Variations on normal by Dominic Wilcox


Finger-nose™ Stylus for Touch Screens
April 28, 2011, 1:31 pm
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I sometimes use my touchphone in the bath. I know it’s stupid. One problem I encounter is that when put my left hand in the water without thinking, it gets wet and unusable for touchscreen navigation. It is too risky to try to hold and navigate with one hand. I found that I could use my nose to scroll but I couldn’t see where my nose was touching precisely. It was at that point that I came up with this idea of a nose extension ‘finger’ that would allow navigation while my phone is firmly held by one hand.

I did send a tweet from the bath last night which was typed as ‘Hello I am tweeting with my nose’ unfortunately due to the phone’s
auto-correct it sent it as…

I lost 2 followers.

It’s also very handy when out and about multi-tasking on a cold day while wearing gloves. I imagine it would be a great accessory for iPad users.

I bought a handheld stylus that I embedded in the plaster nose. The plaster comes mixed with fibres that make it look hairy.


Although this is handy for me in the bath and outdoors it touches on possible uses for people without use of a hand. Though the design could be made more ‘subtle’ for everday use maybe coming from around the neck.

UPDATE: see the amazing amount of press this received here
It was on BBC’s Have I got News for You here

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Webby Awards Nominee!
April 13, 2011, 8:00 am
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I am happy to say that this website VariationsonNormal.com has been nominated for a prestigious Webby award in the Personal website/blog category. If you like my website it would be wonderful if you could take a minute to vote for this site here. The Webby Awards are often described as the Oscars for websites and are now in their 15th year.

For new visitors, VariationsonNormal.com is where I put my sketchbook ideas and experiments. On the left you can see a list of categories for easy navigation. Recently I completed a project called Speed Creating where I made something creative each day for 30 days.

Webby nomination Variations on Normal



A twist on burials
April 8, 2011, 12:02 am
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Save space in the graveyard, use the tomb stone as a screw handle.

This is a drawing I showed back in september 2008 in the design and architecture magazine Icon.
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