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grate - This was a sponsored project with the Seattle-based company Chef'n. The focus was to design an innovative kitchen product to fit with their existing brand identity, while also appealing to the masses, as a way to expand their image.
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research - Many different types of cheese-grating tools were tested with many different types of cheese. Box-graters accomodate various grating styles, but offer very poor ergonomics and usability, while hand-held graters offer good usability but with limited applications. This was the original insight that led to the final design.
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exploration - The ideation phase included concepts ranging from collapsible box-graters to grater-spoons.
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concept - The initial concept was sketched out here, and later refined. The exploded drawing shows the different components and their proposed materials, which are all non-toxic, recyclable, and produced with efficient and minimal processes.
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usability - Grate can be used as a regular hand-held grater for light uses in the kitchen or at the table. It may also be propped up for more leverage and easier grating when prepping for seriously cheesy meals like pizza or mac n cheese. When not being used, everything snaps together in a sleek, compact form that stores easily in a drawer or hung on the wall, preventing separate pieces from becoming lost.
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final model - Final appearance model, hand-shaped/painted foam

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