Companies Respond To Wrap-Rage, Design Packaging That Isn't So !@$% Difficult To Open

Companies Respond To Wrap-Rage, Design Packaging That Isn't So !@$% Difficult To Open

Companies are starting to use tamper-resistant packaging that doesn’t cause wrap-rage or puncture wounds. Retailers love those maddening plastic supermax containers for the theft-deterring frustration factor, while manufacturers just want consumers to see the eye candy within. What’s the compromise?

http://consumerist.com/2008/01/04/bad-redesign-intrepid-coffee-drinker/

Bad Redesign: Intrepid coffee drinker is forced to return his brand new (replacement) Starbucks travel mug because it’s too painful to use. “My first sip, as expected, was a little awkward. I adjusting to the vacuum seal lid. But the second sip was painful as was the third. I realized that the design of the lid thrust my upper lip directly into the stream of the hot coffee.” Weird. [NowPublic]

Take Your Brand And Shove It

Take Your Brand And Shove It

Muji is a Japanese store that is, um, all the rage in NYC right now, apparently.

http://consumerist.com/2007/12/18/british-retailer-john-lewis/

British retailer John Lewis is selling the world’s most unintentionally disturbing baby bathtub ever. At least we hope it’s unintentional. [BoingBoing]

Del Monte Dog Treats Are Highly Inappropriate

Del Monte Dog Treats Are Highly Inappropriate

Or as Alex put it so pithily in an email to us, “These dog treats are shaped like c*cks.” (Now you can’t tell what that word means!)

Mattel Announces Recall Of 155,000 Toys

Mattel Announces Recall Of 155,000 Toys

Today Mattel announced a recall of 155,000 Mexican-made toys being sold in countries throughout Europe and the United States. There’s no lead contamination this time around; the recall was announced “due to concerns that small pieces could detach from the toys and cause children to choke.” The product is the Laugh & Learn Learning Kitchen Toy, part of the Fisher-Price range.

The Unpleasant Truth Behind Mattel's Unexpected Apology

The Unpleasant Truth Behind Mattel's Unexpected Apology

Mattel takes full responsibility for these recalls and apologises personally to you, the Chinese people and all of our customers who received the toys. It is important for everyone to understand that the vast majority of these products that we recalled were the result of a flaw in Mattel’s design, not through a manufacturing flaw in Chinese manufacturers.

http://consumerist.com/2007/07/13/a-photoblog-celebrating-the-grocery/

A photoblog celebrating the grocery stores of yesteryear. The site’s author says he would, “be happiest if supermarket evolution had ceased around 1968 or so.” [Groceteria via Your Daily Awesome]

Slideon: The Mp3/Video Player With Sliding iPod Killer Controls

Slideon: The Mp3/Video Player With Sliding iPod Killer Controls

This audio/video player designed by Consumerist Flickr pool member unleashedlive features a sliding control panel that hides under the playing screen, just like with a slider cellphone. The maker of this 3d rendering says it would use flash memory and be chargeable via the headphone jack.

Viking Customer Still Hot Over Knobs

Viking Customer Still Hot Over Knobs

The guy who complained about his Viking knobs wrote in again. His letter, inside.

Bad Design: Viking Stove Knobs

Bad Design: Viking Stove Knobs

A high-end Viking stove’s oven knobs are obscured by a metal bar, making the user kneel on the floor to determine whether the oven is baking or broiling.

Controlling Shoppers Through Architecture

Controlling Shoppers Through Architecture

A short A-Z compendium of design tricks stores use to get you to spend more. We like T, for Tiles:

Your Online Source For Gold Pills and Coke Spoons

Your Online Source For Gold Pills and Coke Spoons

Your Online Source For Gold Pills, Coke Spoons, More…

Portable Cellphone Booth

Mobile privacy booths for cellphone users. Inextricably set to an Aphex Twin track.

Yuppie Street Art For Sale

Yuppie Street Art For Sale

If you’re a yuppie and would like to purchase some street cred, literally, head on over to ryanfrank.net. He leaves white plywood board in graffiti hotspots around London, lets it get soaked in tags, then assembles the pieces into “repurposed urban furniture,” yours for just a few thousands of dollars.

The Latest in Potty Styles

The Latest in Potty Styles

The modern, compact and secure approach to learning how to potty, The Potty Bench opens for toilet training and can be closed to use as a step stool or seat.

Razrs Pulled For Connectivity Glitches. No Blood Spilt. Sorry.

Razrs Pulled For Connectivity Glitches. No Blood Spilt. Sorry.

Everyone’s all about the Razr’s “cutting edge” HAR HAR HAR super-thin construction but it looks like they might’ve left something out in the design, as glitches are causing phonecalls to drop.

Converse Lets You Design Your Chuck Taylors, Just Like Big-Time Rap Stars!

Converse Lets You Design Your Chuck Taylors, Just Like Big-Time Rap Stars!

If you’re possessed by an attraction towards nostalgic ankle-breakers, you may enjoy designing your own “Chuck Talyor” aka “Chucks” aka “Converse All-Star” shoes here.