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Galleries // 2022 Spark:Spring Student // TOUCAN
Winner - Bronze
Competition: Spark:Spring Student
Designer: Yifan Li
Design Type: Concept, Product & industrial, Student project
Company / Organization / School: ArtCenter College of Design
Team Members: Yifan Li
Small knives such as folding knives and pocket knives require clothing with pockets to allow people to carry them. But how about if we do not have pockets? What if the user is wearing relatively loose clothing? Not everyone is wearing blue jeans that make carrying regular knives convenient. Most folding and pocket knives are made of hard materials such as metal and plastic. The reason for using those materials is to make the knife durable. But this is also requiring a certain carrying method. TOUCAN is breaking users' stereotypes about knives by providing them with a new knife-carrying method. Its design allows users to wear it on their wrist like a bracelet. Most parts are made of flexible materials except the blade and the blade holder. A detachable part of TOUCAN is a fully functional pocket knife. It uses magnets to help itself to be attached on the bracelet. After removing this part from the bracelet and unfolding its mechanism to form a support structure between the two handles. Then, the handle will have the strength and correct ergonomics.
"Simple, useful, and well thought out soution. Good work and good design process!"