I enjoyed this article. I am going through a similar process in my first home. As a side note, what microwave did you go with?
In the UK, I managed to track down this relatively simple model, with only 2 dials. The timer dial is just like the one you proposed. The mirror door is terrible though.
Edit: You can zoom in on the product page: http://www.johnbrownhardware.co.uk/wellco-mirror-finish-microwave-oven-with-grill-p-1641.html
That functionality looks nice. I bet you could even cut the power knob. I've never adjusted the power on my microwave. Have you?
I ended up just getting a Frigidaire or whatever. It frustrates me daily, but looks ok. It was the least adorned one I could find that didn't break the bank and sits above the range.
I think I adjust the power once, to defrost something. But it's quite rare and could potentially be turned into a switch for 'High/Low'. Not sure it needs 6+ power ranges.
Well, if it's any consolation, I think the your kitchen is looking great! Good luck with the future developments and everything.
Some day I won't have to post my own links to Designer News. :) Until then, dealwithit.gif
I've thought about this a lot before.
It simply comes down to the same bullshit patent law that the tech industry is facing today. Dials? Patented. Handles with buttons? Patented. Numerical-only keypads? Patented.
They're not different because microwave manufacturers are only stupid and out-of-touch – they also need to work within the confines of their industry without being sued to oblivion. I'm sure that Hotdog button is equally patentable, by the way.
The same thing bothers me about Android. Why does the edge of the screen turn blue when I reach the end? Is it better, or just different because it has to be? I'd definitely argue for the latter.
I was hoping this was about an alternative to the hamburger button...
I for one appreciate the reminder chime.
I want his big blue fridge.
But what's the the random italics/widths of the copy? The obsessive in me couldn't find any rhyme or reason to the random copy changes.
And you know that all microwaves used to have knobs right? I agree it would be a nice choice, but you've gotta at least acknowledge that we've tried it before...
You caught me with my redesign pants down. Fixed.