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"We tried to create an intuitive and coherent design in terms of form and function, accompanied by an original and attractive aesthetic".

Design students have faced a challenge proposed to them by the company Okoru.

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Different folding phases of the Gazelle project PHOTOGRAPH: Communication Service
15/05/19 11:28 Communication Service

Several students from the Designdegree at Tecnun recently faced a challenge presented to them by the company Okoru. Their work consisted of improving the last 100 metres of an electric scooter's journey. "To do this, we started with a design by the company, analysed the product and the electric mobility market as well as the user and their environment and, with the conclusions obtained, we defined the specific challenge we were going to try to solve", says student Garoa Gómez.

This project was the main work of the Design Workshop III course taught by Adrián Larripa, an assistant professor who has his own design studio, BigD design. The proposal made by Garoa Gómez and his team is called Gazelle, and presents improvements in three main aspects of the scooter: folding, hooking and transport. "We tried to create an intuitive and coherent design in terms of form and function accompanied by an original and attractive aesthetic. 

The work of Garoa and his team, also made up of Ander Aramburu Garcia, Iñigo Puerta Uranga and Ainhoa Irigoien Eizaguirre, has been outstanding because they have carried out a complete and detailed project, following all the steps of creation, until reaching a solid and consistent final proposal in prototyping. "The solution we provide has a rapid incorporation into the market", underlines Garoa. 

In addition to the group work, the students also had to present another individual project. "There were five other challenges from which we had to choose one to solve individually. All of them were related to the different brands Okoru sells. "In particular, the challenges we chose were related to the garden: one was to develop alternative shade solutions and the other was to come up with a new concept for a storage shed," says Garoa Gómez.

"With this work, we have learned to solve a problem in depth, to approach the challenge on the basis of the research carried out and the needs detected. In addition, as we had to carry out many tasks simultaneously, we had to organise ourselves well as a team. Most of the work we do is in collaboration with companies. This gives us the opportunity to have a first contact with the world of work, and to see what companies expect from us, the industrial designers". 

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