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Just in time for Nintendo's anxiously awaited (and slightly confusing) new Switch presentation, product designer Avichai Tadmor is here to serve us some refreshing OG Mario style. His product, the Ravanello, spins sharp and tangy radishes into cool power-up mushrooms with a few quick twists. The tool shaves the
A constant irritation I experience in the shop is having the vacuum hose snag on something. Even suspended from a ceiling-mounted bungie, it will sometimes catch the end of the saw track (usually in mid-cut) or the edge of the table if I'm sanding and have given the hose too
At first look Heng is a simple lamp, with a funny cord in the middle. The light, designed by Zanwen Li, really is simple but also more fun than it appears. The bentwood shapes and LED band are everything you'd expect, but to turn the lamp on and off you
Inventor David Knez has devised a simple way to loosen and tighten your shoes using only one hand. This is a very clever use of materials: In addition to being convenient for the able-bodied, Knez's QuickShoeLace should be a boon for single amputees or those born with only
Pulse worked with Drager on their Thermal Imaging camera for firefighters. The camera was developed with new innovative solutions for protecting the internal camera technology. This project also focused on ergonomic features crucial to rescuers during search and rescue applications. Our design and engineering team evolved the design to meet strict drop tests, heat resistance, flame resistance and functionality to pass regulatory requirements including IP 67.
The greatest technological challenge of the 20th Century was not the moon landing; it was how to get fresh, delicious beer from a brewery into a customer's belly. Prior to the 1930s if you wanted beer, you and a guy named Amos rolled a barrel from the brewery back to
Compared with last year's CES and Detroit Auto Show, this year has seen a lot less odd concept vehicles and last mile design. One neat 2017 standout has been the mysterious but fun Ioniq scooter teased by Hyundai at CES. The company's line of Ioniq electric vehicles is plugging along
POSITION SUMMARY Flexjet, a luxury private jet travel provider, is currently seeking a Graphic Designer to assist with the execution of creative marketing and communication design needs within their in-house creative team, Studio One. The ideal candidate will be a motivated, innovative individual with 2-3 years of professional in-house
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.
Renfrew Group, in partnership with the NHS unveiled the innovative modular children’s wheelchair ‘Chair 4 Life’ system designed to address the unmet needs of disabled children and young adults at NHS Expo in April 2013. The Chair4Life (C4L) initiative was developed by the NHS National Innovation Centre (NIC) in response to clear statements of clinical need from users, carers and health experts.
When we announced Ikea's chainless bicycle last year, there was no word on a U.S. release date. But the company has just announced that the Sladda is now available here--at a lower price point than expected--and we've finally gotten a closer look at some of the features. First off, to
Scholastic seeks an energetic, curious, and talented designer to join a design department in its education division. The designer’s primary job responsibilities are to design best-in-class book covers, interiors, packaging, product-branding and digital-experiences. They must collaborate with the art director, editorial, and production to meet deadlines and exceed expectations.
Last time we covered the brilliant cartoonist/inventor Steven M. Johnson, he'd just released a book of his transportation designs. Now he's got a new book out and it spans every design field under the sun. Johnson has graciously allowed us to show you some of the images from "Patent
Artist Nadja Buttendorf snagged my attention with an invention that is simultaneously intriguing and skin crawling: soft fingernails. Anyone who's grown long nails can attest that they come with a host of structural and environmental issues. Typing, opening lids, and navigating anything with push buttons can be tricky or even
How do you get to work each morning? According to the United Nations and World Bank, there's a 54% chance that you live in or near an urban center - and it follows that you likely work in that city as well. It's possible that your home is within walking
Kikka Digga is a universal retro fitting digging gadget attachment for all digging forks and spades, it was designed to make digging easy by attaching a pivoted footplate to help with insertion and leverage, therefore sparing the user from any physical strains. Digging is a hazard and a pain in
It's amazing how accidents and coincidences can lead to careers. Hank Gilpin was a photography major at RISD who needed to choose an elective. He wanted Glass but the course was already full and got stuck with Wood. Well, the teacher turned out to be legendary Danish Modern designer/builder Tage Frid
Like all vehicles, F-16s require regular maintenance, and like all vehicles it wasn't designed with external tool holders. Air Force mechanic Tom Burden got sick of tools sliding off of the plane while he was fixing it—"Heck, I nearly fell off the jet once. I could have broken my neck!"
Bring your dog to work! Outward Hound, a world leader in the pet products industry, is searching for an industrial designer to join our "woof pack". As a member of our multidisciplinary team, you will be charged with designing world-class dog and cat products that delight and enhance the lives
Alireza Nemati lives in Moscow, where he and his wife live in a tiny apartment—just 35 square meters (about 375 square feet). Fortunately Nemati is a product designer, so, design to the rescue! "[My] main task," Nemati writes, "was to create a comfortable open space plan with enough area for
I can't believe 2016 is over. I thought you all might like to see every fun "free time" sketch I did in 2016. There are about 250 sketches here. I put this together to show you just how many rapid visualization exercises I do in a year. Remember, these are
Last week I posted the following challenge: Match up, with their trades, seven engravings of old workbench designs from the Diderot Encyclopedia. I didn't expect it to be easy, but I thought it an interesting way to allow people to look at benches critically and try to figure out what
Fuseproject studio's newest debuts tackle a challenging question: how can designers help aging consumers reap the benefits of the newest technologies in a way that feels intuitive, friendly and unobtrusive? With the announcement of two of their newest projects—ElliQ and Superflex—Yve Behar's team continues their recent fascination with robotic technologies
Enblue Technology, a leader in premium power solutions for mobile devices, challenged Bluemap Design to find an innovative solution. We realized that travelers already have a great weighted desk base with them all the time, the luggage itself. SMARTOO is a foldable desk which clamps onto the pull up handle of any luggage and turns it into a mobile working desk.
Mazda's CX-9 is the company's largest vehicle to date and embodies the Kodo (soul of motion) design philosophy. First showcased by the Shinari concept car in 2010 and since evolved by the Miata, CX-3 and CX-5 models, Kodo is about "creating cars that embody the dynamic beauty of life," according
"At 36 I can still work circles around the 25-year-olds, but my hands wake me up at 3am," a subcontractor told me. "And they were staying numb for four days at a time. It was bad enough that I couldn't even drive or hold a coffee cup or my cell
As a leading worldwide provider of navigation, we are committed to making superior products for automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor and fitness markets that are an essential part of our customers’ lives. Our vertical integration business model keeps all design, manufacturing, marketing and warehouse processes in-house, giving us more control over
Do you love the chill of winter like… a lot? If so, Harbin, China might be the place for you. Every year, starting on frigid January 5th, the northern town hosts a month-long display of shockingly large sculptures and palatial buildings all made from ice. Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon The
If you're like me and don't have the scratch or space for a larger air compressor, you're probably stuck with the 6-gallon pancake that I have. With such a small tank the thing cycles on constantly and it is LOUD. So, here's an alternative: In this video industrial designer Eric
There's an increasingly smaller gap these days between the roles of designers working concerned with the physical world (i.e. industrial designers) and those completely enveloped in the digital (UX designers)—not only that, it's starting to feel especially important for industrial designers to become more familiar with virtual environments to help
Plastic Player is a playful analog interface for digital music, combining the physical tactile experience of choosing a record with the convenience of digital music services such as Spotify.
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