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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Arcade Cabinet Build, Part 2Bob Clagett continues to amaze with Part 2 of his epic arcade cabinet build. This video, which is every bit as dense as Part 1, contains clear explanations and some great examples of both careful forethought and improvisation to overcome something not fitting right.
Last summer I was entertaining a no-nonsense Belgian acquaintance when we began eagerly discussing beer. He said IPAs were starting to gain traction in his hometown, and he'd liked the few he tried. I proudly pulled my 'fridge open and offered him a Torpedo Extra IPA, my favorite; he took
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This is one of those concept designs that I find horrific, yet I realize it is the target market's estimation that counts more than mine. And as a non-parent I am not the target market. Before I say any more to prejudice you, have a look at this thing: Now
Data Cocktail is a synesthetic way to consider digital data. Now, you can actually drink Twitter: when a cocktail is desired, the machine will look for the five latest messages around the world quoting one of the available ingredients. These gathered messages will define the drink composition. Data Cocktail not
One of the more fascinating challenges for a product designer is creating the UI for something tiny. Aspirin is a good example: The active ingredient is so miniscule that we cannot physically manipulate it, thus its creators wrap it in a pill comprised of 99% powder, or an airy capsule,
In February 2013 at Long Beach, I stood on a stage in front of 1500 people, all of whom had paid a lot of money to attend the week-long TED event. Trying to appear casual and confident but nervous as hell inside, I began my talk with the question, "Why
I thought this wasn't going to be funny, then I almost spit my coffee out while watching it. The comedy & gaming nerds over at Rooster Teeth rigged up an immersive "Space Invaders in Real Life" game, using a Nerf gun, paint ballons and a dolly track and cart. Watch
Ethan Imboden worked as an industrial designer for firms like Ecco and frogdesign, cranking out designs for everyday products (i.e., staplers and monitors), but grew to feel that he had something more to contribute. After starting his own design firm, he went with a client to the Adult Novelty Expo and saw bad design everywhere. He founded Jimmyjane as a response to that, and set out to use form, color, materials and so on to create premium vibrators. Now he's a visionary creative, with strong i
The Northern Lights are an elusive spectacle. To help you see it, the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, a Canadian nonprofit research facility, has set up an observation camera with a live feed located within the "aurora oval" that encircles the geomagnetic North Pole. The camera's watchers have gotten a little
Judith Glover is a design professor at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia and one of our judges for the latest 1-Hour Design Challenge. We first came across her after reading an article on her latest course offering this semester at the university. The mission of her class? To create a
Many desks on the market now are basically tabletops; there are no drawers or other storage mechanisms. But as I've noted before, many end users still need to keep a few things besides a computer close at hand—pencils, notepads, files, paper clips, etc. And there are many ways to design
On Tuesday, IDEO announced that it has joined kyu, a collective of creative companies owned by the Tokyo-based Hakuhodo DY Holdings. Kyu bought a minority stake in the 25-year-old design consultancy—the dollar amount and percentage are undisclosed—and IDEO will continue to be owned and independently managed by its partners. So
Looking around, many of us see issues that we feel should be taken care of. It can vary from wicked problems like climate change to smaller—yet important—issues such as garbage on the streets to common courtesies on the street. But the issue with systemic problems both large and small
Ideal applicants have a degree in product design or industrial design and 3-5+ years of footwear design experience with a well-established outdoor or athletic footwear brand. Passionate, self-starting, pragmatic candidates with advanced knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat Professional 11, and Rhino 3D/Modo are quintessential to this position.
I am so sick of the fact that we must constantly buy things, throw them out and buy new ones. I can't stand the appliance that breaks, the cheaply-made tool that fails, the object that's suddenly rendered entirely useless because one small plastic irreplaceable hinge has failed. Tara Button is
Talented footwear designers among you, here's a competition that's too good to pass up: The winner of the Pensole World Sneaker Championship will not only snag $20,016, but will see their winning design go into production and be offered for sale at Foot Locker. Oh yeah, and one other thing:
2016 is the year of the intelligent sex toy and we're celebrating with the Core77 Sex-tacular, an exploration of the ways that design and technology will shape the future of sex and intimacy. For our current 1-Hour Design Challenge: Sex Toys of the Future, we've invited three distinguished designers to
The Grid is a modular backpack designed for the modern creative on the go; simple, stylish, durable and practical. A high functional, modular backpack that opens up endless possibilities for customization. The principle is based on the Fibonacci spiral, combined with a system of straps and loops to add different
For a few brief years in the 1930s, Helen Hughes Dulany became industrial design’s “it” girl. Her modernist table accessories retailed in stores from Chicago to New York and were featured in magazines like House Beautiful and Arts and Decoration. In 1934, the Chicago Tribune described Dulany as “an over-worked genius with a many-angled career,” and in 1937 the New York Times named her one of the “best
From Russia comes this bizarre-looking, go-anywhere vehicle: Called the SHERP, it was developed by St. Petersburg mechanic Alexei Garagashyan, and it's essentially an enclosed ATV more than it is a proper truck. What's not clear from the photos is just how diminutive the thing is: It weighs only 2,866 pounds
Candidates will research, create and execute innovative concepts and designs that support the building of performance dog gear that enhances and inspires exploration for outdoor adventurers and their human companions. They'll need a Bachelor’s Degree and 3-5 years experience in product design for the outdoor, apparel or pet industries.
What happens when an astronomy enthusiast develops Autodesk 3ds Max skills? YouTube user Yeti Dynamics uses the program to create solar system "What if's," depicting what our sky would look like with alternate planetary configurations. First up, here's his visualization of some of the planets fancifully relocated to be the
If there are two things American cities have a seemingly endless supply of, it's homeless people and trash. Now someone has figured out how to turn one into a positive for the other. It's been five years since we looked in on Gregory Kloehn, the man we jokingly referred
While I admittedly dread the seasonal turnover from tinseled holiday wreaths to heart-shaped chocolate boxes, this year I have something new to look forward to. Ti Chang and her team at Crave have recently announced the Crave Bullet, their elevated modern take on the traditional bullet vibrator. Since its
Make this Valentine's Day Sex-tacular! Before you swipe right in search of that new Tinderoni or text your ex, sit down, deep stretch and sketch out some ideas for your fellow beloved Core77ers. Following up on last year's Tech-tacular we're taking advantage of the lovers holiday to explore the way
2016 is the year of the intelligent sex toy. Once simple products focused solely on ergonomics, sex toys are now enhanced with highly advanced technologies. For example, KIIROO is a teledildonic system that allows long distance couples to simulate intercourse through identically choreographed motion-enabled sex toys. We recently wrote about
In the Manhattan blocks surrounding us is a Maya-Lin-designed museum with exterior wood cladding, a French restaurant with exterior wooden planters, and a bar with an outdoor wooden bench. These wooden surfaces looked great when they were first installed--then went to hell after just one or two NYC winters. If
Ideal candidates will be T-shaped designers with 2-8 years of experience in product development with a high level of Solidworks surfacing skills. They'll be required to design and develop complex components for the motorcycle industry and should also possess the ability to apply commonly-used engineering practices and manufacturing processes.
Wallpaper is essentially clothing for your walls, which is why I consider it crazy to use it. Clothes go out of fashion, and nothing makes a home look more dated than wallpaper with a pattern that was clearly designed decades ago. What's even crazier is how labor-intensive it used to
In the Industrial Design department at Pratt, they taught us how to spray thinned joint compound onto our mock-ups. It was the quickest way to get sandably-smooth paint-ready surfaces on tricky shapes. For the rest of society, joint compound is something you use to patch holes, seal seams and get
Those of you watching Super Bowl 50 yesterday undoubtedly take that virtual yellow 1st & 10 line for granted, as it's been there since the late '90s. But some of you have undoubtedly wondered: How do they lay that into the picture while masking out the players in real time?
Tink Things is engaged in designing products that encourage the development of sensory intelligence in children. Considering different sensory needs and using therapeutic principles for shaping an environment for all kids is our way of using all the potential of children's interplay with their surroundings. Well directed interaction with space,
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