Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting award-winning projects and ideas from this year's Core77 Design Awards 2012! For full details on the project, jury commenting and more information about the awards program, go to Core77DesignAwards.com
- T50elite Staple Gun
- Designer: Michael Reedy & ManKi Yoo / Masco Design
- Category: Consumer Products
- Award: Professional Notable
The T50elite is a professional quality manual staple gun for both pro and DIY users. In addition to its sleek look and ergonomic feel, the T50elite is versatile with several innovative features. These include a patented drive technology which creates up to 60% more power while being easier to squeeze than the original Arrow T50. The additional power allows the tool to fire six sizes of T50 staples and brad nails up to 1" long. Other features include an integrated adjustable wire guide for safely installing low-voltage wiring and a high-low power setting.
How did you learn that you had been recognized by the jury?
We had planned on watching the video, but had a meeting Monday morning. Before we could check Core77's website, we had received the official email and even a congratulatory email from a colleague who had been watching the feed.
What's the latest news or development with your project?
The T50elite has had strong sales at Lowe's and is starting to get broader distribution in North America and internationally. There is also a version called T50 R.E.D. which is sold at the Home Depot.
What is one quick anecdote about your project?
During ethnographic interviews last fall, we had a production version of the T50elite we were getting feedback on. We were sitting around the participant's dining room table and when she discovered that the T50elite could fire a 1" brad nail she was so excited she immediately grabbed it and used it to secure a loose piece of chair molding. She exclaimed, "My husband is going be so impressed!" It was amazing how empowered the T50elite had made her.
What was an "a-ha" moment from this project?
As soon as we tried engineering a mechanical prototype we knew this tool was going to be a hit. However, the mechanism and industrial design have to be tightly integrated to be successful. We knew it was going to take a lot of close collaboration with engineering to keep the tool compact and reduce the grip span as much as possible. It was definitely worth the effort though!