Every item and object we use in our lives, no matter how trivial, has been carefully constructed and designed according to plan by one or many designers. Look around you. Phone chargers, handbags, soap dispensers, coffee mugs, sneakers and wallets, none of these things came about by accident.
The thing is, most of the objects and products that we use and are so dependent on we barely even think about. In fact, most of us will use and discard them again without a second thought. Product designers need to consider all of the details: the ways people use and abuse objects, faulty products, errors made in the design process, and the desirable ways in which people wish they could use objects. So there are plenty extra features to commonplace designs that you might not know about that’ll make life ten times easier. Check them out below.
#1. This little pocket in your pants is designed to hold a pocket-watch
#2. A little tip for caffeine-addicts
#3. The lid of a Tic-Tac box can be used as a dispenser
#4. This isn’t a peep-hole! This is a tiny keyhole to let maintenance engineers inside the elevator
#5. The little arrow next to the petrol pump tells you what side the nozzle is on
#6. You can open up Chinese food boxes into makeshift plates
#7. Put your straw through the hole in this ring tab
#8. Use the hole in a pan-handle to stop your spoon dripping
#9. Hold the end of juice cartons like this to prevent the juice spilling out
#10. Hold the stem of a bottle to keep it colder