The product needed to be extremely easy to use. If the user was forced to think too much about how to use the product while on the ladder, it could be an added danger to the painter. Another concern was the physical limitation of only having one hand available, since the other hand would be used for climbing up and down the ladder.
Through sketches, simple working prototypes, and client feedback, we developed a number of design solutions. By actually using the prototypes while painting on ladders, it became clear which design features translated to benefits. Allowing professionals as well as perspective ‘weekend warriors’ to test the prototypes furthered our understanding of the design problem and forced us to simplify some of our solutions.
The design chosen during the collaborative process met our design goals in an elegant and reliable way. The handle and paint can hanger are one in the same. This means anytime the painter is transporting the device, he or she is fully grasping and securing both the paint can handle and the product handle. The bush magnetically attaches to the device right above the paint can so there is no searching for a hook or worrying about dripping paint.