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A well-designed product equally elevates form and function. It is pleasing to look at, easy to use and solves a common problem. We reached out to five design professors and posed thue following question: What's the best-designed product of all time, and why? Their responses vary from cheap, everyday products to newer, more expensive ones. But all share a story of trial, error and ingenuity.

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Toyota's.

And Sony..

#1 | Posted by boaz at 2017-03-13 11:03 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

M1911 pistol. 106 years of production and essentially unchanged.

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-03-13 11:03 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 3

Magnum condoms.

#3 | Posted by Whizzo at 2017-03-13 11:13 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

Best-designed products ever?

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#4 | Posted by Hans at 2017-03-13 11:16 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

fire

#5 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2017-03-13 11:31 AM | Reply

Being both American and Swiss, I would say the Swiss Army Knife--

Basically, 2 razor sharp knives and a handful of other pointed tools an inch away from your treasured endowment, and you never have to worry about slippage one bit.

#6 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2017-03-13 11:35 AM | Reply

Wind up watch.

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-03-13 11:41 AM | Reply

planes
autos
computers
printing press
shoes
aspirin
wheel
broom
vacuum
radio
TV
plumbing
toothbrush
toilet
trains
cameras
Velcro
light bulb
mobile phone

These are just a few

#8 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-03-13 11:54 AM | Reply

Mini Maglight

#9 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-03-13 12:11 PM | Reply

ShamWow
Ronco Inside-The-Shell Electric Egg Scrambler
Orange Glo
Popeil Pocket Fisherman
Chop-O-Matic
GLH-9: hair in a can
Twitter

#10 | Posted by tontonmacoute at 2017-03-13 12:16 PM | Reply

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Toyota's.

And Sony..

#1 | Posted by boaz at 2017-03-13 11:03 AMFlag: (Choose)FunnyNewsworthyOffensiveAbusive

I have a 2001 Toyota 4-Runner and I will never part with it. I have around 170,000 miles on it and everything works. EVERYTHING!
I have friends who have over 400K mikes on them.

#11 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-03-13 12:16 PM | Reply

Chambers stoves from the 40's.

#12 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-03-13 12:18 PM | Reply

Leatherman pocket utility tools.

#13 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-03-13 12:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Taylor Swift.

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-03-13 01:14 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Weber kettle charcoal grill.

#15 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-03-13 02:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The egg.

#16 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-03-13 02:23 PM | Reply

Dancing Bananas.

Toyota's.
And Sony..

#1 | POSTED BY BOAZ

So much for America first.

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-03-13 02:31 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

toothpicks

#18 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-03-13 02:35 PM | Reply

My grandfather's vice grips.

No clue what brand or where he got them but they never slip and always open when you hit the lever. If you offered me 1000 bucks for them I wouldn't sell.

#19 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2017-03-13 02:50 PM | Reply

The cornballer

#20 | Posted by MBlue at 2017-03-13 03:01 PM | Reply

I don't know how these guys arrived at their decisions, but the answer can be found in the longevity of a product. A perfect or near-perfect design stands the test of time without modification.

Model 1911 .45 ACP (nod to Sitz. It's hard to pick from a list of iconic firearms. Many would argue that the Model 870 shotgun or Model 94 30-30 are equally iconic, and essentially unchanged since their introduction)

Buck 110 folding hunter (continuous production since 1964)

The bicycle (basic design has not changed much in 130 years)

The chainsaw (100 yrs and counting)

The Honda Cub (continuous production since 1958; world's best selling motorcycle)

#21 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-03-13 03:08 PM | Reply

Beach Cruiser

#22 | Posted by TedBaxter at 2017-03-13 03:09 PM | Reply

the bucket
the bowl
spoons
barbeque sauce
afternoon naps

#23 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-03-13 05:24 PM | Reply

Edible bowels. LMFAO

#24 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-03-13 05:29 PM | Reply

my body pillow

www.mlo.me

#25 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-03-13 05:35 PM | Reply

Wheel
Wedge
Ramp
Pulley
Screw
Lever

#26 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-03-13 06:59 PM | Reply

1. The female body, not really a product, but the world's greatest design.
2. A sun ripened peach
3. McIntosh amplifiers
4. Morel Speakers
5. The I-Pod
6. Eye of the Hawk
7. Pliney the Elder
8. Squatters IPA
9. Blonde Boch
10. Ibuprofen

Greatest Human Accomplishment: The Standard Model. Thank the human brain for that, probably the greatest design in the universe.

#28 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-03-13 09:37 PM | Reply

The alphabet

#29 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-03-13 11:42 PM | Reply

Rolling suitcases

#30 | Posted by squinch at 2017-03-13 11:50 PM | Reply

Not mentioned yet:
Dixon Ticonderoga #2 pencil.

#31 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-03-14 01:50 AM | Reply


Toyota's.
And Sony..

#1 | POSTED BY BOAZ

So much for America first.

#17 | Posted by donnerboy

Well, the topic is best designed products.

#32 | Posted by boaz at 2017-03-14 08:28 AM | Reply

Well, the topic is best designed products.

Posted by boaz at 2017-03-14 08:28 AM | Reply

For someone who declares America first you should always champion America first and that includes her products.

#33 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-03-14 08:32 AM | Reply

That would be the thermos.

#34 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-03-14 12:34 PM | Reply

Bose Speakers, Chris Craft, and...Intel CPUs.

#35 | Posted by Badcat at 2017-03-14 04:05 PM | Reply

Bose Speakers, Chris Craft, and...Intel CPUs.

#36 | Posted by Badcat at 2017-03-14 04:05 PM | Reply

www.google.com

#37 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-03-14 04:07 PM | Reply

Good one, Chair.

I take it you've seen the commercials with that British chick touting it.

#38 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-03-14 04:17 PM | Reply

Jeff,
I just saw it about a week ago. I never heard of it until somebody showed me the commercial on their phone. I thought it was fake because it was so bad.

#39 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-03-14 04:23 PM | Reply

Lawn darts

#40 | Posted by Sully at 2017-03-14 04:31 PM | Reply

What is the best designed product ever? Hmm... Depends.

- Sarvis

#41 | Posted by Sully at 2017-03-14 04:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

'57 Chevy

#42 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-03-14 05:29 PM | Reply

'57 Chevy

#42 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-03-14 05:29

boom badda bing !!

wasn't a 57...a 58 but decorum prevents me from describing the places I went, the things I did and the people those things were with...

IE...first kiss..." "It was the kiss by which all the others of his life would be judged and found wanting."
....Stephen King..."Hearts in Atlantis.

#43 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-03-14 06:16 PM | Reply

Bananas.

#44 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-03-14 06:21 PM | Reply

Pet Rocks

#45 | Posted by Pumpkinhead at 2017-03-14 06:26 PM | Reply

Corn on the cob

#46 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-03-14 06:26 PM | Reply

US Constitution....

#47 | Posted by aescal at 2017-03-14 06:57 PM | Reply

Flushable toilet and toilet paper.

#48 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2017-03-15 12:41 AM | Reply

Velcro
knitting press
indoor plumbing
radio
TV
Bible
hinge
key
bathtub
shower
toothbrush

#49 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-03-15 04:48 AM | Reply

Toilet paper or as little d calls it... roll of napkins.

#50 | Posted by 726 at 2017-03-15 06:46 AM | Reply

Pax 3

#51 | Posted by blake914 at 2017-03-15 09:08 AM | Reply

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