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Wilson, Ben, 2013, Art or design object, Donky Bike

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Wilson is a leading figure in accessible, innovative mobility. His work combines product-engineering research with high-profile celebrations of startling cycles. His designs and expertise have been called upon by the British Council (2006–7 exhibition Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand), Issey Miyake Gallery Tokyo (2008), ‘Create 11’ festival (2011), the V&A Museum (‘Power of Making’ exhibition, 2011–12) and Nike (‘Red’, 2012).
Donky Bike is an innovative bicycle adapted for carrying heavy loads without compromising the stability of the ride. This is achieved using a rigid bar passing the length of the vehicle above reduced-size wheels, transferring the weight down through the frame, and allowing easy weaving through traffic.
In 2006, bicycle use in London was growing rapidly, but many of the bikes on the street seemed unsuitable for urban use. Wilson aimed for a strong frame and durable, low-maintenance components that could be repaired or replaced anywhere in the world. The project involved all aspects of research in developing a bike from idea to manufacture. Wilson began by evaluating competitors and making a rough prototype from an existing bike. Further prototypes were built and tested. The project involved engineering and visual design, sourcing production and associated supply chain. Further plans for Donky include front and rear child seats and other specialised carriers. Bicycle couriers hoping to triple their payloads have expressed interest.
Donky Bike was nominated for the London Design Museum Designs of the Year 2013. It was featured worldwide, including in Wired (2013), Reuters (2013), Core77 (2012), Dezeen (2012), Designboom (2012), Seymourpowell (2012) and on more than 130 blogs including in the US, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland, Rumania, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, China, Thailand, South Africa and Australia.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W280 Interactive and Electronic Design
School or Centre: School of Design
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2013 15:08
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2014 13:51
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474

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