Friday, June 5, 2009

Wonderful switch

User Experience, how to turn something invisible to a delight: old switches! I decided to make this lamp because of the switch. The lamp is basically a good-old-switch exhibition.

Old switches (this one from my former washing machine) are just better than new ones. They don't suffer from "as cheap as possible materials and no screws" production guidelines from current days models. They consist of many screws, solid and heavy plastics, small springs, proper joints, etc. Turning on this lamp is such a delight that I caught friends getting heavily addicted to turning it on and off continuously. When moving the button from the left to the right, you feel more resistance being built up because of the spring mechanism inside as going up a rollercoaster. And then it creates the most beautiful "c-l-a-c-k" sound (I'm considering to make a recording on put it on this blog) as closing the door of a very expensive BMW. When you reached this climax, the switch finnishes the moving-from-left-to-right travel by itself. DAMN THAT IS GOOD!
To celebrate the turning-on-the-lamp experience, I decided to spend a lot of money on a LED lamp that automatically changes colour, as fireworks on a happy new years eve.


Benji said...

I love the idea here and wholeheartedly agree that the golden years of overengineered, kinetic, tactile switches have sadly come to pass. There really is something satisfying about flicking a wholesome switch.

Demo said...

how did you realize the red box?