Dee An

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Bristol, City of Bristol, UK

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  • "I like the 4 way slider switch for setting ALARM / TIME / 12/24 / BRIGHTNESS with the side-mounted + - buttons."
    on: Braun's Retro-Modern BC21 with Wireless Charging
  • "The body panels on this van are made of a polymer or composite material, not metal. Genuine question: are composite panels necessarily much more expensive to make (or replace, or repair) than a traditional black plastic bumper (at this size of production run)?"
    on: What Do You Think of These Design Decisions on Arrival's Electric Delivery Van?
  • "'Design Patent' - a term that can cause confusion amongst some. In the UK the term 'Trade Dress' is used instead.  "
    on: "Patented" Book: Industrial Design History as Told Through 1,000 Influential Patents
  • "The driver-side (right hand side) door is conventionally hinged - you can see the hinges in the photos.  The groove behind the driver-side door is so that parts (such as the roof and side panels) can be reused in a Left-hand drive version of the van. "
    on: What Do You Think of These Design Decisions on Arrival's Electric Delivery Van?
  • "I've been delivering to people's homes recently in an older VW van - steering wheel on right, rear sliding door on left of van. This means every* delivery results in me walking half way around the van.  Of course I appreciate that having the rear sliding door on the pavement (sidewalk) side of the van makes tasks safer in many situations.  *Actually, the van has half height bulkhead, so sometimes I can remove the delivery item from the rear of the van from the cab. But this requires twisting in my seat whilst lifting a heavy item - not recommended. "
    on: What Do You Think of These Design Decisions on Arrival's Electric Delivery Van?
  • "Why the asymmetric doors? Well, study the van for other asymmetries: 1, steering wheel is on right, no front passenger seat on left, internal access on left between cab and cargo section.  Use case? Driver arrives at destination, gets up from seat and fetches parcel from rear of van, driver leaves vehicle on the nearside of the vehicle with parcel.  Advantages: driver doesn't have to exit vehicle on right and step into motor traffic. The left hand door slides open, causing minimal hazard to pedestrians and cyclists. The left-hand door can remain open when the van is parked without blocking the pavement ('sidewalk'). "
    on: What Do You Think of These Design Decisions on Arrival's Electric Delivery Van?
  • "The user could just print a list of woods, glue it to the smoker, and then place a small red magnet on the appropriate wood name. Ink and glue chosen to be UV and heat proof respectively, of course.  This would be quicker to 'set' the desired wood, and use fewer resources than this 'pellet pal'.  Even better- the manufacture of the smoker could just print a list of woods on the smoker in the factory, and supply a coloured magnet with it. "
    on: Great Example of a Thoughtful Product Design Improvement: The 3D-Printed Pellet Pal
  • "If the cover plate was translucent so that all the text could be read, the user could select a wood more quickly. "
    on: Great Example of a Thoughtful Product Design Improvement: The 3D-Printed Pellet Pal
  • "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
  • "The crazy thing is that commercial vehicles, such as the last few generations of Ford's Transit van, also have unnecessarily styled body panels - making it harder for small businesses to apply their livery - company name, description, logo, telephone number etc.  A panel van will still have panels, but what about builders driving drop-side vans? "
    on: Hyundai Fulfills "No Visual Continuity" Promise, Rolls Out New IONIQ 5
  • "Potential hazards: snagging the line on something, which would yank the tool out of the user's hand. Snagging the line on, say, the top of a step ladder, could result in serious injury. "
    on: ID Student Work: Sam Sheckells' Sidekick System for Offloading Power Tool Weight
  • "The first version (with the metal plate) has a flush mechanism to dispose of the contents - just like a normal toilet. I'm not sure why the version that depends upon a drunk person to use a showerhead to clean up is considered superior. "
    on: There are Sinks Designed Just for Vomiting Into
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