Access and Transportation

Project by

B K Chakravarthy

This project will be exhibited at Design Degree Show 2015, 13th to 17th June.

Motorcycle Helmet Redesign

Riding has been by far given the most relaxing and exhilarating experiences I’ve ever had. The sense of freedom it bestows the rider with is beyond measure. Being exposed to the environment and living in the moment could not be better way to exist, but it poses a sizable amount of risk for the rider and pillion, considering that it’s a mode of transport prominent for commute. Sadly, the statistics outlines that the number of motorcycle casualties rise with every passing year. Brain trauma still remains as the leading cause for fatal accidents. Even after being made mandatory, a large population of riders still refrain from wearing a helmet while on road.

This project explored the user perspectives and his deep rooted conventions about the practice of wearing helmet. The psychological and physical notions associated with were studied. The structural composition of motorcycle helmet has remained constant since inception – hence an attempt was made to bring in novelty in this aspect as well as methods to facilitate regular use by improving aspects of comfort and accessibility. Eventually style matters for a product that the user considers an extension of his personality and could not be disregarded.