Samuel Carr has just completed his Masters Degree in Product Design at Sheffield Hallam, not originally from the Steel city; he is originally from the sands of Morecambe Bay but moved to Sheffield ‘to progress my education as a designer.’
“My time in Sheffield has given me fantastic opportunities & experiences; I’ve engaged with design at a number of levels. Last year I worked within the Morphy Richards design department for 7 months which was a fantastic insight into the industry, In my free time I involve myself with design talks and exhibitions, as well as working alongside the RSA on a project called ‘Design & Rehabilitation’ which was a voluntary based research project working alongside people who have suffered life changing spinal injuries.
Prior to University the majority of my experience was in Graphic & Furniture design, and my greatest influence was architect Norman Foster; I think an appreciation of all design disciplines is essential as design becomes more multidisciplinary. In terms of Product Design Dieter Rams & Naoto Fukasawa standout as my greatest influences.”
“A lot of my recent work revolves around encouraging the user to engage with their products for a longer period of time; to help build an emotional attachment. One of these projects was my ‘Keep’ toothbrush, I wanted to take a product that has little emotional value to most people (but causes copious amounts of damage to the environment) and give it personality, value and a sense of purpose. Another is the Energia Tap which can have it’s external appearance changed, meaning less waste is when the user redecorates.
My most recent project is the ‘Life Collection’ a toaster & kettle set that can be repaired by the user with only their hands and a coin. The product is adaptable so the user could keep the product for the duration of their life, changing cosmetics, handles, usability ect. The project finished runner-up at the Creative Spark Degree show (Judged by Marcus Hirst of Ron Arad Associates) (Still on display until 21st June) and will be displayed at New Designers (London Business Center, July 3 – 6).”