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Comments on: What is garbage? http://designnotes.info/?p=657 Testing & Sprinting Sat, 27 Jan 2018 04:55:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.9 By: Jennifer Romita http://designnotes.info/?p=657&cpage=1#comment-1576 Wed, 07 Jun 2006 20:24:10 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=657#comment-1576 The Garbo trash can is a design contradiction if nothing else.

On one hand, it’s aesthetically pleasing to look at. On the other hand, when it’s put to use, the wide open top exposes all the garbage contents to whomever looks at it.

Given this, is Garbo a design joke played by Rashid? If so, have consumers and reviewers been fooled and has he built his career and image on market mockery?

By: E. Tage Larsen http://designnotes.info/?p=657&cpage=1#comment-1575 Tue, 06 Jun 2006 14:50:25 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=657#comment-1575 “Between his persona and ID”


I’ve generally found that when people start to cultivate that schism you’re better off pushing both the person and the personality off a short pier.

By: michael http://designnotes.info/?p=657&cpage=1#comment-1574 Sun, 04 Jun 2006 05:43:20 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=657#comment-1574 I’m not sure where I stand w/ Karim and his philosophy. Between his persona and ID in general it’s difficult to divide the two. It’s something that I need more time to think about.

By: Litherland http://designnotes.info/?p=657&cpage=1#comment-1573 Sun, 04 Jun 2006 03:18:10 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=657#comment-1573 Hm. I have very mixed feelings about Karim Rashid, but I like my Garbo trash can (which I bought for something like four dollars, ten years ago, and still use) because it was cheaper and prettier than anything else on the shelf.

I wouldn’t go so far as to call him a wanker. Being really really really into yourself and your image and self-promotion and marketing (yourself) seems more of a character flaw than anything else. I don’t honestly expect Rashid to inspire people to recycle plastic because that’s not his role. He’s an industrial designer; he designs stuff. It would be great if he focused on sustainability and environmental awareness and evangelized for those issues (and it would be great if all designers did), but he’s too flakey for that. Even if he decided to give lip service to things like recycling, it would come off as completely fake and therefore probably wouldn’t inspire too many people.

Personally, I’m very invested in “green” issues. But I recognize that not all designers are. Rashid has designed some artifacts that I for one think are great and will endure. I can’t completely write him off just because he’s a flake, a bit touchy-feely in his pronouncements, and self-involved.

The guy is a big contradiction: he believes in designing stuff that looks good and functions well and is cheap enough to be accessible to just about anyone; at the same time, he unreflexively celebrates planned obsolescence when he gushes about “rapidly moving goods.” But I guess I’d rather note the contradictions and ironies coursing just beneath the shallow surface than dismiss him altogether.