Posted Wed Oct 17, 2012, 9:04am Subject: Im a Designer and would like to understand what you love and why you love coffee
"Re: Im a Designer and would like to understand what you love and why you love coffee"
Coffee keeps me regular. Please keep that in mind when you do your Water Closet designs.
"Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water." ~The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674
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Posted Wed Oct 17, 2012, 9:26am Subject: Re: Im a Designer and would like to understand . . . . (Oysh!)
I would also add, as someone who's spent a fair amount of time working in marketing, that it's customary, when asking people to participate in a new product focus group, to offer them something in the way of compensation for their time. I think a bag of Counter Culture Rustico for everybody here would be appropriate.
Well, let's see . . . as of this writing, there are 72,949 registered members of Coffee Geek. Now Liam doesn't need to buy himself a pound, and out-of-country shipping has got to be expensive, so let's say he calls 'em up and orders 25 tons to go?
Althought (sic) I value any response I cant help that think you have replied mealy to vent your dislike for "amateur" questions . . .
And so, it would seem to me, you didn't bother to read my complete answer, so let me repeat the key part:
Liam, I have no doubt that you are attempting to learn something with the ultimate goal of designing a "new and improved" ______________. We are not your ideal focus group, and while I have no doubt that you have noble goals and lofty ambitions, why don't you try being a part of the community, rather than posting questionnaires with the ideal of "making a bundle," as we Yanks would say.
Now, personally, I find the above comment much along the lines of, for example:
Or, you could spend a few days actually reading some of the thousands of posts here that talk about exactly the things about which you're asking. That would entail you doing some actual work, though, rather than expecting people to hand you an answer from which you intend to profit.
In short, we are not the market that you will sell half a million units to, we are not satisfied with average quality, we very often are asked these same questions as you posed. This tends to produce a feeling of being used, if you seek our view, you are better served to become a contrubuting member of the board, engage us in dialog without an market research bent. We are an open and helpful community but often like I said, if we get the feeling of being used for market research, we feel, ..... well used, so if sometimes we get a little short in our answers, please understand.
So once again, let me urge you to actually be a part of this community, rather than attempting to mine it for profits. If you do that, I think you'll be quite pleased . . . you may even learn a thing or two.
Or did you choose your screen name with the idea no one would knew British slang?
shirty Adj. Ill-tempered. e.g."Pete got all shirty with me when I didn't invite him for dinner."
Anyway, I hope you stick around. Not only will you have the opportunity to learn things from us, but we will have the chance to learn things from you!
Posted Wed Oct 17, 2012, 12:01pm Subject: Re: Im a Designer without a clue
On a slightly more serious note, I would like the remind the OP of the old design and engineering maxim that goes, "Fast, Cheap, and Easy - Pick two." Once you add on the "good to great" factor that resident in this particular corner of the internet insist on, it gets even harder. That applies to both the factors of designing, developing, producing, and marketing a product and the necessary research to have a jumping-off point for your initial design. You chose fast and cheap for your research, so it ain't gonna be easy.
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