Daye Kim's Core77-Award-winning Whaletale is certainly inspirational. A soft and sanitary playspace folds out from the jetsetter-parent's rolling suitcase to create a private island in a bustling airport. Even the sitting suitcase seems to provide some kind of barrier or backstop against the rest of the world, and the form makes it feel as if some piece of home is literally flowing from the luggage. I know, that language is much more emotional/designery than my usual practical analysis - but for kids, shouldn't everything be a little bit magical?
[Forbes, via Gizmodo]
Don Norman argues that car reviewers are "stuck in the past", obsessed with performance driving and visual styling, and I agree - those two aspects are vastly over-emphasized, compared to how they'll serve the driver in everyday use. Who cares if your car does 0-60 in 5 seconds, if you're never going to race it? It's more likely that the usability of the more mundane features, or less sexy attributes like reliability and fuel economy, will contribute to long-term satisfaction. Fortunately, these aren't entirely overlooked - Hipstomp writes at Core77 that these things are being quietly emphasized in car design. "Quietly" because it's just not culturally preferred to buy a car for these reasons - I've taken some flack for my next car being a minivan - but the designers know that drivers will be glad they did in the long term, and hopefully come back for more!