Using a block of 12"x4"x2" beechwood, create a spatula that emphasizes its function through its form and fit in hand. The project is about how the form visually communicates the object's attributes and suggests tool usage.
The goal of the flow form spatula project is to develop fluency in expressing ideas through two-dimensional orthographic representation and sketching.
2020, 3 weeks
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01. Initial Research + Idea Exploration
I approached the project by researching beechwood and different types of spatulas in the market. This process helped me contextualize the project and discover the ways my spatula could be used.
I then sketched profile and side views of the spatula, assessing the relationships between the fair, flow form curves. With the profile and side view sketches, I would run the woodblock through a bandsaw to create a three-dimensional spatula.
02. Direction and Idea Refinement
After choosing a sketch that displays a series of curves I like, I cut them into a foam model. Physically holding the object allowed me to critically view the form from a fresh perspective. I realized that I like the high arch and thin head of the first model, but the overall shape needed refinement.
First Foam Prototype
I went through the process of refining sketches and finding curvilinear relationships that work effectively. I wanted to balance a smooth form that is comfortable to hold and does not force the user for its function. After the refining the idea, I cut the foam block and sanded it down.
Second Foam Prototype
After sanding, I was satisfied with its form language and the grip. I enjoyed how the handle fit well across the palms and allowed a secure grip. The curve on the left side of the spatula allowed the user to scrape the surface as needed and the thickness of the material aided the action. Satisfied with the form, I decided to create the final.
03. Final Design