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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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
The issue of females being underrepresented in STEM fields isn't an easy one to unpack. The dismal statistics can also place an undue burden on the minority of females that do make public strides in STEM, unfairly asking them to represent their entire gender in addition to achieving their personal
In that Game of Thrones 360 video, we got to admire the work of the CGI modelers who created the mesmerizing structures for the opening sequence. Those were, of course, digital. But now Italian creative agency Dadomani Studio has created an actual physical version, painstakingly cut from paperboard by staff
In Milan, Nike staged a large-scale installation celebrating the spirit of material innovation and the Nature of Motion through collaborations with an international cadre of talented designers and a joyful display of the imaginings of their in-house design team. With a focus on the evolution of the Nike running shoe—from
Nimble Scooters is a California based startup that specializes in people-powered cargo transportation. The first sketches and prototypes came out in 2011 when the founders, a group of friends who met in the Industrial Design program at California State University Long Beach, were looking for an easy way to get
You sit on a chair in a kitchen. In front of you on the table is a black, glossy cube. The cube is about the size of your hand and vividly reflects its environment. Sharp edges meet at sharp corners. There are no visible means of manufacture, no split lines,
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.
As reported in Bike Radar last week, Moss Bikes has unveiled an adventure bike with a tipply secret. All business... Mad Men style.The frame in question, the Spitfire CX, was shown at the recent Bespoke custom bike show in Bristol. It has raw and rugged good looks, made from
Yesterday we looked at Lady Liberty with a sword, and today we look at a sword-wielding woman currently of greater global interest: Brienne of Tarth. As Game of Thrones starts this Sunday, it won't be long before we're seeing armor-suited folks like her putting some wear and tear on their
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