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by becky last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:50 AM
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by becky last modified Sep 19, 2010

How it’s Made A website called Quirky.com crowdsources the design of things.  The average viewer can submit input on how to make a product idea better. They can even commit to purchasing it if it gets enough votes to go into actual production. What do you think? Being a kitchen & modular designer, I notice [...]




 

 

click-n-cook modular spatula system

How it’s Made

A website called Quirky.com crowdsources the design of things.  The average viewer can submit input on how to make a product idea better. They can even commit to purchasing it if it gets enough votes to go into actual production.

click-n-cook modular spatula set storage baseclick-n-cook modular spatula set

What do you think?

Being a kitchen & modular designer, I notice things pertaining to both.  On Quirky,  this Click N Cook spatula set caught my eye.  I think  I like the handle & spatula heads themselves.

I would add 2 features:

  • a second handle, so I could use two utensils at once, and
  • a way to hang an easily cleanable component storage bar on a wall so it didn’t take up counter space.

What do you think? Like? Don’t like? Would you use it? Is $35 a reasonable price?

Quirky pros & cons

I like the concept. It takes advantage of many minds to look at the design from as many angles as possible. Especially the user angle. It’s common practice in Japan to start all new hires in the sales/helpdesk department. That way they get firsthand info from the user. Same thing here.

It’s also great that Quirky shares the product development process with videos of the actual teams thinking through the product.   It lends credibility to designers of all kinds by shedding light on how much work & thought is involved in making something.

The one thing I wish was stressed more on Quirky was closed loop production.  For all I know, it may be, but here are some thoughts:

  • What happens to the product when its useful lifespan is over?
  • Does the manufacturer take the spent product back?
  • Does it get reintegrated into new products?
  • Is the manufacturer resource conscious with both energy, water, and raw material?
  • Also, does it source material that are considered another product’s waste stream?

 

 

 
 
 

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