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Patrick Carton

MA work


Thrive is an entirely self-sustainable vehicle, which can survive in ‘non infrastructure zones’, using piezoelectric fibre technology as well as inspiration from the living, breathing gill elements of sea creatures. This vehicle thrives from exposure to the elements by generating electrical energy from sunlight, rainfall and wind, meaning that it can survive in a remote location without recharging or refuelling. Determining the aesthetic form and language of the vehicle by the use of the materials which power it adds to the natural feeling of the overall design.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Vehicle Design, 2016

  • What inspires my design thinking is the exploration of places and problems which have not yet been explored by others; solving a problem which has been left unanswered with a functional solution that impacts positively on the environment where it is found. I aim to combine beauty with necessary function in everything I do, something that I have invested all of my efforts in during the course of my final major project.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Automotive Design, Swansea Metropolitan University, 2013
  • Awards

  • Finalist: Highly Commended, Salon Privé Concours of the Future, 2015 ; Autosport International, 2014; New Designers London, 2013; First prize, Westfield Potenza, Project Team Design, 2012