Studio: Design Principles 1, Fall 2018
Instructor: Jess Brown
Assignment: To make a gardening tool for people with hand problems.
Ergard, an amalgamation of ergonomic and garden, is a garden fork designed for the elderly with Osteoarthritis. My client is my grandmother from India who suffers from Osteoarthritis. Ergard's universal size and thickness cater to every person's need of comfort. Its organic shape contributes to the ease of holding the handle. Angled perpendicularly to the fork, the handle reduces stress caused on the wrist. Textured, non-slip and shock-absorbent rubber grip maximizes the gardener's power while ensuring their safety. Soft foam padding and multiple thumb indents have been added to increase comfort.