The clear message of the handle
Putting a handle on something is a wonderfully powerful gesture. May be you cannot go and say “put your hand here”. You can though place a handle somewhere and invite people to grab it by themselves. And if it is a clear obvious handle it will get that clear response. You can predict the response – that is the power of archetypes.
First table forms explored with a folding bucket handle attached.
Mode A & Mode B
One of my most favorite properties in objects design is the ability to switch between two roles or two functions. Or even an ON and OFF state. Including this ability within an object just makes it more involving, more of an experience and of course it brings in more functionality. This concept has the active state with the handle up and the passive one where the handle drops down. It does not go down all the way but it should be damped and stop at a certain angle. The process of switching between the two states of an object needs to be well animated and should be in line with the quality, fit and finish of the whole object.
Up position – pickup and carry.
Down position – pull around & hang things on.