Solace fall arrest system

Aaron Bavle is a graduate of Humber’s Bachelor of Industrial Design program. His 4th year thesis project “Solace” received the Award of Excellence at the 2018 Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACIDO) Rocket Show, and most recently received a Red Dot – Design Concept Award. The Red Dot Award symbolizes excellence in the world of design and is one of the most desirable seals of quality for designers.

“Solace is construction workwear which is integrated with an innovative fall arrest system designed to mitigate the risk of injury and suspension trauma in the event of a fall from height,” says Bavle. The workwear is not only comfortable and easy to wear, but is also designed to be safer than a conventional safety harness. “Most fall arrest harnesses function in similar ways, so it was difficult to rethink the way it could look and function without affecting the users’ ability to wear this equipment with confidence.”

After working in the field for many years, Bavle felt that there was a need to improve the fall-arrest harness as he remembered how uncomfortable and cumbersome it was to wear the equipment for many hours. “I also conducted several field observations and multiple interviews with tradespeople to learn about their challenges and pain points. Their feedback and my own lived experience is really what pushed me to explore the idea of improving this equipment.”

Throughout his thesis, Bavle admits that time constraints were a challenge as “you’re juggling a full course load aside from thesis, which obviously makes your time more difficult to manage.” He adds, “Humber’s Industrial Design program equipped me with all the practical skills I needed to succeed as a designer. I received a well-rounded education from a very talented group of professors which ultimately helped me to get where I am now.”

“Winning this award means a lot to me as an emerging designer because the Red Dot is an internationally recognized award which represents a very high standard of design quality. It’s incredibly gratifying and validating as a young designer to be recognized by a panel of talented and respected judges from the international design community,” says Bavle. 

Currently, he is working as a junior designer for a furniture design consultancy and is looking forward to attending the Red Dot Awards Show in Singapore this September.

When asked what advice he would give to future students interested in vying for a Red Dot award, he replied, “Don’t try to solve problems that don’t exist and don’t invent a problem to fit your solution. If you’ve got an innovative concept and have received positive feedback from people outside the design community, then go for it. You can’t score if you don’t shoot.”