“The design process, at its best, integrates the aspirations of art, science, and culture.” Jeff Smith
What popular design concepts would you to change if you could? Are there everyday items you wish to see improved? If you read my blog often, you’d know that I’m not one to vent or kvetch about much. There are things that annoy me, just like everyone else, but I usually hold my tongue. Why? Because If you look around the blogosphere, you’ll find that there are enough people venting; some quite brilliantly too. However, the Daily Post topic for today was, shall we say, irresistible: Pick something that annoys you and redesign how it works.
Naturally, the first thing that popped into my mind was – pantyhose. How could we continue to buy and wear pantyhose that rips in the bat of an eyelid? I’m sure that manufacturers must have come up with durable designs over the years and are simply not mass marketing them. It still baffles me that women still wear them are some are willing to keep replenishing their supply of a product that is guaranteed to run within minutes of purchase…. Give us a break mate!
“Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.” Brian Reed
Another item that gets to me and makes me scratch my head is the shrink wrap on ….. everything. Well, I can appreciate the way those helicopters are wrapped, they look kind cute like giant metal cows in bloomers, but on CDs an DVDs? I mean, think back to the last time you tried to open one and all the rigmarole and nuisance involved. I’ll take a simple security strip across the top or good old recycled cardboard. Yes, there was a time they came in cardboard. Give Us a break then, mate!
How about cereal bags inside those cardboard boxes? Could someone please place the cereal in resealable plastic bags? No one wants to open a box of cereal and watch it turn to fluff in a few days or so. It can’t take much to design the reseal portion or would it? We love our cereal crunchy so please design the bags…. Give us a simple break on this one, mate!
“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.” Joe Sparano
Since we are on a roll here, how about non-chip nail polish? Sure OPI has a nice product line that stays on for 3 weeks or so but the colors are limited. I am talking about across the board non chip polish that has a shelf life longer than two days.
Something else that isn’t quite a design issue but was raised by a friend today is those borderline Ads… You know, the ones that exaggerate or should we say embellish the truth. How about interactive ads? We get to give instant feedback to ads by checking a box that says True, False or Gray Area… You choose.
If any others come to your mind, do share… I’d love to hear things you’d like to see redesigned and if others strike me, I’ll add them too.
For now, we’d just say to the manufacturers of the above… Give Us a Break, Mate!
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