New Multi-Use Silicone Spoon Spatulas
Durable, Attractive,Heat Resistant, Multi purpose spoon spatulas
Boone College industrial design sophomore Blake Sheeley won the 2013 DEZINE College Design Award (CDA) for his innovative "Silicone Spoon Spatulas."
"Blake's Silicone Spoon Spatula has the right combination of chic and utility," said DEZINE Senior Editor and contest judge Sylvia Broadmoore. "Many college students sent in designs that self-consciously pushed boundaries, but they forgot the end user. DEZINE has always promoted elegant design that works for real people."
DEZINE, an Atlanta-based magazine for the industrial design profession, has been running CDA for three years.
"We love our yearly CDA," said Broadmoore. "I always enjoy seeing what the students come up with. I wish there had been an organization like DEZINE to promote excellence among students when I was coming up."
Sheeley says he was inspired in designing the Silicone Spoon Spatula by the spork, a design which is often attributed to Hyde W. Ballard, who filed a trademark application for the word, "spork," in 1952, though similar designs have been found dating back to the 19th century.
"Professor (Anthony) Giles gave a lecture last fall about sporks as exemplars of smart industrial design," said Sheeley. "That got me thinking about a combining a spoon and a spatula.
"At the time, I was working at Good Earth, a natural foods store, in the bulk section," said Sheeley. "We had metal spoons and plastic scoops for the customers, but I thought a spoon-spatula combination would work better. You could spoon out peanut butter, flour, whatever, but then get the last bits out with the spatula edge."
Industrial Arts Professor Anthony Giles, Ph.D., advised Sheeley to use silicone instead of plastic or metal.
"Silicone is the best material for what Blake wanted to do," said Giles. "It's more flexible than metal or plastic, it can stand higher temperatures for other applications, such as in the kitchen, and food hardly sticks to it. Silicone products tend to last a lifetime, which is good value and good environmental stewardship. The Silicone Spoon Spatula can also be made from a single mold, decreasing labor and machinery costs."
As DEZINE CDA winner, Sheeley received a plaque, an article about him and his design in the magazine, and help patenting and selling his design from intellectual property firm Jones and McCauley.
"Selling Blake's design went quickly," said Timothy McCauley, one of the firm's partners, "We were able to fast-track the patent acceptance process, and then Kitchen Meister bought up the patent right away."
Kitchen Meister is already producing the Silicone Spoon Spatulas for homes and businesses on Amazon.com and other sites for about $15 for a set of four in red, blue, green and orange.
"When Tim (McCauley) sent us a picture of Blake's Silicone Spoon Spatula, we wanted to go into production," said Kitchen Meister Vice President for Product Development Stephen Klein. "It's just the kind of innovative thing our customers have come to appreciate from Kitchen Meister."
Sheeley graduates from Boone College with his Associate in Applied Sciences in Computer-Aided Design this fall. He plans to go on for his bachelor's afterward.
"I really want to attend the B.F.A. in Industrial Design program at California College of the Arts," said Sheeley. "Professor Giles says the DEZINE award will help me get accepted. And the money I made selling my Silicone Spoon Spatulas design to Kitchen Meister will pay most of my two-year tuition."
About Kitchen Meister
Kitchen Meister is a manufacture of high quality silicone kitchen gadgets and Silicone Spoon Spatulas We manufacture silicone trivets, oven mitts, spoons, cupcake liners, and more. All our items are made out of FDA Approved Food Grade Silicone.
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