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d*s reader, janet passed this on- too funny: a modern dumbbell for the design-savvy exerciser. it doesn't seem to be carried in the states, but i'll update when i find purchase info for the states (doesn't seem to be at their us rep's store). [thanks, janet!]



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your site but I have to mention something -- I've been holding back for months but can't keep quiet any longer! Please refrain from putting commas between a person's description and his/her name. It's really jarring. It should be "d*s reader janet", not "d*s reader, janet." Or "designer jenny wilkinson" instead of "designer, jenny wilkinson." It's a small thing that would improve the reading experience greatly! Thanks. Feel free to not post this commoent.

3:26 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

eesh- sorry for the grammar error. i always put the comma in because you were supposed to. whoops. didn't think it was hindering anyone's reading experience. i'll keep that in mind next time.


3:28 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

wait i'm confused


can someone answer this one and for all. it's been too long since i was in a grammar class. damn my art degree.


3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you can either leave the comma out, or put in one before and after the name: d*s reader, janet, says...

Personally, I would just leave it out. It's cleaner and less cumbersome that way.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Husmusen said...

Oh they are so nice! Too bad they are so ahum... unheavy? Or how would you say it in english. Light? I would love to have a 15 kg or even 20 kg (or even more)version of it, to give my boyfriend who is really in to design and exercising.

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for reading my comment! Every time I try to explain the example you linked to, I start rambling too much so, for the sake of brevity, let me just put it this way: you would say President George Bush instead of President, George Bush, right? I know it's not strictly the same thing, since "President" is a formal title, but the principle is the same. Thanks again.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Mer said...

Grammar police here! You put a comma in front of a name only when there is a direct address, I believe. So...

"This is my friend Janet."


"I'm designing this pillow for you, Janet."

Make sense?

6:18 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

lol. i love that we're all having a grammar discussion. so cute.

just talked with my ex-english teacher mother and she confirmed that i'm a grammar dolt. sorry for the incorrect comma usage.



7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have pondered this many times, should I, or should I not use the comma. Once again d*s, you have helped steer us in the right direction.

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, back to the dumbbell. You say "too funny." I don't think it's funny at all. I have the neoprene covered weights and I have to say that they are ugly both in their shape and their colors. Such a simple object, I'm glad somebody is finally tackling the design of it.

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

plus, I was taught that when the person's name is redundant as in an introduction such as "our reader, hank, just commented" then one should use commas. but I could be wrong...been known to happen.

9:02 PM  
Blogger snarkbait said...

hahaha, this was so awesome, seeing my name used for grammar discussion purposes. (sorry, that's kinda ungrammatical myself!)

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous from 9:02 pm -- yep, in cases like that, using TWO commas is like using parentheses. You should be able to remove whatever is surrounded by the commas and still have the sentence make sense. Since "Hank" isn't cruicial info ("our reader just commented" makes sense on its own), it's surrounded by commas. Of course, that's not exactly how a grammarian would explain it, but still...

Anyway, back to gorgeous design!

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Darlyn Rodriguez said...

I found another nice looking pair of weights, but for $467.60.. *gasp*


9:29 PM  

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