Get a Vague Idea of How Fat You Are

“Vage”, a concept scale from German designer Patrick Decker, seeks to assuage our overly critical perceptions of weight.  Rather than display actual mass in pounds or kilograms, it indicates either green or red relative to a user’s ideal weight.  Considering a weight scale exists to give accurate measurement of a person’s mass, you’d think something as vague as this would be useless.  Maybe the next iteration could dispense a cookie and replace the color red with “you’re just big boned.”

Designer: Patrick Decker

8 Comments

  • gutti says:

    im not sure of the concept iver, but i love the design… it’s like a Apple mini squished between a LCW Chair or something…

  • tiago says:

    Although that it would be enough for me, I do not believe the “vague idea” of weight is good. People like to see they gain or lose (more the latter) weight, even small amounts.

    The design, though, is beautiful.

  • I do like the idea. Some points to be discussed about it:
    1- To show someone’s ideal weight, the scale has to know the person’s height. I see no place to input this info. It seems like the designer wanted to loosen the beauty strict measurements, but without a height input, this scale would assume just one ideal weight, and actually be MORE enslaving.

    2- I like the wooden thing, but the cardboard one is just no-go, in my opinion.

    3- I am sick of apple inspiration/immitation. Enough of that already!

  • zippyflounder says:

    with a few changes this could be a winner. If the product was allied with a known weight loss program and had targets established (loss or gain) the analog display would remove some anxiety over absolute numbers or rate.

  • I love the idea of not being number-centric, but they're right. It needs a little more work in getting more detail into it. The idea's great and the design's great. Keep working on this, I'd love to see them in stores someday soon.

  • I love the idea of not being number-centric, but they're right. It needs a little more work in getting more detail into it. The idea's great and the design's great. Keep working on this, I'd love to see them in stores someday soon.

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