枕草子 | In-Car Essential Oil Diffuser

  • 枕草子 | Clockwork Aroma for cars 
    is a project collaborated with an Aromatherapist Company ZhenCaoZi (枕草子) based in Guangzhou, China.
    The means of this project is to deign an in-car aroma oil diffuser that diffuse essential oil instead of fragrance or air freshener, which are potentially harmful to human beings especially when all the scents get trap in such a small space as a car. 

    This project starts with 2 rounds of research studies--survey/ interview, benchmarking and insights.
    And then, the design process involves mindmapping, brainstorming, concept drawings, and finally leads to the creation of the final product prototype.

  • The researches point out the direction for the product, in conclusion, this diffuser should:
         Each refill should sustain a decent amount of time and uses.
         The operation of the diffuser should be simple, like turning the car key to start your car.
         The operation and the diffuser itself should also be fun to encourage use.​​​​​​​
  • The models result in 2 prototypes, with the option of 5ml or 3ml essential oil vail inside the diffuser.
    The smaller version was made after the bigger one, with a few improvements:
         The single hole on the key aligns with the opening of the bottle, prevents confusion.
         The backing is more steady and firm yet still allows maximum air flow