To Designers of Things: How about Some Balance?

Designers of Things that Hold Water, etc.: Some of Your Designs DON’T!

Why don’t some designers realize that making things top-heavy causes them to tip? I have a fight with gravity every time I reach for the shampoo bottle. And some colorful plastic tumblers that live up to their name could have been designed so that they stand up more easily. I know you think it’s jazzy to make something extremely big on top and small on the bottom, but what about ergonomics? It’s a term from Greek that means “good for work”, or “the efficiency of persons in their working environment”, referring not only to the human, but indirectly to the tools he/she must use. Form should always follow function, and even today there are ways to achieve that design sensibility without going overboard and making things that tip from the top!

To Designers of Things: How about Some Balance?

Designers of Things that Hold Water, etc.: Some of Your Designs DON’T!

Why don’t some designers realize that making things top-heavy causes them to tip? I have a fight with gravity every time I reach for the shampoo bottle. And some colorful plastic tumblers that live up to their name could have been designed so that they stand up more easily. I know you think it’s jazzy to make something extremely big on top and small on the bottom, but what about ergonomics? It’s a term from Greek that means “good for work”, or “the efficiency of persons in their working environment”, referring not only to the human, but indirectly to the tools he/she must use. Form should always follow function, and even today there are ways to achieve that design sensibility without going overboard and making things that tip from the top!

To Designers of Things: How about Some Balance?

Designers of Things that Hold Water, etc.: Some of Your Designs DON’T!

Why don’t some designers realize that making things top-heavy causes them to tip? I have a fight with gravity every time I reach for the shampoo bottle. And some colorful plastic tumblers that live up to their name could have been designed so that they stand up more easily. I know you think it’s jazzy to make something extremely big on top and small on the bottom, but what about ergonomics? It’s a term from Greek that means “good for work”, or “the efficiency of persons in their working environment”, referring not only to the human, but indirectly to the tools he/she must use. Form should always follow function, and even today there are ways to achieve that design sensibility without going overboard and making things that tip from the top!