To design a hand held vacuum influenced by Dieter Rams' 10 principles of design. 

Good design is:

1. Innovative

2. Makes a product useful

3. Aesthetic

4. Makes a product understandable

5. Unobtrusive

6. Honest

7. Long-lasting

8. Thorough down to the last detail

9. Environmentally-friendly

10. As little design as possible


Project direction

To design a vacuum that is aesthetically pleasing, but visually unobtrusive to store around the home on shelves away from closets when not in use. 



Research + A realization 

Traditional hand-held vacuum designs consist of very complex shapes, surfaces and colors which are typically driven by their mechanics. These forms attract a lot of attention and are visually incongruous, often a visual nuisance to leave out. 


on to the paper


1. General Direction

Forms subtly expressive of their mechanics was a plausible direction.

2. Refined Direction

Less obtrusive shapes started yielding a more unique direction.

3. Final Direction & Form Analysis

The idea of a vacuum blending unobtrusively on a bookshelf was a major design component. However, this train of thought limited my thinking process. To surmount this, I began drawing without the constraints of a bookshelf, yielding a form far different than before.

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Turning ideas tangible 

Exploration of some previous sketch forms were made into foam to feel more of what was going on.


playing with shapes

Key ergonomic attributes allow the user to fully grasp the vacuum while comfortably fitting all fingers around the shape. By blending a triangular form on top to a cylindrical shape made for a more comfortable grip.

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