This is an object we use in our daily life. We can also easily conclude about what is this for. And we all know it was designed to help us eating. In fact, the fork was invented hundreds years ago but it was only on the 11th century that it was brought to Central Europe by two Byzantine princesses. Sadly, this object caused an enormous controversy and was banned for over more than two hundred years.
I consider forks a well-designed object for the following reasons:
- It is simply understood – "How is the product supposed to be used?"
- In the Western world it’s an essential object that is part of people’s daily lives.
- The fact that it is made of stainless steel gives rigidity and does not break; There are also forks made of plastic or silver.
- The four tines of the fork are made to support the food not allowing it to fall.
- The handle has the ideal measures to facilitate its handling.
- It provides the user a good experience when using it.
According to Don Norman, author of the book
The Design of Everyday Things,
there are some essential aspects that comprises to an object a good design: "Good design requires, among other things, good communication of the purpose, structure, and operation of the device to the people who use it."(Norman, 2013, p.14)