Doing it differently

Every now and then, a new product is launched which stands out as being different from its competitors – not because it is doing something new, but because of the way it does it.

Alessi-juicer

Photo credit: http://www.alessi.com

The underlying drivers may be design as in the case of this iconic Alessi juicer, efficiency as in the case of Dyson, or necessity as exemplified by the Pompidou Centre. Continue reading

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Handedness – not to be overlooked

I was recently offered a coffee whilst having my hair cut, and when it arrived it was neatly presented on an elegant tray with a small jug of milk and some sugar. The coffee itself was in a stylish mug which neatly complemented the design of the salon – stylish but not overly swanky.

Schonwald_SignatureCup2[Image courtesy of AbleKitchens.com]

It was only on starting to drink the coffee when I noticed that the mug was designed to be used only by right-handed people. By that I don’t mean it was optimised for right-hand use; I mean it specifically excluded left-hand use. Continue reading