Localized Product Designs: LG Microwaves

Inspired by a Pogo video, I researched the microwave displayed, and what I found was varying products depending on the geographic region.

American Microwave

The product geared towards Americans, a microwave / oven combination. Now you too can warm up pizzas, frozen foods, and biscuits. Talk about stereotypical fattening American cuisine. Leaves one wanting something to actually help you cook. Perhaps the goal was to focus on “heating”.
LG 1.1 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave Oven with Baking Oven
It even has an “Auto Pizza Mode” that “… automatically adjusts cooking times for fresh or frozen pizzas in addition to various baking treats and frozen foods.”

Create. Don’t Just Share.

The feeling you get when you create something, to have a small adventure experiencing something new, or simply enjoying the company of friends and family is amazing. Great life experiences are what makes me happy.

Sifting through Facebook the other day, I noticed my feed has changed over the last few years. It once was filled with the photos of friends, updates about events in their lives, and information that you would typically relay to stay in touch.

This is no longer the case.

Today it is filled with random articles written by others instead of the person sharing the link, “inspiring quote here” images churned out by click bait sites, endless Buzzfeed lists, and other “quick hit” media.

Our time on earth is finite. We can only stretch attention so much. Why not use that time to add something to the world–instead of churning the noise?

Being Artfully Frustrated

There are times where I find myself utterly passionate about my work, my art, to the point where I’m frustrated to no end. Why can’t it be this way? Isn’t it obvious. Yet I push on, refine, and labor to birth that vision into the world. Bit by bit.

In order to whittle down an experience to the essential it must be beat with “the simple stick” as described in Ken Segall’s Insanely Simple. Anyone who cares about “the work” and acts on upon that care is performing a work of art.

“The magic of Steve Jobs wasn’t being right. It was being sure.” – Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception

Tim Cook said of Steve Jobs, “He would flip on something so fast that you would forget that he was the one taking the 180 [degree], polar position on it the day before,” onstage at the D10 conference interview. “It was an art; he would never know that he fought the opposite. I saw it daily.” ( Source video. )

Create Art, Happiness Follows

When reading Stumbling on Happiness, by Dan Gilbert, while waiting on the bus, the thought hit me:

If you seek happiness, you’ll find despair.
If you chase after money, it will never show up.
If you obsess to be successful, life will be average.
If searching for your true love, loneliness is found.

For some reason, universally, the things that we chase the most are often what eludes us. We seek the end result of the effort, not the underlining motivator. “To make a million dollars” is a bad reason to start a business. There is no focus and you will spin in a thousand directions to make money. “To make the best socks on the planet” is a perfect reason. Create it, refine it, find your audience and the money will take care of itself.

Design Inspiration, Issue 1

Design Inspiration, Issue 1

Below is a collection of links to inspire your art. Enjoy. Create. Go and make something.

Dieter Rams on Good Design as a Key Business Advantage

Article about Dieter Rams and his legacy. Presents his famous, Ten Principles for Good Design. Includes an exclusive interview with Dieter Rams.