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It's like the Japanese notion of Wabi Sabi... beauty in imperfection.

Great observation and well said . . .

Before I began reading this, I was afraid you'd be upset about the way that camera has aged, but I'm glad you can appreciate it.

My problem with products today is that they are rarely even given enough time to age. My digital camera have either broken or been made obsolete, while my Pentax K1000 and Bronica S2a (from the 70s!) still work like new. When the do give up, they can be repaired locally.

I just think people should go back to building things that last. Sigh.

My Canon Powershot 110 has silvery paint that is eroded away in a fleck, speckled pattern by too much exposure to salt water spray. It looks really neat, actually, and still works fine although it developed a dead pixel in the CCD element. It's barely 3 years old, though, which makes you wonder. But I like how the finish went long before the functionality, like your Sony.

Beautiful example of two great problems for designers today. First, making products which age gracefully using current manufacturing technologies (it's pretty hard to make 20 year old plastic look like anything other than ratty, nasty, 20 year old plastic). Second, making products which are allowed to stay around long enough to gain those patinas (desire for growth, increased profits, and marketing novelty pushes a planned obsolescence agenda on most design departments). I wrote a little piece on some designers who are trying to do both, and others who are trying to do one or the other, by making products which start out very anti-minimalist, rather than sleek, stainless-styley.



Great article Dominic, and thanks for pointing it out.

Russell, this post was picked up by Design Observer the other day.

Can't find a link as it was just mentioned in the side bar.

That slightly scares me. It's always intimidating to have too many designers around. They, you know, notice things, and then raise eyebrows. And you can hear them muttering about kernning and golden sections.

Good though, that's nice. Maybe I can break through the 10,000 ceiling on technorati.

Technorati need a sliding scale of football grounds to measure hits, I think.

You know, from Plainmoor to the Bernabeu.

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