Product Designs (Page 3)

Recoil Body Armour:

In South Africa, the demand for bulletproof jackets is high due to the rise in crime. Every police officer receives a jacket as standard equipment and is worn almost all the time. The need to have an ergonomically designed jacket is crucial to the end user.

Kevlar, when layered in up to 25 layers, creates a very thick fabric and it is this layering that allows the enhanced properties of Kevlar to become apparent. When the bullet strikes Kevlar it sends a shock wave of force into a centre-point on the Kevlar. As the shock gets absorbed the Kevlar layers get crushed into each other becoming bonded. Therefore using add-on body armour, you can reduce overall jacket damage by only replacing destroyed add-ons. Each add-on contains its own 25 layers of Kevlar allowing for increased bullet resistance. These add-ons include shoulders pads, legs pads and groin blocker.

The ceramic tile that protects against rifle calibre bullets was also modified with proper shaping for female chests. Due to the unisex nature of bulletproof jacket manufacturing, it doesn't allow for added contours that the female would require. These modified tiles can be swapped for either male (standard) or female (shaped).

Hygiene was also of concern seeing as Kevlar is a wonderful insulator causing increased heating of the user. A special sweat vest was designed that allowed for increased airflow between the jacket and the user due to its hollow fibre structure.

I designed Recoil Body Armour as my final thesis in my 4th year of studying Industrial Design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2005.

The jacket was designed specifically for the South African Police department.


TIPPI was a design intended to help people who find it difficult to hold juice boxes in one hand.

A person would take TIPPI and attach it to a juice carton by breaking loose the cardboard flaps on the juice box and sliding them into the mouth pieces of TIPPI.

Seeing as the whole unit was to act as a handle for pouring the grip had to be easy and firm. A long ellipse was used as the main grip surface and sits naturally in the user's hand.

The body was injection moulded out of ABS.

TIPPI was designed in collaboration with Jamii Hamlin while doing Freelance Industrial Design in South Africa in 2007.

14mm Gauge Earrings:

These earrings were made using a lathe on stainless steel round bar. The outer diameter of the shaft is 14mm with a wall thickness of 1.5mm.

I chose stainless steel for it surface finish, strength and low level of oxidation so that it doesn't react to a person's skin.

An O-ring is used to keep the earring in place.


The idea was that foamy was to apply the foam that would be used for shaving. The body of Foamy would house the pressured container filled with foam and apply it using horse bristles.

The unit was aimed at travelers that enjoy using foam to get that close shave.

Multiple concepts were generated of Foamy showcasing its visual interchangeability.

Foamy was developed for a client when starting out freelance Industrial Design in South Africa in 2007.

Spiral Pot:

This design was made to experiment with efficient printing patterns on a 3D printer.

The shape spirals up and creates a bit of a corkscrews effect if the pot is filled with soil.

Spirals tend to be filled with visual illusions and seem to warp space in front of you.

I developed the Spiral Pot for my own amusement while starting out Freelance Industrial Design in Canada in 2017.

Hand Of Man:

The Hand-of-Man project was designed and built for Jan Joubert as an exhibition art piece for an outdoor festival called "Africa Burns" in 2011.

The concept was to create a sculpture that would express the creative possibilities of man and his connection to technology. The hand would extend out of the ground with the index finger pointing to the sky.

The sculpture was built using angle iron welded together to create a small group of frames that could be individually moved and fixed together using nuts & bolts.

CRT monitors were then placed into each box and a group of digital splitters were used to display multiple images and videos onto each screen.