Design Week’s favourite projects from graduate season so far – part two

Graduate season is in full swing now, so we’ve rounded up our favourite projects from the most recently opened online showcases.

Aimee Hogan, BA Graphic Design, Camberwell University of the Arts

A New Design History

With the design industry still in the midst of a diversity crisis, UAL graduate Aimee Hogan decided to take matters into her own hands by creating A New Design History. In a series of three eight-fold publications, the graphic design student has explored the lives of Black designers and their works. She shines a spotlight on work like the “conceptually Black ads” of advertiser Thomas J Burrell and the film posters of graphic designer Art Sims. Each publication is designed to fold out into an A1-sized poster, with graphics in the style of riso printing.

Learn more about the project here.

Contact Aimee: aimeehogan@outlook.com; aimeehogan.com


Bradley Goulding, BA Product Design, Nottingham Trent University

Vital

With a focus on how toiletries contribute to the 5.5 billion plastic bottles that escape recycling each year in the UK, NTU graduate Bradley Goulding has designed Vital – a “contemporary and stylish wash bag” that contains no liquids or single-use plastics. A convenient pouch containing a bamboo toothbrush, tweezers and nail clippers, it caught our attention for its additional use of “cold pressed toiletries”, which slot neatly into different pockets. These solid sticks of toothpaste, shampoo, soap and deodorant give the user the chance to break off what they need, in the same way one might break off a chunk on a chocolate bar.

Learn more about the project here.

Contact Bradley: @b.goulding_design (Instagram); bradley.goulding@hotmail.co.uk


Ling-Yuan Lu, MA Service Design, Royal College of Art

Body&Kind

It is commonplace for new mothers to sacrifice their own self care for that of those around them, but RCA graduate Ling-Yuan Lu is looking to change this. The service design graduate has developed Body&Kind, a service that seeks to “engage and empower mothers to better take care of themselves in their postnatal period”. As well as providing information about the “reality of your postnatal body”, the platform offers knowledge and tools for mothers to effectively manage their wellbeing, such as a journal and push alerts. Additionally, the service includes an online community platform, on which mothers can share their own experiences and encourage others to take care of themselves too.

Learn more about the project here.

Contact Ling-Yuan: ling-yuan.lu@network.rca.ac.uk


Jaisy Davies, BA Interior Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Exposure – Floatable Lifestyle

For her final project at Cardiff Met, interior design graduate Jaisy Davies was given a brief to create a space that represented her as a designer. In response, she has designed a series of “tiny, floating sustainable homes”, which among their many uses could be helpful in supporting an ageing population. The small floating villages reflect how Davies believes humans will be living in the future if sea levels continue to rise. Designed to be “lifetime homes”, the project includes a variety of options with which to adapt housing as a person’s life changes – this includes a studio home for single people, a family home, wheelchair-friendly and elderly adaptations and even floating garden extensions.

Learn more about the project here.

Contact Jaisy: jaisysdesigns@outlook.com; jaisysdesigns.com


Eric Saldanha, MA Product Design, Royal College of Art

One Another

The number of people sleeping rough at any one time in the UK has doubled in the past ten years. In a bid to address the complex range of issues faced by homeless people RCA graduate Eric Saldanha has developed One Another, a new transaction model by which people can pay for “basic goods and services” for people in need. Born out of east London’s Bethnal Green, the initiative uses a card-based system upon which money can be loaded and homeless people can then pay for things like laundry services, food and showers. It can be used like any contactless card, and the value is held digitally, with the system being managed by a trust.

Learn more about the project here.

Contact Eric: @eric.saldanha (Instagram); ericsaldanha.com; eric.saldanha@network.rca.ac.uk


Craig Eccles, BA Graphic Communications, Grays School of Art

From the Stand

A day out at a football match is a favourite pastime for many, but for children with autism the experience can be overwhelming, with sounds, smells and sights having the potential to cause sensory overload. To try and bring the live match experience to a place autistic children feel comfortable, Grays graduate Craig Eccles has designed From the Stand, a sensory box filled with products like a football “fidget ball”, activity books, ear defenders and a customisable scarf. Additionally, the box comes with “sensory packets”, in a bid to get children used to the sensory triggers present on match day, including even “steak pie smells”.

Learn more about the project here.

Contact Craig: @craigecclesdesign (Instagram); craigeccles.myportfolio.com


To view part one of our favourite graduate projects, head here.

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