Design Brief: Develop a form to hold and transport water
(Course: Products Studio I: Understanding Form and Context, Fall 2019)
In designing this water vessel, I was mainly concerned with creating a modular form that could serve as a dinner pitcher with an easy sealing method to prevent spillage while not in use. In the final prototype I created, the user would simply have to push the surface of the spout inwards to seal the container and press it again in order to continue pouring. Thus, I was looking into a simple form that would be aesthetically compelling in its open and closed positions alike. The final prototype was made with extruded polystyrene foam (using only hand tools) and Bristol paper.
Since the final foam and paper model was meant to be a static prototype, I created a rough model, supplemented by drawings (see below) to simulate how the spout would pop in and out to open and close the pitcher.
Early Models and Sketches
Below is the range of form exploration I went through before reaching the final model. With these rough prototypes and quick sketches, I was experimenting with how to use basic geometric shapes and diagonal lines to create a dynamic form both in the pitcher's open and closed states. Additionally, I was looking at how to use this geometry to create an ergonomic hold for the user.