My name is David and I have my background in Industrial Design Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. Most of my work experience is within industrial and interaction design but due to the nature of my engineering background, I also have technical skills within manufacturing and mechanical construction. I excel in projects where skills in technical development as well as design for human factors are in focus. I am passionate about sustainable design where the full product life cycle is taken into consideration while still meeting corporate cost requirements.
I see myself as an incurable optimist with a keen interest in cutting edge design, technology and services. I refuse to be content with the status quo, and want to set a new bar for what sustainable products and services should be in this day and age.
I also like bikes.
"Gaia" is a furniture concept tailored for future office landscapes. The project was conducted for European Furniture Group who asked for an innovative workspace design in line with Cradle to Cradle guidelines. Gaia’s modular concept can easily be customized for different needs in an open office landscape and was engineered with focus on assembly and disassembly. Gaia was showcased at Stockholm Light and Furniture Fair 2012 and covered on design blogs such as Core77 and DesignMilk. Today, Gaia can be found in the entrance of EFG’s showroom in Stockholm.
The goal of my MSc. thesis was to use a brand new paper material to develop an environmentally friendly paper lid for take-away coffee cups. The main focus was to conduct a series of material tests to gain insights onmaterial properties and to apply suitable manufacturing techniques. User research showed that the paper prototype was favored over plastic lids, which created an exciting foundation for further development and to take our product to market. The thesis officially ended in Dec 2012 but my thesis partner and I continued to work on technical development and a go-to market strategy. All prototyping costs were financed by the Swedish incubator Drivhuset and we designed five different prototypes of the paperlid.
This is a project I did with my classmates Jonas Kristiansson, Jonathan Hedin, Daniel Amosy, Petter Polsson and David Lamm. Our concept "ReFresh", a shower that saves energy by reusing water while giving the user a spa-alike experience, was selected among the top 5 contributions in the competition final of Sweden's largest design competition. It also gained attention and sponsorship for further development by a jury from PIEp - a research and development incubator from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
A delayed or cancelled flight can make passengers feel frustrated or anxious and it severely impacts their travel experience as well as their attitude toward the airline and the airport itself. Our aim was to help Schiphol Airport to reduce this impact by suggesting service strategies for stranded passengers.
The key to help Schiphol cope with flight service disruptions is to break down the problem into separate elements and visualize those elements in terms of basic human needs, customer segments, internal resources and new opportunities. The idea is that these elements can be linked together to form starting points for new service strategies.
As my Bachelor’s thesis, the aim was to develop a low cost water bottle capable of purifying water with sunlight and no electronic components based on a patented solution by swedish company Solvatten AB. As sun beams permeates most materials, it was a continuos learning phase of reading about different materials and how they cope with UV radiation. Essentially, the final product consists of a transparent plastic window and a container body split in half. The window and body parts are made in the same material which makes it possible to weld them together using ultrasonic sound, which is a relatively lost cost operation to join parts together without using any glue. This is beneficial both from an economic but also environmental perspective since it can recycled much more efficiently.
Beyond Design is a strategic design consultancy in Chicago that deliver innovative design solutions on the global market. I mainly worked in projects regarding consumer electronics and home appliances. A key project was extensive market research and concept development of refrigerators for a large global electronics manufacturer. I started out as an intern for 6 months but the CEO soon requested that I would stay longer. At the end of my internship, I was given responsibility to lead a client project regarding development of clothing racks and storage units. At Beyond Design, I gained valuable international work experience and learned how to manage project deliverables to clients under tight deadlines.
A collection of side projects, product ideas and sketches I have done the recent years