I don’t let having cerebral palsy get in my way. I have a degree in computer science and two jobs; I live independently and enjoy spending time with my friends. However, one thing has bothered me, I struggle to eat cereal or soup! I looked on the internet and although I tried a few things, nothing worked for me. Then I had the eureka moment; I decided I needed a spoon with a lid!
A few weeks later a friend introduced me to 4c Design, a product design consultancy based in Glasgow. 4c agreed to take on my project and they assigned it to their graduate industrial designer, Mark. I couldn’t believe it, my idea was actually being taken seriously.
Mark & I looked at what was feasible; we built prototypes and soon decided anything with mechanical buttons was too cumbersome. I wanted the spoon to be discreet enough to use in a restaurant without other diners staring at this novel piece of cutlery. Two days before Christmas, I visited 4c Design and they gave me two prototypes of what has now become the S’up spoon.