MAZE hairbrush Easily remove trapped hair by Scott Shim, Morris Koo

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
MAZE hairbrush

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Easily remove trapped hair

INSPIRATION:
For many years, cleaning buildups like hair, dirt and dust on a hairbrush has always been a difficult task for many, but has been primarily ignored because users have accepted it as a process of deteriorating.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Maze hairbrush is designed to conveniently remove trapped and tangled strands of hair, thus solving the fundamental maintenance problem of a hairbrush. The brush head is essentially constructed in two parts which are intermingled in a maze pattern: the void and the structural frames. The void is in between the structural frames that are fixed at the handle area but free at the other end. This configuration triggers flexibility and subsequently allows users to bend the brush head with a pull (or a push) of a fingertip.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Frames flare out in multiple layers when they are pulled back, initiating accessible gaps to clean trapped hair between the bristles. Reverse the pull forward, and the gradual elevation of frames loosen the trapped hair for hassle free removal. The structural constraints retract the arched frames back to its original orientation when users release the applied force. This operation may be repeated multiple times as user desires.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
June 2012 to December 2013 at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Injection molded ABS Plastic with bristle inserts

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
8.5in(h) x 2.5in(w) x .5in(d)

TAGS:
maze, inclusive, structure, participatory, maintainence

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
According to a recent study on the world outlook for shaving brushes and hairbrushes, the expected demand for shaving brushes and hairbrushes was to be around 700 million dollars annually. This numbers reflect possible waste volume that may be generated through this market. The general life span of a hairbrush ranges from 6 months to a year and typical disposal of the product occur due to lack of maintenance rather than deterioration.

CHALLENGE:
The primary challenge for this design project was to develop a participatory and a sustainable solution where users are involved in prolonging the life of a traditional product. It gave the design team an opportunity to invest in an interactive (user-focused) design approach rather than remain with traditional stagnant (product-focused) solutions. Additionally, developing an inclusive structure that eliminates additional parts and tools to accomplish the cleaning task was stimulating.

ADDED DATE:
2014-11-05 10:17:11

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Scott Shim, Morris Koo

IMAGE CREDITS:
Scott Shim, Morris Koo

CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
The Ohio State University

PROFILE:
The Department of Design at the Ohio state University offers three major programs, each leading to the Bachelor of Science in Design (BSD) degree: Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Visual Communication Design. The Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) degree program offers two complementary areas of emphasis in Design Research and Development (DRD) or Digital Animation and Interactive Media (DAIM). The Department's degree programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the Interior Design major program is accredited separately by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

NOMINATION DETAILS

Maze Hairbrush Easily Remove Trapped Hair by Scott Shim, Morris Koo is a Nominee in Beauty, Personal Care and Cosmetic Products Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Maze Hairbrush Easily Remove Trapped Hair by Scott Shim, Morris Koo is Winner in Beauty, Personal Care and Cosmetic Products Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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