I Was Thinking About You
So, I was driving into work this morning…
Actually, when I say “work”, I mean the-cafe-where-I-work-online-from-and-drink-way-too-much-coffee. 🙂
I was thinking about you (yes, you). That’s not quite true. I was thinking about everyone. I was thinking about everyone who comments on the blog, writes emails to me, buys my stuff, and so on.
And it’s really weird:
When I look at the emails, comments, messages, and so on… there seems to be a bunch of really common traits that stick out.
It’s not 100% accurate – but here are some of the things I’ve noticed…
— Extremely practical thinking (with functionality pretty much at the top of the list)
— You don’t want any “frills” or “fancy bits” (just simple and designed for the purpose it’s meant to)
— You’re very reasonable and rational in your approach to life (there is very little drama like others seem to have)
— Other “normal” people don’t quite understand your purchases (they think they’re “excessive”)
— You typically buy the best product or service for your needs (you don’t go “cheap”)
— Price is not the most important issue (the solution to the problem is the important thing)
Do you recognize yourself in any (or all) of the above? 🙂
Now this is what I find strange:
I can identify myself in every one of the these things. Why is that? What is going on here?
Well, I have a hypothesis…
I reckon the above traits are something I personally have… and these things come through in the products I design and make.
So it somewhat makes sense that you’re attracted to products that are produced with such considerations.
But maybe that’s not what it is. Maybe I’m able to get across to you in my writing and emails (and sometimes videos) what I’m trying to achieve with my designs …and that’s what makes sense to you.
Or, quite possibly, I’m talking absolute poppycock (that’s English slang for bullsh*t).
I have no idea.
In fact, feel free to tell me why you buy my stuff (or don’t buy it as the case may be).
Here’s a random picture of a random “experimental” bottle opener from a while back (I’ll be honest… I really wasn’t sure what I was trying t achieve with this):
I may have shown you this before – but I’m going to show you anyway. 🙂
Here’s a butt-ugly prototype carabiner I made some time ago.
The whole point of it was to test the concept of the “spring” functions (on the bottom-left of the carabiner).
It seemed such a great idea in theory – but failed fantastically in practice. The reason for this is there is too much “side-play”.
It is possible to add a bit of a “frame” to stop the side-play …but, honestly, that goes totally against everything I stand for. I want to take away stuff and make it simpler …not add more just to get a concept to work!
But here’s the thing…
I’m convinced there is a way to get this to work. I’m not sure how exactly. No idea. But something tells me it’s possible.
A larger “wobbly bit” to reduce side-play perhaps? An internal “pin” maybe? Or…?
I’ve not worked on this for a while – but kind of wanting to think a bit more about it now that I see how simply the design is.
What Do You Want?
I get requests all the time for stuff people want me to make.
Some cool …some super-cool …some less-than-cool …and some just a bit odd.
Anyway, every so often I like to encourage you to share your thoughts.
What is is you would like to see?
Obviously titanium is where I specialize just now – but it doesn’t have to be that.
Oh, and I’m doing a little with carbon fiber just now and I’m kinda liking it …so definitely let me know if there is something you want that could use carbon fiber.