Should-brella Hand-free Umbrella by Guorong Luo

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Should-brella

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Hand-free Umbrella

INSPIRATION:
Walking through the streets of a bustling city in a rainy season, I often see such a fragment: people have multi-task to do while holding an umbrella. Because of the lack of concentration, they can not handle the umbrella very well, causing some accidents. So I began to think: Is the structure of the traditional umbrella not suitable for the pace of modern life and lack of good user experience? Does the traditional umbrella have the possibility of being partially disrupted?

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Should-brella is a disruptive and safer umbrella that adapts to the modern lifestyle, liberating users' hands and improving the usage efficiency. Its shoulder support structure changes umbrella's feature, increases stability and provides a new ergonomic experience. The main focus of this project is simplifying the using process so that user can use it naturally. This product was designed for people of almost all ages who use the umbrella frequently and need to do many things when using it.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The main design of this umbrella is the handle. The umbrella handle is divided into two parts. The lower part is similar to the traditional umbrella handle, which is fixed. The upper half can be controlled by the thumb to rotate. It can be pushed through the shoulder and rise to a specific support position, lock the user's shoulder. Its shape is an irregular organic form which deduced from tests of prototypes and the human body, stressing ergonomics. It can closely fit the shape of people's shoulder to ensure the stability of support.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in March 2017 in New York and finished in May 2017 in New York.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Idea Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Injection Moulding: Recycling PP Plastic Without using any new technologies and materials, its cost of mass production is very low and it has sustainable development possibilities for existing product replacement.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Handle Size: Width 138 mm x Depth 20 mm x Height 150 mm.

TAGS:
Umbrella, Simplicity, Ergonomic Experience, Innovation, Redesign daily object

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The development process started with the excavation of pain points. Then I did thorough market research, finding out the limitation of existing products. Through the study of different people, I found that some people use shoulder such to share the pressure. So I started to brainstorming, conceiving the structure possibilities of using the shoulder to support the umbrella. I made the initial prototypes with clay and after the force analysis, I used 3D printing to make intermediate prototypes. I tested a variety of users and gradually found out the best organic shape of the handle that can tightly attach to the surface of shoulders and eventually got the final prototype.

CHALLENGE:
The hardest part is how to find out the best organic shape of the handle that can tightly attach to the surface of shoulders. Also, it was very hard to simplify the user process and reduce the limitation of hands as much as possible.

ADDED DATE:
2018-02-28 13:18:47

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1-5: Creator Guorong Luo, 2017.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Guorong Luo

PROFILE:
Creative Industrial & Product Designer from China. Highly motivated and inspired by many small and interesting moments hidden in daily life. Strategic and dialectical thinker, a highly creative hands-on designer, results-oriented leader, and team player, with demonstrated ability to conceive and implement new ideas and strategies. Guorong Luo has a great passion for integrating cultural connotations and telling people stories inside his design and has abundant experience working with designers from different countries, helping him adapt to the new environment or change easily. He also has a wide range of interests in many areas such as Graphic design, Web design, Open source, 3D printing, Stage design, Photography, and Woodworking.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Should-Brella Hand-Free Umbrella by Guorong Luo is a Nominee in Fashion and Travel Accessories Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Should-Brella Hand-Free Umbrella by Guorong Luo is Winner in Fashion and Travel Accessories Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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