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Klako

DESCRIPTION

The project implementation started from a thorough analysis of design and operation of existing solutions (clothespins). Then, the analysis of how laundry is hanged out for drying. As usual in Design Thinking processes interviews with the users of this simple product were made. For instance, 2/3 of the interviewed persons complained about indentations left on clothes, and a half of them admits that their clothespins often break down. It was the basis for the design work. One assumption was to create a clothespin of a structure reduced to minimum to reduce its vulnerability to damage. The next goal was to speed up the operation of hanging the laundry out while reducing the force needed to clip the clothespin. These requirements were addressed by a mechanism that reduces the efforts needed for hanging by using the natural movement of the entire arm. This new clip was much more user-friendly. The prototypes were 3D printed (the quickest prototyping method currently available) to verify the correctness and usability of the design.

Klako

Klako

JUSTIFICATION

Designing a new clothespin may seem to be a trivial idea but this type of projects are often implemented by means of Design Thinking methodology. Why was this one successful? The answer is simple – the needs of all stakeholders were respected, including ones who hang the laundry out, and ones who iron it. Also the requirements related to durability and ergonomics were met. The project ended up with creation of a functional prototype.

REFERENCES

http://designthinking.pl/innowacja-klamerce/

IMAGE SOURCE

http://designthinking.pl/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Klako-Wieszanie-1.jpg

TYPE OF EXAMPLE

 

GOOD

DETAILS

AUTHORS

Łukasz Maryniak, student of design at GWSP

YEAR

2014

PREPARED FOR

own

COUNTRY

Poland

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