Folding UK Plug


This concept design for the UK plug’s been making the rounds round the web like wildfire – probably as a testament to how much people loathe the big, fat bulky UK 3-pin plug. Here’s how it works:

It’s a concept design by designer Min Kyu Choi.  There are certainly still many technical issues to resolve – putting numerous moving parts and hinges into that small an area will probably require a hell lot of (costly or difficult?) engineering to realize in a large-scale, cheap manner; the live wire looks really perilously close to the neutral wire in the assembly, etc. The final comparison for the 3-way plug was also somewhat unfair as the bulkiness of the plug-heads were also due to the transformer-circuits (e.g. in Apple’s plug).

That said, I loved how the design has approached this prickly problem and tackled it with an elegant and innovative solution (loved the fuse idea – makes it easier to change too!), while still maintaining the compatibility with the current sockets. Kudos to the designer!

Hiding Pregnancy on TV

Writers for TV shows or movies often need to blend real-life events/changes to the actors/actresses into the script – for example, when a character’s actor has died in real life, or when they’ve suddenly stopped acting for one reason or another, where the writer has to invent a plausible reason for the absence;

In this case, the ‘problem’ was pregnancy. The lead actresses (2 of them!) on How I Met Your Mother got pregnant, and the crew has to find funny and yet ingenious camera angles and props to help conceal the fact. Quite cute, isn’t it:


The interventions ranged from loose clothing, scarves, strategically-placed props, you name it!

More pictures from Darren Barefoot.

Salli Saddle Chair

As an industrial designer, I am quite intrigued in the approach that this chair has taken to resolve ergonomic issues. The task chair design is always a complex and often rigorous one – it has to fit many people, be comfortable to be used for long periods, by many people of different sizes and statures, etc., and it is always welcoming to find new designs and innovations on it.

The Salli chair in the video above does tackle some of those issues – with a rather peculiar focus in the marketing: a big chunk of the ergonomic benefits it is extolling are specifically to address the comfort of the nether regions. I just wonder though the amount of emphasis placed on it throughout the entire video seems to be making it more awkward for people intending to buy this chair…

Karim Rashid Interview

Karim Rashid is definitely no stranger to many of us – here’s an interview from Nylon TV in his home as he talks about design – you can just catch glimpses of how he has filled up his house with design objects mirroring his personal style – though he also mentioned that he’s getting more and more dematerialized.

Hmmm. Actually I’d love to see Karim Rashid doing design that doesn’t have a tangible, physical expression…that should be quite interesting.



Electronic simulations of randomness are often in doubt – the rand() function just doesn’t seem to be really random enough (especially when the luck’s not on your side). Or maybe it’s not really the accuracy (?) but the good ol’ visio-tactile sensation of watching the dice roll around. GamesbyEmail decided to do something about it – and the 7 foot tall, 104 pound, dice-eating monster capable of generating 1.3 million rolls a day, now christened as Dice-O-Matic, is born. Here’s it in action:

A Class Divided

Found this video where a teacher (some years ago) injects an arbitrary ‘rule’ for discrimination for a class of third-graders: “blue eyes are superior to brown eyes” to let the kids experience in first hand what racism felt like.

Interesting video – in the comments of the teacher:

I watched what can be marvelous, cooperative, wonderful, thoughtful children turn into nasty, vicious, discriminating little third-graders, in the space of 15 minutes.

Architectural LEGOs

Hmm this is certainly an interesting development from LEGO:


If LEGO bricks can be made into trucks, dinosaurs, and pretty much everything under the sky – of course this mighty little bricks can be used for what their real-life real-size counterparts do: be made into buildings!

With models developed in collaboration with architects, LEGO Architecture works to inspire future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world with the LEGO brick as a medium. Builders of all ages can now collect and construct their favorite worldwide architectural sites through these artistic replicas.

Sounds like a perfect gift for your architecture friends?

[LEGO Architecture]