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Constrained Ball

I love stationery, and Korean Product Designer Giha Woo‘s latest creation, the Constrained Ball, was simply too good not to mention.

We not only write with pens, we draw with them too.  Sometimes curved lines or scribbles, but often it’s that illusive straight line we’re aiming for.  Now, I know you can use a ruler (or in my case, the edge of a notepad) but they can often smudge ink or obscure the page, and they’re not always to hand.

By applying a simple controlling constraint to your pen nib it rolls in one direction only, no more wobbling or uneven lines that convey more of a similarity to a sin wave than the table you are quickly trying to draw up.

Whilst this is great for people who cannot typically draw a straight line freehand, the real smart feature of it allows those already accustomed to drawing straight lines, such architects and interior designers, to accurately measure whilst they draw them too.  The total length of the line drawn is measured by the wheel (a mini digital trundle wheel comes to mind) and displayed right by your finger tip.  I’ve not used one myself but it looks like you’ll be able to get pretty good control down to mm scale accuracy for horizontal, vertical and 45 degree lines.



When I first saw this I actually uttered “oh I do like this” out loud.  You may laugh, but just you wait.  I give you… ‘Papervore‘.

It’s so simple, yet mechanically industrial.  Effortlessly cumbersome, yet you know you want one.

I mean for a start, who doesn’t get junk mail?  We all do, and what better way to recycle it than with your living room centre piece.

Pigeontail Design studio is offering ‘Papervore’ as “part-coffee table, part-paper shredder”.  And not just your typical electronic, CD shredding, bank card tearing, multi-directional cross bladed shredder either, you hand crank this one.  The crank is a lovely touch, winding your mail through the teeth, imagine the satisfaction actually being involved as an integral part of the process that obliterates any piece of scrap paper.  The powder coated aluminum top and mahogany shelf underneath simply enhance the overall image no end.

On a much deeper level, the tactile feedback for the user must be fantastic too.  Tiny vibrations and sensations as you crunch it through, the thicker the mail the more stimulating the feedback for the user.  Making the user enjoy being part of the process, that’s good design.

The fact that it’s is largely transparent is perhaps a subconscious nod to the “Dyson generation” that we are.  Core to all of Dyson’s designs (apart from their wonderful cyclone technology) is a transparent vessel which stores the dirt.  Being able to see it demonstrates what a great product it is, almost showing off (even just to yourself) “look how much work I’ve done” by sucking up all this dirt.  Similarly here, this means that your shredding is measureable, it is quantitative.  Boasting about how much junk mail you get, or how much recycling you do, people are naturally competitive and will want to compare and fill theirs up first.

Watch it shred it all its (stop motion) glory

Coffee mug eyes optional.

But remember, this is only for junk. To those of you who are ultra competitive don’t get carried away and stick your credit card bill in there, you probably need to pay that.

Hat tip to Design Taxi for the original find on this.

Product Fail

This is my first attempt using WordPress for Blackberry, so here goes. It might look awful, but we won’t know unless I try.

Anyway, Product Fail. Sandwich packaging; lovely recycled, environmentally friendly card, with one of those nice “open here” tabs that splits the box open conveniently all ready to eat.

Not this time. Product fail.

Image amended.  After finally getting to view this post on my laptop I have corrected the image resize problems when posting from a mobile device.

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