WTF? - A Industrial Design students rants

industrial design rantings, mediocre humor.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

30 ways to be more creative!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

sandisk usb sd

sandisk usb sd
Originally uploaded by joywrex.
Finally, flash ram has become so miniaturized that we can have the usb connection as part of the device. Bluetooth will still take over though.
I received a 19$ cell phone case for my trendy new Razr phone for Christmas. It was a nice present but it illustrates a design flaw I see a lot. Especially in after-market separate brand add-ons. (For lack of a better term) The design is stylish, black synthetic rubber with white stitching. It came with 2 separate designs of belt clips. One black and one clear. (dell and mac inspired?) However, the problems come when trying to use the phone with the case on it. With the case off the outside screen can be read when the phone is tilted at the right direction. This is excellent because you don’t have to push a button which requires an extra step and this also reduces the battery charge over time. With the clear plastic coating over this screen it is almost impossible to see it without pressing a button to backlight the LCD. The button that you have to press is under the plastic which is much harder to find because of the covering. My belt is too wide, although it’s not THAT wide, to have the belt clip snap onto it. I am afraid the whole thing could slide off which would be devastation so I keep it in my pocket. I like that better anyway. I'm not a contractor. And I live in the mean streetz where people would 'run up on yall mufukaz' (for lack of a better term) if they think you have anything they want. So the phone is in my pocket. And the metal part that snaps to the belt clip is digging into me. To get my phone out it is at least 2x as hard since the mushroom shaped barb doesn’t slide easily out of a pocket. So I cut the damn thing off. When trying to take a picture the case is seen on both sides of the picture. WTF? So, I cut off the connection between the bottom and flip part of the phone and just double stick taped the cover onto the phone. Now I can take pictures and take it out of my pocket. Also, if I drop the phone and it happens to land on its either side there is NO protection whatsoever. After cutting parts of the relatively expensive case up it is almost usable. yay.
WTF? Upon inspecting the phone I just noticed that the screen is BROKEN under the case. So much for the case working like it should. And shame to the Motorola designers for having a GLASS covering for the screen. Cell phones are jewelry when they should be a pocket knife.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

"With his young discipline and systems consciousness he may find a home in Vericorp one day." -Spalding Gray in True Stories

"Someone said freeways are the cathedrals of our time...I didn't." -David Byrne

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Originally woot was what a nerd playing an internet game such as counterstrike would yell/type when he was "owning" other people. Now the name has become the name of an underground phenomenon/business model on the internet. It is as brilliant as it is simple. is a site where one 'woot' or product is sold for 24 hrs. They are usually overstock or refurbished electronics. The prices are incredible and they always sellout before the day is over. The description of the product is hilarious and sometimes the product has an 'industrial design' category for its plastic type and stuff. What a brilliant way to get rid of a pallet or two of overstock or last year’s model! I look at it everyday so I don’t miss out. Woot!
Sites of interest this week:

The standards first:
This usually takes about 2 hrs a day.

This weeks hotspots:
This site is a weblog of news about technology that we will not get the pleasure to use for a looooong time in the USA. Today: a 4gb phone! WTF!!!
During January i was staying at a cabin in Central Oregon. I go there often. I demand no clocks and no cell phones from whoever is there. (Not that there is any reception anyway)
I received a call from a "man with disabilities." He begged me to buy light bulbs from him for the rest of my life. I was interested in the way he was trying to do business so I stayed on the phone to please him. He would send a few and whenever they burned out more would be delivered to my house.
I told him that I didn’t want to place an order now but I would look at a website of the company later. There was no website. He said if there was he wouldn’t make any money. So I started to explain to him why the whole idea was crazy from an Industrial Designers’ perspective. I explained that in the next few years companies like Philips would be unveiling the first home socket use LED lights. The man with disabilities of course was lost and told me that if I didn’t want his light bulbs in the first place I should have told him so I wouldn’t waste his "Goddamn Time." Sadly, there was no time at the cabin.

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Originally uploaded by joywrex.