This week, Katherine asked us to think of an object that we love for its design or usability. We also needed to think of an object that is poorly designed and come up with a reimagined version of that object.
ReImagining Bad Design
I’m going to start with a product, but more precisely an experience, that I think is poorly designed. I chose the tea bag.
While actually steeping the tea in hot water is fine, we all run into the same issue when the tea bag is ready to be removed. Saucers are very handy in this instance but no one actually uses them. So you have two options. You either have to get up and throw away your tea bag, which kind of kills the zen vibe. Or, you can put the wet tea bag on your table but that gets messy and is not very pleasant.
That’s why I decided to make the tab that’s connected to the string of every tea bag a little more functional to solve this problem. By doing a little origami research, I created a rough prototype of a new type of tab that could serve as a tea bag holder to spare you the mess and let you enjoy your tea drinking experience.
an EveryDay Favorite
Most of my belongings that I love because of aesthetics or touch are decorative pieces and books. However, for this exercise, I felt like it made more sense to think of a product that I interact with beyond simply holding, looking, or reading said object. That’s why I chose my Dyson vacuum. It’s most definitely the best designed piece of equipment in my home. The reason I find it so extraordinary is that it not only looks cool and exceeds the performance of any other vacuum I’ve ever used, but it makes a chore seem fun.
Firstly, from an engineering perspective, it is top of the line. Using their patented cyclone technology, it has incredible suction for it’s size (I feel like I’m a salesman on an infomercial). Each piece is modular so that it can be easily removed, accessed and cleaned to maintain the longevity of your vacuum. It’s a pretty robust piece of equipment so I’m not going to go through each feature, but the last thing I’ll mention is the ball they use as a directional mechanism. It creates a much more natural movement for the user, where they’re not confined by the angular joints of traditional vacuums. I’ve provided images below so you can get a sense for what I’m talking about.
The main reason I chose the Dyson vacuum is they managed to make a tedious task pleasant. When thinking about experience design, I think that’s a pretty incredible achievement