ONE EXAMPLE OF REALLY GREAT DESIGN: flash drive edition.
as I attempt to define the multiplicity of roles design plays in my life, I realize that I must figure out both what great design looks like, and what it does for me. lately, I’ve been drawn to improvements upon preexisting products, such as the gorgeous pink and purple chevron-patterned flash drive by EMTEC as pictured above.
let’s get down to why I think this flash drive is ingenious:
problem: I’ve misplaced flash drive caps in the past, leaving the actual USB portion vulnerable to breakage, thus rendering my precious files inaccessible! (it’s true; I can be a bit absentminded at times…)
solution: in addition to packaging this thumb drive in an extremely attractive color scheme and print (what can I say? you all should know by now that I have a big heart for bright colors and patterns), EMTEC has made this flash drive’s “cap” undetachable by fashioning it out of part of a larger piece of plastic that revolves about the flash drive. I also appreciate the aesthetic details such as the appearance of the bright pink plastic panel when the “cap” is disengaged (as it gives the object the appearance of being multi-dimensional), and the interplay of the convex edge of the flash drive with the concave edge of the cap. this item, with its ability to undergo as many physical transformations as the number of degrees the “cap” is allowed to revolve, not only functions as an invaluable tech accessory (8G, whoo!), but as a bona fide design object that has earned its place among my other rectilinear trinkets.
make sure to check out EMTEC’s website; I’m already gathering files so that I can anticipate acquiring the “Sailor Whale” flash drive under the “Animalitos” category.