Jim Lewis

Designer, Springwood Studios
Troy, NY, USA

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  • "One of Ralph Nader's big contributions to humanity was persuading Detroit not to make points on the front of objects that can travel in excess of 60 mph, especially points (wedges) that would drive a body downward, under said objects.  I thought they taught that in Auto Design 101.The seating is weird but cool, it makes a conversation pit in the back of the bus, so to speak.  On the other hand, the rear end looks like it was lifted from one of Gene Roddenberry's lesser nightmares."
    on: Spotted at the L.A. Auto Show: Toyota's Designed-in-China Rhombus
  • "My wife's immediate response to the first picture is that it looks hard to wear.  Asked why, she replied that it looks stiff, like the front would rise when you sat down and it wouldn't conform when you walk.  However, she loved the picture of the three skirts, especially the one on the right.  It's a great concept, but the proof is in the wearing.  It could potentially solve a lot of problems and open up some interesting doors in bespoke clothing."
    on: DefeXtiles' Sustainable 3D Printed Fabric Has the Potential to Revolutionize Textiles
  • "Don't let Shopsmith see this post!"
    on: What Does a Swiss Army Knife with 73 Functions Look Like?
  • "They are absolutely f-ing nuts.  This is the sort of thing that inspires another Ralph Nader book.  Cognitive dissonance indeed, a triumph of intellectual masturbation over any kind of common sense.  No Union Jack has four feet of blank space in the center, and no directional arrow should point the wrong way."
    on: Incredibly, Mini's Countryman has Stock Turn Signals That Point the Wrong Way
  • "Hard to believe there is much of a case for disassembly/ reuse.  What you start with is so unpredictable, it's a small scale craft operation.  Thank God, furniture at least is made on such a low volume basis that you can't get a uniform product out of recycling it.  In most cases, the resulting boards are so small there is not much future for them.  The exceptions, panels from case goods, sideboards from bed frames, are then limited in volume while varied in species, cut, material, color.Whereas, wood, still the primary material for furnishings, is labor intensive, very flexible in use and extremely renewable.  Without running numbers, I see a stronger case for composting/ burning for fuel and regrowing."
    on: Looking Back to Save the Future
  • "Aren't short, tall, wide cars inherently unstable?  What's the driver experience like, vis a vis cornering?"
    on: The Hyundai Casper: A Sub-$12,000 Micro SUV
  • "I'd get the wheels for sure if they came with a motor.  What's the point of having to push your computer by hand?"
    on: Apple's $400 Mac Pro Wheels Have a Major Design Flaw
  • "Try this link for the Kazam! machine:https://www.eamesoffice.com/blog/the-kazam-machine/Extreme props for Charles climbing the pole to pilfer the electricity  to heat it without getting fried."
    on: Eight Things You Probably Didn't Know About Ray Eames
  • "Please, Rain, keep the Design Roasts going!  Maybe cut them back to monthly, but so many of us are solo practitioners or out of school, and miss the Peer Reviews.  Seeing others get sliced and diced keeps us humble!"
    on: Yea or Nay? A Self-Lining, Bag-Sealing Trash Can
  • "Wow, what an artist!  Impressive to see him sketch, and it comes out beautifully.BTW, the perspective is sometimes called "inside out" and is similar to the way icons are written.  If you zoom in, it shows front, side and rear at the same time.  looking overall, it gives a false sense of length, but with a bit of practice gives a good overall idea of the car."
    on: Forum Frenzy: Chip Foose's Bizarre Automotive Rendering Technique
  • "How does snapping together affect the strength?  I can see the concrete infill stiffening the reinforcing elements, and continuing compressive strength through the length, but what about the tensile strength?  And what about fire/heat resistance?  How do they compare in strength to a similar section of steel?  The article leaves a lot of questions on the table."
    on: A Lightweight, 3D-Printed Alternative to Reinforced Concrete Beams
  • "I like the part of the video where it shows just how much like human workers these gizmos are.  When two of them meet, they pause to stare each other in the face, swap a snide comment about their human wranglers, then move on the the next task."
    on: Boston Dynamics' New Stretch Robot
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