THE MISSION
These days society asks a lot of people and so people have a lot of stress, which creates a lot of burnouts. Workplaces are such places where people have a lot of stress. This makes workplaces not the healthiest place for your mental health. I wanted to create something that provides comfort during these times of stress. Something that could take your mind off for a while and reduces mental and physical stress.
THE OUTCOME
With the mission in mind I created a product that is a wooden ball with golden massager spikes in it to reduce the stress in the fingers. The toy brings relaxation through its intuitive use and by triggering all the different senses.
It is a crossbreed between a stress ball and a pin toy. The pins fall, through gravity, and make a sound, tingle your fingers and through the shiny surface catch your eye. The wood has a lovely smell of burned wood and so stimulates also your smell. To give it that playfulness and intuitive character I put the pins into a ball form.
THE IMPACT
With the mission in mind I created a product that is a wooden ball with When the Ball was showed at an exhibition, People wanted to buy the product immediately. People said that I could put this on the market and a woman who worked with disabled children said that this was perfect for her. The ball gives relaxation in times of stress and is playful she said.
SERVICES
- User Research
- Prototyping
- Hand drawing
- Illustrator 
- Lasercutting
- Woodworking
Are you curious about the whole project? Scroll down below and follow the project step by step.
PROJECT STEP BY STEP
Mission
These days society asks a lot of people and so people have a lot of stress, which creates a lot of burnouts. Workplaces are such places where people have a lot of stress. This makes workplaces not the healthiest place for your mental health. I wanted to create something that provides comfort during these times of stress. Something that could take your mind off for a while and reduces mental and physical stress.
RESEARCH
The project started with researching the workspace, habitats and complaints. This research showed that mental stress is a big issue. With a lot of burnouts as a result. Also the physical stress in especially fingers and wrist is a common problem. There is already a lot of solution in the field of healthier offices. None of them focuses on finger and wrist-movement in combination with a reduction of mental stress. 
CONCEPT
The most important part of the concept was a product that was an art/design piece at the same time. Something that would stand out at your office desk in a positive way. At the same time the product would reduce stress. By merging a stress ball with a pin toy you would get all this. A product that touches all the senses. It sparkles, gently touch the fingers and makes a tinkering sound. Through gravity the pins constantly fall out and you can push them back in. You can turn the ball, shake it and be one with the ball. 

PRODUCTION
All the wooden pieces are laser cut. Every pin is put in by hand and at the end of the pin a little drip is placed. The drip ensures that the pins do not fall out. The pins are shorter on the outside so they do not touch each other when moving. After placing all the pins the wooden pieces are glued together. 
TESTING
When the Ball was showed at an exhibition, People wanted to buy the product immediately. People said that I could put this on the market and a woman who worked with disabled children said that this was perfect for her. The ball gives relaxation in times of stress and is playful she said. 
If you have any questions or want to get in touch. Do not hesitate to contact me at Youp@van-der-weijde.nl or go to the contact form.

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