Simple Tech = Common Sense Design

June 17, 2009

At the other end of the design spectrum from the energysucking gizmology that now pervades our lives; simple tech is quietly bringing back simplicity and sustainability as a worthwhile goal for industrial design. Here’s a good example; a low tech kitchen appliance that would go well beyond a simple energy star rating for efficiency.

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This practical and simple energy efficient dish washer/dish storage unit by design students Schwartz and Steiner at the Bauaus Universität Weimar is a great example of the simple tech that the world needs now.

It is a reduction of a machine to its essentials, orientated to user-needs. This dish washer builds on the movements that we already make…

First:

We need to clear the table of dishes after eating, so; at the table we would just stack the dishes right into these racks, then we carry the racks to the sink…

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…then just lower the dishwasher lid to create the (let’s hope it’s water tight) simplest dish washer imaginable – to give the dishes a wash.

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Now remove the lid – take the rack back out of the sink and hang it on the wall. Let the air dry it.

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Here’s the wall hook thingie… I like the concrete wall by contrast with this red and white plastic.

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Now you can do something useful with your life till the next time you use this.

This is design that respects the users time. There’s no need for a 30 page manual in 12 languages to do 3001 pointless things with a gizmo that you don’t have time to do anyway. It’s simple.

Technology does not have to be a time sink. Or an energy hog.

Via Dezeen


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