For auto design lovers it's hard not to pine away for the 1950s, when America released bold, original shapes that became the envy of the world. Outside of Cuba or a retro auto show, you're not likely to see dozens of these cars at once. Unless you know Lenny in
Here's a great example of how clever design features can be packed into something as simple as a bottle. Billed as "The glue bottle that sucks," FastCap's GluBot shows that by analyzing how things are actually used and making some clever changes, one can vastly improve the end user's experience.
In many cases, furniture and products are simply presented in shiny, spotless and finished form, void of any context. On less frequent occasions, a designer's process is voiced through the actual form of the object; in these instances not only does the form shed light on how something was made,
Edge Dominos maintain the traditional number pattern but innovate by using solid aluminum and removing all excess material. Travel-size and light weight, Edge works just as well on the go as it does around the home. The durable black metal finish and laser engraved number pattern will never scratch off,
Market research shows that 50% of folks who own an SLR camera no longer use it. It's simply too bulky to carry around, especially with a full complement of lenses, and most of us find it more convenient to shoot with our phones. Enter brilliant inventor Rajiv Laroia, who stopped
Even as the mall meets its demise in America, the one-stop retail megaplex rises anew, bigger and better than ever, in the Far East, with the gravitational pull to bring design week into its purview. The narrative is altogether too obvious; the artlessness fitting, in some ways, for China, but
There are two Toyota stories in the news right now, and we're guessing they only want you to hear about one of them. The one we assume they'd rather go unnoticed is about government bodies asking why Toyotas are so popular with ISIS members. (I had a couple of jokes
I never cared for the floor-level squat-style toilets I encountered in Italy and Japan, but those who owned them swore by them. The body position one must adopt, they insisted, allowed for more natural elimination. I'd also heard claims that the squatting position contributed to better colon health. But absent
While Airbus is figuring out how to stack folks double-height in Business Class, Boeing has been looking into ultralight metallic structures. HRL Laboratories, a research institute that does R&D for Boeing, has developed what they're calling "the world's lightest material." And despite it being 100 times lighter than Styrofoam, it's
We're approaching the time of year when end users start selecting their calendars or planners for the next year. Last October, I noted some calendar/planner design features and trade-offs; this year, I'd like to focus on some of the more interesting desktop planner and calendar designs I've seen. Many of
We all love tools, so what's better than seeing a list featuring the most innovative tool in every category you can think of? This year Core77 is proud to be a media sponsor of the 2015 Pro Tool Innovation Awards, where the guys and gals over at Pro Tool Reviews
On Sunday, a reporter covering the flooding in South Carolina made an interesting discovery: A colony of fire ants were weathering the storm by creating an enormous life raft, made out of themselves. The ants had all linked their limbs together, creating a contiguous mass that readily floats. The reporter
Today on ImpactDesignHub.org, Core77's Allan Chochinov speaks with solar tech pioneer Hugh Whalan about his most recent project PEG, a pay-as-you-go technology to provide financing for solar to 500,000 customers in West Africa by 2018. Read the full interview on ImpactDesignHub.org to hear more about Whalan's strategies for change-making, entrepreneurship
Meet ZIGGi, DESKi and CLASSi, the three newest members of our original lighting family at 'by BULBING'. This new series offers bigger and brighter optical illusion lamps that aim to alter the perception of space and form using 3D shapes as the basis of the 2D designs.
Finishing up his trilogy of furniture built from large tree parts, Jimmy DiResta tackles seating in this episode of DiResta's Cut. (The previous two installments included a live-edge shelf and a table.) Though under the weather, Jimmy DiResta still managed to get into the shop to crank out this latest
A recently-granted Airbus patent is causing quite the stir. The company's Hamburg-based design team envisions a variety of cabin arrangments with staggered "mezzanine seating" protruding into the "substantially unused upper lobe of the aircraft fuselage," and most press outlets seem to be unfairly demonizing it, accusing the company of trying
With over 180 brands spread over two venues, this year's presentation at designjunction was a diverse celebration of design. With the main event taking place at the former Central Saint Martin's building in Bloomsbury, visitors had a unique experience of inhabiting the hallways and studio spaces that incubated the ideas
Time to put your ID thinking caps on. Take a second and think about how you'd solve the following problem using design: 1) You feed your family by fishing in the frigid Alaska, out on the open water in a dugout canoe. 2) If you catch a fish
On August 12, 1982, I opened up a standard 7 1/2" by 9 3/4" composition book and began taking notes on a phone conversation. I forget where the book came from. I may have found it in the supply cabinet of Vignelli Associates, where I had been working for a
Who didn't love field trips in grade school? They were a refreshing departure from the sit-down-and-listen-up modus operandi of most curriculums and offered the excitement of socializing en route. We don't think such fun has to stop because we're all "professionals" now, so we added three design-centric Field Trips to
Design collaboration platform Invision has announced they're producing a feature-length documentary detailing "how the most important and influential technology companies are using product design to change the world." Judging by the sneak-peek trailer, below, it appears to focus more on UI/UX rather than physical objects, but we're thinking this will
If you're checking out grad schools for next September, be sure to RSVP for SVA's MFA in Products of Design program's Open House & Info Session on Friday, November 6th, from 2-5pm in New York City. Chaired by Core77's Allan Chochinov, the department welcomes guests to meet faculty, current students,
Design schools have long taken to their hometown design festivals to capitalize on a broader audience for their work, and the China Central Academy for Fine Arts is no exception. From the Visual Communication department's “Museum of Bicycle Parts” in 2013 to last year's Industrial Design student showcase “Everyday Issues,”
From Auckland, New Zealand, ID student Tim Lee snagged first place in our Workspace Challenge Photo Contest. While Lee's shop was nowhere near as dense as fourth-place winner Mark Roberts', Lee's clean presentation and clear labeling makes his workspace instantly comprehensible, and clarity counts for a lot! We're also digging
Second place in our Workspace Challenge Photo Contest goes to ID student Samantha "Sammy" Creeger. Creeger reminds us of the depth of an ID education by showing us not one, but three workspaces, all of which your average ID student might be toiling in during the same day. __________________________________________________________ My
As the sole office space submission in our Workspace Challenge, Third Prize goes to upstart architecture firm Purple Studio over in New Delhi. Seeing their entry reminds us that much of the design work that shapes our surroundings takes place within clean, rectilinear rooms lit by LEDs. __________________________________________________________ We are
Mark Roberts is a product designer and luthier, and he made the top four of our Workspace Challenge for having one of the densest, most functional workspaces submitted. (He would have placed higher in the ranking if he'd had call-outs, which would have greatly increased the viewer's understanding of his
Atelier Robotiq employs Aerospace fiber winding technology to make intricate designs for their lightweight lamps made by an industrial robot. Lamps are produced using 100-meter long fiber cord, which is then woven around a shape using robotic technology.
The Victoria & Albert Museum was once again a center of activity and specialty commissions during this year's London Design Festival. From mischer'traxler's poetic "Curiosity Cloud," an immersive and interactive kinetic sculpture, to the fantastic treasure hunt for Faye Toogood's cloaks—wrought from a variety of materials and scattered around the
If you played sports as a kid—or have a kid who plays sports—you're probably familiar with the cheap, ubiquitous and not terribly effective "boil and bite" mouth guards sold at most sporting-goods stores. The Chicago-based designer Scott Wilson was certainly familiar with them—he remembers watching his daughter struggle to mold
Those of you enrolled in Transportation Design programs will shortly be making clay models, if you're not already. Eventually you'll paint them and present them at crit. And no matter how different your designs are, every paint job in the room will have one thing in common: They'll all glisten
TiVo has unveiled their new Bolt set-top box, and every article written about it cannot help but mention the physical design. That's because it looks like this: While the odd shape is arguably functional--the cooling vents are located beneath the apex of the arch--I can't help but feel the form
ONELID was originally spawned by the ambition to make a lid that would minimize the risk of over boiling—but along the way we learned there were so many more annoying things related to the regular lids we use, like finding a lid that fits, burning hands and difficulties draining.
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