Coming up with ideas is easy—turning them into a physical (and salable) reality is another thing entirely. Every Monday, we take an in-depth look at the making of a new product, paying special attention to the nittiest and grittiest development details.
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Someone in my neighborhood has a Volvo station wagon that I often see parked on my block. It has something that looks like this in the back. When I first saw it, I figured the owner had a dog, unruly children or a history of kidnapping. But after seeing this
Our Core77 audience is full of ultra-talented folks, and with our "Teach Me Something" Video contest we got the chance for you all to really show us your skills! Trust us: you did not disappoint. We're happy to announce that we have selected a grand prize winner to attend
I think most designers would argue that design isn't about the big picture as much as it is zeroing into the tiniest of details—they are what sets apart a generic IKEA chair from an Eames classic. On that note, designers make sure with almost everything they do that the details
It's great to be around when manufacturing technology finally catches up to an idea that was ahead of its time. In the early 2000s, Italian industrial designers Piergiorgio Robino and Andrea Sanna created TERRA, a "chair" that's made out of dirt and grass. It's completely integrated into your lawn and
Pencil Note is a notebook with a very simple polycarbonate cover that can house almost any full-sized pencil. The vacuum formed bulge on the cover provides enough space to tightly secure the pencil. Its shape also makes sure the pencil can be easily removed.
Florence Knoll is a one-woman design powerhouse. Not only did she help establish one of America's most influential design companies, she created a new market for modern furniture and a system for promoting designers' work that credited them by name, paid them royalties and allowed them the space to experiment
Making the decision to throw a design conference is ambitious, to say the least. Between securing speakers and presenters, organizing a variety of events, solidifying venues and marketing the event, hosting a conference is intense work. But through teamwork and extensive planning, Core77 launched our inaugural design conference, Object Culture,
Industrial designers: Do you find it stings when non-designers invent a successful product that you should have thought of? Serge and Elena Karnegie identified a problem that everyone with running water has: Drains must be periodically cleared of hair or else they clog. If you've ever had to use
Our company is growing, and our small creative team has a lot of work to do. As our new Graphic Designer, you’ll be helping us roll out and implement our new brand, which we proudly created in-house and launched last year.
Industrial designers can be petty, and I'm no exception, so I'm always thrilled when an architect defects to our "side." But this one takes the cake. Sustainability-minded Benjamin Uyeda co-founded ZeroEnergy Design, an architecture firm that creates houses that produce more energy than they consume. Homes like that would be
Can you think up a good product idea in 60 seconds? That's the challenge Diane Copek set for herself after watching an episode of "Shark Tank." "I thought, what problem can I solve?" she says. Copek, who runs an automotive supply company and spends a lot of time on the
Metabo's WPB 36 LTZ BL 230 Quick will surpass all other cordless grinders when it hits the European market later this month but not for the reasons it won a Red Dot Award. The jury statement provides a quick take on the judges' thinking: A balanced distribution of weight enables
It's strange to think terrorism has influenced the design of luggage, yet it undeniably has. Frequent fliers seek out bags with pockets allowing for quick laptop egress and ingress, and external pockets for dumping keys and change into, making the airport security line a bit easier. At some airports
Magnetosphere Desk Lamp is inspired by Earth and two fundamental forces of the universe—electromagnetism and gravity. This desk lamp embodies the concept that everything is attached and free to move about on the surface of the earth due to gravity.
Kintsugi, or Kintsukuroi, is the Japanese art form of repairing broken pottery with a gold lacquer—leaving it inherently more valuable than before. Traditionally confined to ceramics, architectural studio TANK has found a new application for the treasured restoration technique: applying it to the floor of a Kyoto apartment. The apartment,
Here at Core77 HQ, as online storytellers and designers, we're always interested in new ways of communicating ideas through digital media. That's why we were especially interested in the work of designer and creative director Alexis Lloyd. Lloyd is an award-winning researcher and user experience designer whose work focuses on
Jumpstart your week with our insider's guide to events in the design world. As the summer exhibit season comes to a close, we're sad to see our favorites go. Here are some must-see exhibits ending this month that you'll want to catch before it's too late:
The New York Times Advertising department is looking for a well-rounded Graphic Designer to create beautiful and effective visual communication in support of our Creative Strategy team. The Graphic Designer will oversee the creative development and packaging of advertising opportunities, reporting directly to the Associate Creative Director.
Bob Clagett tackles another multifaceted project that resembles an Industrial Design Prototyping 101 project. Here he executes everything from 3D printing to modelmaking to electronics, conjuring up a replica of the "Matrix of Leadership" artifact that fans of the '80s Transformers cartoon will recognize: Prototyping an Adjustable
Core77's editors spend time combing through the news so you don't have to. Here's a weekly roundup of our favorite stories from the World Wide Web.
Time is ticking! Today is your last day to enter our "Teach Me Something" competition on Instagram and Twitter—in honor of our audience-led workshops this year at the Core77 Conference, we wanted to see what all of you know. Create an original video under 30 seconds teaching us one of
Can this design take credit for fixing the umbrella? You might not be thinking of the gray days to come yet, but take some of your luxurious sweaty summertime to consider the KazBrella. The KazBrella was designed by Jenan Kazim, an Aeronautical Engineer who has spent a decade on
Tandem teamed up with Fellow Robots, a Silicon Valley start up, to create a pioneering Telepresence Robot to enhance the lives of all customers and consumers. The Telepresence robot is a high-tech, humanoid machine with wheels to manoeuvre in human environments.
The last few weeks have been exciting for anyone interested in alternative aircraft, as the long awaited Airlander reemerged in the public eye. Dubbed the "Flying Bum" after its enormous hotdog bun body, the Airlander is widely credited as the biggest vehicle of any kind in the world. And it
As part of her "Salt" series, Israeli artist Sigalit Landau suspends objects within the Dead Sea for set periods of time. Because the Dead Sea has a salinity level of 34.2%, making it nearly 10 times as salty as typical ocean water, it has an interesting effect on said objects.
I'm a proud hype-human for everyday tools, and today I'd like to share one that's particularly special. You deserve better scissors, and you deserve them in the kitchen. Almost all kitchens do have a catch-all drawer full of mixed necessities: tape rolls, rubber bands, and a well-used if poorly made
Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is looking for a product designer with a creative mind, an artful eye and a passion for plush. The successful designer will have design ownership of their product category(s) that includes concepting & designing bears/other plush characters and their coordinating play accessories. If you meet the qualifications
Over the past few months, designers and healthcare providers from around the world have been collaboratively working on reimagining the end of life experience—one of the most critical challenges facing our aging populations. Each year around 55 million people worldwide and over 2.5 million in the United States face
Adhesives and tapes come in a variety of forms—the selection process can be overwhelming and quite honestly, confusing. Sometimes, you may not even realize you could be using adhesive-based products to bond your work instead of rivets and screws. Here, 3M gives us seven things to consider before selecting the
The Shaper Origin's demo videos look pretty awesome--but just how, precisely, would the tool fit into your workflow? Whether you're a shop newbie or a pro with a router/CNC mill, you probably have questions about what it would be like in actual use. Let's get them out on the table.
Inspired by Japanese wood joinery, ButterPly desks are easy to assemble and require no screws or tools. The height of the frame can be adjusted thanks to the in-house developed smart joinery system. ButterPly desks' durable table tops are ergonomically crafted with various functions embedded. The ButterPly furniture series offers
Even though some of our devices are now wireless, most of us who spend considerable time in the digital world still have a mess of cables to deal with—which explains why cable organizing products are so numerous. The MACO (Magnetic Cable Organizer) from Three1Design is a magnetic cable tie that
Julian Checkley is master "special creature effects" fabricator for the film industry, and recently decided to make something to put regular cosplayers to shame: A convincing Batman suit that contains 23 functioning gadgets, like a gaunlet-mounted display linked to a magnetic throwable tracking device, flashbang grenades, a wrist-mounted gas dispenser
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