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Innovative Designs Made By Students

A 3D printed protective headgear and modular kitchen tools for the disabled were among the over 50 design projects produced by students from the School of Design and Environment at National University of Singapore.

Innovative Designs Made By Students

Top image: Oneware by Loren Lim Tian Hwee (Design for Lifestyle Products)
Images courtesy of NUS Division of Industrial Design

A student design exhibition is a good way to suss out fresh new talent, and the recently held National University of Singapore (NUS) Division of Industrial Design Graduation Show 2016 was no exception.

Over 50 design projects created by graduating students and undergraduates were presented at the National Design Centre from 20 to 24 May. The works were organised into three main themes – Health and Wellness, which addressed social challenges and healthcare needs; Lifestyle Products, which explored functional designs that fit into everyday life; and Work and Education, which focused on ways to improve current work practices.

As with each year, the students were challenged to go beyond aesthetics and function to develop holistic solutions that were sensitive towards human perceptions, behaviours, emotions, psychology and cultures.

The exhibition also underscored the NUS Industrial Design department’s emphasis on industry-sponsored projects, which involves teams of students working with industry collaborators to explore greater commercial potential and relevance in their projects. This year’s collaborative partners included Kickstarter and the National Museum of Singapore, to name a few.

Some highlights from the show included:


Halo by Jolene Ng Jia Ying (Design for Health and Wellness category)

Halo is a protective headwear designed for mass customisation. The idea for the project began with the realisation that a particular segment of special needs children required a form of protective headgear in their everyday life, but that the current products available in the market were highly underdeveloped.

Halo is made of a highly flexible, 3D printed lattice structure and is both lightweight and permeable. It is supported by an application that quickly generates files for printing using photogrammetry to ascertain necessary measurements.


Livefeed by Loh Zhi De (Design for Lifestyle Products category)

Inspired by everyday objects, Livefeed is a series of self-sustaining parasitic sensors that fit into everyday life in an intuitive, familiar, and non-invasive manner. It includes Airfeed, an indoor air quality monitor that is powered by wind energy, and Lightfeed, a smart bookmark powered by ambient light, informing users whether the light level in the room is suitable for reading.


Fit+ by Gary Lim Chang Hwee (Design for Work and Education category)

Designs for the elderly is gaining increasing attention around the world, given our rapidly ageing populations. Forming the basis of this project is the observation of a gap in the market for comfortable, well-fitting apparel catered to seniors who inevitably face anatomical changes such as hunching and forward rounding shoulders.

Fit+ is a new integrated service that offers customised clothing for the elderly. It employs a 3D-to-3D process that produces garments that accentuate the body’s shape and curves. Fit+ serves as a plug-in service to existing retailers, clothing manufacturers and beyond. It embraces the merging of design and technology in the fashion industry, and aims to provide a holistic system for both consumers and service providers.

National University of Singapore, Division of Industrial Design

Oneware by Loren Lim Tian Hwee (Design for Lifestyle Products) is a set of modular household items designed for those who only have one functioning arm.

Easeband by Siew Huey Ming (Design for Health and Wellness) is a child-friendly strapping tool that helps ease the hydro-walking experience for children with cerebral palsy, and that of their caregivers and physiotherapists.

Ruche by Iris Tan Ai Li (Design for Lifestyle Products) is a garment made of leather scraps that are laser cut into circular modules, and bound together by a radial interlocking technique which does not require any additional material.

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