Patrick Pearce

Product Designer / Strategist
Montreal, QC, Canada

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  • "When I worked as a strategist on a car account at a large agency, we assigned prototypical personas to the drivers of each make. BMW's was a very competent driver, someone who, true to the brand's ethos, tends to really enjoy driving. We also described them as a**holes in the sense of road behaviour. The aggressiveness of the new grills reflect the driving style and attitude of their core target. This said, given the functional and aerodynamic imperatives and conformity of D and E-segment car bodies, grills are the best chance an automaker has to create differentiation. In this sense, you have to salute BMW for going balls out."
    on: BMW's New M3 and M4 are Both Getting That Ridiculously Oversized Grille
  • "As a year round cyclist, my number one fear is cars not noticing me in time. The solution is to be:a) Visible. Clothing helps. Lights at night.b) Predictable in your trajectory, like not weaving in and out of lanes of parked cars vs. moving cars, and signaling with arms when changing lanes.c) Give ample time to vehicles when forcing them to make evasive manoeuversFaster biking, which I generally try to do with my body, can help with c), in that if you are moving faster, you give cars more time to see you before they arrive at your level. I will not stop in the middle of a lane to make a left-hand turn unless traffic is slow-moving and it's daytime. On the other hand, when I am cycling faster than other cyclists in the cycling lane, I tend to move towards the car lane, especially at intersections, to avoid having to make sudden evasive manoeuvers. So sometimes I am behaving like a bike, and other times like a faster vehicle, depending on opportunity.A faster eBike, in capable hands, could help with c) also. But speed requires fast reflexes and traffic experience. As they approach motorbike capabilities, fast eBikes would tend to imply regulation and licensing, to help reduce the inevitable accidents they will create, as any new vehicle does. But nothing is a substitute for experience.Patrick"
    on: Could a Bicycle's Speed Affect How Motorists Treat It in Traffic?
  • "I've built a wall-mounted standing desk for myself. Not quite as minimal, my 40" x 20" x 5.5" desk included a box-like section for stowing laptop and "junk" like an external hard drive and the inevitable pieces of of paper which enters my life. This Standcrafted design is clean enough in its Tron-like spinal style, but forces one to have a separate storage solution for such paper. An additional secure shelf for an external hard drive would seem like a must for anyone working with significant creative assets like heavy design files or video.The UX issue, as Scott mentions, is the wall view, and the feeling of being "boxed in". For me, this was partially mitigated by the fact my desk was right next to a window to the right of me as I worked there, and the fact I tend to be ADD. You definitely need a high task chair/stool to alternate from standing to sitting if you are spending any length of time at a standing desk, so the project could include a photo with one of those.The broader stumbling block, especially for crowdfunding, is the fact that most people don't want to deal with wall mounting for two reasons. One is that it can be tricky, depending on the type of wall you are dealing with, and two is that if you rent, you will eventually move, and then have to patch up the wall and do it all over again. Rearranging your space implies the same. So this product tends to target the handyman type.Price point seems fair for bamboo and maple versions in a limited series/distribution scenario. Plastic version would be strategic to have under $500. Given the narrower market of this type of product vs. freestanding standing desks, $70K would seem to require this to go somewhat viral. I wish the founders luck."
    on: Wall-Mounted Standing Desk, Yea or Nay?
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