These are a few of my comments on the article - Graham Pullin, Design Meets Disability The splint design that lead to an invention of a new way of processing and forming plywood was a brilliant example. Iconic chairs like the Eames Lounge chair that is sold even today by Herman Miller stands as proof. I wonder if any other innovation - material, process or otherwise has happened against norm like the one mentioned in the article.
I feel that the eyewear has become a fashion statement and has received widespread acceptance more because of the commonality of the condition, compared to say, a hearing impairment.
I found it is really interesting that when the device or replacement product exceeds the ability of a regular human, that is when it might gain wider acceptance, perhaps envy. What if there is a hearing aid that gives superhuman hearing ability that people crave for it. Is google glass going in this direction of exceeding the ability? Is this going beyond fashion and complementing or enhancing the ability of human eyes? Those are interesting questions to ponder on.
Also, this article throws some more light on 'dumbing down vs making it intuitive' debate that we had in class. I am personally a fan of doing one thing right than doing a lot of things in a mediocre manner.