The project is based on objects created for the workshops at Litla Hraun prison. The aim is to promote job satisfaction and increase working capacity of prisoners. The project focuses more on the consequences of prisoners participation rather than the products that are created.
There are numerous opportunities for increased use of design within Icelandic companies and institutions. That is why we chose to start a cooperation with one of the biggest prison in Iceland “Litla Hraun” an all male prison hosting around 100 inmates. The main objective of the project is to show how the prison can utilize designers to innovate and fulfill the demands they make about the nature of projects within the prison workshops. In this project there are many perspectives to keep in mind. These include job training, working hours, access to materials and the prisoners interest in a given project. Such constraints are well suited to the ability of the designer to develop and fulfill the requirements that the prison sets about the nature of the tasks undertaken. It is therefore important to find new potentials and to utilise design to showcase the opportunities that exist within such a cooperation.
The prison workshops at Litla Hraun are quite diverse, with ironworks, woodworking, cardboard processing, signage and recycling. In the mapping the workshops we emphasised on finding opportunities in each workshop as well as looking at the integration across workshops.
Within the project we created new products based on the integration of technology, materials and methods found within Litla Hraun. This creates the foundation for continued collaboration that will bring new and exciting products that increase income, prisoners interest and take into account the capacity of prisoners (which is as diverse as they are many).
The purpose of the project is first and foremost to create a basis for links between designers and Litla Hraun prison. This project will provide a foundation for the use of design within the prison. As well as using design based methods to help prisoners acquire skills that could later help them in adjusting to life outside of prison.