Better by Design

Postby phil_ » October 23rd, 2012, 2:59 am


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I'm sure most of you have seen at least one of the episodes from this series aired on channel 4, 12 years ago now! http://www.channel4.com/programmes/better-by-design/4od

I was around 12yo at the time and it clearly had some impact on me! So basically I've been searching for the rest of the episodes the past few days, I've emailed the design council with no reply as of yet. So does anyone on here have access or links to the series, it would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Better by Design

Postby Mr-914 » October 23rd, 2012, 7:24 am

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I've looked before too. Surprised these are not on youtube.

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Re: Better by Design

Postby Ross McS » October 23rd, 2012, 10:02 am


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Here are the full list of episodes (both series) in case you've not found it: http://s3ries.com/better-by-design-with-richard-seymour-and-dick-powell

When I was at uni, they were available from the library on VHS - perhaps if you know somebody currently studying at a good design university, they'll be able to borrow a copy?

Re: Better by Design

Postby sanjy009 » October 23rd, 2012, 5:42 pm

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I knew a girl who worked at Channel 4 who got me VHS copies of a show that hadn't been released on DVD yet. Maybe give Channel 4 a call.

Re: Better by Design

Postby phil_ » October 24th, 2012, 2:52 am


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Ross McS wrote:Here are the full list of episodes (both series) in case you've not found it: http://s3ries.com/better-by-design-with-richard-seymour-and-dick-powell

When I was at uni, they were available from the library on VHS - perhaps if you know somebody currently studying at a good design university, they'll be able to borrow a copy?

Yeah found the teasing lists of episodes! I'll have to ask around I guess.

sanjy009 wrote:I knew a girl who worked at Channel 4 who got me VHS copies of a show that hadn't been released on DVD yet. Maybe give Channel 4 a call.

Yeah I guess that should be my next step, here's hoping!

Re: Better by Design

Postby sanjy009 » October 24th, 2012, 9:05 am

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and 4OD has one episode
that you can watch with a VPN like http://www.tunnelbear.com/.

Re: Better by Design

Postby phil_ » October 24th, 2012, 9:50 am


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sanjy009 wrote:




and 4OD has one episode
that you can watch with a VPN like http://www.tunnelbear.com/.


Absolutely wonderful! Thanks very much!

Channel 4 basically said they dont own the rights, so on.

Re: Better by Design

Postby Mr-914 » October 24th, 2012, 12:39 pm

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SWEEET!!!
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Re: Better by Design

Postby phil_ » October 29th, 2012, 12:51 pm


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Great to see it hit the front page! I've had contact with the wonderful PR dept of seymour powell and they've given me contact details to the production company behind the program, who own the rights. Emailed them late friday so hopefully hear back from them soon!

Re: Better by Design

Postby bkhw » November 19th, 2012, 12:57 pm


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I only saw the trolley episode and I found it interesting how they almost put words in the mouths of the users (saying something in the line of 'is it not great?' while standing next to them) instead of conducting a valid test. Of course they are going to agree with you. Maybe they did it because it was a small project and they run out of time. Enjoyed watching it though and it was cool to see them prototyping.

Re: Better by Design

Postby Mr-914 » November 20th, 2012, 8:06 am

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bkhw: design research was not the highlight of this series!

I remember the toilet episode. They just went into a bathroom and talked about what they thought about toilets for 2 minutes. Research phase complete!
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Re: Better by Design

Postby meli3 » November 25th, 2013, 3:51 am


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sanjy009 wrote:I knew a girl who worked at Channel 4 who got me VHS copies of a show that hadn't been released on DVD yet. Maybe give Channel 4 a call.


Hello everybody,

maybe we should try with the producers or the producer company, someone maybe could help us there ?

Re: Better by Design

Postby C4B7 » November 25th, 2013, 1:30 pm


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I found the production company's website.
http://www.designcouncil.info/betterbydesign/

If you dig around the site you can see they offered DVDs at some point but they ran out and will have more in August of a year that is undetermined.
You could send an email at betterbydesign@designcouncil.org.uk

Hope that helps!


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