Designed to blend seamlessly into OXO's current line of products, the OXO faucet embodies the philosophy of Universal Design.
Clean tapers, subtle branding, and iconic material choices reflect OXO's brand language, emulating many of the kitchen and bathroom appliances currently within their line of products.
Staying true to the brand, Universal design was the primary objective throughout the design process. Creating an accommodating experience for users of all types through intuitive and comfortable user interactions lends itself to user oriented design.
Brand Research & Ideation
Analysis of the OXO brand was essential within the design process, as conveying the brand through visual and tactile feedback was a necessity in creating a cohesive brand language across their products.
Insights on brand language, material choices, and ergonomics were noted, heavily influencing the ideation phase of the design process. Attempts at emulating the tapered "X" forms, metallic/black materials, and ergonomics were heavily focused on.
Balance of Form
Considerations into the form and language of existing products led to a focus on tapered forms, ergonomics of interaction points, and overall size of the faucet.
Quick prototyping and low-fidelity models were created in order to test and compare usability between a variety of proposed control schemes. LEGO was primarily used in order to create workable scale models due to its ease of reuse and rearrangement.
Universally used, the traditional handle requires no grip to operate, allowing for precise control and no relearning of operation skills. This was the handle that we further developed.
The lever handle offers similar benefit to the traditional handle while also reducing strain as tilting actions are kept at a minimum. It requires small, low effort movements to change water pressure and temperature.
Requiring low dexterity, the "T" handle allows for those unable to precisely control their hands to easily operate a faucet. Simply nudge the handlebar for different settings in water pressure and temperature.
Modeling the clay was split into three different sections: Handle, Body, and Spout. Following rough dimensioning, the three parts were combined to create the full faucet.
Timelapse created by Adam Smith featuring a small portion of the clay modelling process. Approximately 1 hour of footage.
The design that we initially settled on featured organic transitions between form found in a majority of OXO's kitchenware products. Material choices and overall design language remained the same throughout the multiple design iterations discussed below.
Upon completion of the original faucet, there were apparent issues in regards to functionality and usability, mainly due to the size and mechanical oversight. Adam and I continued further ideation and implemented iterative but substantial improvements to the design. The rightmost design was the final iteration.
The final design incorporated all the research we had compiled and mainly took inspiration from OXO's kitchen appliances rather than kitchenware. Many of the design details from the original design are still present and reflect OXO's brand values.