Empathizing with users and creating enriching experiences, in the physical world 🍃 

A collection of my work as an Industrial Designer

 

Greener approach to waste

PAIN POINTS

Home composting of organic waste is a time-consuming process that needs constant monitoring. One often ends up with a foul-smelling, wet compost that attracts mosquitoes and flies. The trial and error involved in composting make it a frustrating and discouraging experience. 

PROBLEM

How might we create a composter that reduces the trial and error from the home composting process in a cost-effective and energy-efficient way? 

SOLUTION

A manual two-part composting system that is compact, easy to use, and clean. It estimates the equivalent amount of brown waste needed for the green organic waste thrown. This results in a successful, nutrient-rich compost with each batch without any frequent monitoring.

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Rethinking cosmetic tubes 

Featured on Packaging of the World

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Today, beauty and personal care products fill the aisles of supermarkets. The amount of plastic used in its packaging has increased exponentially and only a small fraction gets recycled. 

PROBLEM

How might we substitute or reduce the amount of plastic used in the packaging of cosmetic tubes?

SOLUTION

A unique, geometric tube with creased triangular facets on the entire surface made from TetraRex (bio-based TetraPak). Inspired by the geometric luxury handbags, the squeezable triangular facets encourage the users to play around and fidget with the tube. This establishes a new and fun way of interacting with an everyday product. 

 

Creating tangible memories

Everyone loves bringing back souvenirs and trinkets from their travels. After talking to people, I realized an opportunity to enrich this experience by allowing people to craft their own souvenirs and create tangible memories of their travels.  

PROBLEM

How might we enrich the experience of collecting souvenirs during travels? 

SOLUTION

An impressionable keep-sake made from air-hardening clay that dries up instantly. It acts as a blank clay canvas for travelers to take impressions of objects, textures, or anything that piques their interest. Inspired by the IKEA effect (when labor leads to love), users have to put some effort into creatively composing their souvenirs. This attaches a greater emotional value to their creations and adds to making the experience memorable.

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