Designing with aging in mind
About the Project
Date: Spring 2020
This project was completed individually and began before the pandemic but was completed after transitioning to school from home.​​​​​​​
Problem Statement:
Aging human bodies don't have the same capabilities they used to have and it can some times be embarrassing. 
How can design improve the dignity of elders with physical balance issues within their home?
The Audience
I met with residents of Valley Manor Independent Living for interviews and research. The focus of this project was assisting with balance for elderly so I interviewed them on daily life and was able to visit their homes.
Design Process
The design process started with interviewing members of the Valley Manor Independent Living and sketching based on their needs and feedback. After submitting sketches and receiving feedback a few times from the community and my classmates, I created a final design.
Final Design
The Grab Ring is a appealing and multifunctional grab bar. The design is meant to break away from the typical obtrusive design of common grab bars. The grab ring is the ideal shape to be reached at multiple point and angles and offers additional uses such as a towel holder. 

Orthographic of Grab Ring

SolidWorks model of large Grab Ring

Project Skills
Interviewing and researching target audience
3D Modeling 
Ideation Sketching

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