This studio project was called “Re-design”. The brief was open – one could create a design solution to anything you wanted but the catch was you had to do this using re-usable product components and recycled materials. It was a green design project aimed at changing the conventional cradle to grave product life cycle to a cradle to cradle cycle. A personal transport device called the UniGlide was pursued – its product description follows.
It’s a real bother and quite boring getting around a large University by foot! Precious time and energy is wasted moving from point A to B. Bikes, skateboards, rollerblades and foldable scooters are good but lack many important aspects essential to traversing an urban environment. The UniGlide, fabricated from an old roller-skate, skateboard, snowboard bindings and scrap metal/fasteners will get you there efficiently and in style. The combination of the inline wheel’s undercarriage and orientated skateboard trucks allow for super tight turning and maximum stability. UniGlide – Move as one!
The entire concept was born from the idea of getting around an urban environment with a one foot skate on.
Before the final design and prototype came together, a short period of time was spent deconstructing existing products to learn about their design and manufacturing processes employed.
The UniGlide is fabricated from 100% old, used or recycled products and anyone can make their own! A video of the UniGlide in action is below.