I'm always keeping my eyes open for functional products – things that do, quite simply, what they are supposed to do. Though it seems like something exceptionally obvious and basic, the market for just about every consume good is rich with plenty of sub-par offerings which only get the job done poorly.

Yet despite being next to useless when judged against highly functional products, these items often have an intriguing or eye catching aesthetic which hoodwinks consumers into thinking they are getting a quality product.

A grand example of this which has come to my attention in my endless pursuit of all things telephone is the Linde No. 2, a cordless phone created by Danish designer Morten Linde.

Just to be clear: I'm definitely not recommending this phone! On the contrary, I've selected it as an example of just what not to do.

Getting it All Wrong

In the Linde No. 2 we have a design which clearly jumped off the designers sketch pad and into reality with little to no development. The shape of the phone which defines its aesthetic might be eye catching to some (if nothing else, it is certainly unusual) but does not actually lend itself very well to being held or operated.

The over sized buttons might be a benefit if better executed, but the Linde No. 2 does not have an impressive implementation, leading to a clunky design with the large buttons jammed together to conform to the phones irregularly shaped handset.

Simply holding and using the handset will immediately present users with a clear picture of how Mr. Linde clearly neglected function to achieve the form desired.

Something Up to Snuff

There are plenty of examples of designer phones done right. Some of these brilliant products offer a stunning and unusual aesthetic while also maintaining top of the line features and brilliant functionality.