Last week we had our first Explorative Design workshop and we were asked to bring an everyday object of good design. I have to admit, that finding something that is good designed is quite hard for me since it’s something you normally don’t recognize, which is somewhat unfair from a designer perspective. Designer (hopefully) put everything they got into something to make it the best possible product but it mostly gets more attention if it is flawed. Just look around you, it’s more easier to find something that could be designed better. :D
My example for good design
After thinking about it for some time, I chose a can opener. Not that I’m constantly using it, but if so, it does its job perfectly. It is quite handy, you “grab” the top of a can with it and then you just have to turn the handle around to cut off the upper part of the can. It’s true that the edges are quite sharp (we actually briefly talked about the idea of designing a device that automatically could bend over a tiny part of the can so it’s not that dangerous).
Overall it might not be an aesthetic device, but it’s functional and does exactly what it is designed for. ;)