Ross Oliver


Sunnyvale, CA

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  • "I dare you to sit on that Line Chair. I dare you. Where's design roast when you really need it?"
    on: Get Your Insane Objet D'Art Furniture Fix Here
  • "I commend this designer not only for the final outcome, which is very innovative, but also for the ability to shift and adapt when his initial iteration didn't work."
    on: Forest - primary school desk partitions to help students with attention struggles
  • "How is this "efficient and economical use of materials"? Have you priced plywood lately? How is six legs for a table more efficient than four? Also its going to be a real pain to install those legs level and the same length. Another design for novelty over practicality."
    on: Takeshi Nishio's Minimal Pop-Up Furniture
  • "Yes and what WIDTH plank? From the width of the seat, I would estimate a least 10 inches, and quarter sawn, no less. So from a 22-25 inch diameter tree you will get four of those planks. How is that reducing waste? Building up from 3-4 inch wide stock would go much further toward reducing waste. Also it's just plain ugly."
    on: Beautiful, Waste-Minimizing Chair Design Cut from a Single Board
  • "Why is it so impossible to make a drill that has a flat top? Or maybe just a pair of rails. No 3D printing required."
    on: A DIY Portable Drill Stand
  • "Yes and would also need to be grounded, right? Otherwise it would just absorb then re-emit to the inside."
    on: A Gorgeous Anti-WiFi Crib
  • "Check out Shawn Woods' YouTube channel on mouse traps:https://www.youtube.com/c/ShawnWoodsprimitive-archer/featured"
    on: The Surprising UX of Rat Poison
  • "You forgot this one:https://www.walmart.com/ip/Generic-Car-Laptop-and-Food-Steering-Wheel-Tray/117400917Only while parked of course.I also carry my bbq apron in the back, for protection from mustard drips."
    on: Items Invented to Make Eating in a Car Easy
  • "I avoid using branches in woodworking, as they grow under a lot more stress than the trunk, and are much more prone to warp, twist, crack, split, and even explode when you cut into them. Yes I have seen this happen. Well maybe not explode, let's say split energetically. But I guess if your material cost is low enough, you can discard whatever misbehaves."
    on: Product Designer Matthias Gschwendtner's "New Sources" Project: A Critique of Mass-Market Furniture
  • "This is a great design. Probably lighter than equivalent plastic, not only easier to move around but save on shipping. The same style could be expanded to chairs, loungers, stools, shelving. Those machined end pieces could be pricey but maybe for high volume they could be cast? Eliminate all those screws with robotic spot welding? I hope this goes into production."
    on: Minimalist, Durable Outdoor Furniture: The Easy Aluminium System
  • "Yet another designer prioritizing novel appearance over cost, practicality, and efficiency. Agree with Armin these should be injection molded for 0.25 each, retail for1for a 75% margin. Ditch the custom wrench. And work with square stock which is less expensive and less wasteful of material. Is business, economics, or sales training any part of design school? Doesn't seem so since so many designs seem more like art projects than practical products."
    on: Great Industrial Design Student Work: The 3D-Printed Mokit Connector
  • "A Chinook can lift 24,000 pounds of payload because it has two turboshaft engines developing 4,733 hp each, powering two 60-ft rotors for a total of 5,600 square feet of rotor area, fueled by 6,000 pounds (1,000 gallons) of JET-A.This is another art object as evidenced by this passage: "The overall design has a strong technical language complemented by a dual-tone colour scheme ... A straight line turning upwards at the end, composes the tailight signature [he is a car designer after all] when closed become a rectangle ... to achieve a unified design." Not a word about cargo volume, power-to-weight ratio, endurance, or any other specs that might make this anything other than a fancy rendering in a portfolio."
    on: The Polestar Duo Concept by Marcelo Aguiar
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