December 29, 2010
General Design, Product Innovation
The Salvation Army has made its way into the 21st century! With that said, having no change in your pocket is no longer an excuse for walking by without making a donation. These card swipes have been installed onto the traditional red kettles to give credit card users a quick and simple way to donate. People can also donate by downloading the Red Kettle app on their Apple devices or by texting “GIVE” to 85944 — which will make an automatic $10 donation.
It’s great to see that organizations like these can find a way to incorporate modern technologies into their philanthropy. It’s also nice to see that there are still people who will volunteer their time to ring a bell in the cold for a good cause.
December 27, 2010
General Design, Product Design, Product Innovation
When I saw these Pay-As-You-Sit chairs I was immediately reminded of the discount grocery store, ALDI. For those unfamiliar with ALDI, they require a quarter deposit to use a shopping cart. Much like these chairs, the carts are linked together and you must insert a deposit to release one. Once you’re done with your cart, you simply link it back to the others and your quarter is returned. This is such an innovative idea and a great way to have fewer carts scattered around the store and parking lot.
December 23, 2010
General Design, Product Design, Product Innovation, Upcoming Inventions
Here’s an IKEA hack for those of us who sling our coats and pants over the back of chairs. These chairs are sliced to a third of their normal depth and are designed to be mounted on a wall. This may be a simple idea, but it makes for an effective and functional IKEA hack. For those of you new to IKEA hacks, check this out.