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GoodGrips: What's Good for Arthritics can be Good for All.
A classic case study in human centered design, the OXO GoodGrips potato peeler solved a specific problem for a specific group: Namely, helping people with reduced grip strength to peel things easier. Turned out, it offered a benefit to everyone.
When OXO launched the GoodGrips peeler, it was initially intended to help solve a problem faced by many elderly and people with arthritis. Gripping the thin, unergonomic handles on traditional peelers was uncomfortable and difficult for them to use.
The redesign provided a thicker, more comfortable, easier to grip, handle to improve the experience of usage for those who had grip issues.
I don't really know all the details, but from what I've read, it ended up being a huge success and not just with elderly or those with arthritis. It was a genuine benefit and improvement for everyone.
Can we improve access for those in need, but in so doing, improve the experience for everyone?
Contribution submitted by: Josh Treuhaft
January 27, 2012,
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