Chuck Mack


Reykjavík, Iceland

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  • "Plug-ins just do not move me, no matter how fast or teched-up they are.  I have more tech than I need in my phone and I don't need to drag race on my way to the store.  Those half-ton batteries eventually become toxic waste.I'm nearly sure these guys could develop a highly efficient, non polluting ICE - put that in a Plain-Jane, fun to drive basic unit and I'll be impressed."
    on: BMW's Design Restraint Continues to Go Out the Window
  • "Recycled material or not, plastic (single use or other) near the shore will find its' way into the ocean.  Big problem!Claiming greenness through recycling is something of a myth, like electric vehicles being 'clean' - the juice isn't free and the batteries are toxic."
    on: Is There a Need for This: "Over-Engineered" Sandcastle Building Tools
  • "I see a bit of influence from early masters, Gerrit Rietvald, and Corbusier."
    on: Puzzle-Piece Furniture Made Out of a Single Sheet of Plywood
  • "Gee guys, very snazzy but if it is slow and does not cut straight.....??  Maybe in some desperate situation where you have a grinder but no blade.  Just get a thin segmented diamond blade, they're cheap now.  You'll cut straight through whatever and it won't blow up in your face."
    on: Using Paper Blades in an Angle Grinder is Surprisingly Effective
  • "With wood, one is never done learning.  I've learned the most from others I've worked with and after a lifetime of carpentry and woodwork still barely know a fraction of what there is to know.Sure, understanding the material is key along with good tool skills, but a good design is also well-engineered and proportioned.  The structure must work and the eye needs to be pleased.  A piece can be beautifully crafted but still miss the mark if all the factors don't come into play.'Enjoyed the article,  I knew about that light refraction but did not connect the issue with bark-side, heart-side. Thanks."
    on: The Exploitation of Wood
  • "I could use one of those.  'Doubt they are available at the local hardware."
    on: Watching Handrail Manufacturers Use a Special Tool to Smooth Welds is Wildly Satisfying
  • "Michael, I've read your article several times so it must be thought provoking.  I like the point you made about how these early pioneers had little, if any, training as designers, but they had talent and skills that took them into the realm.  No doubt there are larger backstories than you can manage in a few paragraphs.There's a noble tone to your premise, but it is a different world today.  Some things stay the same though.  As Paul Gauguin said: 'There is always a demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite,'"
    on: A Short History of Design Leadership
  • "RN, after posting that link, I had a flurry of studious views, received a bucket load of spam, and had one invitation to enter a pay-to-play European design competition.  Ain't it grand?"
    on: How Ikea's New Joinery is Advancing Their Design
  • "www.chuckmackdesign.com"
    on: How Ikea's New Joinery is Advancing Their Design
  • "You can see some here; www.chuckmackdesign.com though I have not upgrade the site for some time."
    on: How Ikea's New Joinery is Advancing Their Design
  • "It does have a nice 'look'.  Maybe it's possible to use it for some other task."
    on: Useless Product Design: Reporter Discovers $400 Juice Machine's Job Can be Done Faster by Hand
  • "I know the world and the VCs are fascinated with gadgets and are happy to spend for them.  I like doing stuff by hand.  I do pour-over coffee while my wife's Nespresso machine just sits there.  I hate my smart phone and plan to get a Nokia with buttons.  I wish a car company would make a plain-Jane with a $5 key and leave off all the interactive features.  It is possible to live well with minimal tech and I sure don't need a Juicero."
    on: Useless Product Design: Reporter Discovers $400 Juice Machine's Job Can be Done Faster by Hand
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