Dee An

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Bristol, City of Bristol, UK

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  • "According to kguttag.com, it's an Xreal headset, which retails for 500 USD. So that's 1400 USD for the keyboard and computer section (a Qualcomm SoC running a modified version of Android). "
    on: The Spacetop, a No-Screen Laptop, Now Coming to Market
  • "Hunter brand Wellington boots (or 'wellies' as we call them in the UK where this style originated) have a similar nub above the heel for ease of removal.  They're a pricey brand that play upon their association with the land-owning British aristocracy, and with pop stars (Glastonbury music festival is notoriously often a rain soaked mud bath).  In New Zealand, the style is called a gum boot. From Fred Dagg's 'Gum Boot Song: "They keep the water out / And the smells in!" Nylon gaiters aren't a new feature on wellies, either. "
    on: UX Improvements to the Muck Boot
  • "They've missed a trick - it should be possible to depress the main knob so that it sits flush with the case for when the user wishes to put it in a bag. The push to depress /  push to proud mechanism could double as the power switch.  The designers say it is a desk / wall radio (i.e. not a 'portable' ), but it seems odd to inconvenience the user who wishes to take it to different locations. "
    on: Beautiful, Neo-Rams-ian Audio Product Designs
  • "For sure, after all, the designers did say it was an 'experiment.'  However, the scenario that comes to mind is this: If the user wishes to quickly lower the volume, they may inadvertently change the radio frequency / channel instead if they have forgotten what state it is in. Instead of silence, the user gets static or a random station. This would be a source of user irritation.  Having two knobs allows for the user's muscle memory to develop. On a Sony transistor radio, (of a vintage that actually uses a tuning knob instead of auto tune buttons) the two knobs will usually be of different sizes and asymmetrically placed, to reinforce the distinction.  "
    on: Beautiful, Neo-Rams-ian Audio Product Designs
  • "And neither of the two main reasons to use Torx (to prevent users from taking apart safety-critical assemblies such as bicycle brakes, and to resist cam-out) apply to how it has been used here. "
    on: Beautiful, Neo-Rams-ian Audio Product Designs
  • "So no, this junk is not Ramsian because it disregards Rams' Principles of Design on several fronts. Jony Ive's classic 'Cheesegrater' Mac Pro *is* Ramsian because it does follow the principles. To do so takes a lot of work. "
    on: Beautiful, Neo-Rams-ian Audio Product Designs
  • "I think that it's ability to act as a broom and a nil might be its killer feature.  I always it frustrating when mopping a bar floor to find a bit of broken glass that I'd missed on my preliminary sweep with a broom. "
    on: Dyson Carries Over a Crucial Design Detail for their first Power Mop
  • "Similarly, I've only bought waterproof phones (higher end Samsung phones), put them in cases and applied a tempered glass screen protector. Wireless charging means that I wouldn't even need to replace the USB socket should it ever wear out. That just leaves the battery to be be changed - a fiddly job but it only has to be done every couple of years.  Durability is every bit as important as repairability. "
    on: Inexpensive Smartphones Designed to be Repaired
  • "This was built in 1997-1998, so not a company doing something cool 'these days'. In fact Oakley is now just a brand of Luxottica, which has the sunglasses market pretty much tied up. "
    on: Oakley's Blade-Runner-Inspired Headquarters
  • "The battery also supplies power to the locks, lights, USB sockets and television."
    on: Some Nifty Design Tricks in This Flexible Finnish Camping Trailer
  • "Well, the stove can be slid outside as well, so it is possible to access the toilet when cooking. "
    on: Some Nifty Design Tricks in This Flexible Finnish Camping Trailer
  • "1. Using one encoder for both frequency and volume is shit. Just use two encoders. Or as normal people might call them, a volume knob and a channel knob.  2. 'Stone-like' finish looks shit. A textured hard anodisation would be okay (honesty of materials, hard wearing) but this uneven faux marble finish looks shit.  3. The handle doesn't use a bolt with a hex head, but a spangled anti-tamper bolt. Why? No sensitive parts are exposed if the user should choose to remove the handle. It's pretentious.  4. The second object has smooth knobs. Not useful.  5. In the last twenty years, this design language [Rams mixed with 'cassette futurism'] has been used in thoughtful and successful products from iRiver to Teenage Engineering. This duo are late to the bandwaggon.   6. If you do a Google image search on the mystery last object, you'll find a close-up image of the orange part on some Instagram account. It has 9 stylised waveforms on it corresponding to 9 dots on the display. It might be an unusably small display or it might be some data cartridge (because physical media is cool?).  "
    on: Beautiful, Neo-Rams-ian Audio Product Designs
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