Having been implicated in the massive environmental problems we face today, industrial designers now often consciously seek to limit the negative environmental consequences of their work. This requires not only a sense of responsibility for the future of our planet, but also a thorough understanding of the environmental impact of the various choices faced by designers and a strong competence in designing for manufacture (e.g. awareness of how products are assembled and disassembled and familiarity with the specific requirements of different materials and their associated manufacturing processes). This project is about sustainability and how to pursue it, on the one hand, and about the detailed decisions to be made when designing for manufacture, on the other. Your task is to
re-design a simple consumer product of your choice, in full detail, for a reduced environmental impact.
Float has been designed to have a reduced environmental impact, through alternative materials, technologies, assembly methods and user behaviour. With my primary focus on sustainability, but also tending to other important design considerations, such as performance, usability and aesthetic quality.