Wednesday, 27 October 2010


Bike theft is something which everyone who rides a bike will be a aware of, whether it has happened to you or not. The way you lock your bike and what kind of lock you use is the most obvious way to minimise the chances of becoming a victim of this crime.

Imagine coming back to where you locked it to find your main mode transport gone. For me it is one of those moments when you feel sick with rage.

I identified the branding on a bike to be the element which gives the bike as a whole the most value. My ornament is a series of covers worn by, and stored on the bike which hide the branding. The frame covered by sheets of plastic painted the same colour as the frame and slid into place. The saddle covered by the skin of an old saddle, stored inside it when not in use, and the badge made to be removable. You are then left with a bike which looks much more bland than it actually is.

Overlapping Narratives

An exploration of how people from different walks of life with no ostensible connection can be brought together through an act of crime. This relationship is random, a wrong time wrong place kind of thing, and is therefore almost impossible to predict or prevent. Instead the ornament seeks to explain the impersonal nature of crime as well as the plethora of reasons behind each action; its not fate exactly but everyone is where they are for a reason (shopping, social, toilet)...


The potential criminal tries to break into the older vehicle through the gap in the door seal (door seals being poorly designed in older vehicles). The criminal encounters an additional type of seal on the inside of the door which is different to usual. Criminal perseveres and surprisingly the plastic strapping is allowed to pass through the seal and over the door lock mechanism - but when the criminal tries to pull on the strapping which is necessary to open the lock the strapping simply won't move - it has become trapped in the fibres of the seal and rendered useless. A one way seal – allows in but not out; preventing the crime taking place and also capturing evidence of the crime.
The seal has layers of material; rubber, foam and natural matting, meaning the seal is breathable but will not let water in.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010


Ingrained in teenage culture is the desire to obtain what society says they cannot have. Partly for this very reason many under age teens try and get into nightclubs with fake ID. An innocent crime at first thought but one which ends up involving many.

With my version of Fake ID the need for someone Else's real ID is negated, along with the crime of fraud and aiding under age drinking. Using the 'Fake ID Manual' the under age teen need only apply a layer of latex, coloured to suit the skin with possible other additions such as cut hair for a beard, in certain areas to achieve the appearance of someone older (But not too old). Once the bouncer is fooled the teen can easily peel the latex off and carry on with their night with no hastle.

Over Protection

The crime is over protection, here I take this crime and give it a new twist that can be applied to everyday life. It has a number of functions, and protects in a number of ways. But ironically when worn it can act as a camouflage in the outside world instead of alerting you to its presence. which goes to show how bombarded we are with warning signs on the average british high street. This links to my original crime of the over protection of children by showing that by over protecting to such an extent that we have become desensitised to warnings.


The main factor that leads to violence in football courts is the own structure of the sport. Sports based on dynamism whereas athletes come in direct physical contact then production of violence is unavoidable. The violence is then automatically transfered to the crowd where it starts behaving aggressively for no important reason. The solutions and the proposals for tackling the problem of violence at football matches are too many and several can be directly applicable. My proposal is a protective vest that can be worn by all types of people in order to protect them in case of unrest or 'kettling' (police tactic for the management of large crowds during demonstrations or protests. It involves the formation of large cordons of police officers who then move to contain a crowd within a limited area) in a football match.


When a drink is spiked, is the crime of this act the fact that the victim unknowingly ingests an illegal substance, or the fact that the victim's memory is effectively stolen from them?

I acted to find a solution to the latter, but ended up creating a device that attempts to acknowledge both crimes. My device is very simple, it features three key objects; a four track recorder, a microphone, and copious amounts of microphone wire. Together these enable the victim's memory to be preserved for the morning and also act as a preventative solution by letting the potential spiker know they are being recorded.

Instant Response Jacket

Here is a leaflet outlining a project whereby a new Emergency Service is created. In times of terrorism and extreme trauma it is up to these people to organise a crowd and stop chaos from spreading.

Ornament Against Crime 1:1 Final Model

Part 2
So going on from the heavy nail clad arm i decided to develop the design so that i can have a contrasting aesthetic as while maintaing a similar function. In this instance i have used small thumb tacks which means that the spikes remain at a 90 degree angle at all times whereas on the other hand the nails began to flop down .
The thing gained from producing two variants of essentially the same thing was that i was able to realize and stat a discussion about the difference between crime prevention and crime deterrents.
In this case the first example was a deterrent because its bark was bigger than its bite in this case it seems to be the opposite.

Ornament Against Crime 1:1

So Just A Hairy Arm?
Ok so the point of my ornament isn't so that you get bullied more but more so so that you can prevent it.
Developed from the bases of having experienced someone trying to mug me, my device is all about people keeping their distance! Allowing you to have the satisfaction of you own space.
This was my initial reaction to the brief however not my final out come.

Monday, 25 October 2010


Even in contemporary cities, open burning takes place. The burning of vegetative, organic and man-made wastes churn out cubic meters of smoke which pollute our air and disrupt our ease of breathing, potentially causing us to choke, suffocate or wheeze in the toxic combination of noxious gases and smog.

This hand-held ornament slips over the nose and mouth area to provide a filter for the smoke and pollutants. The front of the mask contains rosemary, allowing the user to crush it with his fingertips to release its scent which masks the smell of smoke; providing the user the chance to breathe a little easier as he/she walks away from the source of the pollution.



Crimes happen when one is normally alone. Backstreets and quiet walks have known be a dangerous place to walk alone, leaving one vulnerable to robbery. The body armor tackle the problem, providing lonely walker with an imaginary companion, protecting and preventing crime robbery from happening. It is an illusion of less is more.


Many crimes start out as small impact events. However a percentage of these also have knock on effects leading to consequences unforeseen by the perpetrater. I was victim to such an occasion.

This Garment protects the body against the crime of littering gone awry.
The raised pad reduces impact while the waxed material provides protection against liquids. The tray and non waterproofed material then catch and collect the residue leaving under-garment completely unharmed.

Saturday, 23 October 2010


The Act Of 'Illegal Cycling'

Cyclists in the city constantly pass through no-cycle zones. Jumping red lights, using pavements and crossing pedestrianised streets to speed up their journey. In a bid to find the shortest route they come into close proximity with others, whether it be pedestrians, vehicles or the static city - barriers, buildings, signposts.

In a world with ever increasing activity these whiskers for a cyclist gently indicate to the rider when an impact is about to take place, avoiding the otherwise inevitable collision. The ends of the fibres will also pick up traces of other objects for post-crash forensic analysis, useful in situations where the cyclist ignores the warning given to them.



     George Orwell was right, 1984 happened in 2010. We are now living into big brother society. CCTV is watching you, but also your family, and even passersby in the street. If the aim was actually to prevent from crime, which will become an attempt of privacy. As a case study I choose two children playing with firecrackers in a car park when an under cover cop came.

How can we avoid being seen while doing something wrong, or not ?
     The supreme ornament against the crime of privacy is the human mirror ball. some pieces of mirror conveniently placed on the body can get rid of the human being you are to transform into an optical illusion. Just enough time to spin.

Thursday, 21 October 2010



There are plenty of illegal street vendors selling pirate DVDs and replica objects across London.

This ornament allows the vendors to communicate to one another via signalling, however over time the wicker will begin to abrade on the contents of the street vendor's items.


51 Bikes a day are stolen in London and most of these are done so for there parts alone. Bike components can be removed within seconds and sold on without leaving a trace.

The suit (pictured) offers a solution to this with the user able to remove their parts (saddles, handlebars, gears etc.) and attach them to their clothing along with the tools needed to do so.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010


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