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Continuous research is a part of my research plan. I regularly research recent developments in the area of water smart product design and reflect on what I find.

Dr.Scud

When speaking of things with holes in such as colanders, I have come across the Dr.Scud Fly swatter from Philippe Starck, produced by Alessi. This appears to be a normal fly swatter, however on closer inspection there is a face on the swatter. why? Philippe starck has a great way of turning everyday household objects into livig characters- he injects humour into his designs. This is something that I would like to do for my designs this semester- add some humour to make them memorable… make people smile/think/talk.

skud

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dam baby… i mean baby dam

baby dam

This device alows you to block of an appropriate sized area for which to bath your baby in. Realistically a baby needs very little space and water for bath time. This device saves water and saves you from buying an ugly baby bath. I would raise issues of bath size variations- does the dam fit all baths?

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Hidden water saving

Eco Water Saving « The Bathroom Designer

This is another example of what I call ‘hidden water saving’. I guess there are two ways to get people to save water- make them care, or trick them into it. This bath tricks people into saving water. It is made from many layers of fiberglass that acts as a kind of insulation. This means that the bath keeps the water temperature within the bath warmer for longer, meaning that users will not continuously add more hot water when they get cold.

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please no!

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So I’m designing a colander- no secrets there. I found this on a blog and just about had a heart attatck-

Ten Unusual Uses for a Colander.

1. Grease splatter reducer.
2. Warm a serving bowl.
3. Berry storage.
4. Bathtub toy scoop.
5. Play accessory.
6. Craft template.
7. Bug tent.
8. Wind chime.
9. Lamp shade.
10. Holiday display.

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I wonder if I should be consider making my colander bath freindly, bug compatible, splatter reducing and kid friendly. Argh. I guess its a common thing for a designer- the dismay of finding how people use your design and not how you intended it. I guess you can never really design to adress these things, they will always happen. Prehanps this raises the need for a bath toy that resembles a colander, a grease splatter protector based on a colander or a berry storage device…

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plant dish drainer

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So the design world has discovered that draining dishes into a plant of some description is pretty cool. Agreed. I am pretty amazed when I come across another concept that appraoches this idea and does it with a different twist. This idea is more basic that the others I have found, I enjoy its simplicity. It’s so great to find people adressing the small instances or ‘micro events’ of water wastage in the design comunity. It reminds me that what I am doing is relevant and current.

save-water-drainerdish-drainer

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Candles that save water by Oon

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This candle helps to save water. Not literally infront of your eyes. fact: 1 litre of oil pollutes 1,000,000 litres of water per day. oon has come up with a concept for a household device that converts used/waste oil from the home into candles. The candles can  be made in various shapes, sizes and scents. nice.

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smart sink

Clever Sink Design Saves Water and Time when Doing the Dishes : TreeHugger

Much like the investigations I competed into Therbligs and Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, this sink looks at streamlining the process of washing dishes. In doing so, the user is encouraged to use the sink in a practical way and requires less water to complete the process. It would also be nice to see the water that drains of the dishes to be re-used in some way like many other sink conepts I have found.

Sink Design that Saves Water and Energy by Juan Howard Image

Sink Design that Saves Water and Energy by Juan Howard Image
Sink Design that Saves Water and Energy by Juan Howard Image

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