Design projects

​​Physical & digital, finished & in-progress, school work & personal

Blue ice

School project in the 1st year of Industrial Design|Role: Research and design

Year: March-May 2018

This school assignment was to redesign beach coolers.

My final design is a modular beach-cooler backpack made from natural, sustainable materials. The main pack has two compartments—cool and normal—and a detachable bottom cooler box on wheels. 

Blue Ice can either be carried like a backpack or rolled like a suitcase.
The main pack is made from naturally grown cork fabric, while its inside cooling compart- ment and the cooler box are made from mycelium-based foam, which insulates even better than Styrofoam and is 100% natural and biodegradable.  

Carry light, cook easy, store safe. Reuse always—

The all in one outdoor food gear

School project in the 1st year of Industrial Design|Role: Research, concept, prototype

Year: Feb-March 2018

The assignment was to redesign portable eating utensils for a specific target group.

After looking at possible user groups, I chose the outdoor market as my target group. It interested me the most because of the constraints that designing for this group entails. 

Problems which I uncovered during the exploratory interviews were:

- often heavy and/or bulky products,

- not all products are durable or reusable,

- often not made with sustainable materials,

- often different products for different types of food,

- the utensils aren't the problem

- the containers are the problem, and

- many products not easily stored during and/or after the trip.

Poo Zoo

Educational game design for children age 2-5|Role: Research, concept, prototype

Year: present

Small kids are obsessed with poo. If you are spending time with children, you know this :) 

In the natural history museum in Oslo, the most frequented and most loved area by kids is the "poo station": a place where artificial poo from different animals are placed in containers and the children have to guess which animal it belongs to. This and interacting with many young children gave me the idea for an educational online game about animals, their eating habits and their poo.

The broader vision would be collaborating with wildlife conversation organizations. 

Puur—Conscious living

Project in-progress|Role: Research, concept, UX design

Year: 2020

I have been using toxin-free, ethical and sustainable products for years, but more often than not, it's rather hard to find out which products are scoring high in each of those three categories. It can be very time consuming and an information nightmare. Since I love data, I don't mind combing through until I find what's best. However, many people don't want to do that.

Therefore I decided to work on this challenge: How might we be guided to make conscious, healthy, ethical, and sustainable choices in the products and brands we use? 

Zen box — micro space for mindful moments

Personal project, in-progress|Role: Research, concept

Year: 2018-2019

Being in nature is proven to be stress-relieving. Researchers have found that merely watching nature images also has positive effects, improves health and even reduces the time spent in the hospital after surgery. Based on that and my own experiences with views and situations that I found calming and conducive to mindfulness, I’ve been filming one-minute sequences of landscapes, light etc. for some time. 

I’ve been testing the clips with a handful of friends. The feedback has been very positive. 

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