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Here's a project Bob Clagett made for his kids where you get the feeling that Mrs. Clagett wanted to kill him when she got home. And you've got to love any maker video that has the line "Then I went to the kitchen and made an assortment of puddings and Jell-O's" in the middle of it.
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I've seen this dude riding around several times, and here he starts off just a couple blocks from Core77 HQ in NYC. Every time I see him zip past I'm filled with questions: How does he get on and off? How does he get this thing up the stairs
If you've got an amazing office space or team, it's almost too easy to win tickets to this year's Core77 Designing Here/Now conference on how design-led co-creation will lead interdisciplinary teams to build successful, game-changing products of our near future. The way you win a pair of tickets? Simply
COWAROBOT R1 is the world's first carry-on suitcase that rolls along with you. Designed to free your hands from holding or rolling luggage while traveling, the 20-inch case uses multi-sensor fusion technology and a robot motion control algorithm to allow autonomous following and obstacle avoidance.
You don't have to know anything about mountain climbing to recognize Fred Beckey as a special kind of powerhouse. For those who do recognize the name, he's more myth than man. Before REI, GoreTex, or titanium gear, ravenous climbers were fueled by legends about the impossible places Fred Beckey had
It is interesting to see what billionaires spend their time and money on, particuarly when those things can directly affect humanity's future. Elon Musk's involvement in Tesla, SolarCity and SpaceX, with their terrestrial and spacebound ambitions, is renowned. Less well known is that his PayPal co-founder, Peter Thiel, is looking
Is there a way to design for death? Through their online open innovation platform, IDEO is extending the question in the OpenIDEO Challenge, asking participants: How might we reimagine the end-of-life experience for ourselves and our loved ones? Aiming to design solutions for the unmet needs of the 40
The Brooklyn Farm is an open source creation center that will help shape creative direction across the entire adidas brand. Serving as a cultural contact point between creators, culture and consumers alike, the Farm will let people take risks, have fun and experiment without limitations.
By now you're probably well aware that by 2020, 40% of the American workforce is expected to be freelance. In theory, this seems kind of cool—less people tied down to their desks, miserable in cubicles. With mantras such as "do what you love" and "follow your bliss," who wouldn't want
Were you one of the crying viewers during the DNC? Do you still dream of #orbust glory? Are you thrilled by schadenfreude, or titillated by unexpected-yet-appropriate crossover branding? Take the edge off the pain or connect with your feelings with a (now discounted) Burn One For Bernie ceramic pipe.
One of the lessons I remember well from ID school was delivered by then-professor Bruce Hannah. Hannah was discussing the intelligent implementation of materials, using the bicycle wheel as an example. He pointed out that the wire spokes are relatively inexpensive and individually quite weak, such that anyone in the
African Mahogany aka Khaya ivorensis. African Mahogany is the common name for a multitude of species variants, the two most common of which are Khaya ivorensis and Khaya senegalensis. At J. Gibson McIlvain, we only stock a couple of these species and we keep close track of which is which
Among the tools that won Red Dot Awards this year were a respirator and particle mask. They perform similar functions but are miles apart in terms of their technology. The AIR+ Smart Mask is a dust or surgical mask—with an unusual extra. The CleanSpace Respirator is an industrial-grade personal protective
Recycle Series, an experimental series mainly made of recycled construction concrete. Recycle Series is the reflection on modern society's current situation. With the rapid development of the construction industry, an increasing amount of construction waste is polluting our environment. We took construction waste, like used concrete and stone, transferred
One of my challenges as a professional organizer is to find creative ways to store things in small houses and apartments. Even when people have uncluttered their spaces, there are often challenges—so I appreciate thoughtful designs that help make the most of the space that's available. Bulky items can be
Early Bird pricing for the 2016 Core77 Conference Designing Here/Now ends July 31st. In case you're wondering why you should purchase your conference ticket this far in advance, here's a list of 12 things you can buy right now with the extra money you'll save after purchasing an Early Bird ticket:
Following the Tools & Craft reference to Burning Man, I rewatched this time-lapse videos shot there a few years ago: I remember finding this video pretty when I first viewed it, but something about it bothered me this time around. The perfect semicircle of the "town" taking shape atop the
The primary responsibilities of the Designer are to provide design work of innovative and technologically advanced products that meet the needs of the company’s customers and end users, which in turn drives company sales and profits. Accountable for the creative production of designs to enhance the product category.
As I've said before, I freaking hate the design of the martini glass. It is the dumbest, least-ergonomic form factor for quaffing gin that I can think of. The top-heavy form makes them easy to topple over and break (particularly the stupid-wide ones that every bar started stocking after "Sex
One day during my recent trip to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, I got back to my guesthouse, hopped into the shower and I noticed that my face was black—almost entirely covered in dirt. I hadn't done anything extraordinary though, just spent a day walking around the city. Later
Watching smart people solve problems with their hands is always fun, particularly when you can't figure out what the hell they're doing in the beginning. Here we see a bunch of people traveling through the desert. One of their vehicles becomes bogged down, in fine sand that appears to be
I know that city kids today want iPhones and Pokemons and Bluetooth speakers. But when I was growing up in Manhattan I only wanted one thing, and I wanted it badly. This came about because my father had given me a book called "How to Run a Lathe." My father
With easy-snap, airtight lids and a soft silicone bottom for easy removal, Baby Garden Glaciers allow you to freeze fruits and veggies from your garden, turning them into ice cubes to be used for future cooking or to save money and use natural ingredients in your child's diet.
How much should you design freelancers charge? Discussion Board member TZD recently posed the famously tricky question, and got some great answers from our resident pros. Some background info: TZD has been working full-time at a "decently sized manufacturing facility (100 plus CNCs) as a Product Engineer," with "about
We're now getting a much better picture--literally--as to what happened with the fatal Tesla crash from earlier this year. First off, yesterday the National Transportation Safety Board released findings from their preliminary investigation. The unfortunate driver was in fact using Tesla's Autopilot features, with both the Traffic-Aware Cruise Control and
I'm mightily impressed by the efficient design of this Modeler's Briefcase: That's the MT02, created by a Spanish company called ModelMaq, which caters to miniature-painting enthusiasts. It's portable and makes fantastic use of its interior space. The base elevates the models up to a better working height for the painter
The Graphic Designer is responsible for execution of comprehensive brand design and graphic design projects within the Nickelodeon Brand Group. Successful candidates will demonstrate superior ability to drive design thinking from ideation thru concept development, refinement, and execution across media.
Got ideas? Share strategies and case studies around leading interdisciplinary teams to success at this September's Core77 Conference Designing Here/Now and win a complimentary pass to this year's festivities. We're looking for dynamic presentations sharing practical knowledge around this year's theme of design-led co-creation. Send us an email email@example.com with your
As industrial designers we're meant to look at things critically, and to consider the full breadth of the user experience. So take a look at this and tell me what you think: At first I thought, that's a great idea. You've got nice, frosty beers right at hand. Picnic tables
Before the 1980's, nearly all of the commercial art in the country was either hand-painted, bent from neon tubes, screen printed, or a combination of these. Sign men drove around in trucks, vans and station wagons spattered with stray enamel paint in all colors, sometimes themselves sporting subtle to wild
If you want to license your concepts for new products, you need to be able to test them quickly. Because, like I've said before, licensing is a numbers game. The strategy I described in my last article, "Why a $65 Patent Application is All You Need to License a Product
Color theory is a topic in school often glossed over, arguably seen as a second-tier subject as opposed to a core component of a design education. Despite this, the fact of the matter is, if you want to be a well-rounded designer you should also probably have a fairly
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