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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Here's a fascinating interview with The Sucklord, the NYC-based artist that cranks out modified and unlicensed action figures from his downtown studio. Whether it's Gay Empire Homotroopers, and AT-AT that looks like it's been through the South Bronx in the late '70s or a Sleestak in a business suit, the
When you see photos of classic cars from past decade, they're often beautifully restored, looking better than they did when they left the factory. No such love is given to old computers, as most people don't care. Photographer James Ball, however, does.
Getting hired at Worlds of Wonder at age 27 as my first 'real' job was a dream come true. A toy company, really? As a child I devoured toys, collecting everything — soldiers, Matchbox cars, model airplanes, board games. I was truly giddy. After experiencing what it took to
At Core77, we feel strongly about providing as much information we can within the scope of design you won't find elsewhere—not in school nor other websites that cover design for the general audience. We're here for YOU designers, so this recent discussion started by Richard_Leyens certainly struck a chord with
"Slow dance" is a picture frame that makes real objects appear to move in slow motion. By taking advantage of the limits of human visual perception, this optical illusion sculpture appears to be doing the impossible—right before your eyes. Slow Dance combines technology, science, and art, in order to remind
In 2013, Hyperloop was just a conceptual design released by Elon Musk and his team at SpaceX for open source development. Musk's vision of high-speed pneumatic tube transportation system isn't a new one, but his original concept proposed a route to transport people and goods running alongside I-5, making the
While umbrellas are for rain in NYC, in Saudi Arabia's Mecca they provide respite from the blistering sun. Each year millions of Muslims visit Mecca for their haj pilgrimage, and after years of volunteering there, scientist Kamel Badawi has envisioned an object to serve the needs he's observed. First and
Callisto Media, one of Publishers Weekly’s fastest-growing U.S. publishers, is seeking a talented full-time Art Director. Callisto is a fast-paced and successful startup at the forefront of a new publishing venture, creating books in Cooking, Health, Diet, Business, Crafts, Reference, and Fitness, among other genres.
We're used to seeing those standardized crash tests involving cars and concrete blocks. But Switzerland's Dynamic Test Center puts those to shame, rigging up unusual, kinetically violent arrangements at the request of clients in search of unexamined data points. What happens when a car hits another car at 200 k.p.h.?
The 2016 International IDSA Conference was hosted in Detroit last week with a focus on the theme of "Making Things Happen." Detroit, with it's wrought morality tale of decline from the richest city in the United States in the 1950's and '60s to it's recent designation as the country's poorest
Design entrepreneurs: Luggage seems to be a category in need of improvements, as evidenced by the rash of new, successfully-funded designs we've seen in the past couple of years. They've included features like expandable shelves, an integrated suit-packing system and folding fabric lids. On Kickstarter, the Trunkster featured a roll-top
The Tour Caddy, ProPod is a new and radical approach to the design and manufacture of the industry standard golf trolley and golf bag. The monocoque motorized carry pod, offers an all-weather all-in-one golf solution.
The art of go-kart racing dates back to the late 1930s, when various small, open-wheeled race cars were first developed and used in organized races around oval tracks. The sport caught on, peaking in the 1950s, but eventually faded out over the following decade. It's an art that Douglas Varey,
I have no idea what made him think of this, but a fellow named John Heisz decided to remove his table saw blade, and replace it with a circle he cut out of paper. Here's what happened:
Jumpstart your week with our insider's guide to events in the design world. From must-see exhibitions to insightful lectures and the competitions you need to know about—here's the best of what's going on, right now.
We're seeking exceptional motion designers. Craftswomen/craftsmen that can express and amplify creative points with the use of motion and animation. Seasoned motion designers that can extend the craft of animation and motion from concepting all the way to launch. Creatives that are comfortable venturing into the ambiguous and the unknown.
Some crazy design & engineering from Frank Howarth this week, as he makes an overhead camera boom that slowly rotates, providing a very cool time-lapse effect with circular motion.
Core77's editors spend time combing through the news so you don't have to. Here's a weekly roundup of our favorite stories from the World Wide Web.
An enormous global community enabling the creation of over 100,000 projects in the past six years, Kickstarter brings people together and brings projects to life. This past week in Brooklyn, the organization held their annual day-long festival, celebrating all types of creators and innovators. From virtual meditation to flat-pack
We take pride in nurturing a community at Core77 full of amazingly talented and thoughtful designers—which is why we've organized a contest so you can show us what you've got. One awesome new feature of our 2016 Core77 Designing Here/Now Conference is the incorporation of workshops led by Core77
This new multi-functional tool is both a knife sharpener and a tool to work on your knife combined into one unit. There are two pull-through sharpening slots, a coarse and a fine slot, for sharpening everyday pocket knives and sport knives. In addition to knife and tool sharpening capabilities, the Sharpener and Knife Tool can also be used to repair and maintain your knife. It has 8 different wrench bits that store inside the product's durable, plastic housing to use for removing pocket clips an
I've got several industrial sewing machines mounted on leveling feet to deal with my uneven floors. But I've found the vibrations of the machines are enough to loosen the nylon-insert lock nuts attaching the feet to the table legs. While poking around for a better solution, I came across this
This video's title, "Redneck Drives a Duct Tape Car Off a Cliff" is a bit misleading, but perhaps there's no other way to describe it in 10 words or less. The folks behind FiberFix, a super-tape allegedly 100 times stronger than duct tape, put together this nutty demonstration of its
The Graphics Specialist is responsible for daily requirements of internal and external graphic production. Designs, coordinates, and produces a variety of marketing visual material for promotions, posters, fliers, advertisements, packaging and media outlets such as websites and other digital avenues for the Resort.
Is there anything worse than being berated for your personal choice of phone? By someone who does not see the phone as an occasionally helpful glass rectangle, but as a lifestyle choice, a representation of your worth as a human being? Here comedian Ronny Chieng, prior to landing his Daily
It's interesting to see that the rim of a bicycle wheel is essentially made the same way that Jimmy DiResta made the rim of a magnifying glass in last week's Maker's Roundup. I guess there's only so many ways to turn a straight piece of metal into a circle. Beyond
The standard modus operandi for folks who are drilling holes and driving screws is to have one tool for each. Not having to continually swap bits is worth the weight of an extra tool pulling one side of your belt down. Thus most folks doing this sort of work have
The Space Cradle is a wood and leather ergonomic hand rest for 3D mice, secondary mice used to navigate in 3D programs such as CAD. The wood is CNC routed, hand sanded, and oiled. The cushion is made of EVA foam for a perfect level of comfort and stability. The rest is then hand wrapped in upholstery leather for a beautiful final touch.
Since I don't have the time or money to go visit all the many interesting design and furniture shows around the world, I content myself with gazing at the products shown on the exhibitions' websites. While shows like Maison & Objet rightfully get a lot of attention, others have intriguing
The world recently lost a pioneer in the design field, a business innovator, and a passionate advocate for better sex. Joani Blank, founder of Good Vibrations, the first women-centered and all-inclusive sex toy shop in America, died on Saturday August 6th, at the age of 79. Blank started the
We figured self-driving cars were maybe five or ten years away. But Uber has beaten Apple, Google, Tesla and others to the punch, and is rolling out a small fleet of autonomous Volvos--this month, according to Bloomberg. In the test city of Pittsburgh, Uber users will summon cars as normal
Welcome to the New Era of IBM Design. We are transforming the way IBM thinks. We are transforming the way IBM designs products. And we are transforming IBM’s culture. We are looking for talented and motivated designers to drive an era of design-led innovation.
When the Nazis took power in the 1930s, Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius wisely, and daringly, escaped to America. Gropius, along with protégé Marcel Breuer, landed teaching gigs at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Harvard subsequently amassed, with Gropius' help, a massive collection of "more than 30,000 [Bauhaus-related] objects, from
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