Was looking through some old work from College recently (I won’t even say how long ago that was). I studied Graphic Design, but the first year we also studied a lot of Product design.
After year 1 the course split into Graphic Designers and Product Designers.
As part of my final show I created an corporate identity for a fictional Oil Company “ARQ” and decided to also create a Engine Oil bottle out of wood. The idea being to help showcase the brand.
Thanks to a lot of help from the product design brethren, it turned out pretty darn good. Found it recently and remembered doing a lot of work into its ergonomics and I guess ‘usability’.
So turns out I was doing usability design all those years ago. Whoo Whoo!
Now must go and find my old sketches and notes. I think the timber bottle is in my parents loft, gotta get that back.