Baby Food Maker

The goal here was to create an appliance that could not only cook and blend food like many others on the market but also allow parents to them seemlessly transfer the food into pouches for future consumption.

The Happy Family Baby Food Maker was a joint venture between Happy Family and Quirky Inc to create a truly all in one baby food prep device. The goal was to create an appliance that could not only cook and blend food like many others on the market but also allow parents to them seamlessly transfer the food into pouches for future consumption. 
The first phase of the product involved many in depth brain storm and strategy exercises. The goal was to identify every single step in the process of making baby food and identify not only the issues but the emotions that are present throughout. I worked very closely with the engineering team to figure out what blending, steaming, and extraction methods would be feasible before even thinking about what the final product would look like.
Once initial feasiblity testing was complete I begain working on the actual design of the product. The Baby Food Maker was designed in parallel with two other appliances so it was important to collaborate with other designers in order to develop an aesthetic that could be carried through an entire family of appliances.
Working hand in hand with the engineering team, we were constantly testing and tweaking the exterior designs as well as the layout of the internal components. This phases involved a lot of collaboration and comprimise from both sides in order to achieve a product that would deliver consistent and desirable results.
Along with designing the actual machine we were also tasked with figuring out what the pouches would look like. This invloved multiple user surveys and interviews as we went back and forth between disposable and reusable systems and how to create soemthing that would work seamlessly with our machine.
Graphical storyboards such as this allowed us to take a step back and determine how intuitive the system would be.
The final machine in all three stages. When food is steaming the valve is open so that water can drain into a container. After steaming the valve is closed prior to blending. The water can be recycled back into the main vessel during blending in order to achieve the desired constency. After blending is complete the valve is openned and a knob on the lid can be turned to plunge food into the pouch below.
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