So few games other than chess have gotten any attention from designers. Occasionally you see someone tackle backgammon, or Chinese checkers, and of course people are constantly adding their flair to billiards tables, but, more often than not, only one part of the game gets stamped with the designer’s signature. We’re most always left feeling like an opportunity was missed. Why not re-imagine the entire look of the game? Seize the chance to redesign all the marbles; don’t just change the look of the board a bit. As long as the game is still easily playable, go for it. Alas, it seemed no one had the balls…until now.
This is nostalgia, beauty, brilliance, and playfulness rolled into one package. GRO design and TIM modelmakers activated their Wondertwin powers to bring us their take on foosball/table football, and what they’ve come up with is incredible. The game is, quite simply, gorgeous, and play remains true to the original. The sneak peak below doesn’t do it justice so go look…now…I mean it…
Apothia Los Angeles must be feeling pretty great about their candle products. Not only did they win an AIGA design award for their packaging, but their candles won an Interior Scent Collection of the Year award from The Fragrance Foundation (Yes, it exists. You learn something new everyday). They don’t need my adulation, but I’m going to add it anyway, because I really do love their packaging design. Their candles could smell like a hobo’s buttcrack and I would probably still buy them–unless I could tell before opening them that they smelled that way. I’m not that easily influenced by good design.
Target rolled out their Clear Rx packaging recently, and hopefully it will inspire everyone else who dispenses medications to follow suit. The new system is well thought out, and takes into consideration the fact that consumers often have families. So what’s the big deal? Well, look for yourself.
In case you’re still confused, here’s a laundry list:
- Flat sided bottles so all the info is readable at once.
- Color coded rings on the neck of the container. Each household member is assigned their own color so you know at a glance which meds are yours.
- Cautions on the back, again readable without turning the bottle, and obvious.
- An envelope on the back (behind the cautions) containing the patient info sheet for the drug. You know how most pharmacies just staple the info to the bag, then you go home and either read through the info and toss it or never even bother to read it? Then when you go to take it you think “Crap, I threw that out!” Well, no more…
- Behind the patient info is a little magnifier for those who find the small print difficult to see.
- Med name on the end so you can see what it is at a glance if it is stored in a drawer.
It always warms my heart to see someone putting some thought into something most of us take for granted. Will it catch on? I hope so, but the oldest institutions are the hardest to change.
I usually reserve this site for the praise and celebration of design, but I’ve been stewing about this for a few days and just couldn’t let it lie. Apple has on its payroll Jonathon Ive, who is considered by many, if not most, to be the greatest industrial designer of his generation. So, when I first saw Apple TV I was flummoxed. Where was the “oooo,” and what happened to the “aaaaah?” Why didn’t I want this despite having no real use for it and better things to do with my money? You see, this is the effect that most everything Jonathon Ive has designed for Apple has had on me. My brain shuts down and goes into “Shiny! Pretty! Useful! WANT! WANT!” mode, and it usually takes someone wafting cheese under my nose a la the Three Stooges to snap me out of it (for the record, I prefer a nice Stilton on these occasions). So, why, instead, was I thinking, “It looks like someone sat on a Mac Mini?”
I could only reason that Jonathon Ive had nothing to do with this as he was busy with the iPhone or something. That being said, I am still disappointed. Apple had a real opportunity to bring us an innovative product wrapped in an innovative design and fell short, so indugle me, if you will, as I write here an open letter to Steve Jobs.
Dear Steve Jobs,
Regarding Apple TV, WTF? I mean seriously, WTF?