UNSW Built Environment Industrial Design: Hollie Baigent

7 07 2010

Boy did that semester go fast! For the first time in this course (now in 3rd year) I feel like I’m finally getting on top of my time management – by keeping my designs small and manageable. I would honestly recommend that to any design student reading this blog.

This semester studio focused on sustainable and socio-ethical design and enlightened me in a new way of thinking about design. In comparison to previous projects focusing more on the form of objects this project tested many of us to think and realise a real life solution to problems in developing countries. In project one – we were to design a product for a disaster situation focusing on the response/preparedness.

My product ‘Lilo.’ introduces a new ferry ticketing system for developing nations in the Asia Pacific. Overcrowding is a huge problem among ferries and/or combined with common tropical weather storms; can create a formula for disaster and catastrophic loss of life. Lilo aims to solve these problems by incorporating an RFID tag into a ticketing wristband worn by passengers to calculate the number of people aboard the ferry to restrict overcrowding. This wristband also features by colour and graphics a ticket system much alike Sydney state transit; indicating section of travel for fares.

Through my research I discovered the importance of the realm of responsibility for these ferries as most are unregistered. This product could be a vector for social and cultural change as the countries national ticketing system for ferries under ‘MyFerry Pass’. This would be one way to register all ferries and safety protocol; making civilians feel a lot safe about boarding ferries in the future.

Incorporated into Lilo wristband is a battery operated and water activated emergency LED light in case of disaster to attract rescue and aid comfort for survival.

The second project; was for the LENS award competition. A collaborative task including James, Tom, Jeff and myself were to design a new product service system. We designed a chain know as the ‘Sydney Cycle Hub’; a product service system providing kiosk information on cycle paths and maps, infrastructure for government initiative known as ‘bike bus’ and providing Sydney commuters access to air pump and puncture sealant facilities. Our project aims to build a bicycle friendly Sydney community, and as such uniquely ties in with the NSW 2010 cycle plan. The product attempts to break down barriers of cycling such as safety and maintenance and repair from the heart of the CBD to outer neighbouring suburbs.

So far, I’ve really enjoyed this semester and can’t wait to anticipate the next but….hopefully it will be on exchange in Norway.


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