Fast Company's United States of Design
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Buying well-designed American-made goods is a conscious act, akin to buying food at a farmers’ market. Is it sometimes more expensive? Yes, but there’s value in not only knowing the origin of what you purchase but also in creating a connection with the maker of your goods.
With that in mind, Fast Company found the 76 best products designed and made domestically—everything from surfboards to coffee filters to handbags stitched from cast-off clothes—and dug deep into their creation. In this app, you’ll find:
so you can read in-depth about the making of every product on our list.
so you can hear product designers talk about their process—and share a few fun stories, as well.
so you can peek behind the scenes of the American manufacturing process.
so you can see our best products from every angle, and even place them virtually in your living room.
so you can buy your favorite products on a whim.
What's New in Version 1.1
Improved app performance and minor bug fixes.
Good app and concept, totally misses point
It is rather depressing to see how the FastDesign people totally missed the whole target on the matter they lament. It is so telling that they joke about what manhattanites consider "the end of the world" even without really, fully understanding the greater issues. As already pointed out several times, these showcased items are luxury goods of the order that only the upper class that is turning this country into a fiefdom can afford. It is the very people that could afford any of the items shown that are the very reason why items made in America are so expensive. This whole app is a farcical, sad, subconscious cry for help and says more about the state of America than most Americans even have the capacity to comprehend.
Look to yourselves, living in manhattan, totally shut off from a reasonable norm, incapable of introspection and even lacking the fundamental tools to interpret it. The state of American manufacturing as portrayed through this app is actually a reflection of our anti-intellectualism and hedonistic, graft, and squandering ways more than anything else.
Good but needs new content
This app does show some of the pricier stuff out there. There are lots of other well designed beautiful products available so why not showcase them too?
Maybe I have missed it but my perception is that not one item has been added since my original download.
If you have never seen this app it is interesting to take a look at. You will have to laugh at the overpriced examples of industrial design (no matter where it is made).
Great idea but...
...how about showcasing more 'Made in the USA' stuff that your regular, everyman American can afford? A $4000 kitchen knife? $1000+ step stool? C'mon man. I'll buy American Made every chance I can but these are, for the most part, luxury items.
Aside from that, it's a beautiful app, just not practical products.
- Category: Shopping
- Updated: Sep 26, 2011
- Version: 1.1
- Size: 3.4 MB
- Languages: English, German
- Seller: Mansueto Ventures LLC
- © Mansueto Ventures LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.