MTB Multi-tool Design; Office desktop accessories.

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Both MTB Multi-tool design and Office Desktop accessories were undertaken as part of a collaborative research design project by Roderick Walden and Stefan Lie, industrial designers, working on two different self-initiated product design problems investigating ergonomics, interface design and the interplay between operational elements in multi-functional designs. Both final design outcomes were presented in an exhibition entitled 'Convergence', held in the DAB LAB Research Gallery at UTS. The exhibition demonstrated a connection between self-initiated design practice for multi-functional product types and practice-driven design research. The MTB Multi-tool design is an item carried for competitive mountain biking. The invention is a unique integration of tools within the brake lever of a mountain bike. The innovation houses a number of tools normally found in a multi-tool set. The tools can be interchanged according to the cyclist's preferences or anticipated needs during a race. The Office Desktop accessories is a series of ecologically sustainable desktop accessories with a unique design forâ¨carrying and accommodating office stationery. The trays are made by compression moulding leather.â¨Through this project the designers have developed tools and processes that apply contemporary materials and manufacturing knowledge to an ancient technique. The exhibition included a final prototype and a series of models, sketches, renderings and tools. The process of developing both designs addressed questions around self-initiated design practice. Their significance as product design solutions were their potential for commercialization. A provisional patent application was filed on the 23rd October 2008, funded by UniQuest Pty. Ltd. (UTS) for the invention of MTB Multi-tool design.
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