10-week term project in collaboration with FLIR and the police
academy and first responders from the ambulance, police and fire
stations in Umeå.
The objective with this study was to identify and address
relevant design opportunities for new product solutions that could
support, enhance and provide new types of seamless collaboration
between first responders at the same accident site.
The project was carried out in close collaboration with first
responders from the local ambulance, police and fire
stations. FLIR which is the world leader in the design,
manufacturing, and marketing of thermal imaging infrared cameras,
was the industrial design partner and participated with design
feedback throughout the project.
Before the project officially started, the students had the
opportunity to participate in two exercises that both focused on
collaboration between the three first responder units. The first
exercise was with first responder students practising together for
the first time at MSB's (The Swedish Civil Contingencies
Agency) school at Sandö south of Umeå. The second exercise was in
Umeå with professional first responders where some of the APD
students had the role of injured and experienced the physical and
time-related perspective of being victims. A small video from this
exercise can be seen below.
During the first weeks of the project the student also got the
opportunity to visit the police academy and the local police,
ambulance and fire stations.
In the project's second phase the students presented their
findings and were introduced to methods for sharing information and
generating ideas from the insights obtained. The outcome of these
activities was used to identify and establish a number of design
After this, each student was asked to choose a design opportunity,
carry out additional research and to write an individual design
brief, specifying how this design challenge would be addressed the
remaining time of the project.
Both FLIR and representatives from the first responders
participated at the final presentation in UID, where students
presented their concepts and exhibited their design results with
posters and presentation models.
Industrial design tutors from FLIR
Christian Högstedt, Head of Design and Anton Hoffman, Industrial
Design Lead (APD alumnus 2014).
External tutor and model making instructor:
Johan Gustafsson, Industrial Designer, Struktur
Jonas Sandström, Linda Bogren, Tomas Lindehell, David
Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme.