My latest school project is to design a product that is inclusive. That is to say, designed in such a way that most people, including people with special needs, can use it comfortably. For example, for this faucet design we are aiming for something that is comfortable for children, the elderly, left-handed as well as right-handed people, people with motor problems, and the blind. But not just a product designed for a specific type of user with special needs; a product that virtually anyone can use.
Here are some of the first sketches I did of ideas for a faucet design.
Here are the plan views of our final design, the Arc Tap. Many aspects of the form were inspired by the aqueduct, but the two things that most determined our chosen form were functionality and ergonomics. As functionalist architect Louis Sullivan so aptly put it, "form follows function" - and that was definitely the approach we took on this project!
We also built a 3D model with the program Solidworks, and rendered it with Keyshot. Here it is!
Then, we built the prototype. Ideally, we would have made it in real chrome, but given our time, material, and machinery constraints we made an appearance model out of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) spray-painted with a chrome finish.
Here is a shot of me working on the bandsaw in the woodshop.
And last but not least: a photo of the finished prototype! (MDF painted with matte metallic spray paint and sanded to give the appearance of a brushed stainless steel finish)