Design For Manufacture
Batu Sozen is an optimist industrial designer based in London.
During his bachelor’s degree, he earned multiple design awards that allowed him to be fully sponsored by the Turkish Ministry of Economy to study at the Royal College of Art, MA Design Products program. There he developed his ability to approach design on a wider viewpoint and ask relevant critical questions to reach the core of the real problems.
His practice is purpose centric. Questioning the actual motives behind the behaviour, intervening problems, with a keen curiosity and strong attention to detail, he prioritizes the impact of the design will bring into the world.
His works are playful and experience-driven; by telling design stories that evoke curiosity, he challenges the conventional way of producing and consuming products and experiences.
He is currently based in London, UK. Where he continues on his projects with a strong determination to improve his skills. Looking forward to finding new challenges where he can take one step further and grow professionally.
Recently, wireless earphones became one of the most commonly used consumer electronics. In 2019, 85 million wireless earphones have been sold globally. However, many of these earphones become obsolete less than two years after purchase and contribute to the E-waste stream due to the short life span of their batteries.
This is because wireless earphones function through many different components that have diverse duty cycles. However, all these components buried under an outer shell with adhesives which makes it extremely challenging to repair or even dismantle the product without damaging it. As a result, when product malfunctions, users don’t have any option but to discard the old one. Furthermore, the market and new trends constantly pushing the consumers to have new devices which make “re-using “ an unattractive notion.
Knowing that E-waste is one of the biggest challenges of today’s world, it is a necessity to encourage the user to choose sustainable alternatives and own products for longer. By separating durable components from, short-lasting ones such as batteries, we can create replaceable modules that avoid discarding the entire product over a malfunctioning part.
Moreover, replacement of the broken components can be turned into an opportunity to upgrade or change the style of the product, so the working parts are not sacrificed for the sake of having up-to-date devices.