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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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
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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
For shops that need to cut complicated shapes out of wood, there are two popular options: Use a gantry-style CNC mill or a handheld router. The former requires lots of space and can be pricey. The latter is much more affordable, but requires making templates for repeatability. A company called
Responsibilities include working closely with the Senior Art Director to create consistent brand materials across all channels and assisting the Photographer and Senior Art Director with various photo shoots—editorial, campaign, still life, social, etc.
On one end of the architectural spectrum, you've got the self-important avant garde starchitects who design alienating structures incomprehensible to the layperson. On the other end, you've got the McMansion-designing maniacs whose designs appear to have been conceived of by creating collages in Photoshop. Which is worse? An anonymously-written website
Personal mobility is one of those 'key words' that car companies use when they're talking about future scenarios. It's effectively a marketing phrase that's been accepted into mainstream culture, and there are countless studies and projects attempting to find the best and most compelling solution. But perhaps the ultimate personal
At the Holz-Handwerk show earlier this year, we saw a bunch of stuff that wouldn't fit in our other galleries: Furniture, shop furniture, fixtures, fittings and tool storage. Everything from the student work to the stuff designed by the pros was, as you'd expect from one of Germany's largest tradeshows,
Is there anything better than seeing a design team that's clearly obsessed with their product? Here the folks from Peak Design break down their Everyday Backpack, which might be the most well-thought-out, functional and good-looking bag design I've ever seen:
The Thunderboard React Car Kit is a mini smart car that senses what's happening in the world around it, transmits that data to the cloud via your mobile device, and displays the data in real-time so you can respond to the big picture. The kit makes prototyping and testing IoT applications easier. The Thunderboard React board is paired via Bluetooth to a free companion app built by Mutual Mobile. The mobile app provides a frictionless interface between Thunderboard React and web-based application
As designers, we bring order to chaos. Reduce complexity in design sketching by following this three step process: Form, Divide, Beautify. In Coreskills Episode 2, Spencer walks us through a simple strategy for getting your ideas onto paper, starting from the primitive shape, adding layers, textures and ending with a visual
In the 1980s, if you wanted to play videogames you had to clear some hurdles. First you had to save up some quarters. Then you had to journey to a smoke-filled arcade, and avoid being punched by a kid named Seth who smoked cigarettes and wore a bandanna and a
The New Balance one year Apprenticeship Program is all about taking young talented designers and molding them into future design stars. Our internship program, The Design Foundry, will give you the opportunity to work as part of the global design team and learn from industry veterans.
Here's a fascinating interview with The Sucklord, the NYC-based artist that cranks out modified and unlicensed action figures from his downtown studio. Whether it's Gay Empire Homotroopers, and AT-AT that looks like it's been through the South Bronx in the late '70s or a Sleestak in a business suit, the
When you see photos of classic cars from past decade, they're often beautifully restored, looking better than they did when they left the factory. No such love is given to old computers, as most people don't care. Photographer James Ball, however, does.
Getting hired at Worlds of Wonder at age 27 as my first 'real' job was a dream come true. A toy company, really? As a child I devoured toys, collecting everything — soldiers, Matchbox cars, model airplanes, board games. I was truly giddy. After experiencing what it took to
At Core77, we feel strongly about providing as much information we can within the scope of design you won't find elsewhere—not in school nor other websites that cover design for the general audience. We're here for YOU designers, so this recent discussion started by Richard_Leyens certainly struck a chord with
"Slow dance" is a picture frame that makes real objects appear to move in slow motion. By taking advantage of the limits of human visual perception, this optical illusion sculpture appears to be doing the impossible—right before your eyes. Slow Dance combines technology, science, and art, in order to remind
In 2013, Hyperloop was just a conceptual design released by Elon Musk and his team at SpaceX for open source development. Musk's vision of high-speed pneumatic tube transportation system isn't a new one, but his original concept proposed a route to transport people and goods running alongside I-5, making the
While umbrellas are for rain in NYC, in Saudi Arabia's Mecca they provide respite from the blistering sun. Each year millions of Muslims visit Mecca for their haj pilgrimage, and after years of volunteering there, scientist Kamel Badawi has envisioned an object to serve the needs he's observed. First and
Callisto Media, one of Publishers Weekly’s fastest-growing U.S. publishers, is seeking a talented full-time Art Director. Callisto is a fast-paced and successful startup at the forefront of a new publishing venture, creating books in Cooking, Health, Diet, Business, Crafts, Reference, and Fitness, among other genres.
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