1. Escalator Designs
    Nathan Ames first patented an escalator design in 1859 and the design has not changed since. Current escalators are restricted in height by floor space because safety legislation states that there is a maximum incline. My aim was to design an escalator that could operate in a more localized area, utilizing the space between floors as well as provide the same safety benefits as current escalators. Rotating by a Helix core, steps would move around and up or down the thread. When a step comes to the top or bottom it then transitions from the thread to a runner carrying it back to the start. The continuous series of steps along with the rotating motion allows the escalator to provide an endless surface for passengers to travel on. Using a threaded core allows for a smoother power transition whilst utilizing gravity and the vertical loading of passengers. To ensure that the Helix Escalator is a comfortable ride the core is rotated by a helical gearing system, which can smoothly and quietly transfer large loads.
  2. Spin Fix
    Screwdrivers almost define functionality yet few people know how to correctly use one, throwing into question how intuitive they are. My aim was to design a screwdriver focused on performance and reliability solely from user research and prototyping. User testing played a key role in understanding how people were applying force through the handle and subsequently has allowed them to use the screwdriver for longer periods of time with significantly less discomfort. Prototyping resulted in the design being comfortable as well as grip-able. User research provided me with some very strong insights into the methods people used to fix a screw and retrieve it again. This research led me to incorporate a surface that could be used as a light hammer for creating a small pilot hole, minimising injuries due to the screw slipping. Including a free spinning end positioned in the palm of the hand proved very helpful in speeding up the time it took to extract a screw from a piece of wood.
  3. Karen Hansen
    In Karens words: “Our collaboration focussed on assessing the viability of potential CNC production of one of my chair designs. Through careful observation and measurement he was able to successfully translate the sensibilities of a handcrafted wooden object into 3D computers models ready for digita¬l manufacturing. His enthusiasm and understanding of design combined with his very impressive skill and ability in 3D computer modelling and rendering has been an invaluable contribution to the progress of modernisation within my practise. Ben has a genuine ability to see and understand both the wholeness and detail of a design. His positive attitude, awareness and good listening skills make it a delight to communicate ideas and find ways through complex possibilities.” Please visit Karen's website: www.karenhansen.co.uk
  4. Like Bar
    There is a growing fundamental sociological problem with our inner cities. Fast paced lives and a corporate approach to measuring success is causing a lack of social empathy with societies. Numerous social studies have suggested that a sense of ownership and community can increase happiness and wellbeing, and can be directly related to productivity. My goal was to use food and social networking sites as an incentive and catalyst for nurturing a more positive state of mental health within the work place. From conducting a series of group exercises and visual research I developed the Likebar food outlet. With its core values of sharing, encouraging social interaction and promoting a healthy diet, Likebar provides a healthy food outlet service for people on the move through its simple order and rating system, as seen to the right. Likebar’s slogan, ‘Share your voice with us and we will share our menu with you,’ allows consumers to suggest meals as a replacement to the lowest rated meal on the menu every month. This ensures that Likebar develops along with changes in demand over the year as well as generating cumulative data on seasonal preferences.
  5. Home Com
    Job roles that allow people to work from home are becoming more common. This can save commuting time, increase productivity and give a sense of freedom through flexible working hours. When working from home people often change locations or multi- task work with home activities. As a result they often find themselves in the home trying to find individual pieces of I.T equipment. Home Com can be used in ‘Closed mode’ where the 4” touch screen is used as a home phone that uses caller ID to distinguish between social and work calls. When in ‘Open mode’ Home Com becomes a portable 8’” work and networking device that synchronizes with your work computer to allow you to access and update documents and emails anywhere within the home. A projected keyboard feature can be projected onto a work surface to enable the user to work anywhere within the house. Good reviews on a series of websites over the years has made me confident that that a product like Home Com can be a very efficient way of increasing productivity when working from home.
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  2. Helix Escalator Experience
  3. Helix Escalator Workings
  4. Flow Escalator
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  2. Spin Fix Packaging
  3. Spin Fix Poster
  4. Spin Fix images
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