Why Did The Policeman Cross the Road?

By Stevyn Colgan

Not so much police intelligence as intelligent policing

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Brolly Good Show!

My friend Steve is always losing umbrellas.

If we go out for a drink you can guarantee that he'll have mislaid it within an hour. Or, as he often claims, 'someone steals it'. I'm not convinced that there's a thriving underground market in cheap £5 black brollys, if I'm honest. But it would be interesting to see if his story is true. How could we test if his loss of umbrellas is due to theft or his own inability to hang onto one?

How about an umbrella that no one would want to nick?

Enter the Lizard Umbrella. Like its namesake losing its tail to avoid predators, the Lizard brolly can shed its handle making it useless to thieves. The tip of the umbrella stem is embossed with lines that slot only into the matching handle – much like how a key only fits into its corresponding lock. Clever eh?

Source: Yanko Design

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Craig Lewis
 Craig Lewis says:

For some reason this made me think of the Denny bike - a design concept that features (among other clever tricks) a set of rectangular handlebars that double as a lock.


When you look at the other competition entries the Denny was up against you realise how conservative cycle design is - there were some genuinely fascinating ideas, many of which fell into the 'I can't believe nobody has thought of that before' category. Much like your brolly :)

It's the same with guitars. The moment you try to do something new people howl and call you all the names under the sun. Consequently you can count the number of intriguing new guitar features in a given year on the fingers of one foot ;)

posted 8th June 2015

Stevyn Colgan
 Stevyn Colgan says:

Craig - The Denny bike is a brilliant piece of design. So clever. :)

posted 10th June 2015

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