Matthew Wilkins

Product Designer
Portland, OR USA

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  • "A whole lot of form in that house..."
    on: Architecture Grad Spends 10 Years Building Senior Thesis Bubble House Design, Lives in it for 36 Years
  • "I don't understand why you wouldn't just do those stack up parts within the 3D printed part. Even the existing parts he could have scanned them in to make rough frames. Seems like a way to speed things up. "
    on: How to Create Molds for Small, Tricky Parts
  • " Did they just rebadge a Honda Crosstour?"
    on: Ford Unveils Electric Mustang Mach-E
  • "How is this any different than the Porche Panamera...?! "
    on: Ill-Fated Auto Design: Making a Four-Door 1980 Corvette by Cutting Two of Them in Half and Sticking Them Back Together
  • " Looks like they are wanting to make some design changes this summer.  https://atlis.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=53"
    on: An Interview with Atlis Motor Vehicle CEO Mark Hanchett and Lead Designer Ross Compton
  • "I had the same thought but didn't want to sound negative. I don't really understand what meaningful change they made... "
    on: Italdesign's Reimagined Nissan GT-R May See Limited Production
  • "I feel like there was an episode of Seinfeld that was similar... http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2yyv66"
    on: Steven M. Johnson's Bizarre Invention #355: The Sleepy Drawers Van 
  • "Learned on a manual, next car was an automatic and hated it. Current car is basically the same with a manual and LOVE it! It's so difficult to find manual cars now. They usually are only offered in the base level car so you don't get any of the features. I think it makes you a much better driver. You have to be more aware and engaged. The manual options they offer in automatic cars are awful. The lag in shifting is so uncomfortable. I will say that there are times when it would be nice to have an automatic for the convenience but that just means I'd probably be doing something stupid that would make me distracted. Would LOVE it if someone invented a manual transmission with the option to put it in an automatic gear. Wondering if they will ever be able to replicate the manual transmission feel with electric vehicles. Would there be any point in that?1"
    on: Will Subaru Kill the Manual Transmission?
  • "My first response to this could have gone a lot of different ways. In general I think self driving cars are a great idea but when I read this article I had an immediate negative reaction. I love using Ride Share services first because they provide such a better experience than traditional taxi services. On a higher level though, I like that everyday people can supplement their income with their vehicle. My 2 door Volvo does not qualify for either Uber or Lyft but I would totally do it (especially now that I'm job hunting ;) matthewwilkinsdesign.com).I didn't really care much when the taxi industry started to shrink because... well... fuck those guys. But to put the taxi industry under and then to start moving towards driver-less cars which I'm assuming is going to take the income opportunities away from their current drivers is pretty messed up. I'm sure it will strengthen their income stream and help progress the auto industry towards self driving cars but I really struggle with the social issues relating to the loss of the human component in this equation. I love flying back into beautiful PDX, being greeted by live music in the terminal, and then having an actual person pick me up who cares about me having a positive experience while they drive me home. I've had great conversations with every driver I've had and I credit them with a large part of the positive experience with ride share services. Sure, there will be drivers sitting in the autonomous cars.  How long till those people aren't needed? I don't know. I realize this is a multidimensional problem but as someone who is usually very excited about the future I don't think I like this... "
    on: Holy Cow: Uber Launching Self-Driving Cars This Month!
  • "Arkansas and Tennessee aren't part of the South?"
    on: Shocking Infographic of American High School Graduation Rates by Geography
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