Celine Dutier: Konstfack University College of Arts, Stockholm
Hi there! Hej san!
I studied a full year at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. This year has been incredibly rich for me. I learnt a lot from both a designer’s perspective and a personal’s perspective. Now I would like to tell you my journey here at Konstfack: what I did and what I learnt in a chronological way. I used a bit of the bursary in each of the projects I am going to present you. The bursary helped me A LOT in my individual work - bachelor thesis project and the Konstfack’s christmas market.
Sept. 2015 - Greenworks
I did a 5 weeks internship at Greenworks, a Swedish producer of plant-based furnitures and interiors. There I was in charge of the communication strategy and the product design development with the design team. Together with the team we developed the second version of a plant-light Babylone. Through workshops we developed a way of hooking a flat LED inside the plastic sphere.
In parallel to this, I worked on Greenworks' communication strategy. My 3 main tasks were to improve and update their website, rebrand some of their products, and clarify their values and position in the market. Here’s a snippet of the funny story pillar I made:
Oct./Nov. 2015 - Electrolux
After my internship was the proper start of school’s project. My first project was a partnership with Electrolux. The company asked us to explore how the shared kitchen can look in the near future.
I designed Friggo, a fridge in which you share the same cooling system, but you still have your own space: that way you share the energy and it is cheaper to pay. It is designed for students or people living in a corridor’s room. Friggo is composed of a main fridge, and you can plug different compartments in function of your diet. There are also magnetic shelves that you can exchange from the room temperature - plugged on the wall - to the different fridge compartment.
For this project I interviewed students about what they have inside their fridge. All these researches about the food storage lead me to these questions: how adaptable to your diet and behaviour can your fridge be? How can you feel having your own space when sharing a kitchen? How can you store better?
Nov. 2015/Jan. 2016 - Södersjukhuset ER
For the second project, I worked in pair with another student, Caroline. Our client in this project, Södersjukhuset, is the second most important emergency hospital in Stockholm. Every day the medical staff receives 300 to 400 patients in the emergency room, for a total of 30 nurses.
I spend 2 days shadowing the nurses around their work at the hospital and interviewing the medical staff. I put myself in the shoes of patients and nurses. From this I gathered insights on how the ER were functioning, what was lacking, what was working,..
We also collected quantitative answers from Swedish residents through an online survey.
My team worked on the Psychological Comfort in the ER during the waiting time, and the different things that can influence it: the physical comfort, your sickness, the time you have to wait,...
During our brainstorming sessions we generated crazy unrealistic ideas. We narrowed this to 1 scenario: Erika, a woman not very used to the hospital environment and very anxious. Through her journey, Erika will come across different artefacts: artefacts that will give her information about her journey, and comfort objects that will soothe her anxiety.
You can see the video of our project here: https://vimeo.com/156398773
Nov. 2015 - Konstfack’s Christmas market
During Konstfack’s Christmas market, I took the opportunity to play around different solutions on these questions I had about traceability. I experimented on a branding strategy and created a range of cosmetics. I proposed an experience to consumers, where they could buy the product and a specific interaction with me. Through this personal project I understood some of the values that became fundamental in my design practice; be honest to consumers, be transparent, be responsible, and educate.
Feb. /June. 2016 - Individual work (bachelor thesis)
For my bachelor thesis, I choose to investigate our relation with food and cooking. I worked with citizens, from green-friendly families to fast-food lovers. I also work with a primary school and their children. I met experts such as a nutritionist, an editor in chief of an ecologist magazine, the owner of an organic shop, an food packaging researcher, and chefs.
Through workshops and numerous prototypes I designed a tool that aims at transforming the cooking experience. This artefact aims at giving cooking back this social value, emphasises on the fun and creative part of it, and raise food awareness among children. This game is meant to be played by grownups and kids, families or with friends. The bursary helped me a lot in this project: I could prototype on different expensive type of papers in order to find the best support for the cards (waterproof paper, plastic coating,...)
I got amazing feedbacks. I am currently still developing and refining my game, trying it out with families. My plan is to have this tool on the market in a year or so.