Criteria: Formal- What I find to repeat itself the most in my 5 objects are the formal expectations. 4 of the 5 objects in my eyes seem to have an aesthetic that is attractive. It has to do with form, shape and its colors. Like the green and black color in the Semicircular earphones, or the blue and black in the compact dish rack. Under formal I have a category for material too. This has nothing to do with the social impact of material just the quality in the way the material is used. When a dish rack is laser cut from one thin piece of plastic and then able to be bent to form its function so easily, to me that’s a success in the material usage. Although I questioned its function last week.
Ethics- This goes into two categories, 1 is its “greenness” of material. If something is made from plastic I question its greenness more than for example, from an aluminum material. But its social ethic seems to be more important to me. While 3 of the five have to do with well being or safety. Well being for a blind dog, a healthier wakeup, or safer way of listening to music while riding a bicycle.
Cost- This comes into two categories, cheap, and not cheap. But to me this isn’t the most important part. Depending on the use of the product one has to question its cost. If you’re trying to make something for a blind dog to work very well, even if it’s more expensive, the owner might be willing to pay for it. The semicircular headphones would be a bit more expensive in order to have the blue tooth capability. Is that something that is needed for a bicyclist? I think yes and no.
Function- I don’t see most of these products functioning to their full capability. The glo pillow for reasons Len had mentioned which challenged the overall concept of it “hungover; people whom don’t use pillows; jetlag” would a person wake up because of the LEDs based under those circumstances? Or do the semicircular headphones fit well in the ear? But function is the most important part of a product, if it doesn’t function well… it faces its possibility of extinction and failure.