Today I finished writing down a writeup analyzing the Ultimaker
process. Maybe you enjoy reading it!
very nice greetings,
Why hardware hackers should investigate design, or, the tale of the
This document <http://kariert.org/design/hackersdesign.pdf>describes the
creation process of the Ultimaker controller. The intention is to raise
awareness of industrial design to the nowadays very common "hardware
"Please do not be fooled about the profound scientific
look of this document. Itís a mirage. In fact, its
a tale and a story, of how an object came to be from
a need. A tale of how an mere playful hardware hack
developed into a product. And how and why industrial
design made the difference. As with many tales, there is
a lecture to be learned in the end."
"I found out that he tried to hide my panel from public view at his
performances. He disliked the design. He disliked all my nice buttons.
Irritating that was. In my eyes, it was the perfect thing.
My great brilliant menu, a failure? The weeks of coding,
all for nothing? It was like he spoke a different
language when he argumented."
"It is my current believe that industrial design saved
my panel. And it would have saved me a lot of trouble,
if I understood some design concepts at an earlier
stage. Personally, I think that a general knowledge of
design should be part of each hardware hackers portfolio.
Not only to to create better objects, but also to
being able to speak with a dedicated industrial designer
at eye level, and to understand their remarks. On the
other hand, also industrial designers can deliver better
results if their knowledge about the technical function
and options is increased. Both sides need to communicate,
also outside of a product cycle."