Zach Wheeler

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California, USA

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  • "Pretty sad it took this long to put indestructible plastic bricks into paper bags....."
    on: Credit Where Credit is Due: The Design Firm Behind LEGO's New Paper Packaging
  • "also what is the point of "flat-pack" if the legs are just stuck on the back of the table?  Wouldn't a hinge-and-latch system also do the same job and use waaaaaay less material?  I'm not seeing the point of a huge molded plastic underside just to "hold the legs"...."
    on: Ben Uyeda, A05 Studio Team Up to Launch Sustainable, Tool-Free Flatpack Furniture Brand
  • "Ask myself "what is more important?". .... A bridge that works really well or a bridge that doesn't work great but also sort of tells time and cost a fortune to build...?  I'll take function over form. First off this is not the biggest functional sun dial in the world.  It's not even the biggest in America so slow down.  (unless by "functional" you mean it's a sun-dial and something else., then I don't know and I don't really care)  Second, in 1990 the bridge was approved to be built over 10 years with a budget of $3 million from the city of Redding.  Fast forward to 2004 and the bridge is finished 3 years late and $20 million OVER budget.   Yes you read that right, $23.5 million total.  Almost $20 million over budget.  You think the city was happy about that??  There are news articles about how upset the people of Redding were and what a waste of money is was. Third, Michael lists that the first principle of a successful design is that it "fulfills the needs of the users".  You would argue that a screaming hot glass bridge at $20 million over budget satisfies that objective? I think it does not.   If I can't cross the raging hot bridge,  I'll never even see the sun dial, which happens to be on the opposite side of the river from the visitors side.   I'm not saying the bridge is good or bad, but I certainly don't think it should be put on a pedestal as a shining example (pun intended) of an amazing "dual purpose" design.  "
    on: The Maximum Viable Product
  • "still a clever idea, but this was news almost 4 years ago...... little late to the party Core77.......https://www.theverge.com/2016/9/25/13048668/vanmoof-shipping-damages-dutch-bicycle-design"
    on: Clever Package Design Trickery: Bike Company Prints Flatscreen TVs on Shipping Cartons, Reduces Damage by 70%-80%
  • "Why do you keep saying that Studio Neat invented the extra-wide (or long) sketchbook?  The Panobook is just a riff off any skinny spiral-bound sketchbook.   I have several extra-wide sketchbooks from school 20 years ago that Studio Neat did not invent.... Is your argument that they patented this exact size notebook?  You could easily argue that their pen is a rip-off of a previous pen design.......  where does the "copy-cat" mentality stop?"
    on: Sketchbook Overkill: Removable Brass Rings for Bindings, So You Can Replace, Re-Order or Remove Pages
  • "It's made from recycled parts, but how easy is it to recycle the table??  Looks like you've bonded a giant piece of molded plastic to the bottom of a tabletop...... if the table breaks does the whole thing go in the garbage?"
    on: Ben Uyeda, A05 Studio Team Up to Launch Sustainable, Tool-Free Flatpack Furniture Brand
  • "I'm curious how you know who the designer is?Their website doesn't list anyone by the name of Ryan that works there. Thanks."
    on: The Mehlville: A Super Designey Dual-Compartment Carabiner
  • "So this is a premium product?  Made from basic 6063 Aluminum in China? That's interesting.... How about their knives?  With a D2 Steel blade and 6AL4V Titanium handle ALL MADE IN CHINA, there is nothing premium about these items either.  You should buy the 1 ft piece of rope they sell for $25.  It's $0.10 worth of basic nylon rope tied in a super premium knot.  Amazing detail in the way it's tied.  Super high-end.  If you want to attach it to something you'll have to untie and re-tie it yourself.  Another innovative product the world needs, a short piece of rope.  Can't wait to see the next amazing product these guys come up with!  Super innovative.  Wish I thought of that idea.You should also buy the "premium" knife they sell for $300 with a butter smooth metal handle, no grip or texture at all.  Also made from basic metal parts in China.  I know when I'm using my outdoor knife I want the handle to be as smooth and slippery as possible.  Great design idea.  Maybe there is a reason Gerber, SOG and Benchmade don't make a knife with a smooth handle?  Probably a bad design feature.....James brand is founded by photographers and outdoor people, not designers or knife-makers.  They've done a great job of selling you the idea of looking "rugged and cool" with basic materials.   The company is trying to take advantage of millennials with disposable income who are easily influenced by pretty product pictures and don't take the time to actually research what they are buying.  They just "buy it because it looks cool" (literally a comment on this page).   I expected a more honest product review from Core77 instead of just blindly pushing whatever silly product this company can spit out and take pretty pics of.  Just because it "looks cool" does not make it a good product."
    on: The Mehlville: A Super Designey Dual-Compartment Carabiner
  • "It's almost funny that you are defending (in your own words) "a glorified keychain" that cost over $60......almost."
    on: The Mehlville: A Super Designey Dual-Compartment Carabiner
  • "It looks a lot like the Black Diamond carabiner..... except the Black Diamond one is way better designed, stronger, has better function, and cost 1/2 the price........  hipster accessories are getting out of control.  https://www.rei.com/product/899005/black-diamond-magnetron-gridlock-belay-locking-carabiner"
    on: The Mehlville: A Super Designey Dual-Compartment Carabiner
  • "So your plan is to create a custom sized box and insert for every size and different shape of shoe?  Good luck with that SKU management.  They only stack in one orientation (on their side) and that's an issue at retail and shipping. Shoes stores will hate this design. The "space" you think you save only works with 2pk stacked.  One box on shelf has lots of wasted volume.  It's too bad Core77 pushes these submitted ideas as "great solutions" even though they aren't.  "
    on: Viupax Footwear Packaging is Saving the Planet with a Shoe Box
  • "I think it's odd that you make such a big deal about the fact that it's also a sun dial but breeze over the fact that the floor is made of glass and the entire bridge gets hot enough to melt shoes in the summer.  Last time I was there multiple people had to carry their dogs across the bridge and the walkway itself was blazing hot.  Seems like poor design planning, even if it does tell the time. "
    on: The Maximum Viable Product
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