Hulkster wrote:cmon guys, is this a anti European site or what? the question is simple, you Americans cant allow yourselfs to be envious over the vast and impressive culture of European design, i mean you have the ability but lack the essential style that most countries do in order to keep up with Italian and German design dominance.
Italian design is on it's way out. Read something from the last five-ten years on the subject. They stylize things to much, make boutique product that regularly lacks a connection to users. It is not super easy to make a beautiful form, but making seven of them and charging $12,000 each is not making you part of a culture either.
German design is typically, German, it looses a human warmth. There are many fine, well thought out things from German design, both timeless and beautiful. Most people in France, UK, N.American, are going to mainly relate German design to BMW, Porsche, Mersadise-benz. Not Frog, TEAMS, and if people (common people) even can tell you that the Bauhaus school is from Germany they are doing good.
Americans are jaded, people think that this is the greatest nation in the world. That the US is a leader in technology and education. I think the US is a leader in being oblivious to its own social issues, turning a blind eye to our fellow Americans in need, and being ignorant. People are worried that some people might get basic human rights, wale others die and go hungry in an ever growing tide of poverty. The 'American Dream" is to be greedy and get yours before the next guy, American design is influenced by this. We are to compete and win the immediate goal of the customers dollar. It is time (and thus $$$) wasted to worry about aiding the customer in achieving a high standard of living by ending some soft of suffering they are living with. The suffering could be anything, wiping their ass and the worry of safe guarding money to not getting bacterial infections from their catheter.