Thursday, March 3, 2011


Shape borrowing can improve the design of objects like borrowing the shape of a bird with a long neck for a bendable lamp. The shapes are normally taken from the objects we see around us and they are fused together with the original item that is modified.

SCAMPER, which stands for substitute, combine, adapt, modify, put to other use, eliminate, rearrange/reverse, helps in the modification of an item to make it better, for example, you can combine the uses of 2 items so that you would not need to use 2 different items to complete the same task. You can also eliminate a part of an item which is excessive or unnecessary to make it better. Modifying how the item looks like or its design is another way of refining it.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Design appreciation

The good:
 It is a good design as it is small and easy to use.
The way this lamp is designed is very innovative and it is a great example of shape borrowing.

The bad:
This tray has an innovative design but the bumps on the tray makes it hard to put plates and cups on the tray.
The plastic around the umbrella makes the air inside the umbrella really stuffy and hot.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011