Is the USD388287 S patent expired? I am looking to design something similar to this.
Design patents filed before Dec 18, 2013 have a patent term of 14 years from the date of grant. See http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/s2701.html#sect2701.
The design patent you listed was granted on Dec 30, 1997 and so it expired Dec 30, 2011.