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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I needed a new desk chair–my old one was a bit...uncomfortable. I don't like buying new chairs because there are already enough of them in the world. Sometimes it's a matter of tweaking an object that already exists to make it fit your needs. My main goal was to make
I don't care how exciting your design job is—at some point you have to engage in repetitive, mundane tasks. Whether it's naming Photoshop layers, cutting a crapload of biscuit joints or tediously executing some CAD task that you can't automate—how do you deal with it? Me, I've found a strange
A discussion taking place on the boards strikes an interesting material challenge for Core77 readers. Discussion board member mrcry asks, how do you find cheap alternative materials for compression molded products with a similar visual effect and level of reliability? I've been making our products with compression molded EVA for
Benefit is well known for being a champion of beautiful brows everywhere. Having already established a global network of brick and mortar brow bars, the next step was to create a complete line of products that provide all of the tools needed to master the eyebrow. Dashdot created a visual language that represents the brand's playfully luxurious attitude, and that unifies the entire range of brow products. While the line works together as a family, it was important to give each product it's own v
I once had a certain famous designer as a tirade-prone ID professor. One time, a student presented an object that was typically made of wood, but instead he'd fabricated it out of metal. He accompanied the design with a flowery description as to why he made the material change. The
Commonly touted as one of the best college towns—or places to retire—Ithaca, NY has had its fair share of press. Until last year, it was not considered a Harry Potter mecca. However, the surprising success of a community-driven, themed weekend in 2015 quickly changed that. Developed and launched
We are looking for the best creatives in the world to join our team in Washington DC. Design Army seeks an innovative senior designer that can concept, lead, and design at the highest creative levels imaginable. Candidates should possess the following: extraordinary typography skills, accountability for the leadership and direction of the creative process within assigned teams and the ability to manage a large volume of work with tight deadlines
Maps and globes have been valuable commodities since we figured out how to make them, but not all maps get the full globe treatment. Spacey places like Mars have been long mapped from afar, but there are nearly zero globe makers offering these historical maps in globe form.
This is the best of what design has to offer: A simple, presumably inexpensive device that easily solves a problem millions of people have through brilliant mastery of materials and form. Injecting yourself with a needle, as millions of diabetics need to do often, sucks. You have to have
I might be the wrong person to ask for opinions on concept bikes, since I prefer bicycles that ride well first and look futuristic second. But from time to time, a flashy one will catch me so far off guard I wind up liking it before I can help myself.
Nearly 12 million tons of furniture is sent to U.S. landfills each year. MOJUHLER believes their new modular furniture system can reduce that number. Using the same components, their furniture can be assembled into many different pieces, so instead of throwing your furniture away, you can build something new.
In some instances, the saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" just doesn't cut it; this is perhaps most true for designers. For example, one artifact that has seemingly been preserved under this notion is the humble home doorbell—unaltered in function for ages, to say the doorbell cannot be
It's late October, the internet is in peril, the political world is a tiring tire fire, and it's getting cold and crappy outside. I have two solutions, and only one involves going outside. This week is a high peak in visibility of the the Orionid meteor shower, if you live
Topology Eyewear is an early-stage fashion tech startup in San Francisco, designing and manufacturing custom eyewear. Half of the population needs eyeglasses, but it's really difficult to find a pair that fits perfectly while still looking exactly the way you want it to. Topology's solution is to build
Someday in the not-too-distant future, a drone designed by a computer will be flown by a computer. That's Eli D'Elia's dream. It's a dream he's working to make a reality by partnering with Autodesk to design the Hooligan 1000, among the first entrants in the newly emerging 1,000 mm
Simon Williamson is an ID professor at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. The fact that has chosen to educate the next generation of designers when, with his skillset, he could easily be doing entertainment design in Hollywood a la Daniel Simon or concept design for a major automaker, is laudable.
It's been a while since Nintendo launched the monster hit that was the Wii. Can the company innovate on that scale again? Perhaps—their forthcoming Switch looks promising. While the Wii was designed to get couch-sitting players up on their feet, the Switch is designed for those who are out and
Andrew Walla's slick product concepts for phone accessory brand, Olka, have me crankily googling where I can buy them. Hint: you can't yet. But there are some good reasons to want to. First of all, it's still rare to find necessary tech accessories that blend in rather than stick
Goby is a NYC based startup looking to revolutionize the oral care industry. They came to Prime Studio because of our proven track record of successfully working with startups. They had no prior product development experience and realized that they needed our guidance not only on the product design, but with helping understand consumers needs, finding and vetting manufacturers, navigating the intellectual property landscape and how to launch successfully.
Talk about winning the creative gene jackpot. Giovanni Bugatti, born in 1823, was an artisan and stonemason. His son Carlo, a jewelry and furniture designer. Carlo's youngest son, Rembrandt, was a sculptor. Carlo's eldest son, Ettore, was a designer and engineer who formed the car company that we know today
Dutch Design Week is officially in full swing this week. With hundreds of design events happening throughout The Netherlands, it's difficult to narrow the list down to a reasonable amount. That's where we're here to help—we've created this insider's guide full of our favorite exhibits, workshops and events to help
Work in a loose and exciting environment while seeing your ideas come to life. You will generate and develop concepts for Brunswick Boat Group products with a focus on Boston Whaler. Create exciting products through a process that has a strong focus on user centered design through extensive contextual research. You will gain an understanding of how and why people use boats and be able to translate insights, while using your intuition, into industry leading products.
Here's a pretty crazy build: In advance of Halloween, Bob Clagett tackles Batman's helmet from Batman vs. Superman, right down to the glowing eyes:
One of our favorite things to see is makers revisiting earlier designs, improving their UX with experience. Here Matthias Wandel comes up with an improved system for wall-based handplane storage:
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Sketch-ers, here's a good Halloween challenge for you! Check out the work of Lucia Pittalis, a makeup artist based in Rome who will undoubtedly have a kick-ass costume this year. The video dates back to last year but still a great inspiration for all of us still trying to figure
Made of durable Nylon and impact resistant plastic, the Mobile Wiz has a multi-position backrest, storage for valuables, and elastic loops to hold an external battery, stylus, and/or pen. Designed to fit Android and iPhone smartphones from all leading brands, the Mobile Wiz is a portable solution ideal for travel and commuting as well as for working on location or chilling at home.
Those short-throw Sony projectors we showed you can be placed very close to a wall, compensating for distortion to present a rectangular image. That's a neat trick. But researchers at the University of Tokyo have done Sony one better, by creating a system that can project images onto moving surfaces,
Shutterstock, Inc. seeks a Software Engineer. Collaborate on writing cutting edge React code in a fresh codebase that prioritizes building a sturdy foundation for the future, serve as part of a team developing SAS products for media asset editing, develop, code, test, and perform the deployment and operational maintenance of browser based manipulation software.
I need some help, dear readers. As I'm outlining projects I want to build in future semesters of The Hand Tool School, as well as future projects on my Renaissance Woodworker site, I have come across a design conundrum: Technically everything I do both on my free RW site and
This week, the wonderful world of footwear has brought us us the opportunity to help Smithsonian preserve one of the most iconic pairs of shoes out there—Dorothy's Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz. The project's Kickstarter is seeking a whopping $300,000, and with a little under one month to
The tactility of musical performance is often lost in the flat interfaces of our phones and iPods. Wave envisions an environment in which we interact with objects around us is to converse with them physically. Instead of pushing on a flat screen, dynamic motion control allows you to swipe, twist, point and tap in the air to skip, pause and browse your library.
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