Three examples of good design


Today I’m going to find 3 examples of good design and for each one I’ll explain why I chose it, which features make it as a great example of design. It’s a big challenge, but I’m ready and I have no fear! Let’s start!

The list below is not in order of preference, I love all of them the same:

1. Match


It’s used to start a fire. It’s a stick usually made in wood with an end covered with an inflamable material that can be ignited by stricking on a rough surface. The friction match, was invented on 1827 by John Walker, an English chemist, and during the next years was perfectionated in order to make it safer, practical and useful.

Why I think match is an example of good design

  • essential design: there are exactly the elements that you need to use it
  • linear design: it’s used the exact quantity of material reducing the waste at minimum
  • size: small, pocket and light
  • easy to understand where is the inflamable area because the head is coloured and made in another material
  • material: made in wood that is as strenght as inflamable material and it leds the time to the user to use it without burning the fingers
  • not dangeours itself: it needs to strick it on a rough surface in order to create the ignition
  • because of the lenght it’s perfect to light something difficult to reach for example a boiler, a gas burner or camping stove
  • after light a match it is possible to move it, it’s not necessary to hold it like a lighter, for this reason it is perfect to light a wood stove or a fireplace.

Source: Wikipedia UK, Wikipedia IT

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2. Self-stick note

Self-stick note
Self-stick note

The self-stick note is a piece of paper coloured usually squared with a low-tack adhesive band on the back side. Self-stick note was invented on 1974 by Arthur Fry, thanks to the accidental creation of a “low-tack, reusable, pressure-sensitive adhesive”, as mentioned on Wikipedia, by scientist Spencer Silver. Indeed, on 1968 Dr. Silver was trying to find the formula for a super-strong adhesive, insted he invented an unusual kind of adhesive: strong enough to stick on objects but weak enough to allow an easy removal of the them from the surface where they were attached. The product is also known as post-it that is the brand name gave by the manufacturer 3M. Now that I gave a short introduction I can go to the core of this post.

Why I think self-stick note is an example of good design

  • essential design: a squared piece of paper
  • colour: the choise of a lively colour to be visible and highlight the content
  • material: paper allows the user to write on it easily with any kind of pen, pencil or marker. Furthermore, it is a light material perfect for the features of the adhesive
  • shape: square shape gives a compact visual aspect and all the space can be used to write on it
  • reusable: the special adhesive on the b-side makes possible to attach it, remove it and re-post it again withouth leaving residue
  • easy to use
  • versatile: thanks to its minimal design it can be used in many contexts and for different purposes. During the years people use it at work, at home, in arts, just to take a quick note or to create a planning.

Sources: Wikipedia UK, Wikipedia IT, Inc., Lemelson-MIT

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3. Moka Express

Moka Bialetti
Moka Express Bialetti

The moka is one of the tool used to make a coffee at home. Moka was invented on 1933 by Alfonso Bialetti and as every good story there are some controversial issues about the inventor, indeed it’s easy to find also Luigi de Ponti associated to the creation of the object. But, actually, after many hours of research I can say that the only real inventor is Alfonso Bialetti.

There are many different kind of tools to make a coffee at home, such as: coffee plunger, ibriq, aeropress, hand drip coffee and much more. Among all these tools my super favorite is moka for at least 3 reasons:

  1. I like the taste of coffee made with moka
  2. Emotional bond
  3. I’m Italian

Now that I gave bit of introduction let’s talk about of why I think is a  example of good design.

Why I think moka is an example of good design

  • essential design: there are exactly all the essential pieces, no one more:
    • A) the bottom chamber (boiler) used to contain the water
    • B) the metal filter to contain ground coffee
    • C) the collecting chamber to collect the coffee ready to be drink
  • knob: on top of collecting chamber there is a little knob in plastic to allow the lifting of the cover and check if the coffee is ready without burining the fingers
  • handle: on side of collecting chamber there is a plastic handle very useful on order to handle the moka when it burns
  • spout: to pour easily the coffee into a cup
  • safety valve: in the boiler there is a safety valve to provide a necessary release in case the pressure should get too high. The safety valve is also a good indication for the user to know how much water pour in the boiler, indeed it’s better to keep the limit of the water under the safety valve
  • material: it’s in alluminium that is a light material and allows a quick heating
  • shape: it’s octagonal to increase the grip also when the surface is wet, this is especially important because it needs to screw the collecting chamber onto the the boiler

Sources: MoMa , CNN, Bialetti, Wikipedia UK, Wikipedia IT

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