Monday, 22 August 2011

Standing the test of time - the sustainable steam iron

Sustainability is not limited to eco-friendly materials and product recyclability. Can instilling a greater sense of value and purpose into new products lead to more satisfying user-product relationships? This project seeks to identify the key attributes for product longevity and apply them in the design of a sustainable steam iron. This is design for emotional durability.

The following is series of iron design proposals. It is important to stress that these are not in any way final designs. More so they are initial sketches - a visual primer for discussion. As primary users of consumer products, your feedback will greatly aid the creative process and result in the next stage of the design being infinitely more user-centred. So please do not hesitate to be open, honest and direct. I am not precious - all feedback, positive and negative, is welcome. It can only serve to make the finished product better, both for the user and for the environment.

Could one of the following steam iron designs stand the test of time?

Thinking about products you already own, what factors make yo keep some longer than others? 

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