Guan-Hao Pan, a design student at the National Taipei University of Technology believes the condom should not be a “one-size-fits-all” solution. In fact, the whole premise of his humorous, yet fresh redesign of male birth control not only improves upon the fit of the prophylactic, but also the packaging in which his Love Guide Condoms are delivered.
With more than 60% of users using ill-fitted condoms during sex – affecting both protection efficacy and pleasure – Pan recognized traditional “regular” and “x-large” sizing options were failing to meet the range of girth and length of wearers. The solution was to offer five different sizes, each assigned a fruit or vegetable representative to their phallic counterpart [listed from largest to smallest]: cucumber, turnip, banana, carrot, and zucchini.
The 12 individually packaged condoms within tubes are humorously presented as slices of either fruit or vegetable; each cylinder is also physically representative of the diameter fit. In theory, condom shoppers would grip the packaging to best match condom girth to the size of their own…ahem…produce.
Pan also recognized in the heat of the moment it’s all too easy for wearers to incorrectly put on a condom. Wearers may accidentally put condoms on inside out, or forget to squeeze the reservoir tip upon application, thus increasing the chances of birth control failure. The solution: each condom is delivered in a case with a small center protrusion, making picking out the condom easier, faster, and more apt to be correctly applied with the reservoir tip squeezed.
Pan’s condom redesign concept also includes retail displays. Keeping in theme each is fashioned after a produce stand and produce styled vending machine.
Although only a student concept, Guan-Hao Pan’s Love Guide Condoms illustrate birth control can be approached without the sophomoric tone usually attached to marketing condoms, improving their efficacy and comfort, while reframing shopping for protection back into the realm of good taste (and design).