A while back there was an interesting exchange of tweets between several product designers. Fumie Shibata lamented that when taking out the trash the previous evening she found one of her designs thrown away in the oversized trash bin. She had never seen her work in a heap of garbage and notes that it was so “real” compared to seeing it in the setting of someone’s home.
Which prompted Tomoko Azumi to admit that she once spotted one of her designs on ebay selling for way below market price. Annoyed by this, she purchased it herself only to realize that the plastic coating was peeling off everywhere. She jokingly stated that she was thinking about repainting it and reposting it on ebay.
So, I guess the question is… how far ahead should designers be thinking when designing a product? It’s second life? It’s third life? As part of a heap of oversized garbage?