A sunny Sunday winter morning, a “Masala Dosa to die for” and a normal chit chat with friends of the lobby. Seated in the mess were we, the “A Lobby”. The day was normal except for the consistent irritating sound in the background.

“Wait, where is the sound coming from?”, someone asked and we all turned back, only to see an insect killer being dismantled. “A periodic check, Bhaiya! ” , told a canteen staff pouring in water in the jug of our table.

I got my idea. Two days back, we were given assignment to observe our campus and look for possible design intervention. Well here it was, something so subtle, yet neglected.

What followed that day was a comprehensive discussion with my team mates for this assignment. We walked through the campus, observed and discussed. And repeated till the time we had some good four to five ideas.

So to start with the first idea :

An insect killer is so common to be found, in restaurants and many public places. Yet this so common a thing has a design that has gone little change over last 10 years. The same grill, the same box like shape and the same placeholder for dead insects! Let us assume for the time being that the shape is okay. But the basic question is : “Why would you need to dismantle the entire assembly whenever you would want to clean?” Why not provide a mechanism that allows you to clean, without having to dismantle the entire assembly?


Possible Design Alternative :

Looking at the scenario, a number of alternatives come to the mind. But the simplest and most feasible one is shown below.

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It features an openable base at the bottom, that lets you remove dirt, impurities and dead insects easily, without having to open the entire assembly.

Some Extra Thoughts

No design is perfect, problem is inherent and change is meaning. Yet the design of the present day insect killers is a striking example of the fact that many a times, designing to solve one problem generates another problem. Insect Killers were designed to kill unwanted insects and flies in common space, but the designers overlooked the proper disposal of the dead insects inside and hence the problem.