Good product design makes life easier for people. Think about all the objects you use; often you only become aware of them when they fail to work properly. Think about the objects you would fix, or could potentially make better.
New technologies such as 3D printing enable people to modify commercial products more than ever before. Smartphones help us to personalise our home screens, sports brands allow us to customise our trainers to suit our own personalities. We can create and interact with our environment in a way that would be unimaginable to previous generations.
Emme presents some of its favourite examples of what is called ‘design hacking’ – literally taking everyday items and adapting them so that they are more useful, comfortable, or even just more fun.
We like Ikea, it’s cheap and cheerful. It can all get a little bit boring though – everybody has the same lampshade or table. Well, the Ikea Hackers have a number of ideas and examples of everyday hacks to make your furniture that bit more adaptable.
Explore the Ikea Hackers website
DIY iPhone Speaker
Bouncy kids camera made with Sugru
Video: courtesy of Sugru
Check out the story of Sugru and how it came to the rescue of a Hackney women’s football team!
J.Views playing Teardrop with vegetables
MaKey MaKey Challenge
100 chairs in 100 days
Confronting the Chair: 100 chairs in 100 days
Video: courtesy of Design Museum
Explore the ‘100 chairs in 100 days’ project on Martino Gamper’s website