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Craving miniature gadgets might be in our cavemen DNA

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Craving miniature gadgets might be in our cavemen DNA
We all want thinner, tinier gadgets (not the screen, mind you) – the iPad and its followers are the first example that comes to mind, but what if we told you that it’s not our refined sense of aesthetics, but our cavemen instincts that speak here? Don’t take our word for it - psychologist Dr. Colin Gill explains his belief that humans and particularly males, have a tendency to simplify and streamline their lives:

“We wanted things to be small and functional, something easy that could be hung from a belt, so we could concentrate on hunting antelopes. Therefore men are pre-conditioned to want things smaller, and easily portable. So it is men in particular who drive this design emphasis for things to be smaller.”

Hm, we can’t quite imagine an iPhone 5-equipped geek hunting an antelope, but Dr. Gill has a plan B theory: “It is also probable that this idea developed alongside religious institutions,” he adds. “The idea of not having material wealth is not just practical, but spiritually, believed to be a very good thing.”

In either case, from a design stand-point minimalism has taken off big time with “thinnest” titles thrown around like never before. It’s not just inscribed in our DNA as Gill theorizes - minimalism also acts as a therapy as it is something associated with the removal of excess elements and thought out engineering.

“When it comes to product design we want to focus on what matters, and forget any excess… pack as much as possible into a small space, with the aim of getting the most function from your form,” designer Rosie Enock explains. And it’s a practical implementation of form for futuristic implanted gadgets, isn’t it? At the very least, this piece of psychological and design insight might indeed be a therapy you could use after spending a couple of hundreds of dollars for your next super slim handset.

source: Humans Invent

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posted on 19 Aug 2011, 10:49

2. Synack (Posts: 682; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

Makes sense, I like minimalistic stuff and minimalistic themes are cool too.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 13:45

3. ifyouclickthumbsdownthenyouare (unregistered)

minimalism is in our DNA? Simplify and streamline s**t, yes, making s**t smaller, are you kidding me? What sort of caveman would go hunting with a mini spear? & what man would want to travel home from his mini office in his mini engined mini car back to his mini house to eat a mini meal while watching a mini series on a mini TV then have a mini sleep with his mini boobed wife in their mini bed? Come on! Real men want big s**t!

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 00:21

5. america123jeff (Posts: 36; Member since: 14 Apr 2011)


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