Dezeen promotion: Made in Brunel: Above the switch is an exhibition of design graduates from Brunel University to be held at the Bargehouse Gallery and the Oxo Tower Gallery in London from 17 to 20 June 2021.
The exhibition presents 100 design solutions to everyday problems, including an app designed to help people with diabetes control their glucose levels, a personalized asthma management system and a diagnostic tool seasonal affective disorder (USA).
Other projects include a smart app designed to help people living with rosacea and a medication management system designed for complex medical regimens.
“Brunel designers are well versed in turning problems to develop effective solutions, ”organizers said.
“However, this year students took these problem-solving skills one step further – discovering how to conduct remote user testing when face-to-face testing was impossible and mastering poly-jet printers when closed workshops were unavailable were just a few adjustments to the design process introduced in 2021. “
As part of the final program, students launched a brand Above the folds, for which they created a podcast and blog to share “essential” content related to design.
“Above the switch comes from newspaper terminology that means the information at the top of newspaper covers is always visible when they overlap,” he said. organizers.
“All of these events and initiatives have been exciting ways to inspire and connect Brunel’s designers with each other, alumni and industry experts.”
For their final projects – and as part of the Above the Switch program – students selected their design submissions or applied for submissions from external sources, including the National Health Service and a number of private companies.
“Immersed” in a series of real-life challenges, the projects aimed to enable students to develop solutions to problems.
Students also studied six design modules that supported the research and development activities of their final projects. The Human Factors module asked students to develop a solution to a problem using the principles of human-centered design.
“Solutions ranged from calming noisy popcorn eaters in cinemas to reducing self-contamination during PPE removal in intensive care units,” the university said.
Students who chose the Environmentally Sensitive Design module dismantled the product, performed a life cycle analysis, and then redesigned it using eco-design strategies.
The redesign life cycle analysis “revealed a reduction in carbon emissions and energy consumption in production,” according to organizers.
In the third module, called Design and Innovation Management Processes, students designed a business model for their products and services.
“Identifying target markets and creative ways to reach them help students understand the next steps in product commercialization,” they said from the university.
Students who chose the Computer Design Methods module were asked to “surface model the car of their choice, test its safety in Siemens Jack software, and optimize design analysis in ANSYS“, according to the university.
For the Contextual Design module, students have developed a product to solve real problems that could prevail in 10-15 years. In the Embedded Systems module, they developed projects “that used sensors and hardware components to perform a function based on their CCS C code studies, schematic layouts, and printed circuit board designs,” according to the university.
According to the organizers, the exhibition will show students ’reaction to these themes and provide“ an opportunity to experience the amazing work created by their designers, encouraging the next generation of innovative thinkers ”.
“Something we’re looking forward to will be a chorus of conversations throughout the gallery – we’re too used to the silence of virtual meetings where only one person can be heard at a time,” organizers said.
Tickets for Made in Brunel: Above the Fold are free and can be accessed Eventbrite.
Industry members can also apply here.
For more information, visit the exhibition Web page.
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