David Hamilton, Priestman Goode (UK)
Peng Zhenyu, Shanghai Volkswagen TPD Design; Ji Long, Officine Panerai, Richemont Group (Shanghai); Yu Xinan, Richemont Group Italia SpA (Shanghai); Li Zhiqian, product and graphic design (Shanghai); Wei Qing, Wu Duan and Zhang Jinan, Tonghi University (Shanghai); Ma Jin and Shirley Poon, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Chen Jia-yu, Chongqing, wheelchair user
The familiar nail clipper has been in use for over 100 years. It is a common household implement but difficult to use for those who can no longer reach their nails or those that cut other people’s nails for them. Chen Jia-Yu, a wheelchair user has little feeling in his legs, is unable to bend and finds it difficult to apply the right pressure. The result is a danger up cutting themselves. An elderly user may no longer have sufficient coordination or grip to use nail clippers. Having help with nail cutting can lead to a loss of dignity and independence.
A collection of scenarios stimulated the design team and they set about designing a simple inexpensive system. To use the Snipper, one places the protective cover over a finger or toe. Its edge sits neatly under the nail to act as a trimming guide and protects the skin below. The snug fit in position ensures that it will not move. A variety of sizes are available. The Snipper’s cover is moulded with a soft silicone material, which can be put on and removed comfortably and easily.