Excited by design with a purpose, my goal is to make impactful and meaningful designs for people and planet alike.
Passionate about keeping users at the core of my designs, I find it incredibly stimulating and rewarding to tackle design challenges and find creative solutions.
My major project encapsulates this by designing for humanitarian aid. Mat Zero is a heated mat powered by solar panels to provide an alternative, safe and sustainable heating method for refugees. This project highlights my creativity and desire to utilise design to help vulnerable people.
Similarly, Isla, a concept home printer that creates 3D textured images for the visually impaired demonstrates my ability to understand target users while playing to my strengths of creative thinking and rendering. By using key software packages throughout the project, I gained experience in Rhino, Keyshot and Adobe suite.
Lastly, I enjoy being in the workshop and gaining practice-orientated experience in prototyping. While working in a motivated team on a mechanical and electronics project, our team was successful in building an automated Aeropress coffee machine from concept to fully functioning prototype. The collaborative work helped build essential teamwork and communication skills.
Final year project
Mat Zero concept render.
Mat Zero is a heated mat powered by solar energy to provide an alternative, safe and sustainable heating method for refugees. Mat Zero has the potential to save humanitarian and non-governmental organisations, such as the United Nations, millions each year whilst increasing the quality of life within a refugee camp.
Mat Zero control unit render.
Mat Zero is a two-part project containing the control unit and the mat. The control unit is the main interaction point and powers the mat to produce warmth for refugees.
Isla display render.
Isla is a home printer that creates 3D textured images for the visually impaired. The aim is to bring family and friends closer together through sharing images in the home environment.
Isla in-action printing render.
The creation of Isla was part of a one-week design challenge for Panasonic.
Aeropress project: "Bean".
A mechanical and electronic team project creating an automatic Aeropress coffee machine from concept to fully functioning prototype.
Sri Ellen Hollema
Final year project
Central Research Laboratory Finalist for the Accelerator Program to develop, manufacture and commercialise my final year project, Mat Zero, with various mentors and industry experts.
I completed a year of the Erasmus study exchange in Milan, Italy. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in Milan, being immersed in the Italian culture and learning in the design capital of the world and through Politecnico Di Milano. The largest challenge when moving to a new country is often the language. Therefore, I enrolled in an additional language course to improve my Italian. I expanded my horizons by studying Interior Design and Branding modules which gave me new perspectives on design approaches.
During my time in Milan, I completed a three-month summer internship in a concept design studio called Castiglione Morelli Design. Working in a professional design studio, I was exposed to many different aspects of the commercial consultancy world and learned how to design for a key manufacturing client portfolio. A highlight of my time at the studio would include organising, developing and pitching a potential product concept to an established client with the intention to manufacture.