Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
P.S. I forgot to post a good and bad design blog the other day. Sorry for being behind but I think the new Heinz bottles are a good design because they store upright allowing the ketchup to stay at the bottom and be there when you need it. It also avoids uses an anti-spill nozzle to avoid messes. I think most "tote" umbrellas are poorly designed because they don't open easily (or at all, actually) when they are supposed to which means that they are useless and don't work. I think things that don't work are poorly designed.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The hybrid car is a brilliant design because it combines a conventional engine with an electric motor used for local/non-highway driving to achieve better fuel economy. On the other hand, the upright toothpaste bottle is a faulty design. Although it allows for the toothpaste bottle to stand upright, it is difficult to squeeze out the toothpaste and when there is just a little bit left, it is almost impossible to get it out. In this way, the form of the toothpaste bottle does not help its function.
i think a good design is the vera bradley purse because they are cute and affordable but also they can surprisingly hold a lot of stuff. They are deceptive that way but I am always very surprised at how much they can really hold.
I think the Swiss Army knives are well designed objects. They're convenient because they have many accommodations ranging from uncorking a romantic bottle of wine to fixing things with a screwdriver. It is also portable and the tools fold back into their slots so objects like the knife can be kept safe. The Forward-Backward Glasses (see right), however, I think are not well designed. Although the idea of having eyes in the back of your head is intriguing, the invention might be more confusing than helpful. The wearers of these glasses will see forward and backwards simultaneously, making it difficult to concentrate on one image.
this is a wine bottle opener i have at home and i always thought it had a really cool design. you have to look carefully but its in the shape of a rabbit. its actually really fun to use and pretty easy also.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
i find this chair very attractive and eye-catching. when i first looked at it, i didnt actually see it as a chair, i thought it was like some kind of decoration, because if you try to make it stand on the other side (it's base), it would look really unique and i wouldve thought of it as a carpet being pushed and sort of piled up in some way.
i wouldnt find it comforting, where the base is really dense and the back side isn't. the surface of it is perfect for a chair though. (only the upper part were we actually sit) the wood is going in curves and bending which is just right for the body position were usually in while we sit.
Not all squeezers are meant to actually squeeze. Perhaps the most famous example of this is the Juicy Salif, designed by Philippe Starck in 1990. It is considered an icon of industrial design that has been displayed in museums such as New York's Museum of Modern Art. Originally, it was inspired by squeezing a lemon over a squid in a sea food restaurant, but many observers think it looks like a spider. It is manufactured by Italian kitchenware company Alessi. Its diameter is 14 cm, height 29 cm, and it is made from cast and polished aluminum.
For the tenth anniversary of its launch, 10,000 were individually numbered and gold plated. There has also been a gray/black version. Both are now collectors items, the gray/black version particularly hard to find. The gold plated version was described as an ornament because the citric acid in a lemon discolors and erodes the gold plating. Starck is even rumored to have said, "My juicer is not meant to squeeze lemons; it is meant to start conversations".
The Juicy Salif by Philippe Starck may look like a spider at a first glance. While this juice squeezer does not serve as a practical tool, it is eye-catching and provocative. The form of the squeezer, again, resembles a spider while its function appears to be meant to squeeze juice, but rather it is an object of decoration.