Morsel is part spoon, part fork, part spatula, resulting in the world's first... Sporkatula? Foonula? We couldn't decide, so we decided to call it Morsel.
We wanted to design a better utensil that solved all the shortcomings we saw in conventional sporks and camping utensils. And after a year of serious sporking, we think we've succeeded.
Eating should never be the crux of an adventure, so our goal is to make eating just a little bit easier, no matter what you're eating out of.
Scrape every last bit of food, every single time. More food in your stomach, less cleaning, and less waste.
Morsel's long length is perfect for scraping every last bit of food from your Mountain House meal without getting your hands dirty.
Morsel is designed to be more versatile and useful than other utensils. Simply put, it's designed to work better.
Stretch goals are additional goals in case we exceed our original funding target - like if (by some miracle) Morsel goes viral on the interwebs.
We have a bunch of wild ideas for spin-off products, and if our campaign is successful enough we'll be able to bring them to life too. Ideas like...
- Cool Colors - Get a spork to match your style
- Morsel Mini - Same spork, smaller size
- Morsel Spoon - For the spooning purist
Do you dig it? Well the only way we'll reach these stretch goals is if you help us spread the word. So please, tell your friends about Morsel. If not for us, then do it for the adorable little Morsel Mini.
By supporting Morsel's Kickstarter, you are helping us fund the injection molds and food-grade materials needed to order our first batch and make Morsel a reality.
But more than that, you're helping support a couple of freelance inventors who have spent an entirely unfathomable amount of time and energy designing... a really cool spork.
Morsel Spork is just the start. We want to continue creating innovative and functional culinary contraptions - ones that work equally well for the discerning outdoorsy person, the family picnicker, or the van-dwelling vagabond.
We're here to shake up the spork industry, and you're invited.
We're two Portland-based product designers trying to bootstrap our way into spork production. We've already collaborated on a bunch of cool freelance design projects, and as individuals we've each successfully launched and fulfilled crowdfunding campaigns. Over the last decade we both worked in product engineering and creative design environments, and are experts at turning napkin sketches into real things (for realsies).
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It started with a simple idea: to make a spork with a rubber edge.
Zac just wasn't satisfied with the sporks on the market. He vented to Alex about how camping sporks were all basically the same, and they all sorta sucked at being used as eating utensils. He wanted something that would fit any shape - which led to the idea of having a soft, rubbery spoon.
This was probably the first of Zac's countless silly product ideas that had genuinely piqued Alex's interest. The whole product could be simple, elegant, and functional - and they felt that previous attempts at reinventing the spork had fallen short of what a spork could truly be.
They agreed to tackle the Ultimate Spork Project, and set to work. Following a traditional product design process, they began by examining all the things they did and didn't like about current spork tech. They started dreaming of all the ways they could impove the spork. And they spent beer-fueled nights sketching concepts on post-it notes, sorting ideas, and evaluating manufacturing risks and feasibilty for different concepts.
After a lot of heated discussion, emotions, and coffee, they started to focus in on a general design plan. From there, they spent countless hours sketching and hand-carving sleek models out of foam, creating 3d-printed concepts, and working on the design's functionality and manufacturability.
The quest for a better spork was on.
We started making a list of all the other little things that annoyed us about conventional sporks. Things like...
- Tiny, barely-functional fork tines
- Spoons that drip liquids
- Handles that break too easily
- Handles too short for deep food bags
We wanted to address all these common spork complaints, while blending the solutions into a single, elegant utensil. One that functioned as well as any normal kitchen cutlery, and one that didn't feel like a compromise.
Our designs evolved, literally, into a complex asymmetric shape that allows for continuous contact, whether digging into tight corners, or scraping along the surfaces of big bowls.
We've crafted countless prototypes from clay, foam, and plastic, and we've bought fancy 3d-prints to validate and test our design.
Morsel is the result a year and a half of spork-centric obsession. A quest to create the rad, versatile utensil that we always secretly wanted, and you never knew you needed - until now.
As a couple of product design perfectionists, we're proud of what Morsel has become - an expression of form that makes no sacrifices in function.
Or, in the words of a random internet person...
We still need your help to spread the word. If you think Morsel is a cool product, please, tell your friends, and share Morsel on social media.
Risks and challenges
Both as a team and as individual professionals, we have been integral to countless product design efforts over the last decade. We have each personally headed a successful crowdfunding campaign, and delivered to all of our backers.
Lucky you, we've already been through most of the potential bumps in the road, and our professional experience means we know how to tackle unforeseen problems head on, and how to mitigate them in the first place.
We chose Morsel as a project because the challenge is entirely in the design, not in the manufacturing or production. Morsel is built as a single, elegant part, using common injection molding processes and materials.
Morsel's design is finalized, materials picked, and our manufacturing plan established with our talented US-based supplier. Our last task is to hit the proverbial GO button on the molding tools.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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