Trip down to Harvey Norman

During the Harvey Norman’s field trip, there were 2 products that has the same emotion and interesting factor, as well as products in similar trends.


The 2 products with same emotion, same interesting factor:

Panasonic steam iron

Morphy Richards steam iron


In terms of emotion:

  • Both products are designed in a streamlined shape with multiple functions installed on the steam iron. As a user, I think having multiple functions makes me feel that the product brings efficiency to the user to complete as much ironing as possible.  

In terms of interesting factor:

  • Panasonic steam iron has a steep convex shape towards the tip of the iron base while Morphy Richards’ has a hump-like shape towards the tip of the iron base.
  • Panasonic steam iron bottom part of the body, designed looking like a 3-legged rocket,  plays more with negative space to stabilize the entire form. With the negative space, the iron looks rather lightweight as compared to a heavy-looking Morphy Richards’, where the bottom part of the body is solid.


The products that were similar in trend:

LG (bottle-like) speaker

SMEG Electric Kettle

SMEG Toaster

Delonghi Toaster

In terms of similar trend:

  • I find that the products used colours that attracts user’s attention from afar. The cool pastel colours of LG and SMEG products were approachable and allowed the users to want to take a closer look.
  • Delonghi toaster on the other hand was the next product that caught my attention after the pastel-coloured products. The range of colours gave me the feeling of nostalgia and retro.
  • Similarities between the SMEG and Delonghi toaster showed another trend of having small, thin and sleek rounded knobs.

Motorola Cordless Handset

LG Speaker

In terms of similar trend:

  • Aesthetic and form of both product are designed in consideration of the human factor/ergonomics, where user’s hand fits nicely around the inward curvature of the product.


Factors of product aesthetics.

From the previous in-class lecture, we’ve touched on how 3 factors are influences of producing products’ aesthetics and/or form: function, human factor, and emotion.

Below, you can find my thoughts on the different products that is dominant in function, human factor, and emotion, respectively.


Product: Bow-tie candleholder

Designer: Vladimir Ivanov

Functional design are meant to be easily understood when the product is used.

The bow-tie candle holder designed by Vladimir Ivanov is minimal in terms of shape and details thus it is a straightforward product. The wood is most likely done by wood turning, where the diameter of the base is sufficient to stabilize the weight as well as height when the candle is placed in the required hole in the middle of the top plane. 

Human Factor-dominant

Product name: Knelt Desk

Designer: Tim Spencer, Ubiquity Design Studio

Problem: Through research, it was observed that children have the tendency to hunch over their flat desk while they kneel. Hunching over can lead to bad posture due to the stress on the spinal cord.

Solution: With the users being children from the age range of 3 – 10, the designer designed the Knelt Desk to educate the children of the proper sitting posture. Comparing the proportion of the desk and the seat, the desk is at least twice the height. They designed both the desk and seat at an elevated angle so that the user could experience the comfortable sitting position thus taking away with them the knowledge of correct sitting posture as they grow.




Product: CampTeck BPA-free Water Bottle

Before BPA-free water bottles were designed, plastic water bottles were everybody’s best friend. Although plastic are known to be non-biodegradable, research proved that it is harmful towards human health.

Plastic bottles contained a compound called bisphenol A — BPA for short. Reports stated that BPA is harmful towards human health system as excessive BPA in our body can lead to cancer, etc. Therefore, like the campaign of “No Plastic Bottles” campaign ran by ADM, encourage consumers/users to use BPA-free water bottles instead, preventing more harm to human health, as well as harming aquatic lives where plastics can be disposed.

I think this product is emotion-dominant because:

  • makes the user feel safer than drinking from plastic water bottles.
  • reminds the users to try their best to reduce the use of plastic bottles
  • users can carry out a healthier daily drink choice as fruit infuser was also incorporated in the design.