As lifestyles become more and more harried and technology centric, it is but natural for people to start feeling increasingly isolated, if not outright lonely. Lives become more about collecting and displaying things than forging connections with real people. The vision of the future as expressed in sci-fi films, with people living in minimalist, being spaces and wearing silver jumpsuits seems to loom frighteningly near.
And it is to mitigate that vacuum that designers like Alessi come up with the trend of 'personification', and reinterpret and design ordinary household gadgets and tools. Useful, yet playful, with loads of personality and pep, these are guaranteed to add a sparkle and the reassurance of the human factor to any home/ desk.
Now why can't an enterprising designer do that for the real technology tools - computers, mobile phones and the like?