A product design piece of a final design prototype of a potato peeler.
I started this project by getting familiar with the functionality of the human hand. I drew close to 60 hands in an effort to understand how the human hand grips objects.
We created plaster molds shaping them with our own grip. After multiple renditions, this was my final mold I used as a final step to understanding a comfortable hand grip. This mold is universal meaning it can be used by both right and left handed individuals.
Initial sketches for the design of my potato peeler based off of my research, user testing of existing products and primary hand gripping exercises.
Rapid prototyping made from insulated foam. I explored how the shape of the product affects the grip and feel for the user during this phase.
Using a firmer foam, I created this last prototype before creating the mold for my final prototype. This foam allowed me to refine the design a lot more than the prior packing, insulated foam. This prototype was used to make the silicone mold.
The final prototype was made from a silcone mold by pouring resin and waiting until it hardened.