ID#: 9126
Description: Caption:
This was one of six images (PHIL 9125–9130) depicting an Allegro® Cookware pot, by Mirro®. Its design was a radical departure from traditional cooking utensils. The square shape, unique lid, and lightweight materials, offered many ergonomic advantages. All the pots, pans and skillets were circular on their bottoms, but were gradually squared toward their tops. This cookware design made the most efficient use of standard round heat sources, while at the same time offered greater cubic volume than a circular pot of the same height. Two of the corners created natural pouring spouts, a design consideration that was implemented in response to complaints, common with more traditional round cookware. Handles located on the alternate two corners of the pot, aligned and interlocked with the lid handles providing safe and balanced handling. Here, a woman’s hand was grasping one of the pot’s two handles.
Additional Information:
“The Center for Universal Design (CUD) is a national research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, buildings, outdoor and urban settings and related products.”

Universal Design Principles/Guidelines:

- Make the design appealing to all users

- Accommodate right- or left-handed access and use

- Facilitate the user's accuracy and precision

- Eliminate unnecessary complexity

- Arrange elements to minimize hazards and errors: most used elements, most accessible; hazardous elements eliminated, isolated, or shielded

- Allow user to maintain a neutral body position

- Use reasonable operating forces

- Accommodate variations in hand and grip size

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Content Providers(s): CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design (CUD)
Creation Date: 1998
Photo Credit: Metaphase Design Group; Mirro; Universal Design Exemplars, the Center for Universal Design.
Links: North Carolina State University - The Center for Universal Design
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