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Jim McCall
2005-03-25, 19:11
Hey, I'm glad SOMEBODY agrees with me! Seriously, I completely agree with
some of these sentiments that its simplicity is appropriate and refreshing.
But nonetheless, the shape is rather timid as a design. A little bit too
much like a soap dish from the 70's. It still could do both: be understated
and not flashy - yet still be a stunning piece of product design.



Jim
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> I think the original poster (who'll correct me if I'm wrong) had a
> different meaning to industrial design than that which you are picking
> up. Speaking AS an Industrial Designer, the term means the same as
> Product Design.
>
> A product that appears to be more 'product/industrially designed' should
> look good in it's appropriate context. As to if it does, that's a whole
> other conversation, and probably pretty subjective. But I have to agree
> with the original post in that the Squeezebox case looks like a
> 'generic' case, one made by someone else that is readily available, and
> the right size, as I can't imagine a 'product designer' coming up with
> it's shape based on a specific brief for a Slim Device.
>
> I can understand if Slim Devices did indeed buy a generic case, possibly
> get it slightly modded, as they have invested in the internal hardware
> and software. I do also believe that they could also have a design that
> would be more appropriate in it's context and marketplace than what
> currently exists. When people think it looks like an alarm clock, it's
> hardly a compliment, as it ISN'T an alarm clock (it's much much more),
> so it shouldn't look like one. I also think there are better ways for it
> to integrate within a Victorian room too.
>
> Stephen Evans

Simon Still
2005-03-27, 04:52
On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 20:52:38 -0700, Jason <jason (AT) pagefamily (DOT) net> wrote:
> Maybe Slim could hold a design contest for conceptual artist views of a new
> SB case design?

If someone came up with a cool design for a SB case that could be
produced at the right price i'm sure SlimD would be interested.
Start sketching.

Skot Nelson
2005-03-27, 19:50
On Mar 27.2005, at 03:52, Simon Still wrote:

> If someone came up with a cool design for a SB case that could be
> produced at the right price i'm sure SlimD would be interested.
> Start sketching.

but there are mods? Quite a few, it seems.

Personally, I don't mind the design. compact and sits on top of my
stereo.

little part of me wishes it were standard stereo component width, which
is what some of the mods seem to focus on...i'm not that worried about
it.
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