Deconstructing Product Design
Met the mold maker of the cube. A masterpiece of design.
As hard as I try, I don’t understand how this thing works mechanically.
And as hard as I try, I will never be able to solve this darn thing.
Nothing brings back the ’80’s and my childhood like the Rubik’s Cube.
Wow – what a blast from the past. An ingenious contraption that, for the life of me, I was never able to figure out. Unlike a handful of super brains at my school a quarter century ago. I did manage to get a couple of sides done though – does that count?
A paradox of difficulty. When we don’t know how to solve it, it is an enigma. Once we do, it becomes boring.
I picked up one of these a few weeks ago, sitting on a friends table, having not touched a cube for years.
It’s such a beautiful design. The end goal is almost instantly clear, and you can twist it anyway you like without hard limits.
It’s like six degrees of affordication.
Utter genius, of course. I sucked at it and gave up way early. Nice to see the V-7 now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uhFy79HHrs
Another classic cultural icon, forever ingrained in my 80s-kid brain. Certainly a source of equal parts fascination and frustration to kids and adults alike. I remember a McDonald’s promotional Rubik’s cube that had the names of various menu items printed on the colored stickers. When I couldn’t solve it, I found a unique solution to my dilemma – I removed the stickers and put them back on other squares until I had all the sides “solved”.
It has a tactile quality that I really like. Where some puzzles cause anxiety while pursuing the end results, this cube is just fun to twist and twist – kind of relaxing! What a great, simple idea. It also helps to teach kids the idea of numbers, patterns, formulas…
I love these puzzles im only 14 now and can solve the Rubik’s 2×2 Rubik’s 3×3, Rubik’s 4×4, Megaminx, Rubik’s Snake, Rubik’s 15 puzzle, and Rubik’s Magic. These things are like an obssession to me. Even though I can solve them I think its fun to do it again and again. They are very complex puzzles and even the smaller (Rubik’s 2×2) can be difficult.
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