I was tasked with designing a whisk.
For the second project of sophomore year at Drexel, my class was assigned to create a whisk for mixing egg whites, intended for a specific user. I chose to focus on an amputee. I began sketching and conceptualizing ways to have the whisk integrate with the persons missing hand, and after talking to an amputee, he greatly changed my perception of the problem. The man said he did not need a special whisk, because he would just use a normal whisk, like anyone would. He also said he would not need help holding the bowl, he would either prop the bowl up or just leave it on the counter. He continued by saying being an amputee changed nothing about his life, he learned to adapt, and to move on. With this new information I refocused into creating an object with the goals of assisting an amputee, and assisting an average user as well. I began to think about what I struggle with when cooking, and found an opportunity in not having a place to out cooking utensils when I was cooking with them.
This lead me to Roake.
The whisk handle sits inside the body of the block, keeping it upright and accessible to someone like an amputee, who needs an assisting hand, but not on their hand. The other various holes and slots are intended to hold other cooking utensils like spoons and knives. Wood was chosen for aesthetics and ease of cleaning.