• Kim Burke

11/ Gurus Day. What did I take from it?

Updated: Jan 29, 2020

Gurus day was yesterday and to my surprise I actually gained some insights that have allowed me to move on from my previous ideas, which focused on a solution based concept.

If you didn't see my boards in my last post, here they are. They sum up my research, current thought processes and avenues I may venture into.

So what did I personally get out of Gurus Day, and where has it moved my thinking?

Yesterday I spoke to around 7 'Gurus' (people from industry), which allowed me to explain my project, show them current ideas, prototypes and explain how a creel actually works! To everyone surprise, they were unaware of the multitude of fishing gear lost or abandoned in our oceans, and the sometimes sad reasoning behind this. With 10 to 20% of all fishing gear lost each year by vandalism, maritime traffic destruction and storms. This shockingly accumulates to 640 tonnes. So what can I do as a designer to change this?

80% of the fishing industry coming from static nets and cages.

Why 'Prevent'?

My last blog features a swing of idea change within my design thinking, looking at a new approach to prevention, as opposed to recovery of creels. But I want to clarify why this change in approach is the path I wish to take and why I think its holds greater potential for design.

Currently buoys used on the water are simple and durable however lack performance for visibility for other water users. For fishermen, the buoy acts as a marker to their fishing equipment, often located hundreds of meters below on the sea bed. The buoy is a vital element in this huge issue of ocean waste and sadly it is outdated in oceans consumed by fishing, transportation, sports and cruising. The buoy is liable to damage from other water users, due to poor visibility resulting in lines being cut by boat props and thus equipment attached to the buoy is lost at sea.

So now my question stands, what can I do to prevent the loss of creels and fishing equipment?

Here are my squiggles and note taking from yesterday. It may not mean much to you but this illustrates my current thought process and quite frankly my mind going on overdrive.

Although some things that stood out to me and were repeated yesterday were:

- keep it simple and effective - fishermen won't buoy into complex tech.

- highlight its services; how much money a year does it save, how many creatures lives does it save?

- How can a buoy act as a prevention to loss of equipment? Could this be visibility?

- Check out solar power, eg. small garden lights. (cheap and effective)

- Check out wave energy! Could the buoy harness energy from the ocean and give back, in this case my protecting it. I feel like there's something nice about that.

So! My next steps are...

- Research into current products within buoys and that use sonar and wave energy.

- What ways could I create a prevention method. Colour, light, sound?

- How does wave energy work? Could I harness someone elses current tech?

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