New Making

Fly club wrist band

Introducing the fly club wrist band; a wearable wrist band that allows people attending fly events to create a personal souvenir to remember the events they have been to, by allowing them to choose their favourite DJ playing. Attendees can do this in the form of a little ‘pin’ that they choose on arrival and insert to their wrist band for safe keeping.

Where did the idea come from? Well I started by doing some background research on fly open air, looking at things like dates, locations and line-ups, to see if anything would be changing from usual, and to see if anything sparked initially in terms of ideas.

From what I could see, it was basically the same, Hopetoun house May, Princess street gardens September. However, the only thing that had changed was the days the events were held. The first couple of years, fly was held over one day, usually a Saturday. But since the last event, fly have started hosting it over the whole weekend, presuming due to growing popularity. This is where my first idea stemmed from; all these events, now two days at a time, now even more DJ’s, making it increasingly harder to be able to remember key parts from the events that people enjoyed, such as who they enjoyed the most. Initially I had thought about digital ticketing and redesigning what we would perceive as a ‘ticket’ but this strayed a little too far from the souvenir aspect I was looking at bringing.

I researched into existing festival souvenirs, and quickly found that most souvenirs given at events like this, come in the form of ‘merch’. Collectable things like clothing, mugs, bags. All which had nothing to do with the actual event they had just experienced. This is what I wanted to try achieve; something that would create a memorable link between the two for the user. Creating a more immersive experience both at the event, and looking back. I ended up landing on the idea of wrist bands.

Wrist bands are something used a lot of events like this, however always over looked as just a way of keeping track of who has bought and ticket and who should be attending the event. Most commonly made from a material called ‘Tyeek’. Which is that weirdly strong, paper-like material you get stuck on your wrist at event and spend ages trying to rip of when you get home. For one, its destroyed when the user has to rip it off, but then the memory of it is also destroyed when it gets thrown in the bin and disposed of.

So I looked in to a material that would allow users to use it over and over again, very common one that came up was silicone. Which works great for my ideas as; its flexible so allows for once size fits most, durable, weather resistant and is very cheap and fast to produce. However, one thing that was missing, how does this differ from any other wrist band? How does it create a souvenir? How does it give data to fly club? As well as wanting to add this element into my design, I also really wanted to make use of the wasted bottles and litter that ae left at fly events. Having previously researched into brands such as 4ocean. So many bottles and cups are left over every year, so using this in the new product is also such a good proposal for fly club’s reputation.

This is where my idea of the ‘pins’ came from; they serve a dual purpose. They allow the users to customise their bands by choosing one based on their favourite DJ and inserting it into the holes on the band, and also allow fly to analyse data such as popularity of the DJ’s, through the bar graph style dispensers which would be at the entrance to the venue.

The pins are colour coded to a DJ, to allow people to customise their band aesthetically, without having a physical connection to the DJ playing as this would not be very nice looking. The pins slide into holes on the band and stay there well due to the properties of the silicone.

Through attendees taking one of these pins at each fly event, they begin to build a band of memories for this great event, while also helping fly club with data analysis, while simultaneously making a dent in our fight against global warming.

New Making

New Making by Brad Findlay

At first on new making I thought I wanted to go down the route of metal, creating a wall piece, based on minimalism, however after exploring with 3D printing a bit more and realising how easy it is to adapt and create interesting things, I decided to use this for my final artefact. I wanted to join steel, and rope as my materials for hybrid materiality’s. And I wanted to do this using the process of laser cutting. I started off creating models out of cardboard and using string, to get ideas of how it would look. I experimented with different patterns. I then created a print of where I wanted the holes to be for the ‘picture’ and threated it to create my artefact. I wanted it to have a minimalistic look to it and I think I pulled it off. For the second artefact we were exploring scaffolding glitches. For this I wanted to try explore some of these all in one model. So I created a shape that had an overhang, curve and also played about with the infill. It does not look very appealing but it worked exactly how I intended it, to show glitches in the 3D printing process. However, In the design I took a piece of material out, to see if it would collapse some of the material. However, this part remained fine, which taught me some things about the material. I think this happened as the material had two points of contact instead of just one. The parametric design aspect took me a while to get my head around using the software. However, I found this software, named mesh mixer. Which was pretty easy to use for creating parametric shapes and printing them. I experimented with a basic cylindrical shape first, then moved onto more complex things like morphing elephants, rabbits, bull heads, and a chicken foot. Just playing about with them and getting used to the concept. I decided to 3D print the foot as I found it the most interesting and was intrigued to see how it would stand once printed. Luckily it did not need any scaffolding to hold it up so it still maintained the original look and the final outcome was really nice. Parametric design was one of the areas I ended up exploring the most as I found it really interesting as I had never played around with these kind of shapes before for printing. For my final artefact I decided I wanted to create a small, visually appealing piece, that also showed what I had learned over the course of the past few weeks. At first I looked at having floating spheres, connected by thin lines, however this ended up looking to be too complex for the time given. I then looked at using scaffolding to hold the spheres up, which actually looked very appealing, and also worked well as it demonstrated what I had learned previously. I also looked at visually appealing infills, as I planned on leaving the top sphere, unfinished, to show the infill pattern. II had some difficulty with the sphere placement but eventually got there. I think my final artefact turned out very well as not only does it demonstrate what I’ve learned, but does it in an aesthetic way.


Connected things, blog post, Brad Findlay

I started by simply coding the led strip, to turn on and off. I then started looking into changing the colour of it, both these things were very basic. However ,the wiring of the board was a little more complicated but after a few times of doing it, it soon became pretty easy and the more and more times I done it I became much more familiar with the board and what each pin means. I then looked at coding the ultrasonic sensor which was also difficult as I had never used this before, so I got some assistance wiring this up and also looking at the code and what each part means. Once it was all set up I started looking at the data it was giving out, It was pretty accurate and was giving out the data in centimetres. I then combined the codes, this took some time to get working again as I ended up getting quite confused with how it all worked when combined. At first I set it so that the two components worked individual, just to make sure they both worked on the code, I then started altering it so that the led would turn on at a certain distance. At first I had it set so that unless the object was closer than the set distance, the LED would just stay green. However this did not look very professional and I wanted the LED to be turned off unless in use. So I changed the code around and got it so that it would be off, until something was in front of it, then it would turn green and start flashing to show it was in use at a safe distance. Then when you got close to the second variable it would turn red and start blinking faster. I was happy with this but I wanted to make it a bit more precise. I decided to do this by adding in another variable, which was amber. This would go on between the green and the red to show that the user is close, but not too close. Making the design much more effective to use. However, this meant redoing some of the code as it did not fit with what I had previous done before. I also had to change my distances and make them bigger to allow enough distance between the three colours.

My reason for designing the LED park parking assistant is based on, not everyone can afford a car that comes equipped with parking sensors nowadays, and other people might just not like them, may find them annoying or hard to use. My Project looks at providing car parking aids for car parks, turning parking sensor into installations, rather than luxury add-ons for vehicles. Making them available for use to everyone. Installing these parking aids will allow all people to park safely and confidently. Reducing bumps and crashes. These parking aids could be set up in any kind of carpark or multi-storey. The stand would be cemented into the back of the spaces just like a sign would, allowing them to be seen from the front windscreen and rear view mirror while parking.

The parking aids will be presented as tall stands that feature discreet proximity sensors at 3 different levels of the stand this will allow readings for any height of vehicle. The stand will be housing an LED strip at the top, that moves up and down based of readings from the sensors, so visible at various heights, accommodating different cars. The LED will first switch on when the user first drives into the space, to save power being wasted. As the user starts getting closer to the sensor, it will change to Green to alert the user the are in proximity to the sensor. The when the user then gets closer, the light will then change to amber and then finally to Red when the user is dangerously close, and warning them that they should stop and they are safely in the bay. The warning will be visible whether the user is driving in or reversing in to the space, and will also move up or down if it detects the vehicle is taller or smaller.


Brad Findlay

Heres the link to my shopping basket video, Maxi-Basket. Allowing a quick, easy, budgeted shopping experience;

Social Narratives


It is undeniable that Scotland, as a country, has a severe drinking problem. There have been many attempts to find a solution and so far, all have failed and we still have one of the highest alcohol related death figures amongst other countries and as if this wasn’t bad enough, the figures have raised 20% since last year.

Recently the Government has released news they are going to raise the minimum unit pricing of alcohol up to 50p per unit. Our argument goes against this by suggesting that taxation of alcohol is unfair and not the right way to go about fixing this serious problem.

Our solution, DrinQuit.

An app that provides users with non alcoholic activities near by and rewards them for partaking in the events. It works by allowing the user to like and dislike suggested activities and locations. After viewing the activity via web browser and maps, the user can like, and add the event  to their smart phones calendar, and view later on.

The users are ranked based on the amount of events or activities they take part in and appear on the “soberboard”. This is ranked globally and provides users with a sense of accomplishment and motivation to partake in more activities.

As well as this, users can also add their own events. The events have to meet a criteria and cannot be related to alcohol in anyway. The user also completes a checklist to help other users identify the activity.

Undoubtably, Scotland’s drinking problem needs to be over come. We believe providing the users with an alternative, allowing them to socialise and meet new people in a different way, will most definitely help and make a small dent in overcoming alcoholism.

Please follow this link to our video of DrinQuit in use:

Design social narratives project – Brad findlay and Katie McGroarty