I recently graduated from Loughborough University with a First Class Honours in Industrial Design & Technology (BA). For my final year project I designed icook, a cooking aid for young adults with mild to moderate learning difficulties that enables them to prepare healthy meals independently (Please see my blog for more details). I thoroughly enjoyed this project knowing that it could make a difference to peoples lives. I worked directly with potential users with learning difficulties and specialist to understand their needs and aspirations in order to design a product that met these needs. The project was undoubtedly challenging at times to address as many needs as possible but the final result made it worth while. The product was tested with various different users and very positive feedback was received.
For the last 14 weeks I have been an Intern for MERU, a charity that exists to improve the lives of children and young adults with disabilities by designing and producing products to meet their needs. During this time I have been working on a specific project called the Airchair that enables children with disabilities to fly. This product will be launched March 2012.
icook is a cooking aid for young adults (16-25) with mild to moderate learning difficulties that encourages them to prepare healthy meals independently. Cooking is a life skills; without this skill people with learning difficulties can rely heavily on carers for support.
The product breaks the process of cooking into very simple stages that support the user throughout the whole experience of cooking a meal, from preparing the ingredients, to washing the dishes. icook…