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Things that should or could be made/designed better?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by ~Kev H~, May 16, 2005.

  1. ~Kev H~

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    OK here's another wierd thread from me :thumbsup:

    I've just been chatting with a good friend of mine on messenger and we're really stumped for ideas. She's a product designer and is trying to come up with an idea for her final project, it was going to be based on the design of a posh cutlery set with associated storage device that allows you to keep it all paired and separate from all your other odd bits of cutlery. But she's not so sure there's a good enough reason, or enough of a need for this sort of product.

    So... This is where you good people come in :hiya:

    Can you think of any things that you often wish could have been designed better?

    I've tried going through pet hates and such like but nothing I can think of seems suitable. It doesnt even have to be something that needs improving, it could be for example something in everyday life that bugs you that she could design a solution to. I think I'm a bit too technically minded, I keep having idea's along the electronics/technology lines... but it needs to be more along the lines of design.

    Open your minds.. Any idea's/suggestions welcome :smashin:

    Kev ( and a hopeful Jo :) )
     
  2. Seth Gecko

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    Things that could have been designed better ?

    Women! :devil: ;)

    I'd actually say glasses. I wear Oakley's only now as they don't go behind the ear, unlike any other type (I'm talking prescription eyewear) which after 20 years was a godsend, but they are still the only ones who make them this way.
     
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    A magazine rack that magazines actually stand up in and where you can still see each one and select it easily. Pet hate of mine - haven't yet found one. :mad:
     
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    Impossible....how can you improve on perfection ;)
     
  5. Seth Gecko

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    By adding a logic circuit. ;)
     
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    My Adidas glasses and DKNY sunglasses both grip my head rather than hooking over the ears. :confused:

    In answer to the original question, a CD case where the internal spindle doesn't break would be nice. :)
     
  7. Seth Gecko

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    Are they prescription ones (not sunglasses) though ? I've not seen anything outside of Oakley (mind you, I wouldn't change as they've got the best lenses around and at £150 for lenses only they should be too!)
     
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    Both prescription (I can't be seen without my glasses!). Never had a pair of Oakleys but they do indeed have some of the best lenses available. Probably best to stay on topic though. :)
     
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    A tin opener that can deal with ordinary tins AND Fray Bentos pie tins. :rolleyes:

    And a corned beef tin opening mechanism that works! :mad:
     
  10. ~Kev H~

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    Funny you mentioned that Smellster, my collapsed collection of Haynes manuals/Instruction manuals/engineering books was something I looked at with a frown when I was trying to find some inspiration :thumbsup: good idea.

    Thanks for all the suggestions so far, I've given her a link to the thread so she can have a look in every now and then :hiya:
    :rotfl: good suggestion and no doubt a marketable product, but I think she's probably looking to design something a bit more glamorous than a tin opener. Cheers for the suggestion though Squiffy :smashin:

    Kev

    Edit: I stand corrected :rolleyes:
    "jo: im not looking for more glamour!
    jo: its what prodcut design is about!
    jo: making life easier"
     
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    Hi Jo! :hiya:

    What about freezer's? I wish my freezer instantly froze things! Or took the same sort of speed as a microwave does to cook things. Don't know why, just something I've always wanted!!!

    And I wish the spray from deoderant cans didn't get all weedy when you got down to the last bit.
     
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    Bootlases that don't break, when you're running late for work, or a night on the razzle(no, not the Gentleman's one handed magazine).
     
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    How about those automatic hand driers in public toilets that start when you put your hands under them?

    Invariably the place where you need to put your hands to start them is nowhere near where the air comes out. So you put hands under, it starts, you move your hands into the airflow, it stops, move your hands around to start it again then back into the airflow - it stops again. AAAAAAAAARRGHH!

    And b*llocks to it, i will name names - ones made by "PHS" are usually the worst!
     
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    windscreen wipers that do all of the screen
     
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    How about something everyday and simple, like a toilet that actually flushes the first time - it only has one function in life and can't even manage that :mad:
     
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    Auto sharpening scissors so they ALWAYS cut on the whole length instead of ripping stuff half way down the blades.
     
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    A letterbox which closes slowly with a slow whisper, as per the grab handles in a Volkswagen, rather than the annoying 'CLANG' when the paper boy hasn't shoved the paper all the way through - or when he does and I get woken up by the annoying 'CLANG'.

    All it would need is a ratchety type mechanism to close the box afterwards...
     
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    London Transport ?
     
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    Ring-pull cans of mackerel fillets in tomato sauce, I would like to be able to open just one can without getting splashed by the contents !
     
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    A beer cooler that has a self upright system, so when you are sitting in the park having a beer, the bottle doesn't fall over because of a lump of grass.....grrrr A full bottle of Stella went over the weekend !
     
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    a helpdesk that can actually give help and not just say turn it off and back on
     
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    A Baby Monitor with a small pocket size vibrate module. I was at a party on Friday night and my daughter was upstairs in one of the bedrooms but because of the noise level (People and music) I kept putting the parent unit to my ear every 30 minutes to make sure she wasn't crying. The Parent Unit on ours is quite big so used the belt clip to which I got questions like "Is that a new mobile phone ?" and "Are you the baby sitter then ?"
     
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    Wales
     
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    Not so much a product but pet hate. I could do with a solution for this..

    Why when putting something large and aukward in the car are your keys in the opposite pocket to the hand thats free? :mad:
     
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    Huh - women and Wales :mad: I'm not doing very well here :mad:

    ;)
     
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    Perhaps it was a typo and he meant Whales ? Although either answer is pretty surreal...... ;)
     
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    Digestives - can't they be designed so that don't break and fall into your cup of tea after you have just dunked them?
     
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    Remote Door Entry System. Cars have had remote entry for years, why not on houses ? If you make it like the Mercedes alarm, you only need to walk up to the door with a credit card size remote in you pocket. Just imagine carrying all of the food shopping to the door and being able to simple push the door open or staggering in from a night out and trying to find your keys ! Do it cheap enough and everyone would have one.

    Richie.
     
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    ;)

    Ha ha! no offence intended, just having a crack. Im at uni in Aberystwyth at the moment.

    How about they just change the welsh women in the post office then? They are ruder and less helpful than you can comfortably imagine.

    I'm sure they despise me a little extra because I'm an english student.
     
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    Hi,

    For me, one of my biggest pet hates is toilet paper that never tears along the perforations properly, regardless of how cheap or expensive it is! :mad: You end-up tearing off little strips here, there and everywhere, just to get a decent sized wad to wipe your bum with!

    Oh, and I'd also like to see the following improved:

    - computers that give you sensible error messages, that actually mean something

    - telephone helpdesks that don't disconnect you, when the machine tries to connect you through to the next available operator, or a system that doesn't simply cut you off, when it's kept you waiting for 30 minutes, and it's decided that "We apologise for the delay, but all our other staff or out at The Horse And Hound having a booze-up, and so can't take your call right now. Bye bye, dip-s**t!"!

    - batteries that actually last as long as they claim to do

    - supermarket plastic carrying bags that actually stay open, so you can put stuff in them (All the ones I get at Tescos, Sainsburys, and Asda, always close-up on themselves regardless of which direction you try to open them with! :mad: )

    - cat litter that actually masks the odour of cat waste

    - orange juice/squash that actually tastes like it's made from or of oranges

    - fizzy drinks that stay fizzy for more than 30 seconds, after you've opened them

    - burberry clothing that emits the words "I am a Chav T..at" as soon as it is worn


    Pooch
     

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