Anders Hansen

Design lead
Oslo, Norge

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  • "I'd say it's a rather generic design and that the electric motor is hidden, in what appears to be a grey plastic box, lets the whole design down. Also the cheap looking crank and some iffy graphics doesn't help. While the original board tracker was a purposeful and stripped down design, this is a rather confused effort. Is it trying to be a motorbike? A cruiser bike? "
    on: Harley-Davidson Unveils Electric Bicycle
  • "Impressive engineering, but design is too important to be left alone for car designers, which have made a right ol' mess of this. Stuck with handling the dubious heritage of Hummer and a marketing team rather keen on pushing the brand for what it's worth, it's a very confused effort. The car screams Hummer in every detail, as if it's read to many self-help books on how to boost confidence. While the exterior is plain clumsy (though with some neat detailing), the interior lands somewhere between steam-punk and Mansory, and that's not a compliment. I just see hundreds of tiny, over-designed details, that will gather dust and dirt and probably not wear well and goes totally against (what I at least thought was) the nature of the car. Is it trying to be luxury vehicle? A really useful tool? Is it just a brand-builder and hero product? Confusing."
    on: GMC Finally Unveils Their Electric Hummer, and It's a Doozy
  • "I'd say this shows confidence in the qualities of their cars and the strength of the individual value props. This is unlike BMW which plaster their cars with stereo-typical visual cues, as if to be hundred percent sure that people understand it's a BMW. I have to say I really admire this more abstract approach to a creating a brand image, and what might connect future Hyundai design is the unique individuality and a design specifically tailored each car. Not like Mercedes where its hard to tell the difference between a C- and S-class, which is good for C-class owners, but not so good for those who have paid three times as much for a S-class."
    on: Hyundai's New Design Strategy: No Visual Continuity Across Models
  • "Kudos for trying, but this is a case of too little too late. Or when it comes to design, its a bit too much. The overall shape and proportions are ok, but derivative, while the detailing is all over the place and shows a lack of confidence and direction usually associated with Chinese EV start-ups. The design is just one part of this proposition, and GM has a rather impressive track record of failing without learning, especially with their EV efforts. Judging by the predicted launch date of 2022-23, I'm pretty sure this will be another failure."
    on: Cadillac Reveals New Design Language with Electric Lyriq
  • "Like comparing American pizza to Italian pizza, one might be inspired by the other, but they lost the plot while doing so."
    on: If Dieter Rams Designed an Xbox: Microsoft's Minimalist Xbox Series S
  • "I'm surprised a respected company as Designworks decided to get involved this heavily car-biased project. I thinks this a surprisingly stupid project which shows a lack of a real understanding of traffic problems. A big nay."
    on: Ford's Prototype Emoji Jacket Aims to Help Cyclists and Drivers "Share the Road"
  • "Like this series a lot! I'm pretty sure you should and could do a design roast on the myriad of pointless watch designs out there, and in addition the car industry seems to be an endless supplier of dubious designs."
    on: The Weekly Design Roast, #8
  • "Love the story of the coffee lids, but a shout-out should surely go to Phil Patton and his article in I.D. Magazine in 1996, which first dissected the coffee lid as an object. That story was a complete eye-opener for me as an Industrial Design student. An extended version of the story can be found here: https://philpatton.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/05/the-coffee-lids-story-updated.html"
    on: How Lid Design Changes in 1967, '75 and '84 Led Us to Drink Coffee On-the-Go
  • "This is just lazy and stupid. Other manufactures have managed to remove the B-pillar, and especially on a luxury car you'd expect more. But seriously, the blank rear quarter window is for me the clearest example this is a low-investment, purely marketing-driven effort. This is worse than what you see on a 10-year old KIA Rio. "
    on: Lincoln Bringing Back Suicide Doors for the Continental
  • "Good story and analysis, but I have to say it feels heavily biased. Ok, so the proof is in the pudding in regards to sales, but then again you probably couldn't do much worse than the previous Acura grille and front treatment. I think Acura has a pretty great reputation, and as long as the design isn't too polarizing, people will be interested. I find the new grille and front treatment heavy handed and not at all harmonic, but it looks like a conventional grille, which I guess is what people want? I also think the new NSX isn't half as successful as the previous gen, and certainly is no future design classic, while the Precision Concept is all about maximum visual stimulation. Acura could certainly learn a thing or two from Mazda on how to craft interesting and beautiful designs, without resorting too just adding detailing for the sake of it."
    on: Behind the Scenes at the Acura Design Studio
  • "Love this, and I often wondered whoever designed those kitchen handles. Those are just the worst. For your next round, may I suggest the Beovision Harmony TV? I'm generally a fan of B&O, but this is just ridiculous."
    on: The Weekly Design Roast, #1
  • "Thanks for this. It's about we as designers stand up and go beyond the superficiality of a nice sketch (that said, I do love a great sketch as much as anyone...) I'm not sure focusing on "real designers ship" is the best way forward. From my 15+ years of experience as a designer (and yes, several millions of products shipped) for me the main point is the process and thinking behind and the process of solving a problem which is most important. Whether your products end up shipping six or six million are due to a multitude of factors. Yes, I worked on really innovative ideas, which we turned into innovative products, yet were complete commercial failures. We as designers have to stop thinking we're creating great products alone, we're not the only ones who come up with the great ideas and in the end we're only as good as our team and client. I wish we could go away from the myth of the designer as an artist working in solitude, and focus on the great team work that lies behind a good product."
    on: "#RealDesignersShip Is Not a Put-Down. It Is an Aspiration"
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