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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Designers and consumers have an urgent challenge to confront in the current discussion around sustainability. How can we distinguish between goods which seem eco-friendly, but actually contribute to a culture of waste, and those that are truly green? Designer Danielle Trofe had to challenge herself to look at every aspect
I finished a bed recently for my guest room. I'm really happy with the build but now more than ever I really hate the flanking Lingerie chests that my wife and I bought decades ago. Truthfully I didn't much care for them when we bought them but this was before
Primitive Kitchen Tool is a kitchen tool that allows the user to experiment with spices and optimize their meal's flavor. The first human tools were stone tools designed over 2.5 million years ago. Depending on their shape, they were used to complete various tasks, including cutting, splitting, scraping, grinding and crushing.
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Even the most digitally-focused clients I've worked with want something other than just a laptop close at hand when working at their desks, and they struggle a bit when using a desk with no storage space. So I'm always interested in seeing the many ways designers have incorporated storage into
We usually think of sawdust as a long-term hazard to our lungs. But accumulated in large amounts, as in a woodshop or a furniture factory, sawdust carries the short-term risk of explosion. Watch this video of firefighters attempting to quell a smoking dust hopper when the unexpected happens:
First, there was the likes of Studio Neat, Craighton Berman, and Don Lehman; then came Scott Wilson, Pebble, and Yves Béhar. Fast forward a few years, and products are among the most successful projects of all time — albeit not without the proverbial “risks and challenges” that a new company
When it comes to creative licensing, brand management and representing leaders in Art, Fashion and Design Brands, we're kind of a big deal, but we need some sharp, confident go-getters to help us grow and become even better. We are an international brand licensing and consulting
It's finally here—our Core77 Designing Here/Now Conference starts tomorrow! Stay up to date with the happenings by following our Facebook Live feed this Thursday September 29th, featuring interviews with some of our conference speakers.
In Australia there's a spider known as Thwaitesia argentiopunctata, a/k/a the Mirror Spider. Apparently they have cousins in Southeast Asia as well, as photographer Nicky Bay has been shooting them in his home city-state of Singapore. Writes Bay: For several years, I have been observing the odd behavior of the
A design conference seems like an unusual place to deeply examine politics, but no event held on a college campus would be complete without deep examination of American politics this year. Public policy was a hot topic at 2016's Better World by Design, during which several presenters examined designers' roles
A lot of the chemicals we use in woodworking, especially in finishing, are toxic. Now there is toxic and TOXIC. There is long term exposure toxicity and one-whiff-drop-dead toxicity. If you want to work safely, you need to know. Not only do woodworkers need to know, everyone needs to know.
Milder Office Inc.'s mobile Tool Cart includes sliding wire baskets for tool storage that are easily removed and swapped; keep ready made tool 'kits' in the wire baskets to suit different classes and processes. Load it up and easily move from station to station as you work. Lock it up and take a well deserved break.
Hopefully you've been following along with our Sketching section, building your drawing skills with the tips provided by Michael DiTullo and Spencer Nugent. Our resident sketchmeisters of course draw freehand, because they're pros; but for the lazy and shiftless among you, an unknown artist has devised the following two-point-perspective cheating
Too early to tell if it'll work, but this is interesting: Snapchat is reinventing themselves as Snap Inc.--and now calling themselves a camera company. "We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate," they write. To reinvent the camera, they've made
We first encountered the work of SWINE at the RCA graduate show Paradise for a Better Future in 2012 where their first work, the Sea Chair, was on show in Milan. A peculiar looking stool crafted from salvaged marine plastics, the project looked towards a future where fishermen would trawl
Milwaukee Tool is looking for a dynamic, self-driven Senior Industrial Designer to join its in-house design team. From drill bits to radios to Sawzalls®, we design it all. Come work at the most innovative tool company in the world. Milwaukee is a diverse city that has more to offer than beer and snow. It's a big city with a small town feel and is only 90 minutes from Chicago.
With an acronym that sounds like a college radio station or killer Scrabble word, the new King's Cross Creative Quarter launched during London Design Festival 2016. Spearheaded by designjunction, which now calls the KXCQ home, at least one tenant has already settled in nicely. Central Saint Martins moved into the
It's incredible that over the centuries, folks on different continents devised different-but-similar solutions to the same problem. Both Europeans and Chinese developed foot-powered lathes to turn items on, for instance. But while I'd seen the Western design for a treadle lathe, I could not have imagined what the Chinese variant
For those who do desktop crafts, the WorkBox is a made-in-the-U.S.A storage unit and workstation that folds in on itself and hides everything away when not in use. Take a look: The design of the storage units is undeniably intelligent. But after watching the video, I teetered back and forth
Sink Scooper is a simple and easy way to clean your kitchen sink that allows you to keep your hands clean and save paper towels. It's convenient, economical, and you can easily compost your food scraps after use. Sink Scooper's uniquely flexible material makes it easy to reach into all corners to catch peels, skins and other leftovers stuck to the side of your sink.
Anna Lindgren and Sofia Lagerkvist are the design duo behind Front, the Stockholm-based Swedish design group. The fresh, innovative work they do makes it hard to click away from their portfolio. Check out, for instance, this clever coatrack they did for Materia: Or this beautiful Water Steps faucet for Axor:
While you were busy doodling hover cars and sharpening your Wacom stylus, William Broadway developed a final year project that might save millions of lives. Annually. His project, the ISOBAR, aims to help temperature stabilize vaccines for safer delivery in regions with hot climates or barriers to delivery. The cold
John McNeil Studio is looking for a Production Designer to join our team in Berkeley. We are a collective of strategists, writers, designers, filmmakers, technologists, musicians, and photographers who help companies tell compelling stories and build brands. We love digital but embrace print. We are founded in aesthetics, but also in utility. We make things that make brands grow.
An innate fascination with food is a structural part of being human, but what about structural food? Dinara Kasko is an architect-trained pastry chef, and her work melds classic desserts with stark geometry and 3d printing. While inviting, Kasko's creations look less like food and more like architectural renderings or
When a then-unnamed bomber detonated his homemade bomb in New York City on September 17th, injuring dozens, he used a cell phone as a timer. Several mornings later, I was in downtown Manhattan when my own cell phone made the "emergency alert" noise. Here was the message:
Please circulate this among your friends who are not industrial designers. Because just when we think an awareness of our role has finally permeated society, we see we've still got a ways to go. Take, for example, the rash of "How Much Does It Cost to Make an iPhone?" videos.
In just a few days we'll be gathering in Downtown Los Angeles for the annual Core77 Designing Here/Now conference. Join luminaries from the disciplines of arts, science, engineering and business this Thursday and Friday (September 29-30) as we share insights on leading successful projects from concept to launch. The
Cardboard Helicopter developed a digital inhaler to include a digital readout to allow patients to know more about the inhaled dosage, the amount of pumps that remain, as well as insight about the optimal moments to use the device, all in real time. The intuitive application was also developed to detect impairment in medication usage, and boasts enhanced product stability and increased lung penetration of the medication.
Anyone who's experienced slow-loading videos and seemingly never-ending downloads knows the pain of a poor WiFi connection. It's a problem many are trying to solve (just take a look at Starry and OnHub), but newcomer Plume thinks they have the solution: magic internet jewels. Advocating for users to ditch
Jumpstart your week with our insider's guide to events in the design world. From must-see exhibitions to insightful lectures and the competitions you need to know about—here's the best of what's going on, right now.
Product designers have used photorealistic rendering of final designs for years. But one area has been impractical until now—using photoreal visualization early on during the design process, while still iterating on a product design. In fact, most designers are just used to doing without it or saving it for the
For those of you with workshops, nothing is more handy for organizing than building quick shelves. It uses up dead wall space and gets items off of your worksurfaces. Well, I just found out that Lee Valley is having a sale--which unfortunately ends today--where they're selling 36 freaking brackets (12
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