Patrick Andrews


Scotland, UK

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  • "https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/36380709459946238/"
    on: Modern Footwear Design Makes Us Use Our Feet "Backwards" From How We Should
  • "Canada has similar access to firearms and a much lower number of mass shootings, I believe. Maybe one approach is to recognise the damage which the american dream does in creating intense resentment when people fail to get what they believe they deserve (fair treatment, loyalty, justice, money, recognition...) My suggestion would be to de-emphasise the idea that good behaviour leads to fair treatment. I'd also offer people a way to publicly register their grievances. Perhaps there could be a giant monument in the desert fitted with a laser engraver so that people could express their feelings permanently without resorting to violence."
    on: What Can We Do to Prevent Events Like the Las Vegas Mass Shooting?
  • "Simulated wabi-sabi? I wonder if this may ever be extended to items such as phones and cars? If not, what does that mean?"
    on: The Unlikely Tools Used to Manufacture Jeans: A Dremel, Sandpaper, Rocks, Shotgun Pellets
  • "It's so frustrating that nobody bothered to apply a thermometer to anything...so we could tell if there was a non-zero effect."
    on: Cooling a Laptop with Coins
  • "I would love to be commissioned to redesign the shell of this thing. It needs it."
    on: ElektroLeder: The New Fashion of our Imminent E-Future
  • "I find it annoying that engineers are excluded from being considered creatives. Many engineers have zero aesthetic sense, but they are not good engineers."
    on: This Episode of the "Artrageous" Show Sits In With an Industrial Designer
  • "A cylindrical base ensures that eg loose screws will accumulate along the bottom -as will the usual toolbox dust and grime. Having no corners is a marginal benefit though. It may be that this was developed for situations where eg throwing the box onto a truck was frequently found to crack open rectangular designs: the cylinder being potentially stronger."
    on: Ridgid's Tubular Tool Storage, Yea or Nay?
  • "I found this most interesting. Design for Emergence is currently an oxymoron. Almost all design is about creating stuff whose performance is understood and limited. This is why programming is not the same a engineering (engineering deliberately stays within design codes to ensure repeatable, deterministic behaviour. Software always tries to get clever). When people hack Ikea or when children invert a table and it becomes a ship at sea, then they put products to uses for which they weren't designed...and that's when things get interesting again. Products which deliberately contain such hackability, via both hardware and software,  constitute a fascinating new arena for designers."
    on: The Nature of Things
  • "The acting alone makes this unwatchable, even before consideration of the thermodynamics. Recovered energy still needs to be converted during which process a huge fraction is wasted before your battery is charged (or your coffee lightly warmed)."
    on: Toyota Demonstrates Amount of Energy Recovered Through Regenerative Braking By Using Racecar to Power Breakfast Preparation
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