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Julia Johnson


  • Julia Johnson
  • Area

    The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

  • Biography

  • Julia was born in Australia and grew up in Germany. This upbringing has provided Julia with not only a triple nationality and an obsession with travel, but also a strong understanding of cultural similarities and differences, which influence her work. 

    Julia has a BA in Sustainable Product Design from the University for the Creative Arts, UK and more recently, in 2014, graduated with an MA and MSc from Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College.

    Julia received the Innovation RCA Wates Fellowship in 2014 to develop her graduate project Binary Bee. This allowed her to develop this project by monitoring bee health within the hive. The project has provided an exciting design challenge that effects the beekeeper and the bees.

    Julia's work in the Age & Ability Research Lab at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design provides the opportunity for her to explore human-centred design with a unique material. Julia's previous work has ranged from designing a prosthetic leg that gives the user the ability to walk and swim, to developing recycling systems using ocean plastic to farm oysters. Julia's interest in science and how it can be used to improve lives has provided her with a diverse portfolio. 

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