Radically Practical Product Series
Date: 2017 | 3 Week Project
Brief: A series of weekly experiments done for course ‘Creative Strategies’ developed by professor Fridolin Beisert, which helps students develop strategic approaches to creativity.
The strategy I used was “Radically Practical”. Inspired by one of Nonobjects’ design methodologies. It is a design methodology that explores the boundaries of “traditional product thinking” and asks the question:
“How practical can a product be?”
I chose to redesign two very normal objects that we tend to take for granted:
Pasta & Matches
Radically Practical Matches
A set of matches redesigned for specific everyday occasions, using the design methodology “Radically Practical”.
It started with a question: Can a match be more practical?
2 Minute Match
Tired of holding short matches and then burning your fingers? The two minute match lets you hold onto the match for a radically practical period of time.
"That was cake" Match
Have only one match to do the job of lighting a ton of birthday candles? Wasting 2 minutes of your life? The “That Was Cake” Match allows you to light multiple candles at once so you can just get on with singing Happy Birthday.
02. Scatola: Radically Practical Pasta
Scatola is a 3D printed pasta inspired by a question: Can your food be designed more practically?
Brief: Create an entry for the 2017 Barilla Smart Pasta Competition. Design a unique eating experience and pasta shape utilizing 3D printing technology.
Strategy: Planting Limits
Limit: Design with ‘Right Angles’ only.
The existing experience of eating pasta is not pleasant. Paired with sauce the pasta becomes slippery, picking up with a fork becomes challenging.
Scatola is simply shaped - a cube - an efficient form that affords many use cases. The repetition of squared openings allows for a unique textural eating experience one can almost play and feel with one’s tongue. The evenly spaced openings allow your fork to perfectly fit while also evoking the nostalgia of eating macaroni as a child, fitting them on each prong, oh so satisfying.
Easily fork the pasta at any angle or orientation.
Perfectly sized for your fork. It doesn't roll away. The openings catch ingredients. And it is conveniently bite sized.
Maximized space packaging: The box nature of Scatola allows for structural integrity, efficient stacking, as well as decreasing wasted space.