The industrial design website, Core77, has recently introduced a sarcastic column about poorly-thought-out products called The Weekly Design Roast. Here are the links to the ones published so far: 1, 2, 3, 4.
"A conventional bookmark, which is just a slip of stiff paper, is too easy to ship and recycle; they also don't use up enough materials or take up any additional desk space. To solve this, I designed mine out of lacquered ash." [True story: This "bookmark" is "ideal for…books under 9 inches in height." For differently-sized books, you can order their larger version in STEEL.]
"Only thing I don't like is, since we have this against a wall, my wife has to climb through my blue water to get into her pink water. But other than that I am satisfied with my purchase."
The design website Core77 has a weekly feature called Design Roast, devoted to making fun of bad industrial design. My “favorite” this time around is a portable leather chess board with rubber pieces that you are meant to wrap around stones you gather before you can play. This is a leather chess board that comes […]
The Lockpicking Lawyer found a serious vulnerability in the high-tech TurboLock YL-99: phillips head screws in the handle. Image: Lockpicking Lawyer/YouTube
User Inyerface is a web-based game in which your challenge is to fill out a poorly designed online form. It’s loaded with frustrating examples of hostile user interfaces that we’ve all encountered at one time or another. It’s how I feel every time I book airline tickets.
So you missed Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Well, there’s one more holiday milestone coming up: Green Monday, on Dec. 16. It’s one of the busiest online shopping days for the simple reason that it will be 10 days before Christmas, which is when last-minute shoppers start to stress. Our advice? Don’t wait for that […]
Weighted blankets are officially a thing. And if you’ve ever tried one, you know there’s a reason for the fuss. Parents have known for generations that swaddling a baby has a profound calming effect, and the gentle pressure that blanket weights provide can have the same effect on restless sleepers. Pretty much all parts of […]
Walk through any office, and you will likely spot a few bobbleheads. These wobbly figurines are great fun to have around, although most celebrate people we will never meet. For something a little more personal, try Handmade Custom Bobbleheads. These mini caricatures are sculpted and painted by skilled artisans, based on any photo you provide. […]