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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Exciting news for aspiring sneaker designers: The Pensole Footwear Design Academy, in collaboration with the City of Portland, is providing an opportunity to have your questions about the industry answered by the pros. At the end of each session in their upcoming Saturday School program, Pensole founder D'Wayne Edwards is
In the heyday of anti-war demonstration, Seymour Chwast's graphic work held a radical point of view that steered far from right-wing tendencies while also dramatically veering from rigid formalist notions in graphic design of the day. An avid protestor throughout the 60s and 70s, his work consistently aimed to address
Designer Jongha Choi has been getting a lot of buzz on his De-dimension furniture pieces, the ones we spotted at Milan. To refresh your memory, here's what his fold-flat, Shaker-furniture-meets-M.C.-Escher pieces do: De-dimension from jongha on Vimeo.Those pieces are polished and function beautifully. But we also found a very
Here we see folks pulling off the difficult trick of turning something disgusting into something beautiful, using art. The ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, a public advocacy organization based in the Philippines, has been trying to clean Manila's polluted rivers. In order to draw attention to their horrific state, they've collaborated
Starling is a science-backed wearable device that can boost brain development in young children. Research has proven that the number of words a child hears throughout the day strongly predicts future vocabulary, IQ, and emotional well-being. Starling keeps a running count of spoken words through direct verbal engagement. Pair it with the VersaMe app to set word count goals, monitor engagement progress, and set challenges. Shaped like a friendly little star, it is soft, seamless and safe, attachi
Today in silly but promising bike design: bike turn signals that might not blow! The idea of hands-free turn signals for bikes has inspired many, many product designs, few of which make any damn sense. Of those that do, most require donning dorky apparel, integration with the frame, or a
We've seen time and again that shipwrights comprehend materials and techniques on a level well beyond your average furniture design grad. From Tom Sullivan's incredible "The Accidental Designer" story to Louis Sauzedde's unparalleled wisdom to Brendan Ravenhill's transition from boatbuilding to industrial design, it is clear that being trained to
Interaction Designers at Ziba are thinkers and makers. We have a passion for solving problems and creating experiences people love. We communicate digitally through form, function and motion. Our intention is to humanize technology and create the best possible user experience. We consider motion, structure, and beauty equally, and strive
American cars have at times been the fastest and flashiest, but rarely have they been the strangest. In my opinion, the French are truly the masters of bizarre cars. Sure, every major car maker has made an oddity or two, but it seems the French made it a point of
Watching Frank Howarth and his son build that model of the bi-level vertical-lift bridge, I got to wondering about different movable bridge designs. I'd never seen that unique bi-level variant before; what other solutions have engineers come up with when a bridge has to be moved out of the way
This year's New York Design Week lineup proved the week of festivities have much more to offer than the go-to design fairs. Whether you scoured Brooklyn, downtown, or even way uptown, there were a wide number of shows from designers big and small to enjoy. On top of several small
Adi Goodrich and Sean Pecknold are two parts of the Los Angeles based Sing Sing Studio. They're prolific and immensely talented visual artists, and they've come together, through an obsession with children's books and a belief that kids are smarter than us, to make a children's book of their own.
This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! We recently caught wind of Google's plan to deliver their Ara modular phone concept to consumers in 2017, a cellphone with a magnetic modular backboard for different gadgets like speakers, camera lenses, storage
They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in Southeast Asia, it takes a village to raise and move a house: This second approach is more modern, and shot in a much artsier way. New-Zealand-based filmmaker Thomas Gleeson's short, "Home," is an unnarrated mini-doc meant to "[explore]
Eileen Gray was a tremendously influential 20th-century architect and furniture designer, but we're guessing that many of our readers know little about her life and career beyond her three most famous designs—those being her adjustable chrome side table from 1927 (now available from DWR), her tire-shaped 1929 Bibendum chair (named after the Michelin Man) and the E.1027 modernist villa on the Côte d'Azur (remarkably, her first house). So here are seven highlights from a career that helped to esta
Great news! The 2016 Core77 Conference Designing Here/Now is returning to Downtown Los Angeles September 29th and 30th. Join Core77 this fall for a symposium bringing together global design talent for inspired talks by luminaries from the disciplines of art, science, engineering and business. This year we've added a full
We've seen amazing things from Corridor Digital before, but they've certainly just topped themselves. Yesterday the tiny production house released the following video, revealing that a small group of talented, driven creatives can produce a spectacle rivaling any Hollywood studio's capabilities. Shot using a combination of drones, practical effects, VFX
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Who has the world's largest timber-framed building? A developer in Kentucky claims his organization holds the title. Ken Ham, the president of a religious group called Answers in Genesis, has been constructing a gargantuan replica of Noah's Ark with the goal of opening it as a Christian theme park. To
Gianluca Gimini is a product designer and also a graphic designer and also an illustrator. But he's officially an architect. When you have such talent and passion, I suppose it can't be confined to one arena. He works as a professor in Bologna, Italy and makes incredible projects like Velocipedia.
The statement "Hardware is Hard" has become the go-to phrase for companies interested in producing physical tech products. And it's true—compared with the typical product cycles of an app, hardware requires much longer timelines, larger teams and way more up front investment to get something off the ground. Despite these
It's true that I'm no Grandmaster, but when I've played chess with friends, I've never needed the game to start immediately. In fact the few seconds it takes to set up the board is a great time to trash-talk your opponent, explaining that you'll p0wn their pawns and send their
Say hello to Odini, your loyal guardian and companion. Unlike traditional security cameras which are often static, intrusive objects, Odini is a discreet mobile solution which learns to respect your privacy and space while you are at home but is first, on the scene to monitor and record an event while you are away. When you're out of the house, he detects changes in the environment which he records and communicates to you via your smartphone app, enabling you to remotely monitor any situation.
Rainy days are a bummer enough without having to slosh around in a frumpy raincoat and boots. That's why The Arrivals' latest take on the waterproof poncho feels like a ray of sunshine, providing super stylish yet functional garb to combat anything Mother Nature might send your way.
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.
It's been a while since we've heard anything from Project Ara, Google's modular smartphone concept. We were worried it bit the dust, but Google's ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) group has just released this new teaser video: We like that rather than hitting us over the head with specifications and
At Gensler, we design for people. We leverage our global perspective and local presence to innovate at every scale. We’re not just designers. We’re tinkerers, craftspeople, visionaries, innovators and thought leaders. Fueled by passion and entrepreneurial spirit, our people bring new ideas to solve challenging problems. Whether you’re into
Found another maker to add to the mix! Here Laura Kampf builds a loft bed for a friend, whose tiny room has an unneeded door that can be blocked off. We're impressed that Kampf chose to build the bed using timber-framing methods, rather than using those lousy-looking big-box-store
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 remote Swedish city of Kiruna is endangered by sinkholes, but no one is leaving. Not exactly. The sinkholes are caused by iron ore extraction at a nearby mine. The mine is massive, publicly owned, and it has been the sole reason Kiruna exists for around a century. Despite the
The Bluetooth-enabled LINKA bike lock will recognize you through your smartphone and automatically unlock as you approach. The aesthetic and form factor were designed to make cyclists excited to put a lock on their prized bikes. The round, streamlined design highlights the lock’s enhanced functionality.
Did you watch the scrappy kids running around the Hunger Games and think they looked boring and overfed? Did you wait through the fight scenes for a glimpse of the opulence and intrigue of the Capitol elite? Do you love power, beauty, child-on-child violence, and lethally good dinner parties? This
In America at least, half of the population loves guns and the other half doesn't. But everyone sure loves their selfie sticks. So why shoot people with guns when you can shoot yourself with a selfie stick? These images have been making the rounds, and there's even a Tumblr for
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