Each of the BSc(Hons) Product Design with Professional Placement students are currently on various work placements around the country and also run the Brighton-based design firm The Process in their spare time. Their product, the enAball, is a portable and adaptable painting device that allows wheelchair users to independently express themselves through the medium of art.
Speaking about the project, team member Peter Barr said: “We wanted to design something that elevated the creative freedom that disabled individuals often find themselves deprived of. The enAball uses a ball bearing as a paint applicator giving the user 360 degrees of movement, and its small size and portable nature requires only a small amount of space to operate. The current market is populated by big, ungainly and messy products that restrict the users’ freedom through flawed rollers, barrels and wheels. The arms are also adaptable meaning the product can attach to a range of wheelchairs - from an adult’s to a child’s.”
The project has been shortlisted for a Santander Prize.