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.
The rest of the gang…
Have an special occassion to celebrate? Celebrate it with a fireworks match.
For those times you can’t reach what you are trying to burn. The Hard Places Match has a hinge allowing flexibility in small cracks and up high places.
Tired of an employee? Gift them with the “You’re Fired!” Match that represents the state of their job... Burning in flames.
Bored? Feeling Michievous? Put your matches to good use with the match bow. Fling flaming arrows towards whatever you don’t want to see anymore.
For those special lovers out there getting married. Why buy regular candles? Pre-made; the Unity Match allows the groom and bride to strike and break apart for the Unity Ceremony representing the unity of their love.
Taking a smoking break? Need a conversation starter? Start off with a joke to crack things off. Perfectly designed for those moments of need.
For those stressful nights. When striked and lit, the match has an inner lining and when burned it produces a soothing scent to help calm your inner rage.
Trouble lighting a campfire? Applied with tinder for ease of ignition. The circular shaped design, acts as a central source, and traps as well as allowing more heat to light a bundle of logs.
Do you have friends that just lie? But don’t want to confront them? The match allows you to leave one of these as a gift to call out those liar liars pants on fire.
My personal favorite. The Week 13 Match allows you to digress some of your emotion. Strike the head “literally” And watch it go up in flames. Beautifully representing how you feel during finals.
Power outage? Dark and can’t see? Easily spotted with glow in the dark paint. Strike to light. Practically a candle to illuminate your dark home. Simply strike. Acts as a candle for temporary and quick lighting.
One match was never enough fire. Do you have a friend that can’t just get enough fire? Have you ever lit a match and asked yourself “Thats it?”. The Pryo match is the perfect gift for those aching for fire, lots of it.
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.