Designers Are Human, Too Part 1
by sabine7 / December 27, 2007

We asked 15 designers and design teams the following question: What two modern day conveniences can you not live without?

We really shouldn’t have been surprised by most of their answers, and the top-ranked mod cons were laptops/Macs, the internet and mobile phones. The Blackberry, iPod and 3D modelling (great design-appropriate answer!) also made sense. Coffee played a role in the must-haves, and we were glad to see that the shower was close to at least one designer’s heart. More after the jump. And you? Leave your answer in comments below.

(Out of these, I’d have to go with my Mac and the Internet, plus travel and sunglasses. Harry needs everything 'cept the 3D modelling.)

Dan Golden: 1. My Mac 2. My shower

Erin Hayne and Nuno Gonçalves Ferreira: Definitely the espresso machine and laptop.

Josh Urso: and coffee

Huib Muilwijk: I need a lot of conveniences to function as a designer, my Mac, internet, mobile-phone and so on. But as a person I don't need all these things. I could live in nature, with a lot of animals. I would have a garden to grow my food and need no modern things at all. Cut a tree to make some furniture, very nice but too expensive to sell.

Rafael Morgan: I don´t like watching TV or listening to the radio, but I am completely addicted to the internet. Internet is a wild territory, it´s a monument to the freedom of speech, that´s why it is so cool.

Tithi Kutchamuch: I can only think about Internet. It is the most amazing invention that ever happened in this world.

Dominic Wilcox: My laptop broke last week, at the same time my broadband went down. I thought, 'is this what it was like before the internet, before computers? what exactly did we do with our time?' In the future there will be people who suffer from internet dependancy syndrome who get panic attacks when they are outside of a wifi zone.

Marie Torbensdatter Hermann: I would hate to let my iPod go, the freedom to hear music and podcasts whenever and wherever is fantastic. My laptop is essential to me, to be able to communicate with people regardless in witch country they are living. My friends and family in Denmark and USA, I can skype them and it is almost like they were here. The distances in the world are getting smaller every day with new technology and maybe with access to the world on your doorstep, new doors open and one’s horizon broadens.

Brodie Neill: I'm not really a gadget kind of guy, but I would have to say my Blackberry. Sad, I know, but I recently had to return to an old mobile while my Blackberry was being repaired and it was horrible. Only kidding, but you certainly notice the difference. The second and more important would have to be digital 3D modeling and the virtual-scape. This creative dimension has long been of interest and has become the backbone of my work... I know that there are such products out there and I have been fortunate to experience the likes of virtual reality but nothing has yet captured the true potential of digitally aided 3D design.

Supermandolini: To communicate, work and interact with people from all over the world via the world wide web. We depend on it and without it we wouldn’t be as creative and open- minded. Also traveling is the next thing that we can’t do without.

Tim Parsons: I like to think I COULD live without all modern day conveniences but like everyone else, I choose not to! The mobile phone is a social wonder, embarrassment and a menace all in one. Secondly, with so much being possible through the portal of the computer screen I find whole days disappear spent in front of it, yet the experience of using the computer is sedentary and essentially dull.

Vivi Masturah Lim and Aaron Kao: The Internet and mobile phones. Phones that can call and send text messages are good enough for me.

Merrill Lyons: I had to think about this one because my first instinct seemed so cliché, but really I had to go with my first instinct and that is my iPod and my cell phone. I love them both. I'm also very "into" them, always following what's coming next, etc., etc. I think the iPod, as much as it's changed generation to generation, is one of the most well designed products ever conceived. If you look at the original to the touch screen ones of today, there has been very little change to the overall interface of the design. The basic principles of how a human and this super music machine interact, has pretty much remained the same and with its immense popularity it is a testament to the power of good design. Cell phones are interesting; some are bad, some are good. I am a Nokia fan, I love their interface. It's simple, as are most of their designs.

Ulrika E. Engberg and Kasper Medin: The laptop and the mobile phone which allows you to work almost anywhere.

Hila Rawet: I couldn’t do without my glasses and sunglasses; they are the perfect combination between practical and accessory; I buy new ones almost every year. I would love to design eyewear one day.

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