Our goal is to work with industry and clients to develop and implement human centred design processes, methods so we can create, prototype and develop new products systems and environments to meet the needs of the end users.
Past projects include the design of a Nurse Call Pendant for Hills Industries to improve their design for people with limited hand dexterity in aged care facilities. The project was led by Sandy Walker and Peter Schumacher working with Masters of Design (Industrial Design) graduates Daniel Weiss and Robert White. By working closely with end users and using 3d printing to develop and evaluate multiple iterations we developed a unique device based on an air bladder that enabled multiple easy ways to activate the device. The design has won multiple national and international design awards including the prestigious Red Dot award and the South Australian Premiers Design award in 2015.
We have engaged in course work Masters Projects with a variety of external clients to develop unique products. These include the design of bags for nurses making home calls, telemedicine apparatus, outdoor furniture, wood combustion heaters, air purifying products and surgical instruments. All projects are linked by the use of human centred design methods to produce tangible outcomes.
One of these projects by John Nicholl, the development of a bone hole depth gauge was developed for orthopaedic surgeons. The gauge enables easy one handed operation and high visibility of the depth dimensions when measuring the depth of holes in bones for the selection of the correct sizes screws for attaching plates. The design focused on the needs of the surgeon to enable fast and effective use. The design won the South Australian Premiers Design award in 2017.
We are currently engaged with the Defence Science and Technology Group to develop a human-centred design and assurance methodology for future submarine internal spaces. This involves extensive background research, literature reviews, site visits and engagement with active submariners to understand the work and physical environment on board submarines. The outcome will be recommendations for the design of sleeping biters to improve the quality of their rest, relaxation and sleep to reduce fatigue.