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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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:
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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
After days of Twitter teases, Elon Musk finally released his "Secret Master Plan, Part Deux" yesterday, he and Tesla's road map for the future. It's got several surprises in it and shows that he has been thinking big picture all the while. The document is dense, so we'll tackle his
I've often bitched here that cars are not well-designed for getting in and out of. Well, back in the 1950s some unnamed Chrysler designers apparently felt the same way, and designed front seats that swiveled to ease ingress and egress. Here we see it offered as a new option
At HP Inc., we are passionate about reinvention. We believe that technology should make life better for everyone, everywhere. This vision guides what we do and how we do it. From our campus in Boise, ID we are in a relentless pursuit to reinvent business printing as we reinvent ourselves.
It was a matter of time before somebody did it, and no man better than Casey Neistat on the streets of New York. Here it is, Pokémon GO in real life: You might wonder why we're posting this here as opposed
Storytelling is a powerful tool in any discipline. But in the realm of design, storytelling is an integral part of the practice with applications across all phases—from defining the problem, research, prototyping to communicating ideas to the client. At this year's Core77 Designing Here/Now conference we're focusing on new strategies
It's crazy that you're reading this on something that has more technology than the Apollo 11 mission computers, yet you store your clothes in an object whose form factor was designed several centuries ago. The chest of drawers is a completely outdated piece of furniture, yet it is something nearly
Those of you that went to ID school learned to make things with your hands. For those of you that didn't, or for those of you that did and miss having access to a full shop, this post is about simple furniture that can be easily built--even if you only
We don't often see a classic form factor receive an upgrade that looks like it will stand the test of time. But rocking chair master builder Hal Taylor has pulled it off with his StoryTime Rocking Chair. As many fathers do, Taylor got into the habit of reading books to
Years ago I heard an older Briton explaining how, as a child, the tales of his first visit to America shocked his English friends at home. "In America you can get a pizza delivered to your house," he told them. "WOT?" they said. "You mean, ready to eat?!?" Here in
These simple homewares use material interplay with little fuss but a lot of gravity. The series uses interfacing concrete, metals, and hardwood, pairing warm and cool, dense and light. Designed by La Selva Studio for Mexican homeware brand Más, the series was first debuted at Salone de Mobile and is
The Atlantic, a brand with a 159-year heritage of outstanding writing and design, is seeking a Creative Director to oversee art direction across all its editorial platforms—including the magazine, the website, video, mobile apps, and live events. Position in Brief Reporting to the Editor in Chief,
We're always tickled by the obsessiveness of Japanese product designers, specifically the ones who create objects that monomaniacally perfect a single task. But this here is the first one I've seen that I actually want to buy--and it's a $230 toaster. What it does is make absolutely perfect toast, using
Few American-made cars have inspired motor-headed children and teenagers like the Chevrolet Corvette. Originally introduced in 1953, the venerable 'Vette has gone through seven generations of stylistic changes, and the current model would be unrecognizable to the crowds that flocked to see it at its debut 63 years ago. What
Two hammers were among the tools that received Red Dot Awards this year, and they could not be more different. How different can two carpentry hammers be? Not much in terms of their parts; each has a handle, head, striking face, and claw. But the design philosophy behind them can
This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! A recent topic brought up by chriscarter inspired us to ask our larger audience: what are some good tips for consultancies and small studios in the business of design? Carter gets the conversation
Everyone needs a little lift off the ground no matter how old or how tall. However, step stools for children are static and stepladders for adults are massive or aesthetically unpleasing - both take up too much space and are not practically designed. The objective the Triangle Step Ladder is to create a functional and practical stepladder for everyday use. Triangle Step Ladder was inspired by extensive wire model explorations of 2D linear forms transforming to 3D structures with a rotational poi
It can be difficult for the uninitiated to understand what's going on in a bicycle race, particularly during those last few crucial minutes. So here's a brilliant split-screen video put together by Eurosport UK, placing CG with call-outs next to real footage to demonstrate this clever sprint-winning technique that catapults
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