- Industrial Design
- Strategic Design
- User Experience design
- Service Design
Studio Janne Pärssinen
Ultra Design & Strategy
2021 – present
Collaborative and Industrial design – MA
2017 – 2021
Design – BA
2014 – 2017
Originally created for a competition by the city of Helsinki. The brief of the competition was to create a bench concept that can be adapted to different neighbourhoods of Helsinki while being recognisable as the new type of city bench. The bench had to go beyond the regular park bench and create a sense of communality or have interactive elements to it. Koro is not only a single bench design, but a set of parameters which can be used to create a diverse collection of benches with the same construction. The structure is created by CNC-bent steel pipe and wooden bars which are attached together with a consistent joint. The production method allows effective manufactury of varying shapes. The parametric design allows the bench to be varied to suit different locations and uses such as sunbathing, casual sitting, picnics, remote working and so on. The recipe or ’definition’ for the parametric design of the furniture was created in Grasshopper. The definition could be used for modifying the shape by moving the corner points around. The grasshopper algorithm would then generate the 3d model, dividing the wooden bars neatly and lastly produce the drawings and cut files required for fabricating the design.
Habitare18 design competition winner
Original exhibition text: “At an excursion to the skirt of nature you sometimes find yourself looking for a place to rest. Finding a pleasant location feels delightful. The element that draws you in can be as simple as a nice looking formation, smooth texture or a pleasant shade. Kids look at the world with fresh eyes. For them the same resting place can look like a fun place to play in. A place can have different meanings for different people. We created Spotti (a spot or a place) because we felt the best places don’t tell people how to behave. Instead people can give it their own meaning. This is why we think Spotti will be an inviting place for the new Pasila residents.”
Joy aims to bring the sense of excitement to urban transportation. It has an unique lean to steer geometry, which creates a fun, cruising type riding experience with a sideways stance. The geometry of the vehicle allows the most simple folding mechanism – just one pivot for both steering and folding. This makes the construction sturdy enough for a stable an reliable ride. I wanted to challenge the electric scooter and turn it into something more fun and street credible. The concept is based on having only one pivot point which is used for both steering and folding the scooter. This can be done by making the steering angle way slacker than normally and leaning to steer. The end result is a cruiser type scooter which is as durable as a bicycle or a nonfoldable scooter would be. I didn’t want to take the safe road of merely styling the conventional scooter, but instead come up with something new. Creating the final working and functional prototype took a lot of work and steps to get there. Sketches, 3d-models, mockups, quick functional proto. In the end it was all worth it for the joy of testing the transportation device designed and built with my own hands. A video of me riding the proto scooter can be found at the link below.
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The brief from Suunto was to make the display system modular. The previous system was very inefficient to produce and didn’t allow stores to have much choice on how to display the products. The system didn’t allow changing chargers either so when new watch models had to be displayed it meant either getting a new display or DIY solutions from the shops. All of these problems and more were to be solved in a display system that is cost-effective, good looking and true to the Suunto values.My main task was to design the display system as a freelance designer. I worked out the level of modularity that was suitable for the problem with sketches and models. The project was a surprisingly complex puzzle since the design had to solve a myriad of issues at once. Along the process I created concept images to communicate the design to Suunto, the retail manufacturer and also the design engineers creating the technical drawings.The modular display line-up allows for many different configurations. Smaller shops and bigger chain stores can use the components to suit their needs.
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