Graduate Designer Profiles – 4th Level Show

Designer Profile – Owen Quinn

Owen studied Industrial Design at NCAD. His final year project was a design for a mountain rescue system. He names it LIFELINE. He built a harness and a stretcher that are far more versatile, lighter and more practical than anything that exists at the moment. He put a lot of emphasis on materials and has come up with something unique.
In Owen’s own words “when a rescuer carries an injured civilian, the load is spread to their hips, resulting in less stress and strain, speeding up recovery time”.

It’s a brilliant idea – image below.

We asked Owen a few questions and here is how he responded:

d: What’s the thing you’ll miss most about being in college?
OQ: The feeling that you know so much.

d: What will the name of your Autobiography be?
OQ: Where to go from here?

d: Which product / machine / concept do you wish you had designed?
OQ: The cat’s eye on roads.

d: How do you like you eggs?
OQ: Sunny side up always. The perfect start for me in the morning is egg sunny side up, served with crispy streaky bacon, toast with crushed avocado on top, and 3 pieces of asparagus . So tasty until you dip the toast in the runny egg and see the uncooked white part of the egg dangling from your toast. Ahh the troubles of life!

d: What city would you like to live in? – even just for a little while..
OQ: Amsterdam, its so pretty and filled with lovely playful design. i want an old apartment with big windows looking out onto a canal. I want it on the 1- 3rd floor of the building…also a balcony with a circular steel table and chair surrounded by a few colorful flowers. In the kitchen i want a white orchid in a glass bowl to show off the roots…everything else I’m open to compromise..ohhh white bed sheets on a low bed with un-plastered walls and big windows and a semi transparent white curtain. anyone out there now who is employing….give me a shout at meerkatfamily@gmail.com

d: Cats or Dogs?
OQ: dogs for sure…. I have a beautiful border collie, he’s adorable and so smart.

Owen in action

Owen with his exhibition piece in designist

“It is not enough that we build products that function, that are understandable and usable, we also need to build products that bring joy and excitement, pleasure and fun, and, yes, beauty to people’s lives.”

Don Norman