Adaptations of human morphology to make life more comfortable or facilitate use of modern technology.
----> c.f. Genetic design/Synthetic biology.
In Corpus 2.0 and Corpus 2.1, Dutch designer Marcia Nolte thought of how humans could evolve and adapt to modern technology and life-styles. Instead of designing products for people, she tried to design people for products !
Your mission is to suggest mutations or designs for the human body to prepare us for the next century. Use sketches, diagrams and a short description to list the pros and cons of your proposition.
Product analysis Two contrasting products were studied from the points of view of different design disciplines; architecture, design anthropology, human factors and interaction design, graphic and product design. The Balans stool was made by veteran Norwegian furniture designer Peter Opsvik in 1976 and is the first in a long line of ergonomically designed seats that are based on the simple premise that we never sit still but are always moving our bodies interactively.
The second product, the Sonicare toothbrush (1992), was an innovation in dental treatment and compact technology. Like the Balans stool, it too was the first in a line of similar designs that are still being developed today.
Read the texts here and try to make a list of each product’s strong points and weaknesses.