TAPE DISPENSER

FUNCTIONAL REDESIGN

THE ASK:

Redesign the average tape dispenser to better cater to the needs of elementary school kids.  

THE IDEA:

Traditional tape dispensers were problematic in the classroom for three main reasons: the metal blade was dangerous, younger children needed assistance, and more often than not a lot of tape was wasted. Our goal was to create a bladeless, waste-mitigating dispenser that was intuitive even to a kindergartener.

THE PRODUCT:

Our design was inspired by sticker sheets, because among elementary school kids stickers are universally understood. Instead of a traditional tape dispenser, we took tape and formatted it as pre-cut tape strips in sheets. The design eliminated all of the problems previously experienced with the traditional design: bladeless, intuitive, and eliminates waste through the use of pre-cut strips. 

To make the product even more kid-friendly, we designed a few iterations with patterned tape strips as a way to push the sticker association further. In an attempt to validate the design, I met with my two-year-old cousins and had them test the product. To our delight, our product was so easy even a two-year-old could

use it.

WHY IS THIS A GOOD IDEA?

In addition to solving the above mentioned pitfalls of a traditional tape dispenser, the tape books could be issued to students individually and were approximately the same price as traditional tape dispenser systems. 

WHAT DID LOU DO?

1. Interviews with teachers and elementary school students  

2. Product design and mock-ups.

3. Prototyping of product

4. Product testing with 2-year-olds.