3 design objects – A personal opinion on good design

What is good design? Just like the quote beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, good design is objectively seen just as a personal opinion and preference. And even though every design has an intended purpouse by the designer, every individual decides how to exactly interpret a design.

Everything in our life has been designed. Everything you see, hear and feel has been, at some point in time, just a vague idea on a piece of paper. Just looking around where you are right this moment, you can already find countless things, that have been designed. These things can be aestethic design, such as sculptures or paintings, but they can also be functional object, with just one inteded purpouse.

Design in our everyday life

MacBook adapter

As MacBooks (and other laptops) become thinner and thinner, it becomes close to impossible to add all the connections an old school computer might sport, and that people have been used to up until now. This might have to do with convenience in producing laptops that are smaller and lighter and therefore even more portable. But realistically speaking when it comes to big and influential tech companies, such as Apple, it is most likely just a cash grab. Once they get you hooked on their products, they can seemingly remove all the good aspects, you once came to like, and make you pay extreme amounts of extra money just to have access to these lost features.

It is debatable if a MacBook is therefore a well designed product in itself, but off-brand products, that mimic the original in replacing lost features, are (at least for me) a good design. As an avid Apple lover, I would hate to exchange my light and portable MacBook for a bigger and heavier one just to have some USB ports, even though I might hate to admit this. The product in question, is a adapter, that provides ports to my most used connections, such as USB, HDMI, SD cards and even a port to connect your charger, and all of this at a much lower price than an Apple original. The adapter is small and sleek and fits in any of my bags, ready to be used whenever I need it.

Tupperware chopper

I am sure I am not the only person out there, who absolutely loves cooking, but gets put off by all the prep work it includes, especially the cutting of vegetables, onions and garlic. As someone who cries by just looking at an uncut onion, I try to either avoid it or to delegate the task to someone else. But again, as someone who is passionate about cooking, it feels like blasphemy to leave out onions completely, when creating a dish and there is not always a willing roommate around to do the task for me. So, what is the solution to my predicament? The answer is Tupperware. More specifically said, a Tupperware chopper, which does the job for you.

This little device, sports three knives which powered by a string mechanism, chops anything into tiny little cubes. The device is small and handy, which makes it fit perfectly into your hand to hold when pulling the string. The rubber feet prevent the chopper from sliding around while in use. The lid sits securely thanks to a twisting mechanism. The small size only offers to chop small amounts of food, such as onion and garlic, but the upside is, it barely takes up any space in your cupboard. I use this Tupperware chopper all the time, when I’m either to lazy or when I’m trying to not cry all over my dinner.

Coffee Tamper & Matt

Maybe you have worked in a coffee shop before or you are just a coffee enthusiast like me, but I feel like everyone only mildly interested in coffee, would benefit from this product. When making my coffee at home, I have resorted to all sorts of things to tamper my coffee grounds. I have used espresso mugs, the bottom of a candle (cleaned of course) and other things which are way worse. When my flatmate, and trained barista, told me about a coffee tamper I just had to look into it. The one I found came with a handy matt, that you can attach to your countertop.

The tamper itself is quite heavy, which helps in putting pressure on it to compress the coffee grounds. Its design is sleek, timeless and looks aesthetically pleasing in the kitchen (or coffee shop). The matt is made of rubber and therefore non slip. It has a lip attached at the front, so it sits snug against the edge of the countertop. It also has a designated space for the tamper to be placed when not in use. This does not have much function, other than, that the tamper will always have a spot and won’t be misplaced. The spot to place the portafilter (device that the coffee grounds get poured into) is sunken in a bit and moulded to the shape of a portafilter. This helps with nothing slipping around.

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