11 projects from Falmouth University’s Sustainable Product Design course


Reusable 3D printed fracture casts and a compost bin are among the products featured in this VDF school exhibit, which features work from a course at Falmouth University that specifically focuses on sustainable design .

The undergraduate course aims to help students create “products with a lifespan that goes far beyond what is typical” and ultimately bring about positive behavior change in their users.

With the school based in the seaside town of Falmouth in Cornwall, several of the graduates have chosen to tackle the problem of ocean pollution in particular, through products ranging from portable water quality tests to surfers buttons made from recycled marine nylon.

University: Falmouth University
Course: BA Sustainable Product Design
Tutors: Drummond Masterton, Evy Dutheil, Simon Andrews and Gary Allson

Course statement:

“The Sustainable Product Design Course is a three-year undergraduate program focusing on the main challenges facing humanity today. Our students explore the social, environmental and ethical aspects of product design, learn how to to create products with a lifespan well beyond what is typical and to think about how to create positive changes in human behavior to improve sustainability.

“In this forward-looking product design course, students learn to become independent practitioners with a solid understanding of truly sustainable products. They develop a wide range of creative and prototyping and design skills. critical thinking, to bring ideas to life through design Their work reflects their own experiences and interests, developing a personal orientation towards the type of designer they wish to become.

“Our students maintain strong networks within the course and the design industry at large, which supports their continued development as designers.”

Waterhaul folding knife by Aled Foley

“There are no tools specifically designed for divers to retrieve abandoned fishing gear, also known as ghost gear, from our polluted oceans. The Waterhaul folding knife was developed for Waterhaul, a Cornish social enterprise that creates products made from recycled fishing nets.

“Information from potential users, facilitated by the charity Ghost Fishing UK, helped inform the development of the design. The blade folds back allowing the knife to be used as a safety cutter when closed. The product can be completely disassembled, increasing longevity and repairability. Most importantly, the knife provides divers with a safe and efficient method to undertake this important task. “

Wallet: behance.net/aledfoley
E-mail: [email protected]

ADRC-300 Rail Safety Device by Alexander Day

“This product is designed to reduce near misses for railway maintenance workers. Over the past five years, the average number of near-miss incidents in the UK has been 67 per year, of which 64 were in 2019. My goal was to design a sustainable product that prevents trains from approaching workers on the road. the way.

“This is achieved by turning the closest signals to red via a remote control. The product uses durable materials such as nylon and Hardox steel to ensure longevity. Its modular construction adapts to potential future technologies and provides a long lasting and durable product for railway maintenance workers. “

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/alexander-day
E-mail: [email protected]

11 projects from Falmouth University's Sustainable Product Design course

Karen hearing aid by Atle Loevberg

“Unlike traditional hearing aids, this design has an open structure that naturally reflects the shape and function of the ear. Users can add custom accessories and functions to the opening of the hearing aid to better reflect the shape and function of the ear. tastes, cultures and personal values.

“Traditional hearing aid designs where color is the only variable are being challenged by inviting brands and designers to develop their own accessories for their audience. This blurs the line between clinical assistive technology and jewelry. “

Website: loevberg.com
E-mail: [email protected]

Mono by Emma Lacey

“This project showcases the lasting benefits of wool and challenges perceptions about the capabilities of wool. Mono is a mono-material jacket, made from natural materials sourced locally within a ten kilometer radius from where the product was made.

“The design was created specifically for rock climbing and the wool has technical stretch at key points of articulation. The result is a jacket that’s built to last, that breathes and moves with the wearer through use. innovative pleating. “

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/emma-lacey
E-mail: [email protected]

11 projects from Falmouth University's Sustainable Product Design course

DynamiCast by Jack Cockle

“DynamiCast leverages 3D printing technology to promote sustainability within the medical industry. 3D printed fracture casts are increasingly popular because they are more comfortable than their conventional counterparts. However, as they are always tailor-made for a specific patient’s anatomy, they remain single-use items.

“DynamiCast involves the use of a 3D printed elastic mesh to enable reuse. The shape of the mesh compresses and transforms around the patient’s limb during use and returns to its original neutral shape after removal. This allows a single cast to fit multiple people with similarly sized limbs and allows reuse. “

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/jack-cockle
E-mail: [email protected]

C-GO by Kyle Seago

“C-GO (city-go) is a design concept for a small, lightweight private electric scooter. Compact enough to fit in a backpack, this is the key to solving the so-called“ last mile ”problem. can travel from a public transport station to their actual destination.

“The scooter weighs less than six kilograms and has a range of 10 miles on a single charge. By designing micromobility solutions, we encourage commuters to get out of their cars and use public transport. This reduces traffic jams and traffic. pollution in cities that expect commuters to surge by 2050. “

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/kyle-seago
E-mail: [email protected]

11 projects from Falmouth University's Sustainable Product Design course

Wabi Starbi by Louis Heatlie

“Coffee machines are noisy, inefficient and visually intrusive. To combat this, I designed a personal coffee tool for the home, as part of a live project with Starbucks. Inspired by the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi, this coffee tool is made from color-contaminated High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic that would otherwise have gone to landfill, making each piece unique and unique.

“The product focuses on the user experience, moving away from the impersonal, modern and material-intensive design of traditional coffee machines. Instead, this coffee tool allows the user to be more involved in the coffee making process while dramatically dematerializing the product itself. . “

Wallet: behance.net/louishatlie
E-mail: [email protected]

Luke Meller’s chompa

“With our ever increasing consumption of resources, it is becoming increasingly important to adopt a circular economy. We need to make the most of the materials already in use and the food industry is an often overlooked waste stream.

“Chompa is a food basket specially designed for composting and cultivating earthworms. The basket facilitates the process of turning our organic kitchen waste into highly nutritious food for the plants that we consume. To allow for faster decomposition, the surface area of ​​the waste increases as it is deposited in the cart. “

Website: lukemeller.fr
E-mail: [email protected]

11 projects from Falmouth University's Sustainable Product Design course

Benthos Buttons x Finisterre by Niall Jones

“Benthos Buttons worked with Finisterre to produce a set of buttons with the Cornish clothing company brand. This collaboration demonstrates the ability of brands to produce high quality custom buttons while significantly reducing their carbon footprint.

“Using 100% recycled marine nylon, the buttons are designed for cold water surfers and those with manual dexterity issues, allowing them to be changed easily. The carbon footprint of producing 46 nylon buttons sailor is equal to that of a virgin nylon button. “

Wallet: behance.net/NialljamesJones
E-mail: [email protected]

Immersion of Pia Alexander-Dann with contributions from Jazmine Virgo

“Water companies are not legally required to disclose information about inflows of raw sewage into the sea outside of the summer. This means that outside of this period surfers unknowingly swim in Hazardous Waters In response to this problem, Immerse is a system that provides them with information on water quality, using litmus paper to measure the acidity of the sea.

“The product is attached to the user’s surfboard, providing immediate feedback on water quality. Users upload this data to the Immerse app, providing other users with up-to-date information. the offshore buoy device can also provide additional water quality data. “

Website: piaalexander-dann.com
E-mail: [email protected]

11 projects from Falmouth University's Sustainable Product Design course

Move by Sam Whittingham

“There are many openers available on the market, but unfortunately few work well. Budge was developed through user-centered design methods to help those who suffer from poor dexterity, strength and grip due to arthritis.

The handle has been developed with ergonomic considerations and comfort in mind while making it easy to apply force for the user. Thanks to the bottom mat, both hands can be used to twist the cover while the silicone provides surface grip and presents the pot to move. “

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/sam-whittingham
E-mail: [email protected]

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