Dee An

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Bristol, City of Bristol, UK

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  • "I don't think the grey chair designers were deliberately trying to knock off the design of the red chair, even if it had influenced them. The grey chair is just too fussy- it is its quilting, side cushions and panels that grab one's attention, not its outline. The curvature of its silhouette is not constant. By contrast, the red chair is all about the clean line. It appears to be the simplest version of itself. It is widest at the head rest area, not the base, lending it a welcoming aspect. These are fine attributes that the grey chair isn't even trying to emulate.  "
    on: An Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair Knockoff with Massage Functionality, Speakers
  • "The translucent Apple eMate was released in March 1997, the same year as this Sony product. So no, this Walkman did not influence the iMac to the extent that you suggest."
    on: Sony's Strange Design for a Two-Piece Walkman, Circa 1997
  • "Clipper lighters are a certain combination of size, capacity, ergonomics and serviceability. They also have a recognisable silhouette, to the extent they have featured in pop culture (such as on an album cover by The Streets)"
    on: Great Design: Butane Refill Canister Caps with Built-In Adapters
  • "To study the whole 'system', we might also remember the can has a (partial) list of lighter brands printed on it against which adaptor to use.  The superior design decision can be seen on Clipper lighters: they fit the nozzle on the refill can without the need for an adaptor.  By contrast, Zippo make butane lighters that reqyire their own-brand gas. If used with generic butane the flame is too low, and they are non-adjustable. "
    on: Great Design: Butane Refill Canister Caps with Built-In Adapters
  • "Some concerns: stray mist making it harder for people wearing glasses to see hazards.  Risk of infection from water droplets being inhaled.  Risk of kids pushing their mates into the waterfall (and beyond into the road) for a prank or nastier act of bullying "
    on: A Foolproof, Water-Based "Don't Walk" Sign
  • "VW Amarok - not Anorak, which is a type of cheap, waterproof but not breathable rain coat.  "
    on: Hidden Rifle Storage Compartment Behind Pickup Truck Taillight
  • "The connector looks to be made of powder-coated steel. From the video it looks to be fit for purpose. Mud might jam the mechanism, possibly, but unlikely."
    on: Yea or Nay? Tomo's Easy-Connect Dog Gear
  • "Maybe just stow the barriers away so that they can be used for the next pandemic?  Strewth, if this lecturer can't do any forward environmental planning, what hope the students? "
    on: After the Pandemic, What Should We Make Out of All Those Plexi Barriers?
  • "Remember: After their release from captivity, several of the Buiruit hostages including Terry Waite, talked of how the sound of unwinding tape triggered unpleasant memories for them. The reason was that duck tape had been used to secure them every time they were moved from place to place. "
    on: Who Knew? They Make Silent Tape Guns
  • "Can you tell us why the previous tool was poorly thought of? In what areas did it fail, and how do you think the designers of the new version may have improved it?"
    on: Festool Seeking Product Testers for Their 18-Volt Impact Driver
  • "For those of us who don't like e on a farm, but do occasionally go camping:  Bucket is used in the day for fetching water for washing.  Lantern is used at night for illumination.  What is so hard to grasp here? Both buckets and lanterns have the same form - so why not use the same physical object for both tasks? 5L of water is 5 KG... Many people wouldn't want to carry much more that that on a walk from the campsite tap to their tent. "
    on: A Collapsible Bucket/Lantern With a Removable Magnetic LED Light
  • "Cards could be much smaller. Most time I use my card, the only working parts are the chip and contacts, or else the NFC wireless transponder. Now, if a card were even just half the width, it could be stored about one's person more easily - it could fit within a pouch in a belt, for example. Make the card just the width of the chip contacts and it could fit within a watch strap or bracelet.  I wrote coming from the UK where it isn't required for people to carry photo-ID. It's nice not to have to carry a wallet. Sometimes it'd be nice to carry a form of payment without fear of a card, wallet or cash falling from a pocket. Smartphones can be too bulky. "
    on: Mastercard Redesigns Credit/Debit Cards with Notches For the Visually Impaired
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