Thursday, 10 January 2013

User Experience DIY

If it's broken, fix it.
If it's not broken, improve it.
This is Sugru's motto.
Sugru is a mouldable material that bonds to almost everything and turns into strong & flexible silicone rubber overnight. 

I'm sure there are things you use that you complain about, that you feel must be improved somehow. Might it be the lid that gets too hot, or the scissors not so comfortable to handle, ... Designers not always make things right (too much focus on the form instead of the function) or you want to tweak something a little bit in a previously unthought way.
Waterproof, stable at high and low temperatures and resistent to high pressure as well, sugru seems to be the perfect companion to hack the things of everyday life so that they are exactly how you want them.

Check this video out for some ideas: 

The website showcases many other ideas and hints. 
Here are a few of my favourite ones:

How to improve a knitting basket with Sugru clips
How to create a hard-wearing knee patch for kids pants
How to make plugs easier to use

I must admit I've never tried it in real life, but I'm eager to.
I love the idea of fixing versus consumerism (I hope the age of consumerism will come to an end very soon!), but waaaay more I like the empowerment this little dough gives us: to build our world as it "should" be. :)

For more info visit or buy some


  1. Chiaro che il cestino per il cucito non può funzionare se hai un gatto in casa, anche con l'improvement di sugru.

    1. Vero xD
      Ma lo puoi usare per altro - anzi sono curiosa di quel che ci farai ;)