In my small group we focused our product research onto a specific user group. We chose a middle aged male who is looking to learn how to cook on his own and live a healthier lifestyle. He is short on time after coming home from a long work day, so he needs a product that’s convenient and easy to learn to use.
Researching Current Products:
Once the Demographic was formed we each chose different kitchen items to redesign to be more efficient for our end user “Steven” as we called him. My main focus was a serving spoon.
I wanted the spoon design to eliminate all the clutter that is accumulated when cooking and combine it into one easy to use product.
I Created prototypes using various foam density to test the shape and ergonomics of the spoon.
Once I found a good design I rendered it in Rhino and 3-D printed a prototype for the top piece. The bottom pepper grinder was vacuum formed using acrylic plastic.
The spoon would be made from wood. The salt and pepper grinders would be made of tempered glass. They are interchangeable by pushing down and twisting the glass similar to a medicine cap. There are recessed areas to measure a teaspoon and tablespoon.
A year later I decided to re-evaluate my spoon design. I kept the same concept but just chose to tweak the appearance of the spoon in order for it to appeal to a large audience and be more affordable.
The new design features a longer handle, an oval spoon head, and a flat tip for scraping the bottom of pans.
The salt and pepper grinders are detachable and can be used while enjoying dinner. A simple push down and twist unlocks them from the spoon handle.