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Bringing design thinking and material innovation to detectives to redefine the process of packaging and processing forensic evidence

What:
User Research, System Design, UX Design
Who:
Imperial College + Royal College of Art
Impact:

Nominated for the Beazley Designs of the Year Awards 2020

Project year:
2020
Problem area

The current system for collecting, packaging and processing forensic evidence is antiquated and broken. This increases the chance of the evidence becoming contaminated or compromised. Many cases are only allowed to submit up to five pieces of evidence in court, so it is crucial that every item has the best chance to stand up to trial.

My role

I worked directly with detectives to conduct on site research in the police station, evidence lockers and the courtroom. Using insights from this research and advice from forensic scientists, I developed a suitable material for packaging evidence. I then used the material and a series of props to co-design the rest of the packaging system with the detectives.

Outcome

A new flexible and moldable material that is used to both protect, and then package the forensic evidence. A novel way to seal the packaging that is traceable and secure. An embedded RFID chip to allow the evidence to be automatically scanned and logged at points in the chain of custody, removing the need for manual input.

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