Product Design Project

Noodle Bowl

Background

A school project that pushed us to explore the product semantics of a vessel that contains liquid. For this project, I chose to re-design the typical styrofoam instant noodle bowl.

Timeline

1 month

Role 

Product Designer

Type of Project 

School project, Carleton University

Context

Problem

Instant noodle bowls are known to be inexpensive and a last resort meal and popular among university students. Most people don't pay attention to how many issues come along with the use of the product. from usability issues to environmental issues, there is definitely room for improvement.

Current instant noodle bowl containers are made out of styrofoam, which is not biodegradable and contains toxins which are harmful to humans.

KEY PAIN POINTS

Not environmentally sustainable.
The paper lid does not cover the noodles to properly cook them all the way through.
• Not well insulated.

Goals

SUSTAINABILITY

More environmentally sustainable by replaces current styrofoam instant noodle cups with a reusable container.

COOKING THE NOODLES

Lid provides a tight seal to cook noodles all the way through.

INSULATION

Double walled polypropylene.

Product Components

A

Features

Customizable colors + texture

Secured to the lid

Stretches + locks the lid onto the bowl

Manufacturing

Injection-molded - Elastomer 

B

Features

Provide tight seal to cook noodles

Manufacturing

Injection-molded - Polypropylene 

C

Features

Liquid safe

Thermally insulated

Form inspired by the Japanese Tayoudon ramen bowl.

Manufacturing

Injection-molded - Polypropylene 

Semantic Elements

LID AND BOWL

A

Interaction

The lid is easy to line up with the bowl by following the indent for the elastomer band.

 

The user can use the indents on the lid to pick up the lid when the elastomer band is not stretched.

B

Grip #1

The curvature provides a grip to comfortably pick up the bowl to eat the noodles.

C

Grip #2

For users with larger hands, they can use the concave base to securely hold onto the noodle bowl during consumption. 

UTENSIL HOLDER

Wave Curvature

By not limiting the user to one indent on either side of the bowl, creating a wave curvature provides the user with a lenient experience.

ELASTOMER BAND

Stretch

The elastomer band is attached on the lid of the noodle bowl. When engaged, the user stretches the band on both sides of the bowl to lock the lid + bowl together.

Attachment Points

There are extruded points on either side of the bowl which lock the elastomer band onto the base of the bowl when stretched.

Customization

The band can also be customized based on the user’s preference to provide a outlet for expression.

Concept Development

IDEATIONS

LOW FIDELITY PROTOTYPES

The hexagonal shape was uncomfortable to hold and did not hold much liquid.

The overall form is too large for users’ to transport and hold.

The bowl does not hold enough volume and the wall are too short.

The container is too narrow and thin. It would be difficult for the user to reach all of the noodle broth.

The single chopstick rest is limiting to the user.

The wave profile provides users with the freedom to place their utensils anywhere and they are not limited to the use of chopsticks.

HIGH FIDELITY MODEL

CMF MOOD BOARD

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