The Stanley Flask – Emotionally Durable Design

As we become more aware of the impact we are having on the world, there has been a shift towards environmentally friendly design. One of the clearest signs of this shift can be seen in the rise of the reusable drink bottle. Whether it be a plastic bottle, a travel mug, or a coffee cupContinue reading “The Stanley Flask – Emotionally Durable Design”

The LG Magic Remote and other Wireless Wizardry

As the designated family technician, it’s fair to say I’ve faced more than a few remote controller issues in my time. The buttons aren’t working? Check the batteries. Only some buttons are working? Maybe it’s in the wrong mode. Can’t find the right button? Ah, that’s a bigger problem – and it’s probably not yourContinue reading “The LG Magic Remote and other Wireless Wizardry”

Dieter Rams, Must Good Design be Honest?

One of the first things students of my course were told was to read about Dieter Rams, and inevitably we came across his 10 principles for good design. For a designer to set out such principles is a bold move. You are putting your reputation on the line, at the risk of coming across likeContinue reading “Dieter Rams, Must Good Design be Honest?”

Why Are Microwaves So Complicated?

The humble microwave is a common sight in our kitchens. However, it might just be the source of the worst user interface design of any product we own. Your typical microwave will have a numeric keypad, a selection of heating modes, and start/stop buttons. Simple, right? Well, not so much. All I want from myContinue reading “Why Are Microwaves So Complicated?”