What Makes a Design Great?

    We feel fortunate at World Dryer to live in Chicagoland. Among its many strengths Chicago is a city with some of the greatest examples of architecture in the world. And our skyline is constantly evolving. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright once said: “Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.

    Truly, Chicago has some tremendous examples of architectural design. If you visit Chicago and have the time, take one of the downtown boat cruise architectural tours. It’s a great way to explore the many excellent (and diverse) examples of architectural design that help give our city its unique personality.

    All of this got us to thinking about the question: Whether we are talking about a building—or any physical object for that matter—what makes its design great? Of course, with a building, part of what makes a design great is whether it is aesthetically pleasing. But there is more to it than that because buildings are also something people use, so good design has to consider function as well.

    Few people understood the interplay between aesthetic and functional design elements better than Steve Jobs. He put it this way: “Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But, of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.

    We couldn’t agree more, because that’s the approach we take when developing our hand dryers. Our VERDEdri™ is a perfect example. First of all, let’s talk about aesthetics. VERDEdri is a sleek, surface-mounted hand dryer that comes with a black or white aluminum or brushed or polished stainless steel housing. It was carefully designed to look great in any commercial washroom environment.

    But aesthetic considerations were only the beginning. Let’s look at function, because that’s where VERDEdri really shows its all-in-one design prowess. Consider these features:

    • First, VERDEdri’s sleek profile is ADA compliant, making it accessible for all potential users.
    • It’s also incredibly fast and quiet with a 12 second dry time, high intensity single port nozzle and adjustable 2-speed motor.
    • VERDEdri was designed to be very energy efficient, utilizing only 950 watts of power.
    • Focusing squarely on the needs of today’s user, hygiene was also a priority. So VERDEdri uses HEPA filtration to reduce air contaminates and SteriTouch antimicrobial technology to inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold and fungus.
    • Finally, it supports universal voltage (110-240 volts).

    Form and function—that’s what makes for a great design. Our commitment is to always deliver hand dryers to the market, like VERDEdri, that not only look great, but also exceed every user’s expectations for functionality. We’ve been doing just that for more than 60 years.