To Sharpen a Pencil

Professors at the Free University of Bolzano in Italy conceived a clever project for 20 of their design students.  The project, called La Matita Rossa, challenged them to rethink the user’s experience when sharpening a pencil.

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The students came up with many thoughtful new approaches.

A notched handheld with blade.

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A tool kit for fine tuning the perfect point.

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A wearable approach.

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The interactive method.

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A fantastic project that challenged the students and yielded amazing creations.  To view more of the concepts click here.


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