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Wrist-borne device

Product design

With all the chatter lately about Apple’s possible iWatch and other wearables, I decided to offer my perspective on a direction I’d like to see wrist-borne devices go.

Read on here.


Balance push bike for toddlers.
Why should adults have all the fun!


Three fin roundtail


With all the chatter lately about Apple’s possible iWatch and other wearables, I decided to offer my perspective on a direction I’d like to see wrist-borne devices go.

Read on here.


Designed to overcome a constant frustration I had in gyms over the years with threaded free-weights where the nuts work their way loose when doing reps, especially on exercises like bicep curls, often so much that the user is required to stop the exercise, put the weight on the floor, re-tighten and restart the routine.
I have come up with a ratcheted version of the bar. It adds little extra cost to manufacture and has a quick release lock on the threaded nut to lock the nut in place during exercise and allows for easy unlocking so they can be quickly spun off the bar when a weight change is required.


If, like me, you’re in to French film noire and dropping in on a clean, crisp right-hander from time to time, this is the board for you.


Portrait of Sara. South Bali, October 2013


I set myself a challenge a couple of years back and only recently re-discovered it in my piles of files. The Fitflop (orthopedic flip flop) has been a huge hit but damn they look ugly. Without adjusting the core form and functionality, could alternate color and material choice make them more palatable to the more discerning audience. Here were my first few quick efforts.



For thirty five years, Clive Limpkin, one of the unsung heroes of Fleet Street, worked as a photographer with the Daily Express, The Sketch, The Sun and The Daily Mail, while feature writing for The Sunday Times and The Observer. He then moved into full time travel writing and photography and has written some extraordinary books.

I have been working with him for the last few months, providing creative direction and producing his latest book for Apple’s iPads.
(Update: Now also available on Amazon for the Kindle)
It’s his autobiography, ‘Lost in the Reptile House’.

It’s a fascinating, funny, brilliant insight into the golden age of Fleet Street photojournalism.
You can find the download link on his recently refreshed website, which I also designed. Clive’s blog is also a must for bookmarking.

Link here… clivelimpkin.com


The second installment in my Bamzu project. Stack, a four-seater bench, is a series of long cushions strapped with rope made from recycled plastic bottles. It can be easily unstrapped to create four low seating cushions to surround a coffee table. The cushions are sold empty and the customer will be given list of their nearest recycling depot where they will be able to pick up cloth off-cuts to fill their cushions. This prototype is filled with clean cloth provided by Eco-Bali who pick up several sacks a day of clean cloth off-cuts from several clothing factories in Southern Bali.

For more information on Bamzu, visit the website here.


A multi-use knife made from high-quality steel with a flexi-grip, low-profile vacuum cast handle.  An exercise in balance – both in terms of weighting and curvilinear form.


John steps up once again to talk Green school and Bamboo.

For some context you may also want to watch his first TED talk that he did for TED Global in Oxford, UK in 2010.
link here.


Here to encourage a re-think of product development, and in turn, customer involvement in the 21st century, the Double-A Deckchair by Bamzu is made from sustainable, locally-sourced materials. It consists of four carefully chosen bamboo poles, string and the canvas back. (available in other colours soon!) It is incredibly simple to construct, but the onus is on the customer to put the chair together, to tie the string tight enough, to angle the chair properly and consider the surroundings before sitting down – mind out for those falling coconuts! The idea is that the customer has more involvement in the preparation and maintenance of the product, re-installing common sense and practical human skills that all able-bodied souls should have such as the ability to tie a basic knot.
And in choosing not to cut or finish the poles or adding any unnecessary complexity to the design, the owner gets the best opportunity to re-purpose the various elements in the product’s later life, should they choose.