Made By Humans wanted a signature staple free stapler to refresh their existing product and stationary line. They had specified that the design should be based around the existing staple free stapler's mechanism, and were seeking a cleaner more minimal design that was cube like.
Rather than merely stylizing the outside, I knew that working from the inner mechanism outward was crucial to the functional and visual appeal of the product. Experimenting with the mechanical components and being aware of the interface between the components and the plastic enclosure, I inverted the mechanism. The inversion allowed for a two tier design as opposed to three tiers in the existing one.
During the development process, there were multiple iterations and these were tested through a series of card mockups, foam models and prototypes. Although not obvious from the outside, the proportions of the cube are based on the vertical travel distance of the mechanism. That vertical distance was fixed and therefore dictated the entire overall size of the cube.
The project spanned over two years.
Working closely with Made By Humans and Inform Designs we were able to reach production and complete minor mechanism adjustments prior to the first shipments.