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Principles of good design.

10 May

Sign DeClimb is all about the conceptualization, the cleverness, and the innovation of fusing outdoor adventures with indoor safety. These design principles are not only a confidence booster, they help any designer focus a little more on what they are up to on all ends of the spectrum. Sign DeClimb may soon be posting their own rules of design!

CLIMUNS: An innovation for safety and sanity’s sake.

9 Feb

The Climuns is a new and exciting product for those involved in any removed or potentially dangerous outdoor environment. Originally designed for climbers of all skill levels, the Climuns frees climbers to take greater risks and allows them to consider the possibility of solo adventures with less worries about being completely removed.

The motivation behind the Climuns is complete freedom. As we become more technologically inclined, it becomes harder for the modern member of society to really let go. The Climuns acts as a cushion for the transition and merging of our lives in civilization and as individuals outside of the civilization. The Climuns further frees modern adventurers by being completely solar powered and biodegradable. It is a product that is ethically as well as socially liberating.

AND SCENE.

8 Feb

[Here’s Seth Godin’s take on why scenarios are important]

Scenario

Empathize:
You are living in a crowded city. You are constantly surrounded by music and lights and the security of millions of people. This is comforting. Safety is found in civilization. The transportation, however, is driving you crazy. You are sick of walking on dirty sidewalks and crowding into smelly subway cars. The honking, the swearing, the squealing. You, your significant other and 4 of your friends decide to go on a hiking trip to the mountains about 2 hour north of this city. There’s a great climbing range and a variety of camping/hiking terrains. It’ll be great.

Envision:
Your significant other is sick, but insists you go on the trip. It’ll be great to get some quiet reflecting time. You are, however, mildly worried about being 5th, about having to tag along on only things either couple wants to do, and about making sure your loved one is feeling better. There is a significant lack of cell phone service on the mountain, and your concern for keeping in touch leads you to your local electronic store. There has to be something more solid than BBM.

Plan:
The salesperson at the Electronic store says that everything in their stock is probably not water/rock proof enough for your adventurous trip. The warranties don’t usually cover acts of mother nature. He does, however, direct you to Eastern Mountain Sports, in another part of the mall. The salesperson there (a bit of a granola, it seems, says they have just the thing. A waterproof, steel re-enforced satellite connector to civilization. He says if you want to get away, if turns off and isn’t very noticeable on the wrist. But if you’re tuck under a rock or yearning for some tunes, the CLIMUNS is the missing link for you.

Execute:

Tie your knots, loop your harness, pull your body up. As you make it halfway up a 6-hour climb in the middle of the Shawangunk Ridge, you

a) Remember you left the stove on at your friend’s cabin down in town

b) Slide 15 feet down before your anchor catches, gashing your leg deeply

c) Start having a panic attack and get trapped on a narrow ledge

If you fit into A:

No worries! You can call or text any number from your Climuns! Just pause when you feel safe, turn it on, and as it’s been charging in the UVB rays all day, you can reach anyone who can safe the cabin and kittens residing inside!

If you have the misfortune of being closer to B:

You can still call for help using the Climuns! Or, if you’d rather not end your day but want to tough it out, you can use the ClimuNet function to connect with climbers nearby and maybe borrow some first aid supplies.

And if C sounds about right:

You can sit on that ledge (if it’s safe!), and press the music function on your Climuns, which should not only calm, but energize you. You can put up to 32 gb of your personal music collection on your Climuns and if you have wireless headphones, set them up, if not, it will play from speakers right off your wrist!

There are some real-life scenarios which have inspired climbers and outdoorsmen everywhere to think about innovative products for safety and sanity’s sake…

Don’t let this be you:

(Based on a true story)

What SignDeClimb means

3 Feb

SignDeClimb represents a host of ideas, rather than a singular product or even just a drawn-out day dream. The work and inspiration that go into this project have not only been developing as a combination of needs (the need to progress, the need to explore, the need to increase access), but also as an expression of ideals. It is important to begin to fuse the natural with the constructed if we as a society are going to develop into a truly educated and significant civilization.

The message of SignDeclimb is that quality is important, exploration is necessary, conservation is the future and design is the key. Design and how it impacts our lives dictate our culture and thus, our values. This is a timeless constant throughout all societies.