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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You've undoubtedly seen one of these before. It's a chair that's cleverly designed to turn into a stepladder. In the 'States, everyone from Home Depot to Sam's Club to Hammacher-Schlemmer sells one. Americans like to say it was invented by Benjamin Franklin, but 18th-Century examples also exist in Europe,
I love learning, and I hate school. Sitting in a classroom while a teacher drones on is my idea of torture. It's unnatural and it's boring. But if there's a physical problem to solve—let's say I'm making something in the shop, and it keeps breaking, and I have to find
As medical and recreational use grows, options for home storage remain outdated and ineffective at storing and preserving cannabis. Introducing Greenskeeper a uniquely functional storage system designed specifically for cannabis users. Wine and tobacco lovers have a multitude of high-quality solutions to properly store their collections yet cannabis consumers are left using plastic bags, food containers and glass jars. This was the impetus that led to develop Greenskeeper for Santa Cruz Bakeware
It's unknown if this is an original Amish design, being that it's sold online and we're pretty sure the Amish are not allowed to have websites. But a company called Barn Furniture Mart is selling this stepstool that transforms into an ironing board and is Amish-crafted. It's a tad pricey
Another Krampusnacht passed, and you made it! And there's still a few weeks left in 2016. You must have done a lot of good this year, or maybe Krampus just had his hands full elsewhere. Festive!Krampus is everybody's new favorite old world holiday sprite, and he's kind of a
Win yourself an awesome gift this holiday with Core77's Pick 5 Ultimate Gift Guide! Share an interesting themed holiday wishlist with us by TONIGHT for a chance to win awesome prizes including an Amazon Echo or a GoPro! Submissions are due tonight (December 9th) by 11:59 PM EST and winners
The Nest industrial design team is looking for a talented Designer. We are passionate about reinventing unloved but important home products by redefining human interaction and its aesthetic quality with strong attention to detail. The Work: At Nest you will collaborate closely with
Footwear designer, Jayda Hany, started off aspiring to be a womenswear designer, but her aspirations changed while studying architectural engineering The American University in Cairo. It was in school that she started to realize the close connection between footwear design and architecture—she had, "always viewed the shoe as a moveable,
Lately I have read some things online, had some conversations via social media, and fielded a few phone calls both as The Renaissance Woodworker and the Director of Marketing for a lumber company about using wood and environmental responsibility. I just had to say something in an effort to get
Elizabeth Beer is Creative Director of Various Projects, a multidisciplinary agency based in New York. Various Projects is known for their Various Keytags product + NY-based retail space Project No. 8. Their latest storefront project, "Various Products Group Show" begins in Manhattan this Friday, December 9 at 38 Orchard Street.
Change begins with knowledge. Armed with new insights, critical skills, and the confidence to take risks, motivated change agents initiate powerful action. Suz Somersall is using her platform as a change agent to empower new generations of women in engineering. Through her national education initiative, KiraKira, Somersall leverages the educational
GH 1 is a form study / concept for a column heater intended for gallery spaces. I designed a space heater intended for developing gallery spaces as a means to combat basic climate control issues—that of which are crucial in the preservation of artworks. More than anything, this premise was deliberately chosen so that the project would then serve as a vehicle to raise questions on the use and perception of objects, products, and built environments analogous to our experience of artworks. The heat
The Atlantic's ongoing "Inside Jobs" series lets you "hear what American workers have to say about their jobs" in candid terms. So far they've got folks from 103 different professions, everything from deliverypersons to CEOs, delivering answers to give you a sense of what their work lives are like.
The gulf between abstracted plans and on-the-ground reality is a real concern to the user researcher. These stories remind us that you can't anticipate all of what will happen in the field. We anticipate our destinations in their optimal versions, but unanticipated ordinary and extraordinary occurrences are
At the end of a long day, nothing is more tiring than hoisting that heavy bottle of hooch, removing the cap and pouring the contents into a glass. I mean what are we, a bunch of sommeliers? If I wanted to pour things I'd tend bar for a living. No,
Position Summary: The Product Designer designs and develops new products and product improvements by performing the following duties. This position is responsible for taking products from concept through production under aggressive timelines. Must possess some knowledge of molding, plastics, soft goods (not required but a plus)
Here's an unusual commission: A DJ and record store owner friend of Jimmy's asked him to make a special commemorative box that will hold three LPs, a 32-page booklet, a magic wand and a DVD. We always enjoy watching and hearing Jimmy design out loud, not to mention his
3D printing was initially used as a method of building prototype parts, but it has now become a more popular fabrication method used to create final stages of products, ranging from medical and dental implants to jet engine parts. In the near future, many products will be produced entirely by
Every time someone comes in and buys a marking or mortise gauge, I give them a quick demo on how to use it. It's not unusual for customers to know they need a gauge, but not how to use one. It's not their fault. There is a hell of a lot of misinformation on this subject, and using a gauge properly isn't intuitive.
Designers, tell us: did you have many opportunities within your industrial design programs to exercise your ability to design under different visual brand language restraints? Thanks to our discussion boards, we came across an interesting academic project created by JNiklasson and some of his fellow industrial design engineering students at
A major Asian consumer electronics company approached us to support their European and Asian design teams with a new perspective on communication tools. We developed a series of co-working workshops with a focus on rapid concept generation through an iterative process to find new solutions for the home phone.
Stephen Tracy is the Co-founder + Executive Director of Keap Candles in Brooklyn, NY. For his Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide, he shares a few of his desktop essentials. Check out the gift guide + create your own to win 1 of 4 Keap candles up for grabs this week!
Pick your calamity of choice: Zombie apocalypse, EMP attack or you went back too far in a time machine. You find yourself in a situation where you need to build something sturdy out of wood, but there are no cordless drills nor screws, just a rusty hammer and a box
Despite my shitshow of a writing desk, I'm a big fan of knolling and prep stations in my other work. Kitchens and workshops are safer, cleaner, and more satisfying to use when tools and materials are clearly available and ergonomically ordered. For that reason, I've always been interested that home
Graphic Designer will work within the FC Dallas Marketing Department in the creation of content for FC Dallas and all concerts and events put on by Toyota Stadium, Toyota Soccer Complex, MoneyGram Park and upcoming National Soccer Hall of Fame properties. This designer is responsible for supporting and helping shape
Back in the '80s, spoilers were the thing. But now they look kind of crass and they spoil, for lack of a better word, the visual lines of the car. Aston Martin's design team has thus designed their DB11 with an "aeroblade" configuration: Air gets sucked into vents aft of
As 2016 closes, we reflect on the year and prepare for the best that 2017 will bring. Surely the finest way to celebrate is with loved ones, and the next best way is to give them something timeless, useful, and beautiful to show appreciation for the goodness and undeniable utility
There's nothing like meeting someone to face to face, but obviously, you can't rely on trade shows exclusively to license your ideas for new products. They're yearly events! Whereas—especially given how important speed to market has become— embracing a sense of urgency will serve you well. That's where LinkedIn comes
Turo is a smart thermometer that delivers quick and accurate real-time hyperlocal temperature and provides customized insights into how you perceive temperature so you can properly layer up for the cold. Turo includes a network of products: Turo display, Turo sensor and the Turo app. They work together to
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