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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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
The series of violent events that have rocked the United States in just the past few months have exposed deep rifts in our social fabric that are rooted in history, injustice and a sense of isolation. From the mass shootings in Orlando to the targeting of police officers by snipers
The Latitude Lamp is an indoor/outdoor solar-powered lamp that emits atmospheric light. It can be fabricated in many different ways according to the user's location or latitude.
Knife sharpening is an art, a craft, and a way to communicate. And from our work and time spent with Yohhei Sato, he really lives and breathes this stuff. He's a passionate craftsmen and he'll join us tonight for Curiosity Club to talk about the art of knife sharpening. Sato
QBP is currently looking to expand our Industrial Design team and is in search of individuals with a passion for cycling and pursuit of design innovation at their core.
The only time I formally learned about food labels was in a sixth grade "health class" through a crossword puzzle containing the words "calories," "fat," "protein," "carbohydrates," etc. What do all of those words even really mean? I'm still figuring it out, and the FDA's new, still poorly designed, data
What would it take to make car travel safe? Rather than waffle over where to put airbags, sculptor Patricia Piccinini redesigned a human who can withstand a standard road collision. Piccinini's project yielded "Graham," an otherwise normal guy grotesquely reconfigured for maximum durability on the road. Conceived with input
Of all the fields an ID skillset will allow you to enter, Hollywood movies might be one of the more fascinating. Whether you're designing futuristic vehicles like Daniel Simon, crafting bad-ass props like Shari Finn or creating conceptual environments like David Levy, you get to bring your creative talents to
Last year Lego overtook Ferrari to become "The World's Most Powerful Brand," according to strategic consultancy Brand Finance. Maybe that's because Lego makes a Ferrari but Ferrari doesn't make any Legos. Heck, maybe Lego's motto should be "We can make you, but you can't make us." Or can you? Despite
Remember Germany's Radschnellweg? That's a 100-kilometer cycleway that, once completed, will link nearly a dozen cities. Well, we were very surprised to learn that America will be getting something similar. Similar and, in accordance with our increased landmass, a lot longer. The East Coast Greenway Alliance is currently masterminding a
Somabar is the world’s first app controlled robotic bartending appliance created for the home kitchen. With its streamlined design you can thoroughly mix cocktails and infuse bitters to make the perfect cocktail in seconds. Somabar, the robotic bartender has won the best innovation award for home appliances at CES 2016.
Never Too Much is the name Swiss designers Sarah Kueng and Lovis Caputo gave to a series of leather bowls they created last year—a name that immediately suggests the wide-brimmed, candy-colored vessels are nothing short of just right. Crafted from hand-painted leather and completed in 2015, the collection resembles something
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. Monday: Felice Varini's Open Air takes place at MAMO, the renovated rooftop of Corbusier's apartment
The NBA is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Senior Director, Advertising. The Senior Director, Advertising will be responsible for leading the advertising, promotional and creative campaigns for the NBA, WNBA, D-League, and USA Basketball. He/she will manage an internal marketing team responsible for in-house creative
Maarten de Ceulaer's striking Sundial Chandelier takes cues from both ancient time-tellers and astronomical bodies. The piece, showed at this year's Salone de Mobile, combines anodized aluminum disks and hidden offset lighting to create a series of luminous planetary bodies marked by shadow. While the disks are flat and smooth
Breathing in a lot of sawdust over time is no good for your long-term health. Using a device that can read airborne particle counts, Matthias Wandel compares the sawdust amounts produced by a tablesaw, miter saw and a bandsaw, showing you which produces the least and under which circumstances:
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.
The people have spoken. With over 50% of the votes, the Core77 community responded to our first Twitter Poll about the 2016 Core77 Conference with a definitive answer to our question about what you want to learn at this year's event in September: More strategies about design and social change.
Designing Here/Now, Core77's annual conference, this year will explore how design-led co-creation can equip designers with strategies and tools for innovative new ways of working. Because Core77 readers include so many great minds, we want as many people possible within our design community to be involved. By simply letting us
For a so-called world capital, my hometown of NYC has a downright embarrassing subway system. We don't have the convenience of London's Oyster card, the beauty of Paris' stations, the tidiness of Tokyo's platforms. But now, finally, New York's Governor Cuomo has resolved to do something about it. This week
Trace is a small, durable and sophisticated piece of action sports technology. It combines inertial sensors and GPS technology to give detailed information about users’ surfing, snowboarding, and skiing sessions. Trace has 9-axis sensors, advanced multi-Hz GPS, BT 4.0/2.1 combo and its own processor. This allows Trace to measure max speed, vertical distance, distance traveled, calories, number of jumps, and airtime with incredible accuracy.
There's certain designers whose design language you simply appreciate, even though you might not know what it is or how to use it. I have been following her on Instagram, for as long as she's been on Instagram, seeing her progress and development every step of the way. Hanna
The true point of Elon Musk's "Secret Master Plan, Part Deux" is actually well beyond the vehicles we covered in our previous analyses. If we look at part one of his Secret Master Plan, released almost ten years ago today, we can see what he's been up to all along,
There's a lot of competition going for daily carry backpacks, and it's rare that a new design adds much to the field. The wildly Kickstarting Backpaix takes on known needs of the urban commuter, and adds a couple surprising details hidden inside... and on its face. Complete with
Google is searching for a Visual Designer to create visual designs for Google products and features.
No matter your country, background, taste in music, or political persuasion, 2016 continues to deliver disasters small and large. Escapism has its limits (just ask anyone in charge of the PokemonGo servers), but beauty can help keep our heads up. And maybe our legs? This week I found some surprising
As industrial designers, we are responsible for creating physical things and environments. Our expertise in this area necessarily comes at the expense of any mastery of engineering or technology. This puts us in an unusual position when viewing futuristic concepts: If someone shows us a Star Wars spaceship, for instance,
Earlier this year America's first self-driving car fatality occurred. The unlucky driver was behind the wheel of a Tesla on Autopilot, and last week watchdog magazine Consumer Reports took the unusual step of calling for the company "to disable hands-free operation until its system can be made safer." Musk will
An ode to original monkey bars, monkii bars 2 is a gym you can take anywhere – perfect for travel, home or outside. monkii bars 2 is an incredibly strong yet ultra-light bodyweight trainer that you can use to workout anywhere—designed for people who want awesome workouts without wasting time stuck in the regular gym. monkii bars 2 is your own private gym, personal trainer, and adventure guide built into one portable system.
An umbrella stand gives the end user a defined place to stash a collection of umbrellas (rather than having them just shoved into a closet somewhere) as well as a place to put an umbrella when coming in from the rain. As I've noted before, there are many ways designers
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