Dee An

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Bristol, City of Bristol, UK

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  • "Requiring two fingerprints to unlock makes it harder for someone to unlock your phone whilst you are asleep by holding the phone against your thumb. Possibly useful for those in shared housing (student pranks) or for those in a controlling and abusive relationship. "
    on: Design Criticism: Vivo's Apex Smartphone Concept
  • "Interesting that she used to work for Motorola, the only other smartphone vendor who are really pushing a modular accessory system (and contrary to what this article implies, Moto Mods have been carried over a couple of phone generations now).  I can't remember the timeline re Google owning Motorola, but Google too had a modular phone skunk works project. "
    on: Linda Jiang on Designing the Essential Smartphone at Just 27 Years Old
  • "I like it! (and I, like the author, am usually dubious of most bicycles featured on Core77).  Does anyone have any ideas as to how this could actually be made? Not because I want one, but just as a nerdy exercise in thinking about manufacturing. "
    on: Weird Bikes Done Right
  • "Hehe, was her remark about quitting smartphone design for toilet design a reference to Jony Ive's pre-Apple UK career? "
    on: Linda Jiang on Designing the Essential Smartphone at Just 27 Years Old
  • " No more than any one designer can influence sales figures. We don't even know that the pop-on accessories concept originated with Jiang - I was under the impression that it has always been part of Rubin's strategy. The Essential phone has some very stiff competition, and so having a slightly sub par camera system - again, not Jiang's role - doesn't help reviews.  Her response to the gender gap question was mainly given on terms of her relative age, not her sex. "
    on: Linda Jiang on Designing the Essential Smartphone at Just 27 Years Old
  • "Indeed. Further evidence is that the 'branches' that emerge from the roof are absent during early stages of the construction.  "
    on: A Two-Story Treetop Sauna
  • "The space under the saddle could be use for carrying shopping. It seems a curious omission, given the casual 'pop to the shops, pop to the beach' nature of this bike. "
    on: Capuchin Bicycle: A Scooter/Mountain Bike Hybrid
  • " Seriously, this wasn't an article; it was just a link to a couple of YouTube videos. I wouldn't mind, but other websites - such as BBC News - find a way to communicate this to their readers. "
    on: More Than Just a Bulletproof Limo: How the President Travels, and Why It Costs $2,614 per Minute
  • "Would all design educators tell their students: "Please, we don't need any more bicycles!"  The bicycle is incredibly hard to improve upon, and material and manufacturing advances have always been swooped upon by very quickly by the bicycle industry and cycling enthusiasts. "
    on: Modefi: A Bike Designed by You 
  • "It's been a very long time since I saw the documentary, but as I recall the the male designers (Richard Seymour and Dick Powell) felt that not being bra wearers aided them in rethinking bras - and eventually ditching the underwire. Sometimes familiarity with an object can be a hindrance to making it better. They gathered a lot of data (including 3D scanning of hundreds of women's breasts), interviewed a lot of women, and then approached the problem as civil engineers (well, bringing in famed civil engineers Ove Arup).  "
    on: Bras Inspired by Architecture Provide True Support for Women 
  • ">"It's a line of products that frankly would be difficult to imagine without two key elements: digital technologies and engrossed female designers.  " Really? The same concept was arrived at nearly twenty years ago by two men, and the process was documented by Channel 4 television in the UK, before being written up in a national newspaper. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1371505/Engineers-famous-for-their-wobble-help-build-2m-bra.html  Documentary here:http://www.channel4.com/programmes/better-by-design/on-demand/29256-001"
    on: Bras Inspired by Architecture Provide True Support for Women 
  • "Interesting - conventional ironing board are usually unattractive to look at, especially the underside which is visible when board is placed against a wall for storage.  Even without the added functionality of being a stepstool (which not everyone will have a  use for), this is design still has the benefit of being attractive to look at when it's not being used.  "
    on: Transforming Furniture from the Amish: A Stepstool that Turns Into an Ironing Board
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