WTF? - A Industrial Design students rants

industrial design rantings, mediocre humor.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Advertising on the internet should not be like a driveby shooting!

Monday, February 20, 2006

The March issue of Consumer Reports includes a feature article called "The Oyster Awards: CR's picks for America's hardest-to-open packages." It denounces those hard, transparent plastic clamshell packages that hang in stores--and that are next to impossible to open. Products have been designed which soul purpouse is to open packaging. First of all, WTF? Why are packages hard to open? To prevent theft? To work out the muscles of oafish Americans? I don't know. One thing is for sure though. Packaging needs to change dramatically. All packaging is landfilling trash in my book. Maybe it is good that packaging is harder to open so that the oil and chemicals that make up the plastics get to be used a few seconds more before they are wasted forever.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

This is an interesting article about inventing that designers should read : http://microship.com/resources/gonzo-engineering.html#

Saturday, February 11, 2006

I just made an electrocuting Paris Hilton Operation Board game. There is a how-to I made for it Here

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Today at the bank's outdoor ATM's there were 3 people in line behind someone getting money out of the ATM. They were fidgeting and looking like they were in a hurry. 2 of the ATM's were vacant. I asked the person in front of me what was wrong with the other 2 machines and she said, "That one won't give no cash, and the other one is in the sun." These people didn't want to stand in the sun? I realized it was because the screen was bleached out because of the sun's glare. So what did I do in all of my Industrial Design wisdom? I stood in front of it. No glare! It must be a miracle from the catholic church! I got some cash, and left those losers to rot.
So, I was left wondering? Is this a design problem that IDers should address? Or is this a problem that has to do with cracked out people in my neighborhood not knowing about how light travels? WTF?
Day after day I say aloud to myself, "How does a designer make this easier for this person?" Of course, the person struggling to open the milk carton or adjust their seat doesn't like me saying this which proves that people don't like when their products don't work 100% intuitively. There must be a middleground
bad design kills, mediocre design frustrates/denigrates
Then again, there are a lot of people that can't control their fingers as well as their primate heritage suggests.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

iPod, SLVR, RAZR, MaxxBass, inMotion iMplus = WTF?
My girl says my blog is all ranting and maybe it is but this capitalization 1337 h4x0r stuff has to stop! Nerds do this because they are poking fun at their nerdyness. Your product will NOT be the next iPod if you start with a lowercase letter followed by an uppercase. We know your company wants to be like the cool kids but by just copying their symantics only just proves you're a N00b. (my guess is altec lansing, motorola, and other perps don't know what that means which means you shouldnt be using this dumb ) The new Motorola SLVR,for example. It's color is what? SiLVeR. correct. How do you say it? ...sliver. because its small. I thought it was silver for too long. LoL brb afk j/k, rofl! I should note that the title of my blog is one of these time-saving 2000isms so i suppose i cant judge. Nonetheless, naming your product something that people have to decifer is not a sound technique.

Monday, February 06, 2006

This is why we need designers


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Originally uploaded by joywrex.
This scene is a few feet away from my house. I walk my dog to this park where homeless people hang out and drink. A day before this picture was taken that KFC bucket was filled with some type of motor oil and left there. Since then it has been kicked over into the drainage area to go into the bay. My dog wants to lick it. And i thought him chocking on the 100's of chicken bones on the streets of Oakland was bad...
So my question is: Do people not know any better? I think they do. I have talked to a lot of people who think that we are a dead species walking. So they are on a mission to help the planet out by trying to get rid of the plague that is humans. It sounds crazy but I think this is going to be the trend for the people who think they can’t make a difference. Live fast-Die young. Thanks a lot Oakland.