Jon Plummer

Director of UX, Invoca
Eugene, OR, USA

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  • "Our Toyotas have frit behind the mirror. It doesn’t quite help. I wonder about a tinted area on the glass, which would thus not require deployment."
    on: Design Wish: A Convenient Way to Block Sunlight Coming Over the Rearview Mirror
  • "It's the chime bar that sets the width, not the button."
    on: Analog Alarm Clock with a Physical Chime is a Hit on Kickstarter
  • "Remember Nike Re:Grind? Perhaps they could grind these up and use the bits as a midsole component, beat swords into ploughshares if you will."
    on: Designers: How can Adidas Repurpose Their Unsold Yeezy Inventory?
  • "A few more possibilities, I’m sure there are others:• Poor n-way deal structure with mfr, Similac, Abbott, etc. means someone wasn’t making enough money• High return rate due to enough people not understanding the “relatively simple” assembly process• Cost engineering required to maintain profitability in subsequent years undid product advantages or differentiation• Strategic misfit• Too costly for the price point• Material sourcing issue• Inability to expand into other markets due to competition, design, etc.• IP issues"
    on: When Good Design Disappears: Why Was the SimplySmart Bottle Discontinued After Just Two Years on the Market?
  • "Rolling away is easily solved: the discarded balls already have finger holes and a rebar stake likely fits the largest of these. Put one at each corner of planted beds to prevent dragging the hose across the plants. Protect corners from car tires by sinking that stake into concrete. A bowling ball might be a little aggressive as a parking stop in a garage but I bet it would work."
    on: Ideas Needed: What to Do With Old Bowling Balls (They're Unrecyclable)
  • "Many of these are obvious in their lack of usability or practicality. The projector needs to be able to cast sound in all directions, since people often sit behind or to the side. The cleft in the sorting trash can is going to gather crud at an alarming rate. They don't show the bottle with the lid flipped; if the eyes are the pivot, then there's nowhere for the lid to go. A compass is a mere novelty without a scale, and if it is a lamp they don't show it lit. Spray sterilizers typically have a pistol grip or an angled top grip – the flat top grip will cause wrist fatigue. The pet feeders have no way for the food to get from the hopper to the bowl. The air fryer might be fine?"
    on: This Industrial Design Consultancy is Like China's Version of frogdesign in the '90s
  • "*non-pneumatic"
    on: Bicycles with Airless Tires to Debut at Tokyo Olympics
  • "First thing I'd be tempted to look at: can a chair serve as both wheelchair and driver seat? The lifting mechanism could be adapted to lift him chair and all into place. A mechanism would be needed to latch the chair to the existing mount points for the driver seat, but that seems like an easier problem to solve. It might be hard to engineer a wheelchair to be light and maneuverable and also meet he safety and comfort requirements of a long-haul truck driver seat, though.Second idea: adapt his current wheelchair and the lifting mechanism so the lifting mechanism can lift him, chair and all, and put him very close to the driver seat for a transfer. This would probably mean being able to collapse the chair's right armrest or something. Then he could be lifted, transfer to the driver seat, and deal with the chair collapse/disassembly from the cab.Third idea: engineer a "seat" socket that accepts the frame and seating surfaces of his wheelchair to form a DOT-approvable driver seat asa combination of the two components (wheelchair sans wheels plus socket). Adapt the lifting mechanism to accept the wheelchair and lift slightly to unweight the wheels, remove these via quick release mechanism, then lift him and the remainder of the chair into place. He has then only to stow the wheels rather than the entire chair.I'm sure there are things I don't know that are important, good ideas I'm not thinking of, etc. But these possibilities leap to mind and exploring them would reveal others."
    on: Design Badly Needed Here: Watch What This Wheelchair User Has to Do to Get Into His Semi Truck Cab
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