Hans Marvell

Product Developer
København, Danmark

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  • "Speed humps."
    on: Ziggy Moto's Custom Motorcycle with a Streamline Moderne Front End
  • "The problem was to get the horse across to the opposite side of the canal, not to get it under a bridge. This is brilliant English engineering from the industrial revolution. The local authorities ought to make an effort to revive these paths and restore the old bridges. It would love to give them a go on mountain bike or by foot."
    on: Clever Bridge Design Lets Horses Pulling a Barge Cross the Canal Without Untying Them
  • "So you want to design for Bicycle safety? FIne, here are 3 easy steps:1. Move to Copenhagen and live here for at least 3 months and travel only by bike.2. Realize that even in a country with highway codes that include hand signals for bicyclists, only 50% of people know and use them.3. Discover the confusion that would be created by anyone indicating or signaling in an unauthordox way.Joking aside, bicycle safety is a serious matter and in increasing demand as cities around the world try to impliment cycling into their transport infrastructure. Having lived in the UK for 14 years in the 1980s and 1990s, I can witness to how difficult it was to cycle in a country where most motorists are not used to navigating around you. Seeing how agressive cycling has become in London, the problem is really in people's attitude and behaviour as much as it is linked to poor infrastructure. So while all these product ideas emain interesting, they only succeed if they are adapted and intergrated by the majority of users, either through education and laws, or by being second nature and resting on what already exists. The best example of this is the success of the Hövding bicycle airbag helmet here in Denmark. There has been a slow uptake in the use of bicycle helmets in Copenhagen compared to other cities without the same heritage for cycling. Because cycling is so intergrated into day-to-day life, any new trend that interferes too much with existing behaviour will fail. The air-bag helmet works here with people because it is far less intrusive than a regular helmet, but works when it matters. Even though it is comparitively more expensive than a traditional helmet, it works with a userbase who still values the feeling of cycling without a helmet on."
    on: Product Designer vs. Graphic Designer's Approach to Bike Safety Device
  • "You think this is bad, you should look at the UK where most urban housing is semi-detached or terraced houses. I remember some amazing contrasts from my youth living in both the south and north of England. But that chaos also gave many areas their 'charm'."
    on: Examples of When One House is Owned by Two Families With Different Aesthetic Tastes
  • "I find the idea of smaller factories placed in each market very interesting, compared to one large factory shipping large high value products all over the world. Everything I have read about Arrival so far has been facinating, but I don't doubt they will have their challenges coming to market as such a small niche manufacturer without a network of service support in each country. I hope they succeed, Their vehicles are refreshingly different and more like moving rooms and furniture than many current commercial vehicles. Definately a company I would love to see operate in Denmark."
    on: How Arrival Designed Their Vehicles to Sidestep the Most Expensive Parts of Automobile Mass Production
  • "I worked on similar designs for a lighting brand some years ago. The designer had the same idea and solution - a suspended asymetric pendant with an ajustable counter weight. It was a nightmare project and it was left to us product developers to point out to the designer and brand owner the fact that the lamp would rotate freely because it hung from a cord. It could not be fixed at an angle, wind currents in the space where the lamp was installed would cause it to move and rotate constantly. The brand continued to try to solve this lamp long after I left them without succes becuase they stubbonly would not accept they had to use a rod to fix the lamp to a ceiling bracket.Secondly, the light-source and shade shape don't relate - the shade does'nt reflect or diffuse the light, and the lighting source is not sheilded. There are few aspects that sepate a lamp from being a light holder. A lamp combines shades, reflectors and light holder types to create a specific lighting type. A light holder literally only holds a lighting source without adding any direction or control to the light. I could write a whole (rant) article on the subject. My advice on this specific design is to add an adjustable rod and bracket to mount the lamp to a ceiling or wall (see DSW Editions for example). Also consider a diffuser in front of the light source that will direct and distribute the light in a controlled direction."
    on: Studio Flaer's Suspended Yet Angle-Adjustable Piuma Lighting Fixture
  • "Considering the number of already existing wheels that have an equally aestetically pleasing design, it is a mystery why Apple did not contact one of these suppliers and just buy one of their standard solutions. Maybe some of the savy wheel manufacturers are going to start marketing their existing solutions for furniture to Apple owners and throw on a nice Mac OS premium on top. However, should'nt the real question here be: in what user scenario are you going to need wheels under your over-priced tower Mac? Surely you would have an iMac, Mac-Mini or Macbook if you needed something more portable? Are wheels for tower PCs now going to be the next accessory trend after neon lights, external GPUs with quad-copter fans or those bloody ugly Pewdie-Pie gaming chairs!?This has to stop. Surely it would be cheaper just to call Dieter Rams in at this point rather than continually doing a poor job of borrowing from him?"
    on: Apple's $400 Mac Pro Wheels Have a Major Design Flaw
  • "Just don't implement one of these under an over-hanging roof of construction:https://mikeshouts.com/lift-garage-malfunctioned-crushes-car/"
    on: German-Designed Domestic Underground Storage Elevator System and Garbage Hideaway
  • "No indication of Carlsberg in Denmark doing this yet, so I'm going to pass it on. Thanks for the useful link."
    on: Here's a List of the Booze Manufacturers Now Making Hand Sanitizer and Giving It Away for Free
  • "I absolutely love the work of ICON and would love to see their prduction live. I think there certainly are some great lessons to be learnt from their work, but bear in mind that what they do is not for the masses but very much a niche market who can afford it. What they do with cars is basically what a lot of furniture upholsterers and joiners are already doing with old valuable furniture. It would be interesting to see what ICON could do with a moden budget car like a VW Up or Toyota Aygo that is basically built to a budget and not expected to last 40 years."
    on: Design vs. Disposability: The Icon Approach
  • "The chosen material and production method for this product is not great. As others have pointed out, no CNC machine is needed for simple 2 axis milling. The material choice is excessive considering the necessary cleaning and the cost of material. Bar soaps are very effective and much more environmentally friendly to produce than liquid soap as they leave little excessive packaging and soap left-overs can be re-moulded to new bars. So a soap dish should not infringe on that advantage and is not needed if your sink has a place for soap to reside.  If you must have a dish then make it in any material that can resist moisture and is far more environmentally friendly and easy to produce. Even recycled plastic would be a better option. The true test for all crowd-funding ideas is that they get quoted by a real world factory first and evaluated by a retail brand. Once you get into the necessary material purchase, tooling costs, minimum order quantities and shipping and hold them up against retail price and market expectations then most projects like this die. Googling similar items brings up a hoard for dishes made in steel and lacquered or brushed to imitate copper or brass - with obvious rust issues. It would not be hard for a production savy brand to make a similar item at reduced cost. If the problem is the mess left behind by wet soaps why not look at the design of the soap instead or incorporate re-formning the soap left-overs into the dish?"
    on: So, Like, CNC-Milled Metal Soap Dishes are Getting Crowdfunded
  • "Brilliant! I hope they can patent this and earn a fortune on this idea. Well done."
    on: The Yard Glider: A Smart Alternative to Wheelbarrows, Carts and Trucks
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