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  • Looking at how people live within an urban environment and then kind of like taking

  • different aspects of the research and applying that to my design.

  • Hi I'm Harry Skinner, I'm a Product Furniture designer, just finished my third year. This

  • is my creation, Para-seat. It's a bit of parasitic design that is a bag that attaches to urban

  • supports and it can turn into a swing seat that I'm sporting at the moment. It was a

  • really fun project, I think the research process was kind of one of the funnest aspects of

  • the project.

  • At the start of this project we were given a word to begin with because I think a lot

  • of designers struggle with a place to start with, so I was given 'camping.'

  • Initially I was attracted to this stereotypical way of people camping with their family, in

  • the countryside in a tent, and they're all playing frisbee and stuff. I kind of

  • wanted to go away from that and I kind of brought camping to the city. So then I was

  • looking at how you could apply that way of thinking, of adapting to a new environment

  • and how that would work in a city environment.

  • So I took seating as one of the main areas to look at. What I want to do is have

  • bags and to make the bag multi-functional almost, and for it to become a seat with a

  • simple kind of unzipping it and strapping it on to things.

  • The urban environment has so many different areas that can be kind of, can be inhabited

  • and I think if, to find a seat, a seat in the city is, is difficult enough so I think,

  • I mean this has the potential for you to relax and take a seat wherever you want.

  • What I want to do is, is have almost a collection, themed on this idea of adapting to the urban

  • environment. It is Product Furniture Design so this is kind of, almost very fashion based.

  • I had a lot of help from upstairs in the Fashion department in terms of techniques and using

  • their, using their facilities in terms of the industrial sewing machines and it

  • was a really interesting insight into how stuff gets made in different kind of disciplines.

  • Another project I've been working on is called the Placebo Project. It's very different

  • to the bag project that I'm working on at the moment where it's very based on research

  • and also it's almost like a kind of packaging and graphic project. The Placebo Project is

  • kind of based on this really interesting research I found out about the Placebo Effect. Initially

  • I was looking at medicine and the history of medicine and then kind of latched onto

  • this really cool theory that potentially people could be taking kind of fake dummy pills,

  • like sugar pills, and they could be working and be more effective than real medicine.

  • Using all this research into how colour has an effect on people's healing, how the shape

  • of a pill and the intensity of the colour can have the effect on its performance. I

  • kind of played off that, so I'm offering no side effects. I'm almost trying to sell

  • it now! I'm offering no side effects, it's drug free and it's cheaper. It's kind of this

  • idea of the power of the mind over healing other than the power of drugs.

  • Working with tutors who are in the field of design at the moment, and some of the tutors

  • we're working with are very experienced and they've been in the industry for like ten/fifteen

  • years and getting information from them about what they did, how they got set up and stuff,

  • I think that was really interesting and we got to work really closely with our tutors

  • throughout all, both of our projects. I think they had, they had some really useful information

  • about how they might have got started and you kind of see some of their first work as

  • well and how it's changed and I think that was really useful as well.

  • And as well as new designers where we get an opportunity to showcase our work to more

  • of a kind of industry business environment I think that's kind of very beneficial. I

  • think Kingston has set us up to be prepared for that sort of thing.

  • I think right at the beginning like, I initially thought I was going to be doing furniture

  • but I've had the freedom to kind of obviously do something like a bag and then I've been

  • working on my other project which is very graphics based and very research based and

  • it was almost a packaging project so I thought I'd end up with kind of a chair and a table

  • but I haven't and that's the good things about this course, you have the freedom to explore

  • all these different disciplines.

  • At this point in time I'm kind of just setting up a blog so that's where I can showcase my

  • work. It's almost like an online portfolio, so if anyone asks about my work I can say

  • this is my link and you can find it on here.

  • Kingston really helped me out in that way. I think especially in the final year you become

  • a bit more kind of minded that these creations and these projects are going to be something

  • that you're going to use as a stepping point into industry or into selling yourself. I

  • think the first two years are more kind of finding yourself as a designer but I think

  • in the last stages, I mean we got opportunities to work with Pascal who's a tutor here, that

  • really kind of helped us set out our portfolios and sort out our business cards and blogs

  • and everything so it was almost a bit frightening at first, I think it still is a bit now for

  • some people, that this is the time where you're using these projects almost as an opportunity

  • to kind of get your foot in the door.

  • Experience in the workshop I think was really good for our course, especially with use of

  • all the machines we learned a lot of new techniques and materials as well.

  • All round it's a very good experience - we have some really interesting lectures that

  • John Harrison has set up called the Toolkit Lectures, and we get a lot of designers that

  • he worked with at the RCA to come in and speak to us about what they're working on and stuff

  • and I think that's been a really good insight into what we might have to prepare ourselves

  • for.

Looking at how people live within an urban environment and then kind of like taking

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Student Harry talks about studying the Product & Furniture Design BA(Hons)

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