I am currently still using an Apple iPhone 5.
There, I said it – but for some reason this feels like something of a confession, a nagging thought that I should be ashamed of the ‘old’ technology in my pocket. How many models there have been since the iPhone 5? How much better must the technology be now? Surely I’m missing out on the improved experiences everyone else is having? Surely it’s time to upgrade?
So, with a final (and fittingly spectacular) flurry, the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang is at an end.
Some of my most enduring Christmas Day memories are of being camped out on the living room floor building my latest LEGO set. Castles, spaceships, farms and more all fell under the same close step-by-step scrutiny, and as the years progressed, the sets got more advanced and I entered the world of pneumatics and battery-powered Technics – I was definitely pretty cutting edge…
Whenever I head off into the Great Outdoors I do like to be prepared, which is really just the Scouts way of saying ‘planning for the worst’. Fortunately, ‘the worst’ for a few days away (certainly here in the UK) usually just means inclement weather with a fair certainty of rain, so with this in mind all of my ‘valuable’ (read not-exactly-waterproof items such as smartphone, car keys and wallet) go into a small dry bag which is duly stuffed into my rucksack.
It’s no surprise that I’m a big fan of modern design and engineering – almost daily there are new and beautiful solutions that I am both technically and aesthetically amazed by. However, I often can’t help but look back at what was – some of our modern design roots and (in my humble opinion) shining examples of great design.