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Jonathan Harrison

MA work

The functionality and usability of everyday objects is of great importance to me. I also believe that if an item is to function correctly it should be able to intuitively tell the consumer what the product is for and how to use it - with no instructions or explanations. Whether we realise it or not, as a community of users, we share a common visual language of expectations and perceived behaviours. I try to use this 'visual alphabet' within my work; it shouldn't necessarily be about big change but my aim is to allow the consumer to act effortlessly and unconsciously.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Design Products, 2008

  • The functionality and usability of everyday objects is of great importance to me. I also believe that if an item is to function correctly it should be able to intuitively tell the consumer what the product is for and how to use it - with no instructions or explanations. Whether we realise it or not, as a community of users, we share a common visual language of expectations and perceived behaviours. I try to use this 'visual alphabet' within my work; it shouldn't necessarily be about big change but my aim is to allow the consumer to act effortlessly and unconsciously.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Contemporary Furniture and Product Design, Buckinghamshire New University, High Wycombe, 2006; HND Design and Realisation (Distinction), London Metropolitan University, 2005
  • Experience

  • Work Placement, Studio Tord Boontje, Bourg-Argental, France, 2007; Work Placement, Barber Osgerby, London, 2005; Photographers Agent, Ellison Lee, London, 1999-02
  • Exhibitions

  • British Council Top 10, British Council, Milan, Italy, 2007; Design UK, Liberty, London, 2006; Mo-Billy, Salone-Satellite, Milan, Italy, 2006; New Designers Selection, Brick Lane, London, 2005 & 2006
  • Awards

  • Winner, Most Iconic Design, Liberty Design Bursary at Design UK, 2006; Winner, Blueprint Graduate Award, 2005; Winner, 100% Design Young Professional Award, 2005