Last year, UIC had a killer class of designers in the EPD program. I remember as a junior it was intimidating to see just how good their projects were. One of the projects that really stood out to me was Ariel's Sindr, a strikingly beautiful candle holder. Made to accompany strike anywhere matches Sindr allows users to flick a match anywhere on the surface of the piece. This was the first thing that caught my eye, Sindr was simple, functional, and beautiful. As I learned more about Ariel's project I found that the metal will patina over time as the oils of your skin oxidize the surface. Products now a days lack that breaking in period that will eventually make no two Sindrs the same. This made to ware characteristic is rare to find in todays world of disposable products.
Looking forward at the modern Kickstarter projects available now the Newton Espresso maker has been a project I have been watching for a while. I found it on design boom before it was even launched on kickstarter and knew I had to have it. As a coffee addict the idea of home made espresso sounds more like a dream, until I saw the price to back it. Since I'm a broke college student struggling to pay for materials for my own projects, I don't have a spare $400 to drop on an espresso maker. This disappointing reality has a lesson in it though. Clearly this product is not marketed towards young people like myself. With my own project I need to keep in mind my target audience, and how willingly they purchase things and how much they're willing to spend.