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Rachel Tomlinson

MA work

I am a determined designer, curious about everything. I thrive on tackling difficult social and psychological problems that are potentially stigmatic, designing products that can trickle down into the mainstream and benefit all users.

Poise

Many older people fall and injure themselves, or limit their activities because of the fear of falling.

My work has investigated the actual and imagined physical limits, the emotional anxiety and the social context of falls for an older person.

Poise is the outcome of this investigation. It is a product that allows the older person to understand and reinvigorate their physical confidence and capability, making them healthier, happier and more independent.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2007

  • I am a determined designer, curious about everything. I thrive on tackling difficult social and psychological problems that are potentially stigmatic, designing products that can trickle down into the mainstream and benefit all users.

    Poise

    Many older people fall and injure themselves, or limit their activities because of the fear of falling.

    My work has investigated the actual and imagined physical limits, the emotional anxiety and the social context of falls for an older person.

    Poise is the outcome of this investigation. It is a product that allows the older person to understand and reinvigorate their physical confidence and capability, making them healthier, happier and more independent.

  • Experience

  • Assistant Project Manager and Research Assistant, Design Council, London, 2004/5; Industrial Design Assistant, Cambridge Design Partnership, Cambridge, 2003; Assistant Engineer, Montgomery Watson Harza, Cardiff, 2002
  • Awards

  • Winner, New Business Ideas, Imperial Ideas Challenge, 2007; Finalist, Entrepreneurship, Imperial New Business Challenege, 2007; Shortlisted (twice), Design for Our Future Selves, Helen Hamlyn Centre, 2007