ergonomic gripping surface for the folded scooter.
The low slung and smooth longboard inspired steering, combined with the universal familiarity of a scooter, provides a unique, funky and intuitively usable ride.
Once the deck and handle column are folded flat the structure can be easily concertinaed into its flat folded form, designed to be similar to other items carried in a rucksack. This facilitates seamlessly slotting into a student/ commuter bag and means users always have it when they need it.
A simple durable cover can be slipped over the Beastie to keep your rucksack clean and protect other items. The break protrudes through the cover conveniently doubling as a fixing point
Reliable, Repairable, Sustainable
The Beastie is made almost entirely from laser-cut stainless parts riveted together with a Polyurethane storm canvas sandwich. This enables low-cost tool-less manufacture whilst still ensuring a durable design with replaceable parts.
The development of the unique flat-folding hinge design is key to the simplicity of the folding process and the compact form when folded. The whole design evolved through varied and many low fidelity prototypes before developing into multiple full steel and aluminium assemblies. Each stage from models made from train tickets to the final rideable scooter helped refine the design.
I enjoy lateral thinking, proceeding with a open mind and learning by experience to create genuinely innovative designs.
This project was about designing an exciting solution to a complex but clear problem. I aimed to create an intriguing product, interesting enough to grab users' attention but functional and considered enough that it solves the problem effectively, works in practice and could be manufactured sustainably at a price appropriate to the target user.
I hope it shows my strengths but it doesn't tell the whole story. In many ways the part of a design I enjoy the most, at the university and in work, is the opportunity to bounce ideas around a team, leveraging different perspectives to spark deeper creativity. In my experience what I have brought to these projects is the imagination to come up with original designs and the practicality to make them work. What I want from my career is the opportunity to use these skills to bring creative, effective and sustainable solutions to life.
Final year project
A Solution to Make Sustainable Transport the Easy Option.
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