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A cool, short build from Jimmy DiResta's archives this week, as he takes some wood he found on the streets of NYC and turns it into a rustic table. Very satisfying watching this one come together
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Pulse Performance was looking to branch out from their stand-up scooter line, and wanted us to develop the perfect first off-road dirt bike for a young child. We meticulously crafted every outer component to ensure safety and visual charm, but we also had the challenge of developing a style that would be attractive to both girls and boys.included.
Over the last few months, Suzuki Kango has been hard at work on a project that would take most of us a lifetime. For his senior thesis at Tohoku University of Art and Design, the 22 year old created "Plock," a fully mechanical wooden clock with a unique twist.
When Tesla first released their Autopilot feature, skeptics figured it was just a matter of time before it got someone killed. Plenty of Autopilot "saves" (where the software correctly detected a threat and acted to prevent an accident) can be found on YouTube. But a video clip that you're
When Pixar's Wall-E came out in 2008, we were introduced to a robot very different than any other previously depicted in pop culture. Not the titular Wall-E, who was similar enough to Short Circuit's Number 5 to be familiar; no, we're talking about Eve, the gleaming, smooth-surface 'bot whose design
Computer powered weaving goes back to the 1800s and it's getting a decidedly modern update on the new platform Wovns. At heart, the Wovns goal is to get more designers into textile design. But that's bigger than it sounds, since a customized weave is a bit more involved than
At Movado Group, we are committed to building the strongest brands in the industry and we are passionate about what we do. Our people are fueled by a creative spirit and a drive for excellence that are reflected in every aspect of our business. We offer the watch industry a
Allen Pan's YouTube channel, Sufficiently Advanced, takes its name from an Arthur C. Clarke quote: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." In his engineering-based approach to creating magic, California-based Pan spends his time trying to "make pretend things into real things." His latest creation, a definite don't-try-this-at-home project,
White Oak (Quercus Alba) is an outstanding domestic hardwood that is widely available and therefore quite affordable. It is a very strong wood that displays a very straight and consistent grain. This feature makes White Oak very versatile and easy to match when making wider panels, and as such,
Proto Industrial Tool's recently unveiled Express Tool Mat is a complete rethinking of the traditional kneeling pad. Unlike those simple slabs of foam, it's a circular pad sandwiched between layers of synthetic fabric that folds to become its own carry case. Intended for use by mechanics and repair techs, it
FLIP SEATING, an airport seating concept developed by a Populous aviation and interiors team has been recognized as the First Prize Winner of Passenger Terminal World. The design challenge is an exclusive biennial event inviting both established and up-and-coming designers to showcase their ideas for next-generation airport seating.
When space is limited (and even when it's not), wall-mounted organizers are often useful tools. Wall space provides many organizing options: hooks and shelves, of course, but also an array of other designs. The Aitio collection from Iittala, designed by Cecilie Manz, provides storage for all sorts of things.
In partnership with Autodesk and Alcoa Foundation, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has announced the winners of the third Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge. The challenge asks designers to develop product solutions that use limited global resources as an opportunity for innovation, informed by the free, online,
Brooklyness is hoping to make biking smarter with the Classon Helmet, and judging by their wildly successful Kickstarter campaign they're doing a decent job so far. This 21st century safety hat incorporates front and rear facing cameras, brake and turn lights, blind spot motion detection, video recording, and even navigation
The Global Design Studio's Head of Strategy will develop GDS' strategic vision by focusing on two target areas: Integrated Travel Experience and Connected Living. Relying on deep business expertise, industry experience and a passion for design, the Head of Strategy will work closely with both the GDS strategy team and
Samantha SwordsI first learned of the talented designer/fabricator Shari Finn by watching Samantha Swords, the closest thing our world has to a real-life Brienne of Tarth. Ms. Swords, a/k/a Samantha E. Catto-Mott, is an artist who also happens to be a championship swordfighter, with her specialty being medieval European combat
In the last video you saw me at a five-star resort in the middle of the Maldives, one of the most beautiful places on earth. 99.9% of the time when you go to a place like that, you are a total outsider, the tourist. You're there for a week or
There's a lot of ground to cover when majoring in Industrial Design, but if there's one thing they don't teach you…it's how to explain, to students from other majors, just what the hell it is you do. Thus a group of ID students at Arizona State University put together a
In the early 19th century everything was done by hand. From the engraver carving a family crest on a pocket watch to the seven year old assembling fusee chains for tuppence a day (or thereabouts). Woodworking, metalwork, it was all the same. Hand work, under various working conditions and repetition.
The Shinwa Sliding Bevel Gauge is a pretty darn good tool. Up to this point, I have just always used an old wood and brass Stanley, which is fine and I will continue to use it, but now along with my new Shinwa. The Stanley sure is a chunky fella,
Thomas Thwaites first major project, The Toaster Project, was a huge success which resulted in worldwide media coverage, a popular TED talk, and an appearance on The Colbert Report. His most recent project, GoatMan, experiments with taking a holiday from being human, and his recently-released book chronicles the experience.
Ninety-two-year-old Gert Boyle is the Chairman of outdoor gear manufacturer Columbia Sportswear. Actually, she's the Chairwoman; "Gert" is short for Gertrude. Those of you raised in the '80s may remember that she starred in the company's tongue-in-cheek commercials of the time (like this one) where she subjected her son to
Provide Product Development leadership responsibility of New Product Commercialization (NPC) projects. Represents the Product Development functions to NPC core teams and provides leadership to Product Development sub-teams. In providing representation and leadership, the Manager of Product Development speaks for all disciplines within the Product
Advice on how to successfully run a freelance operation is everywhere as the working population shifts more and more toward a self-employed workforce, but how many people are actually thinking about objects or systems that can help these independent workers? For our latest 1-Hour Design Challenge, we asked this very
The Blackbird has got an adjustable wheelbase, zero front and rear overhang and an engine that can mimic the performance qualities of everything from econo-boxes to muscle cars and in between. It only carries one person. And while it's real, it wasn't created by an established car brand; instead, postproduction
Carly Ayres is a member of the Core77 family and a freelancer near and dear to our hearts—given her extensive wisdom in the realm of creating working for clients like Google Creative Lab, Wallpaper* (and Core77 of course) on a number of exciting projects, we asked her to participate in
This week we bring you a fun open-ended question straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! This one's a mental exercise started by cwatkinson, who was inspired by a particular piece of wood on a trip to Woodcraft: "So as i am much more of a product architect / process consultant
Before I dive much further into product licensing strategy, I want to describe some of the broad conclusions I've reached about protecting your creations and the value of intellectual property. To do that, I need to explain a little bit more about my background first, because the conclusions I've reached
SelfieBroom, the Self Standing Broom With a Whimsical Twist, is Live on Kickstarter. To learn more, visit bit.ly/SelfieBroomKS. SelfieBroom allows users to stand your broom upright without propping or leaning it against a wall or countertops and no need to bend over to pick-up your misplaced broom. Giving the user
My Mission: Unite my love of learning, making and teaching into a singular studio practice. In regards to teaching, to encourage the integration of R&D into more traditional graphic design methods. More generally and for self-authored work, my goal is always to facilitate or reflect social relation, to question understood patterns and standards, and to cultivate an openness with play.
Earlier this year, a two-year-old in Minnesota died when a Malm dresser from Ikea toppled over and crushed him. You may remember that Ikea was in the news for something similar in 2014, when another two two-year-olds suffered the same fatal mishap. (See: "When Furniture Kills:" Let's Cut Through The
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