Industrial Design, Branding, Service Design, Sustainability.
ENGAGING THE GENERAL POPULATION IN TREE HEALTH THROUGH CITIZEN SCIENCE
British woodland biodiversity is increasingly under threat from a range of pests and diseases, which are resulting in landscape level changes that have huge economic and environmental implications. In response to this, I designed an agar based spore trap that can be used to culture mould spores to identify fungal diseases.
Research & Insights
Research was really key to this project, Primary research with a range of stakeholders, from tree surgeons to scientists, generated a number of key insights whilst secondary research was used to identify technology and scientific methods for the early detection of pathogens.
Brainstorming ideas as a group with sticker dot evaluation.
Prototyping using card and agar plates.
Sketching early concepts for a spore trap.
Early testing revealed that the form of the initial design was unsuitable and required redesigning.
More sophisticated design exploring the idea of upgrading the traps for more invested citizen scientists.
Exploration of natural forms to celebrate British trees and their biodiversity.
Taking the natural forms and translating them into potential designs for the spore trap.
Refining the form for the spore trap and deciding how the parts would sit together.
Refining the design and identifying suitable colours that wouldn't attract birds or insects.
3D printed prototype to evaluate functionality and use for experience prototyping.
Attempt at moulding paper pulp to demonstrate CMF.
Testing using dyed agar that turned participants fingers blue if they came into contact with it.