Michael Laudi

Cleveland Institute of Art, senior

First Place - $2,500

Rose Plate
The Rose Plate assists people with one available hand to cut food, promoting their independence and enhancing quality of life. The plate’s surface features textured rubber thorns that hold food in place and create cutting channels for a knife. The plate’s form provides an ergonomic grip for easy one-handed carrying and a basin for food to collect near the side wall for easier scooping.

Judges’ comments:
•Astute user observation of daily struggles and social stigma
•Investigations result in logical form and materials
•Elegantly simple presentation of research and empathetic solution