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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We've been longtime fans of Local Motors, the low-volume vehicle manufacturer whose crowdsourced approach might be the antidote to corporate-designed cars. And we were really excited to hear that their Rally Fighter would be featured in Transformers 4. Then, unfortunately, we saw Transformers 4. But there's another Hollywood property with
Last night's GoT season finale had something for everyone: Schemers, revenge-seekers, fans of political intrigue…and book nerds. Nearly halfway through last night's extra-long episode, we're treated to a few fleeting, magnificent shots of what is meant to be the greatest library within that fantasy universe, and it does not disappoint.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is an oasis of calm in New York City, providing stunning waterside views and some much-needed greenery. To further isolate the park's Pier 3 Greenway Terrace, the developers constructed a 45-foot sound-attenuating hill behind it, blocking the noise of the city and traffic on the other side.
There's no storage in my bathroom, so last weekend's DIY project was to build this simple shelf over the sink using scraps. The three walls of the nook are neither flat nor square. I had just one piece of scrap pine to use for the shelf, and needed to
Natural experiences, especially in hospital settings, serve as positive emotion boosters. When patients are having fun, it’s easier for them to learn and to heal. But natural materials are dangerous for kids with weak immune systems who can’t be exposed to germs and bacteria. Katie Stoudemire, founder of Wonder Connection, a program with a mission to bring the natural world to pediatric patients, envisioned a product that lets hospitalized kids get their hands dirty. From her work in environment
Plenty of people tout innovative uses for recycled plastic, from vertical gardens made out of discarded plastic bottles to this unnecessarily robust coin purse. But, at the end of the day, many of these designs fall short because they're not creating a product that is desirable when divorced from the
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.
Motivated to pass down what he's learned to the future generation of designers, Dieter Rams granted filmmaker Gary Hustwit unprecedented access to him and his archives for two weeks. The result will be Rams—the first ever documentary about the great designer who has designed over 500 products, many of which
Are you a Color Material and Finish (CMF) designer looking for a new challenge and a possibility to work in a creative environment for the premium brand of Volvo Trucks in North America? We are now looking for a CMF Designer to join our design team.
Maybe it's because I just watched Fury Road for the 12th time and wish I were a desert warrior, maybe it's because summer is FINALLY here in Portland, and maybe it's because this design was a long time coming, but I want to huck around on one of these weird
This week Jimmy DiResta takes four basket-case flea market hand tools, including a beefy Buck Bros. mortise chisel and what looks to be a timber-framing slick, and returns them to full functionality using shop magic and elbow grease
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.
First released in 2005, the Nerf N-Strike Maverick REV-6 has become a toy design classic. The six-round revolver fires foam darts, but former NASA engineer and current science YouTuber Mark Rober decided that wasn't enough foampower for him. Thus he created, with a little help, this rather scaled-up version that
This past Thursday artist Tom Sachs and drummer, DJ, and music producer Questlove met for a discussion on the intersections of art and science, and their mutual love of music from across the globe. On view until August 14 at the Brooklyn Museum, Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999–2016 transforms
The SMART Brailler is unique in its multi-function, multi-sensory output using the standard braille keyboard. Fitted with a proprietary electronic device that displays large print, simulated braille images and audio output, the SMART Brailler allows non-braille users to access what is being typed. Because the device is built around a Next Generation Perkins Brailler®, hard copy braille is also generated simultaneously. It not only functions as a mechanical brailler, it allows a student to save a
Now that they've mastered disgruntled humanoid robots that can curse, Boston Dynamics has turned their attention back towards emulating the animal kingdom. Their latest creation serves as a demonstration to the world that when playing God--or is that playing dog--a robot manufacturer needn't hew to the laws of biology. They
The thing about books is that they're not very much good when they're closed and wedged into a shelf. At the same time, no sensible curator would let you put your grubby little mitts on a 250-year-old treasure. So, starting in 2013, the British Library began scanning thousands of books
The Community Choice Prize is an award that debuted during last year's Core77 Design Awards season as a means to incorporate the voices of our loyal readers (that means you!). Fourteen total Community Choice Prizes are distributed: 13 Category Winners—the top vote-getters in their respective category—and one Grand Prize Winner, the project that receives the most votes overall. You can vote for as many projects as you like, however, you are only allowed one vote per project. Every honored project
Gulliver's Gate is a brand new, scale-model destination in New York City's Times Square. We're putting together a killer team of engineers and model makers to make our miniature world a must-see. You'll be on a team collaborating on concept development, design, and 3D modeling of one of our most
While it's common practice for a company to take the last name of a prominent inventor, few have taken the first name. But since "Tesla" was already taken, electric vehicle company founder Trevor Milton went with "Nikola." Milton's Nikola Motor Company develops sleek-looking, electric-powered vehicles, but they won't be competing
Those of you that make things with your hands: What is your absolute favorite process? Grinding a weld, serging an edge, routing a roundover? For me it is, hands-down, using a handplane to create smooth, flat surfaces. I was hooked from the first time I used a block plane to
Waze is one of the more brilliant apps out there, effectively wielding the power of shared information to improve individual situations. In the old days, motorists used to flash their headlights at oncoming traffic to warn them of upcoming speed traps; it was easy and conveyed useful information. With Waze
Throughout the years, as technology and manufacturing bloomed and prospered, mankind's imprint on the planet, similarly, grew exponentially. Initially very little was understood about the adverse effects of pollution and waste, and even as information came to light, it was often met with indifference. Recently though, particularly the last few
John Pickett Council founded the family business in 1886 and 130 years on, Council Tool is still known for making hand tools of strength, quality, and durability. Made with pride and expertise in North Carolina, all Council tools meet a time-tested standard. Hudson 28" AxeCouncil, the company's founder, established
A transradial prosthetic arm for the sport of rock climbing. Currently, almost all prosthetics are designed for general use, with a ‘one does all’ outlook. This product aims to turn disability into ability by designing specifically for the task. SCALO is fully mechanical and modular, aiming to be as economical
I've long been aware of Poppin's office furniture and supplies, since so many of the products are organizing-related: file cabinets, staplers, pen holders and much more. So when I learned Poppin had teamed up with the Rochester Institute of Technology for its Metaproject—an industrial design senior project—I was intrigued and
Less than 24 hour less to sketch your furniture or object concept meant to better the lives of freelancers and win a beautiful desk set from Grovemade! (Two runner ups will also receive Hand Eye Supply gift cards!) So what are you waiting for? Spend your lunch hour having fun
While you can find all kinds of interesting jobs for creatives on Coroflot, earlier this month NYC's Department of Parks and Recreation topped us with a unique listing. The position pays $75,544 a year, "requires extraordinary physical effort" and spans the city's five boroughs. Job title: "Blacksmith's Helper." For those
Production Manager at Matter Made oversees production of both orders and working on developing designs. Some of the responsibilities of this multifaceted position include: maintaining part inventory, managing production staff, and working with the Matter Made team to develop new designs. Overview of Key Responsibilities:
Are you bored with your single speed? Does your cycling lack style and urgency? Add pep to your ride with a bike that's part mechanical spider demon! Though less objectively terrifying than certain other awkward movers, this bike project uses the same spooky flavor of walking technology that brings Theo
A blanket statement to our European readers: The only thing that makes us Americans feel that we're not the only country filled with knucklehead bros is watching your soccer hooligans running amok. But now a kindly band of Irish football fans may be taking that away from us. To catch
I've been working independently for over three years now. All the projects I do are either open-source or I just give them away for free. Phonebloks, the modular phone, was shared openly online. Then, we spend over 3 years developing Precious Plastic, which in the end everyone can just download
I see a lot of people using a western style (cut on push) dovetail saw having trouble starting the cut and then continuing smoothly onwards. The reason almost never has to do with the saw. Most people seem to start a cut with the saw resting on the trailing edge
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