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Ron Paulk has been optimizing the on-board storage in his Rolling Toolbox, and here he shows us how he executes an important task: Decluttering the workspace so that all of his tools are right where he needs them. Ron recognizes that this is an ongoing process and
The 21st Annual Triennale di Milano housed a number of exciting exhibitions that explored the cultural dimensions of design rather than material experimentations, (a common theme of many other shows on view during Milan Design Week). Focused on topics of gender, humanity and subtlety, the Triennale delved into our human
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AliExpress, which is something like China's counterpart to Amazon, has been accused of hosting design pirates before. It's unclear if this is related, but Spencer Chen (AliExpress parent company Alibaba's VP of Marketing and Business Development) Tweeted this earlier this week: Those are reportedly images from a 1989 book called
Ankle braces are often very uncomfortable to put on and wear underneath your shoes (not to mention an eye sore). Why can't athletic shoes have ankle braces built into their design to eliminate the need for separate supports? I set out to address this problem. During the research stage, I
I'm going to keep calling Colin Furze "Britain's blue-collar Tony Stark" until the name sticks. Nut-job Furze, a self-described man with "no engineering qualifications and no experience of flying," has nevertheless created a DIY flying hoverbike: Here's who sponsored the project and where Furze sourced the motors from: Furze's design
To use a finely built handplane is a pleasure. The tools themselves are beautiful, with an industrial aesthetic borne of pure form-follows-function. But there are a handful of craftspeople who can make them even more beautiful by applying an art largely reserved for the firearms world: Decorative engraving. Indiana-based Michael
Apparel Technical Designer are primarily responsible for creating tech packs, modifying current specs if needed, and working with the apparel sourcing staff to provide manufacturers with garment specifications and fabrication instructions. Candidates should have a BA/BS or certification in Apparel Design, Garment Engineering, or Technical Design with 3+ years’ experience.
The Hover Camera is a small, dual-camera-equipped quadrotor drone that can be programmed to follow you. In the interest of safety, the entire thing is enclosed inside a carbon fiber cage; in the interest of portability, it folds in half, breaking down to "about the size of a VHS cassette
Over on the woodworking showcase site Lumberjocks, a fellow named Don W. was showing some pictures of a handplane he restored. The handle and the tote were in lousy shape, so he made his own replacements: The handle, particularly the etched crosshatching, drew strong interest among viewers. Don thus provided
For the third year in a row, Core77 is partnering with WantedDesign to present the fifth annual Design Schools Workshop during New York Design Week. Over the course of an intense four days, students from Centro (Mexico), Art Center College for Design, Pasadena, Aalto University (Finland), ENSCI Les Ateliers (France),
Curt Herzstark had to overcome quite a bit to make his little pocket calculator. The portable calculators of my childhood are now largely obsolete. Students still tote around TI-83s, though I have a feeling that they are not long for this world. Our phones have sophisticated calculators, as does just
One way to help keep a home or workplace less cluttered is to have appropriate wastebaskets, trash cans and/or recycling bins in every spot that can use one. The 45-liter butterfly trash can from Simplehuman gets raves from purchasers, despite the relatively high price, because there are so many good
While some GIFs get boring, this one doesn't cease to fascinate. With each repetition you can focus on a different person in the crew to see what they're doing: Once upon a time Formula One pit stops were closer to 10 seconds. But in 2010 refueling was banned, and without
Seeking experienced interior designers who have software/licenses and are proficient in Photoshop and floor planning software (CAD, SketchUp, etc.) You'll source furnishings/decor from a variety of retail, trade and wholesale vendors so you should be comfortable designing in many styles, familiar with popular retailers/vendors, and create interesting style forward designs.
The knock on today's children is that they no longer play outdoors. Instead they're inside four walls and glued to screens, with programmers doing the imagining for them. Maybe that's why ex-game-designer and multitalented artist Craig Davison's paintings are so striking: They recall a time when children's imaginations were exercised
Jerry Miculek is a professional competition shooter who holds world records for speed and accuracy. To create the latest video for his well-trafficked YouTube channel (510,000-plus subscribers), he commissioned an impressive-looking replica of Captain America's shield. Miculek went with titanium since the "vibranium" it's made from in the comic books
Milan's annual design fair Salone del Mobile always provides a platform for a vast diversity of talent—whether you visit a booth of a major player like Kartell or a little guy showing her first full collection, the range of offerings at this giant exhibition fairground promise something for everyone. Over
I first spotted the work of Samuel Amoia two years ago during New York's Design Week. Glittering and glorious, the cast crystals and coffee grounds embedded in concrete at AMMA's booth caught my eye and I've been enraptured ever since. (Great pro-tip for all you designers trying to catch the
As many future-loving designers know, "food forests" are an old (old old) idea that may be valuable today. Before the development of single crop agriculture and our subsequent rise to become Internet-dwelling earth-destroyers, hungry humans understood that some beneficial plants grow especially well together without much tending. Urban food
Ott-chil is a type of Korean lacquer technique that is done by adding the secretions of the ott tree, released as a protective response to wounds. Collecting this from the ott tree is an intricate and difficult process that can be done only by experts. The lacquer produces incredibly durable
For the past few years, the '80s Memphis Group has experienced an unrivaled resurgence. The signature quirky, geometric patterns, bright colors and asymmetric, graphic forms have inspired a host of contemporary designersin their own work while archival pieces have been reissued and been the subject of many international exhibitions. There
When Walkmen became popular in the '80s, there were NYC news reports showing people wearing headphones and obliviously walking in front of moving vehicles. But you didn't hear about too many Walkmen-related deaths. Nowadays with smartphones, however, there are entire supercuts on YouTube—far too graphic for us to embed here—showing
As we saw with Jay Bates' excellent workbench build, you can create an inexpensive vise using pipe clamps. But just out of curiosity I looked into the high end to see what's on offer, and it appears that Iowa-based Benchcrafted makes some of the most highly prized U.S.-built vises on
Seeking designers with 3-5 years experience that can concept, create sketches, models, renders, and full-size mock-ups. They'll conduct product research, 2D/3D data, computer graphic illustrations, and interpret and confirm styling trends. Must have thorough understanding of how engineering and manufacturing impact styling, consumer preferences, product market goals and technical requirements.
Pets love cardboard boxes, you love great design. Pets love cozy nooks and majestic napping, and you love your pet. Taking these critical factors into consideration, the cat fans/designers at Poopy Cat are launching a series of pet palaces you can both enjoy. This is the best
With over half a million visitors descending on Milan each year for the festivities associated with the oldest (and arguably most important) design event on the calendar, there's really something to see for everyone. Beyond the Salone del Mobile at Rho Fiera, exhibitions at the Triennale Design Museum and the
While we design wonks are out here trying to make wheels without spokes happen, real bike nerds are busy doing their own heavy-hitting BS engineering, from the labs at SRAM to the humble local bike shop. If you aren't crouching on the vanguard of the bike industry you may
What if the objects around us were better able to capture the sense of discovery we knew as children? Along with FilzFelt, Febric, Visual Magnetics and Brooklyn Glass, Core77 is proud to sponsor an initiative that is posing this very design brief: the 6th Annual WantedDesign Workshop.
In our previous two posts, we looked at some of America's pioneering women of midcentury automotive design. This week, we travel to Europe to explore the story behind an unlikely figure whose early exploits helped shape the automobile for centuries to come. Portrait of Bertha Benz as a young
The North Face has just released this video of their Access Pack, their now-available backpack design with a novel feature: A spring-loaded lid. Whether or not it's a necessary feature, and whether folks will pony up the $235 asking price, is another matter. The steel frame that makes the
Welcome to the second edition of the Drafting Table Quarterback. In this series, we tear down a product and analyze it from an Industrial Design perspective. In this edition, by popular demand, we are tearing open the new Beats Pill Plus. I know this is a teardown article but
This is one of the craziest tests of manual skill that we've ever seen. It's distinctly different from, say, the masterpiece-building required of German craft students because a) there is no design theory involved, and b) it does not rely on previously-practiced skills and focuses only on raw talent, by
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