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Design-it-yourself (updated) December 10, 2008

Posted by ieva in Design Academy Eindhoven, Dutch design, Uncategorized.
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2O years ago John Tackara (him!!) wrote a book called “Design after modernism”. I find this quote still sounds very contemporary (so it must be what the trend spotters call a “megatrend”;)): ” What counts, is not ergonomics but weather the chair is welcoming (..). It is being realized that consumers nowadays look for something playful, joyful, personal in the objects that they buy. As a result, objects have to develop “sensual” qualities: as well as being understandable, they must be capable of being felt.”

… You are wearing a unique dress, tailor made coat. Why should you drink the same coffee , eat the same muesli, chocolate bar as everybody? You deserve something better! There are many companies around proposing you to “design” you own tea, energy bar, breakfast mix, wine selection etc. They will make it for you and deliver wherever you are (most of the times).

Here are some examples.

Of course, all these things can make wonderful (Xmas) gifts and might give you as well some ideas of things you can actually make/personalize yourself ;)!

German company My Muesli are one of the pioneers in this service. They propose “custom made cereals”.

On You Bar website you can “build” you bars and shakes.

Your Gift Label proposes to print your personal label for a selection of alcoholic drinks.

Sonntagmorgen will make a coffee mix for you just the way you like it.

Design a tea and Blends For Friends are there for you to create the tea with your favorite flavor(s).

Chocri has a simple step by step tool to “design” The perfect chocolate that will make you (or your partner) melt…

Want a special mm’s design? Here you are.

For those who love wine: Fusebox.

But there is more than taste joys…

On Spoonflower you can design your own fabric.

French brand Les Ateliers Ruby proposes you to design a unique helmet.

And more, and more… Have fun!

Comments»

1. Anthony Flynn - December 11, 2008

Thank you for mentioning our company You Bar (www.youbars.com) on your blog.

We would be happy to give balticdesign readers 10% off so they can try making their own bars and/or shakes. Simply type “balticdesign” into the coupon code section of the shopping cart page on our website. If you have any questions please call us at 866.682.2771 or email me at Anthony@YouBars.com.
Best,
Anthony

2. Delilah - December 11, 2008

I agree that personalization is a mega-trend right now. I love giving personalized gifts to friends and family, they never fail to bring a smile to someone’s face!

My favorite gift to give is personalized wine. I like to buy my favorite wine of the moment, take off the label, apply a customized label (my favorite place to get these is http://www.BottleYourBrand.com) and away I go.

All I have to do is tie a ribbon around the neck of the bottle and I’m ready to go!

3. irena - December 15, 2008

Jauki, sen bija laiks. Cilvēks varbūt lēnām saprot, ka lietas ar kaut nelielu individualitāti ir daudz jaukākas. Vai daudzas nelaimes nesākas no vienaldzības citam pret citu (un arī pret sevi)? Ja es varu iepriecināt otru ar kaut ko personīgāku, vai tas neliecina par manu īpašo attieksmi pret šo cilvēku,ja es pats lietoju kaut ko nestandarta, tas liecina par manu radoso pieeju dzīvei, ne? Vienīgi, ja es to vienkārši kaut ko pasūtu (ar savu vārdu virsū) tas var būt arī nedaudz kā dižošanās ? Jebkurā gadījumā šī ideja ir laba, kaut arī kā vienmēr pamatā ir vēlme nopelnīt.

4. Jorge - April 25, 2009

Hi!

Is this quote from “Design After Modernism” ?

” What counts, is not ergonomics but weather the chair is welcoming (..). It is being realized that consumers nowadays look for something playful, joyful, personal in the objects that they buy. As a result, objects have to develop “sensual” qualities: as well as being understandable, they must be capable of being felt.”

I can’t find it anywhere else on the internet, and I don’t have the book.. Do you know anywhere on the internet where i can find quotes from this book?

reply to tearless_boy@hotmail.com as soon as possible, please, even if it is to tell me you can’t help me😉

thank you!


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