Elegant Solution to Cable Management

Our buddy Dean Heckler of his eponymous Heckler Design has something new up his sleeve called OneLessDrop. It’s a simple, elegant solution to cable management. The top groove keeps your computer’s power cable at the ready while the bottom groove continuously anchors your mobile phone cable. It’s minimal, inconspicuous and C2C- just how I like things. Want one? Just hit the link to find out how.

Designer: Dean Heckler of Heckler Design (Get one!)

24 Comments

  • TKSH says:

    Let´s to analyze this…
    One of your "reason why" of your concept is use recycled aluminum because you don´t want use plastic… but why you don´t use recycled plastic? In the manufacture process of your design, if it´s made on recycling plastic it would be enough with a mold, however, using aluminum it would imply extrusion of the material, mechanized, sandpapered and other processes of embellishment… so, more time, costs, contamination in the process… I think that in this design you don´t thinking about all thing that are very very important when you make a product concept.
    And… well, about his form… I think that if you only can use it with only two cables it´s not very functional.

  • TKSH says:

    Lets to analyze this…
    One of your “reason why” of your concept is use recycled aluminum because you dont want use plastic… but why you dont use recycled plastic? In the manufacture process of your design, if its made on recycling plastic it would be enough with a mold, however, using aluminum it would imply extrusion of the material, mechanized, sandpapered and other processes of embellishment… so, more time, costs, contamination in the process… I think that in this design you dont thinking about all thing that are very very important when you make a product concept.
    And… well, about his form… I think that if you only can use it with only two cables its not very functional.

  • James says:

    I think elements (that I understood) from TKSH have some merit. Making this out of aluminium would take a lot more time, money and effort over using moulded recycled plastic or a variety of other materials that could be weighted and just as eco-friendly. It clearly does hold more than two cables at a time which is why the grove is so deep, it just hasn't shown it in the visuals. Depending on the situation and desk, it might take up a lot of room, but for some it would be a great little device.

    Is there any reason why "made in America" is an important thing to put in the video? This could be made in any country, 'made in America' isn't code for "guaranteed perfection". If this ever kicked off, chances are they'd end up being made in Asia.

    Having lovely realistic looking visuals is nice but having it in real world context would be a great idea as no one is going to have it with one cable on a desk with nothing else on it but a phone. Overall a lovely idea, with some tweaking making it even better.

  • James says:

    I think elements (that I understood) from TKSH have some merit. Making this out of aluminium would take a lot more time, money and effort over using moulded recycled plastic or a variety of other materials that could be weighted and just as eco-friendly. It clearly does hold more than two cables at a time which is why the grove is so deep, it just hasn't shown it in the visuals. Depending on the situation and desk, it might take up a lot of room, but for some it would be a great little device.

    Is there any reason why “made in America” is an important thing to put in the video? This could be made in any country, 'made in America' isn't code for “guaranteed perfection”. If this ever kicked off, chances are they'd end up being made in Asia.

    Having lovely realistic looking visuals is nice but having it in real world context would be a great idea as no one is going to have it with one cable on a desk with nothing else on it but a phone. Overall a lovely idea, with some tweaking making it even better.

  • Wow these are super cool. I work for an office furniture company that would use the heck out of these. We are constantly using plastic wire chaces that break and don't function properly. These would work great on computer desks where cable management is necessary. This is an excellent product, and the fact that it's green is even better!

  • Wow these are super cool. I work for an office furniture company that would use the heck out of these. We are constantly using plastic wire chaces that break and don't function properly. These would work great on computer desks where cable management is necessary. This is an excellent product, and the fact that it's green is even better!

  • The designer here…
    Thank you for your comments and compliments. If I may offer some reponse…

    TKSH, True, plastic is always an option. And, there are a few plastic cord holders on the market today.
    My concept for OneLessDrop is this…
    Loose power cords are finding there way out of our offices and into our living rooms and bedrooms. They can be found, like a snake, on the floor of the nicest areas of our living spaces. Beyond the annoyance of constantly picking them up from the floor, I perceive an additional need to give these cables a place, a perch – as if these cords BELONG in these locations. I chunk of metal, with its intrinsic value, its shine and weight would be such a perch.
    TKSH, you are correct, OneLessDrop is designed to handle just one or two mobile device power cables. It is not indented to be an organizer or anchor to a mess of commuter peripheral cables. Again, plenty of products on the market for this purpose.
    As for the expense and hassle of nicely forming and finishing a block of aluminum – absolutely!
    OneLessDrop is far beyond concept. It would not be on Kickstarter if it existed today only as a drawing/rendering. It was prototyped several times over a year ago, and I have used each prototype since that time.

    The best aluminum extruding, finishing, anodizing, and pad printing vendors have been selected. It is a painstaking, multi-step process to make OneLessDrops as good as they are, but that is the point. The result is an eye-catching object that is welcome, in full view, in a nice living room or bedroom.

    James, Thank you for your kind words. I chose aluminum for the reasons above, but also because most every industrial designer would have selected plastic (weighted or otherwise) for this concept. The market of available cord holders is evidence of this.

    Heckler Design exists to offer extraordinary alternatives. I work for myself. I work on my own ideas. I want to be excited by what I am working on, because I know I will be involved with that object for years. My life, my finances, my reputation all wrapped up in it. In short, whatever "it" is, better be worth it.

    I agree, post consumer plastics would be eco, though, I'd bet that the vast majority of the resulting product would inevitably end up in the landfill, not further recycled. The intrinsic value of the aluminum block would keep it out of the garbage can. The owner, upon discarding the aluminum OneLessDrop – if they ever could bring themselves to do so – is more likely to put it in the recycling bin.

    As for "Made in America", I agree. Great things are made everywhere and making it near me in Phoenix is no guarantee of quality – the fact that I am a detailed oriented control freak that can eyeball every one of my vendors as the product is being made, does. "Made in America" means something to me and many others. Using the phrase is not meant to repulse anyone, it is meant to attract others who care about the current state of US manufacturing.

    Phil, Thank You. email me and we'll talk.

    • engineeringthoughts says:

      I can totally echo that great things are made everywhere… Being involved in the manufacturing process is what makes it great. If you were to manufacture in China without travelling to China it would be a) wasteful and b) of questionable quality. I, for one, am getting worn down by monthly 14+ hour flights to china for Manufacturing….

      To add to the plastic versus aluminum…. You can't make something like this from 100% recycled plastic – 10% is the general max (sometimes 12% for certain resins). Going higher makes quality control difficult. Then, once made, this product won't be recyclable (at least not easily) due to it's non bottle form factor. Plastic could be interesting though – perhaps even a plastic "chrome" plated finish (might be too gaudy bright). Even extruded plastic will need finishing operations – extruded plastic has that extruded "look" and this part would be a pain in the butt to plastic inject…

      Aluminum is infinitely recyclable – but takes a fair bit of energy to recycle (compared to plastic). My opinion – good choice :) It's easy for me to say these things – you no doubt went through the process and worked with your production facilities to select material and etc. :)

      From one mass producer to another – I wish you the best of luck!

  • The designer here…
    Thank you for your comments and compliments. If I may offer some reponse…

    TKSH, True, plastic is always an option. And, there are a few plastic cord holders on the market today.
    My concept for OneLessDrop is this…
    Loose power cords are finding there way out of our offices and into our living rooms and bedrooms. They can be found, like a snake, on the floor of the nicest areas of our living spaces. Beyond the annoyance of constantly picking them up from the floor, I perceive an additional need to give these cables a place, a perch – as if these cords BELONG in these locations. I chunk of metal, with its intrinsic value, its shine and weight would be such a perch.
    TKSH, you are correct, OneLessDrop is designed to handle just one or two mobile device power cables. It is not indented to be an organizer or anchor to a mess of commuter peripheral cables. Again, plenty of products on the market for this purpose.
    As for the expense and hassle of nicely forming and finishing a block of aluminum – absolutely!
    OneLessDrop is far beyond concept. It would not be on Kickstarter if it existed today only as a drawing/rendering. It was prototyped several times over a year ago, and I have used each prototype since that time.

    The best aluminum extruding, finishing, anodizing, and pad printing vendors have been selected. It is a painstaking, multi-step process to make OneLessDrops as good as they are, but that is the point. The result is an eye-catching object that is welcome, in full view, in a nice living room or bedroom.

    James, Thank you for your kind words. I chose aluminum for the reasons above, but also because most every industrial designer would have selected plastic (weighted or otherwise) for this concept. The market of available cord holders is evidence of this.

    Heckler Design exists to offer extraordinary alternatives. I work for myself. I work on my own ideas. I want to be excited by what I am working on, because I know I will be involved with that object for years. My life, my finances, my reputation all wrapped up in it. In short, whatever “it” is, better be worth it.

    I agree, post consumer plastics would be eco, though, I'd bet that the vast majority of the resulting product would inevitably end up in the landfill, not further recycled. The intrinsic value of the aluminum block would keep it out of the garbage can. The owner, upon discarding the aluminum OneLessDrop – if they ever could bring themselves to do so – is more likely to put it in the recycling bin.

    As for “Made in America”, I agree. Great things are made everywhere and making it near me in Phoenix is no guarantee of quality – the fact that I am a detailed oriented control freak that can eyeball every one of my vendors as the product is being made, does. “Made in America” means something to me and many others. Using the phrase is not meant to repulse anyone, it is meant to attract others who care about the current state of US manufacturing.

    Phil, Thank You. email me and we'll talk.

    • engineeringthoughts says:

      I can totally echo that great things are made everywhere… Being involved in the manufacturing process is what makes it great. If you were to manufacture in China without travelling to China it would be a) wasteful and b) of questionable quality. I, for one, am getting worn down by monthly 14+ hour flights to china for Manufacturing….

      To add to the plastic versus aluminum…. You can't make something like this from 100% recycled plastic – 10% is the general max (sometimes 12% for certain resins). Going higher makes quality control difficult. Then, once made, this product won't be recyclable (at least not easily) due to it's non bottle form factor. Plastic could be interesting though – perhaps even a plastic “chrome” plated finish (might be too gaudy bright). Even extruded plastic will need finishing operations – extruded plastic has that extruded “look” and this part would be a pain in the butt to plastic inject…

      Aluminum is infinitely recyclable – but takes a fair bit of energy to recycle (compared to plastic). My opinion – good choice :) It's easy for me to say these things – you no doubt went through the process and worked with your production facilities to select material and etc. :)

      From one mass producer to another – I wish you the best of luck!

  • TKSH says:

    I understand your position, and I understand perfectly that the force aesthetic of a products are important. Perhaps the problem is that I don´t share with you in the form in which we understand the design… this is normal
    The design needs aesthetic renovation (the designers need this to eat too… I talk about to perceived obsolescence) but I consider that it´s something temporary. For my, a good design is not the one that is condemned to be replaced when the fashion changes.
    In any case, I hope truely that you have luck with your concept!

  • TKSH says:

    I understand your position, and I understand perfectly that the force aesthetic of a products are important. Perhaps the problem is that I dont share with you in the form in which we understand the design… this is normal
    The design needs aesthetic renovation (the designers need this to eat too… I talk about to perceived obsolescence) but I consider that its something temporary. For my, a good design is not the one that is condemned to be replaced when the fashion changes.
    In any case, I hope truely that you have luck with your concept!

  • hello says:

    I dont know why but the whole signature series thing really annoys me.

  • hello says:

    I dont know why but the whole signature series thing really annoys me.

  • Kickstarter recommends, as rewards, limited editions, and signed items – so to give folks a reason to buy now rather than to wait until after the campaign. That is why the gold-color version with my signature is offered. It will only be made for the Kickstarter campaign. It is meant to be a token of appreciation and a conversation starter – not an ego stroke for little ‘ol me.

  • Kickstarter recommends, as rewards, limited editions, and signed items – so to give folks a reason to buy now rather than to wait until after the campaign. That is why the gold-color version, with my signature, is offered. It will only be made for the Kickstarter campaign (probably less than 100 units). It is meant to be a token of appreciation and a conversation starter for the owner – not an ego stroke for little ‘ol me.

    TKSH, thank you. I do think mobile device power cords are going to be around for a long time to come. I measured every kind of mobile device power cord I could find to determine the best dimensions for OneLessDrop's slots. The product should work well with most any power cord, not just current generation Apple cords. The Apple cords are shown because they are recognizable, good-looking, and easy to model. :) The shape of OneLessDrop is a golden section, so I don't think people will get tired of looking at it any time soon.

  • Kickstarter recommends, as rewards, limited editions, and signed items – so to give folks a reason to buy now rather than to wait until after the campaign. That is why the gold-color version, with my signature, is offered. It will only be made for the Kickstarter campaign (probably less than 100 units). It is meant to be a token of appreciation and a conversation starter for the owner – not an ego stroke for little ‘ol me.

    TKSH, thank you. I do think mobile device power cords are going to be around for a long time to come. I measured every kind of mobile device power cord I could find to determine the best dimensions for OneLessDrop's slots. The product should work well with most any power cord, not just current generation Apple cords. The Apple cords are shown because they are recognizable, good-looking, and easy to model. :) The shape of OneLessDrop is a golden section, so I don't think people will get tired of looking at it any time soon.

  • James says:

    Oh, if I had a choice personally. I'd always go for the aluminium version over a plastic or wooden one. I was only thinking as a designer myself from a production point of view about time and cost. I myself am not American and neither is most of the world so although it probably means something to the people there, if it were to be sold overseas the 'made in America' bit wouldn't mean much to anyone or if anything would seem a little indulgent. I wouldn't care where it was made but it is something that a lot of non American consumers would pick up on as no other country promote their products as being 'made in China' or 'made in France' to such a high degree as other than to the manufacturing industry, it doesn't matter. It's great that you care about where it's made but when most people don't even care about the state of the animals they eat come from, the origin of a piece of mental may not be as important as you'd think. But if it's important to you then by all means ignore me, just take it into consideration if you are ever able to export abroad.

    I would love to see a visual of it on a desk next to a computer with a hand near it for scale as looking again, I think I got it wrong and it's far smaller than i first thought. Silly me!

    • It's 1.75" wide, 1.75" deep, 1.1" tall or 45mm, 45mm, 26mm. Production unit estimated to be .33-.4 lbs or 159g. True I must continue making renders. Weight and size goes both ways. It must be heavy enough to anchor a couple loose power cords, light enough not to hurt if it gets pulled from a table and lands on Fido.

      With the "Made in USA", True it's a balance. People in the US look for that to help them make purchase decisions – or at least, when they see the label, it's an added bonus. The label would likely be discrete on the retail packaging so not to be a factor for exported sales. Motivations for being "Pro-Made in USA" vary, but for me it's a personal relationship thing. I visit my vendors every week. The folks that make Heckler Design's products are some of the nicest, most talented, and hard-working people I've ever met. If for no other reason, I put the label on my products for them to see and take pride in.

  • James says:

    Oh, if I had a choice personally. I'd always go for the aluminium version over a plastic or wooden one. I was only thinking as a designer myself from a production point of view about time and cost. I myself am not American and neither is most of the world so although it probably means something to the people there, if it were to be sold overseas the 'made in America' bit wouldn't mean much to anyone or if anything would seem a little indulgent. I wouldn't care where it was made but it is something that a lot of non American consumers would pick up on as no other country promote their products as being 'made in China' or 'made in France' to such a high degree as other than to the manufacturing industry, it doesn't matter. It's great that you care about where it's made but when most people don't even care about the state of the animals they eat come from, the origin of a piece of mental may not be as important as you'd think. But if it's important to you then by all means ignore me, just take it into consideration if you are ever able to export abroad.

    I would love to see a visual of it on a desk next to a computer with a hand near it for scale as looking again, I think I got it wrong and it's far smaller than i first thought. Silly me!

    • It's 1.75″ wide, 1.75″ deep, 1.1″ tall or 45mm, 45mm, 26mm. Production unit estimated to be .33-.4 lbs or 159g. True I must continue making renders. Weight and size goes both ways. It must be heavy enough to anchor a couple loose power cords, light enough not to hurt if it gets pulled from a table and lands on Fido.

      With the “Made in USA”, True it's a balance. People in the US look for that to help them make purchase decisions – or at least, when they see the label, it's an added bonus. The label would likely be discrete on the retail packaging so not to be a factor for exported sales. Motivations for being “Pro-Made in USA” vary, but for me it's a personal relationship thing. I visit my vendors every week. The folks that make Heckler Design's products are some of the nicest, most talented, and hard-working people I've ever met. If for no other reason, I put the label on my products for them to see and take pride in.

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  • marmoter says:

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