Product Design Graduate Kate Caven

Kate Caven is a final year product design student from Edinburgh Napier University, graduating in July.


‘My degree show starts on the 22nd of May until the 31st of May and I will also be exhibiting my final project at New Designers in July.

My four amazing years at Napier University have given me many opportunities and has provided me with the skills I will need to take forward into my career as a product designer. I have really embraced this course and I have taken all of the opportunities given to me. During my time at university I have carried out a variety of different projects which included lighting and furniture and this has allowed me to create a strong portfolio.’


‘One of my project briefs while on my six month exchange to Oslo and Akershus University in Norway was a lighting project, where I designed my light ‘Fortryllet.’ I greatly enjoyed this project as I was able to experiment with different materials and machinery in their state of the art workshops. I explored the use of different materials such as glass, metal, ceramics and wood. My final design was made from acrylic which allowed me to create the fine detail I was looking for which is evident in my light design. Fortryllet gives the user a positive experience through the use of the colours and the hidden story within.

My recent accomplishment with Fortryllet was becoming a finalist in the ‘Delight in Light’ competition in 2014 held at 100% design in London . In 2013 another of my lighting designs called ‘Oakii’ was also chosen as a finalist in this competition for its simple construction and elegant aesthetics.’

Creative kids

‘My final major project at university concentrated on creativity, the ability to challenge, question and explore.’ My primary research was carried in schools looking at children’s behaviour and activities during class time. This research was followed by sketching and small scale models to a full scale prototype. The early years of primary are an important stage in life where children learn about themselves, build friendships, grow confidence and self esteem and their environment should encourage creativity. My product creates a fun and an enjoyable environment that allows children to flourish into confident and happy children.’

Fortryllet 2

Creative Kids 3

Creative Kids 2

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