Interview with designer Clive Walters (CW), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Hive Multipod.

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Interview with Clive Walters at Friday 13th of September 2013: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
CW : The main principle of the design was to create a pod for large breakout spaces. I took inspiraction for the form of the Hive from a sphere.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
CW : The main focus was to be forward thinking and not hold back on the design as these issue could be solve during the later stages. So it was critical that the design was bold and stood out if we achieve this the design would be a success.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
CW : It's really important that people by into the design, it would be great to see these being used across the board in all public buildings.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
CW : It took roughly 12 months starting from the concept stages through to the completed product

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
CW : It was a design concept that had a lot of interest so we took it through all the design stages until we had a completed product

DI: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
CW : At the moment the Hive has been produced by the compoany I work for. It would be great if the product took off internationally, in a country more open to bold designs.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
CW : I was asked by my boss one day to design a multi functional pod and there were no limits just be creative

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
CW : I had alot of critic from my boss who helped me develop it through to the final product

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
CW : The target customers are vast and I wouldnt want to single anyone out.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
CW : This is a totally unique design and I have not seen any similar product current on the market

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
CW : The name Hive seemed to come naturally to most people and over time it stuck... We did play with other names like dome and orb also.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
CW : The initial concept was done using Sketchup and free handed drawings. Once we had a rough idea of how we wanted it to look, we then created a 3d model it in Solidworks. Within this piece of software we were able to ensure it could be constructed. A programme was then created in Autocad to send to the cnc machinery so it could be built.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
CW : The design is unique and unlike any product i've seen soits hard to compare

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
CW : The main calloboration came in the development stages with Paul Barlow

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
CW : We limited the use of technology to simplifi the constructin of the final product. The fittings need to constuct the Hive are dowels and connector bolts.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
CW : Research didn’t really happen when creating the design it evolved organically from start to finish

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
CW : The main challenge was during the ensemble of the product, but after building it a few times these quickly disappeared.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
CW : I believe so much in this product and felt the only way to get it seen by a wider market was to enter it in a design competition. Sometimes the hardest part of creating a product is getting it marketed in the right way especially if people see it as being out of the ordinary.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
CW : Learning is something that you never stop doing, I know have more knowledge then when we started and I can apply this in future products.