Click: The Traceless Stapler Designed for Students

A Fun and Functional Stationery Solution

Students have a great need for document organization, while there is no traceless stapler on the market that is specifically designed for and loved by students. By conducting user research such as interviews and questionnaires on campus, designers Shaogeng Zeng and Cheng Yao identified cartoon images such as bears, monsters, and piglets as the main design elements. They hope the design can increase the fun of using stationery and improve users' learning or office efficiency.

Click is a unique traceless stapler that caters to the needs of students. Its interesting cartoon animal shape sets it apart from traditional staplers, making it a delightful addition to any desk. The main function of Click is to bind papers without leaving any holes, thanks to its reusable clips that protect the integrity of the paper. The innovative structure design and careful consideration of ergonomics enable Click to complete automatic and continuous clamping, enhancing work efficiency. Furthermore, the minimalist materials used in its construction and the reusable features make Click a sustainable choice for environmentally-conscious individuals.

The components of Click include a plastic enclosure, a metal spring, and metal clips. The enclosure is made of ABS plastic through injection molding, while the pattern is applied using cost-effective screen printing techniques. With dimensions of 28mm x 16mm x 118mm, Click is compact and portable, fitting perfectly in a student's hand.

Operating Click is simple and intuitive. Users need to insert the reusable stainless steel clips, hold the stapler, align the opening with a stack of paper, and push the bottom forward. By repeating these steps 2-3 times, the binding process is completed effortlessly.

The design project for Click took place from March 2022 to February 2023 in Ningbo, China. Throughout the project, extensive research was conducted to understand the needs and preferences of student users, ensuring that the function, shape, and color of the product were tailored to their requirements.

One of the main challenges faced during the design process was creating an ergonomic design for a handheld tool. The designers had to carefully consider the size and shape curve of Click to optimize the user experience. The result is a stapler that feels comfortable in the hand and allows for easy operation.

Click is a humanistic design that combines practicality with a touch of whimsy. Its cartoon animal shapes are particularly appealing to its primary user group, teenagers. The innovative structural design and ergonomic considerations enable automatic and continuous clamping, increasing work efficiency. By using simple materials and replaceable components, Click promotes sustainability in the realm of stationery.


Image #1: Creator Shaogeng Zeng, Click, 2022

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Awards and Accolades:

This design was awarded the Iron A' Design Award in the Art and Stationery Supplies Design category in 2023. The Iron A' Design Award is given to well-designed, practical, and innovative creations that meet professional and industrial requirements. Recognized for integrating industry best practices and demonstrating competent technical characteristics, these designs provide fulfillment and positive experiences, contributing to a better world.

Project Details and Credits

Project Designers: Shaogeng Zeng
Image Credits: Image #1: Creator Shaogeng Zeng, Click,2022 Image #2: Creator Shaogeng Zeng, Click, 2022 Image #3: Creator Shaogeng Zeng, Click, 2022 Image #4: Creator Shaogeng Zeng, Click, 2022 Image #5: Creator Shaogeng Zeng, Click, 2022
Project Team Members: Shaogeng Zeng Cheng Yao Fangtian Ying Lei Shi Yu Hu Shuyue Feng
Project Name: Click
Project Client: Shaogeng Zeng

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