Dee An

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Bristol, City of Bristol, UK

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  • "Good point, bad example: The Crew Dragon is controlled from Earth or from onboard computer - it isn't piloted using the touchscreens. There is one physical control - a large red lever which, in case of emergency during lift off, jettisons the crew capsule away from the launch vehicle."
    on: The Opposite of Mercedes' Hyperscreen: The Heavily Analog Dashboards of Rally Cars
  • "For the love of all that is good, why do so many Core77 articles require the reader to watch a video to make sense of them? "
    on: Rendering Fixes: Bringing the Design of the Lexus IS 350 Back Into Balance
  • "I was thinking the same, but perhaps it's intended as part of new-build districts with a holistic flood mitigation plan. Such plans might include more green areas, porous pavement etc If an entire district used these, then when the storm drain is full additional rainfall can only collect / run down the streets. This clean-ish rainwater might be preferable to water from the storm drain, should flooding be inevitable."
    on: Design Concept for a Self-Sealing Storm Drain
  • "Aerodynamics not so much an issue for vehicles stood still selling food, or for local tradesmen - won't often be on roads fast enough for drag to be a huge factor. No electric vehicle suitable for typical Sprinter use-case i.e, rapid transport of stuff over hundreds of miles."
    on: Richard Kim's Rectilinear Design for the Canoo Multi-Purpose Delivery Vehicle
  • "> I'd prefer a more obvious left/right indicator than the digital crown or the cutesy knitted "L" and "R" inside the earcups. - Use a permanent marker pen. Or add a decal. A piece of Red pvc tape around the R arm . Spray paint. Nail varnish. Just how minimalist is your desk if you don't have at least one of these things?"
    on: Apple Announces $549 Airpods Max Over-the-Ear Headphones with Active Noise Cancellation
  • "There's mention in the article that before Ettore Bugatti created cars, his father Carlo Bugatti was a famed art deco furniture designer https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlo_Bugatti Not that these speakers are related in any way. "
    on: Bugatti Now Designing…Home Speakers?
  • ">"While most human beings know how to wash their hands," If they did, why do medical students have an entire module devoted to hand washing? Companies preparing food are similar, with instructions on how to ensure that every part of your hands is properly cleaned before entering the food area. Of course this is a subject that many of us have learnt more about this year. A nice piece of design is from washyourlyrics.com, where you input a favourite song title, and it outputs a pdf of the song lyrics accompanying diagrams of a thorough hand wash."
    on: So, Automatic Hand Washing Machines are a Thing
  • "So back to the stanchions. The first obvious step is consider removing the posts from bases when they are stowed. This poses a follow on question: does the process of attaching / detaching poles to posts slow down the deployment / stowage of the stanchions? Asking workers to pick up the heavy poleless bases from the floor is no good - risk of finger and back injuries.  A bayonet fit between pole and base would let the whole stanchion be lifted on to a trolley, the bases then detached with a twist and the light pole stowed above. This is good, because the heavy [pole + base] would only need to listen a few inches (before the pole is detached). Downsides? Extra cost of manufacturing male and female bayonet fittings on the poles and bases. "
    on: When the Design of an Object Doesn't Consider How It's Meant to be Stored
  • "It was addressed in my design school - under the title of Offline Considerations (that's Offline in the sense of an object not being in active use). It would also consider issues surrounding the steps between Online and Offline (i.e, a vacuum cleaner will need its power cable to be stowed before its put away.  Vacuum cleaners come to mind when it comes to their stored (offline state). It's not a big issue if the householder has a big enough cleaning cupboard, but many smaller apartments might not do. Vacuum cleaners are fairly bulky and usually unattractive, often with unwieldly hoses and power cables attached.  Any solutions?  - disguise the vacuum cleaner as a foot rest (cylinder type, not sure how to disguise tube) - make the upright vacuum cleaner fold flatter against a wall or recess - throw technology (smaller motors, ever diminishing cost of li ion batteries) at the problem to make the vacuum cleaner smaller and cordless. "
    on: When the Design of an Object Doesn't Consider How It's Meant to be Stored
  • "I'm fairly sure I read of mobile phone charging lockers quite a few years ago in a profile of martial artist and restaurant owner Jackie Chan. It was noted that he had such lockers installed in his restaurant, IIRC. "
    on: An Interesting Idea from France: Phone Charging Lockers
  • " The big hole for putting your finger in... it makes the lighter bigger than necessary. Using a butane lighter to light candles isn't hard. If the candle is in a jar and hard to reach, a long match or very thin candle (I forgot what they are called) is good solution. Long-nosed butane lighters are easily available for just a few dollars, and can aid in lighting candles above one's head (are are often used for lighting gas hobs). If a restaurant invested in this expensive lighter to make lighting candles easier, how long until someone loses or 'borrows' it? "
    on: Rethinking Commonplace Objects: Dissim is a Lighter You Can Invert
  • "The mechanism to slide in and out of the car trunk is clever.  For some people's homes it might make sense - I'm thinking of apartments with elevators and long corridors which would make carrying in the shopping a chore, and necessitate several trips between the apartment and the car.  Another big factor in the equation is the strength of the user. Both the male and female models in the photo look to have strong arms, but this trolley might prove to useful for people who struggle to carry boxes and bags.  Around twenty years ago, a major UK supermarket chain experiented with supplying its customers with stackable plastic boxes that would sit two abreast in their store trolleys, and fit easily in car trunks. Whilst popular with some shoppers, the supermarket chose to end the scheme after a year, for reasons I don't know. "
    on: Bag-Free Groceries: A Folding Shopping Cart You Bring Right to Your Kitchen
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