Solidsmack linked to an interesting video on the design of the new Nerf Blasters.
What is good design? Reading the article below, Mr. Dyson would have you believe that good design mean paring things down, being energy efficient as possible, being green even at the expense of lower costs. I’m not sure that that’s always the case.
One trap that a designer can get into is the one where even when you are working with a new technology you do things the way the previous technology did things. You can see this in early internal combustion engines which looked and were run a lot like stationary steam engines.