Our movement into the urban landscape dictates a need to carry personal belongings of varied size and use. This has resulted in an extremely saturated market with thousands of carrying options. Few designs stray from the conventional paradigms established over the last century. Backpacks have become an integral part of this market. This project rethinks the system and process of using backpacks to present alternative methods of carrying.
By taking a lateral thinking approach, this project develops the relationships we have with goods when on the move. With inspiration drawn from expandable geometries in both nature and origami, the project has developed through a physical evolution of prototypes and testing. A key aspect is the idea of connecting freedom of form to versatility of function.
Forms explored are derived from ergonomic research regarding the human anatomy and gait-mechanics of carrying external loads. Bearing an external load on the human body can have severe impacts over time if not done efficiently. The load positioning and distribution are driving factors in terms of functionality.
To disrupt notions of how we carry, a thorough exploration of alternative design solutions has been undertaken to establish a vehicle that best synchronises the user’s experience with their possessions when on the move. The result is an adaptable tool to carry personal goods within our changing lifestyles.