The Museum of Failure

Thanks to Russ for the above. Ten decent examples including the Apple Pippin and the crazy TwtterPeek. And a spray-on condom! Thanks to Dean for pointing that out🤣

The RM UP-01 Ferrari

The RM UP-01 Ferrari is 1.75mm thick, $1,888,000 and appears to be somehow good value for money. Genuinely, it’s ridiculously amazing.

Sporting mechanisms that are as elegant as they are immediately recognisable. An identical obsession with excellence, precision, reliability and innovation. In 2021, Ferrari and Richard Mille, driven by their shared quest for perfection, joined forces to create a long-term partnership. Richard Mille celebrates this budding relationship with the creation of an exceptional ultra-flat timepiece, the RM UP-01 Ferrari.

At just 1.75 millimetres thick, the RM UP-01 Ferrari constitutes a triumph of technical prowess and exemplifies a new approach to watch mechanics in which technicity more than ever dictates aesthetics.

‘The’ custom BMW R18

While relaxing at home, Brice stumbled across a documentary about the old AVUS circuit in Berlin—a road that was specifically designed to function as both a freeway and a race track. Since the R18 is built in Berlin, it felt like the perfect springboard for the project… More here.

Ever get that feeling of just wanting to go on a very long journey and say f*ck it all? This would be a very good choice to make that journey on. Stunning.

When design fails

Take a look at the above watch I bought last week for £50. It’s a 1972 Avia Swissonic which is an electric watch and which was arguably right at the cutting edge of technology at the time. Electric watches were pre-quartz and they were designed to offer an alternative to mechanical timepieces. A battery and a tuning fork were used to keep time, and there are many available today in a variety of impressive 1970’s styling.

I say again, take a look at it and if you think hard you may notice a ‘huge’ design flaw in the dial.

The new Twelve South HiRise 3 looks impressive as well. It has the ability to charge an iPhone via MagSafe, an Apple Watch and a set of AirPods. It is $99.99 and can only charge an iPhone up to 10 watts, the Apple Watch cannot work in Nightstand mode and if you have a case on your iPhone it won’t connect properly. Jeez! That is so poor from a company that has historically made excellent products. A review highlighting the issues is here.

Oh yes, the watch. Look at the number of markers between the 5 minute markers. There are 3.

How on earth can you set the time accurately and, even worse, how can you tell the time accurately on this watch which was marketed as being a much more accurate timepiece for the modern generation? That’s appalling design for the sake of design while forgetting the actual functionality, and something that thankfully Apple rarely does.

Have you any examples of terrible design on products you own?

UPDATE: Neil may have solved the Watch conundrum- ‘Am I being dense? On the electric watch, I wonder if one is supposed to use the gaps between the markings, rather than the markings, to count the minutes?’

Code41 Mecascape

With its unique design and size, the Mecascape is unlike any other watchmaking project. With a length of 106mm and a width of 69.3mm, it is around 4 times bigger than a standard watch case! An unprecedented technical challenge, the Mecascape has required a complete rethink of the way of positioning the components, all while ensuring that the project can stand the test of reality… More here.

I’m not sure what to think of this. It has no real use apart from looking nice, but the idea of a phone-sized product that tells the time this way is somewhat alluring.

Lexus Design Awards

The texture of the paper, especially its roughness and softness, changes subtly with pattern cutting. Using this phenomenon, I designed an analog driving game to enjoy tactile exploration, inspired by the concept of co-creating communication in the education of children with visual and aural challenges… More here.

Just in case you thought it was only Apple who could design clever tech. Some excellent creations here.

The Dyson Zone™🤣

Today, Jake Dyson has unveiled the Dyson Zone™, Dyson’s first step into wearable technology. The Dyson Zone™ is a set of noise cancelling, high fidelity over-ear headphones which simultaneously deliver immersive sound to the ears, and purified airflow to the nose and mouth. The result of over a decade of air quality research and development, the Dyson Zone™ air-purifying headphones simultaneously tackle the urban issues of air quality and noise pollution… More here.

I would buy this…

if it wasn’t likely to be needlessly expensive like all other Dyson products

if it didn’t look completely rediculous

if the £300 Dyson fan we bought (we returned it within the hour) worked better than the £50 normal fan we bought the next day

if our cordless Dyson vacuum cleaner hadn’t broken just after 1 year when the guarantee had expired, and if the subsequent Tax vacuum we bought wasn’t a better performer in every area for a third of the price

and if James Dyson wasn’t a staunch Brexiteer who has much of his production undertaken abroad. I will never buy a Dyson product again.