Some of you designers work in consultancies where you get to work on a variety of project types. Others among you have developed narrow specialities, where you essentially design the same class of object over and over again. It would be easy for the former to assume the latter's gig
Let's have a bit of fun here: Given that it's now easier to start up a replica car company in the U.S., let's say that you had the funding to do it and unlimited licensing options. Which car design would you choose to revive? Remember that: - Under the Low
Candidates will support the ongoing art needs for "Dilbert" creator Scott Adams' startup. They'll work on creative projects ranging from comics, to Internet video content, to photography. Talents needed are Photoshop, Illustrator, Photography, Video editing, Drawing on Wacom Cintiq, Graphic design, Social Media skills, Communication skills, Productivity, Personality and energy.
Nicholas Baker is a talented industrial design student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. A little over a year ago, Baker designed this Prism Nightlight: The goal of this project was to explore a personal light device and create an innovative product taking inspiration from a notable designer.
During our very first day of Industrial Design school, our professor Dan Chelsea warned us fresh-faced sophomores of the ignorance we'd face during our careers. As he tackled the question "What is industrial design?" he recounted trying to explain the profession to a seatmate on an airplane: "You know, we
At first glance, this design for a stacking chair called the RJR might not seem like much: It's simple, clean, consists entirely of 90-degree cuts and looks like anyone could make one. But that's actually the point. That's because Italy-based industrial designer Mario Alessiani designed it for Slow/d, an Italian
Five years ago it was unthinkable that a major news program would be allowed to come inside Apple's secretive design studio—and record it. But that's exactly what happened with 60 Minutes, and for those of you that missed the program's airing on Sunday, CBS has now made the footage embeddable.
Hemingway once said that the hardest part about being a writer was cleaning out the refrigerator on the way to the typewriter. If you're a designer with any experience, you've now learned that the hard part isn't always the design work; it's primarily the crap you have to deal with
As Star Wars anticipation builds to a fever pitch, the impact on the culture simply cannot be understated. Some of it is fun, like the social media memes. While this one here isn't particularly brilliant, the comment beneath it cracked me up: By the way, so clogged are media networks
John Bielenberg is a designer, entrepreneur, and imaginative advocate for creating a better world through the application of “Thinking Wrong”. In 2003, he created Project M, an immersive program designed to inspire and educate young designers to shape a positive future through their work. In 2012, he co-founded Future Partners to advance his Thinking Wrong methodology within organizations and companies. Most recently, Bielenberg launched CCA Secret Project, a new program at the California Colleg
Quilling is an art form whereby strips of paper are curled, formed and glued. The process lends a three-dimensionality to linework that, when combined with a selection of colors, creates a pleasing graphic effect. Source Source Source Source With a relatively low barrier to entry, quilling work appears for sale
Attendees of last October's Core77 Conference will no doubt remember Matthew Manos's presentation—as the founder of the Los Angeles–based design-strategy consultancy verynice, Manos is on a mission to get more designers to donate their work to pro-bono causes, and he makes a persuasive case for why giving work away doesn't
Newell Rubbermaid is already an American consumer products giant, with the brands under their umbrella including Irwin, Sharpie, X-Acto, Elmer's, Prismacolor, Paper Mate, Vise-Grip, Rubbermaid and more. (Some of you may have even applied for the Senior Industrial Design job opening in their Ignite division, which makes thermal mugs and
Executing good industrial design is hard. This object here perfectly illustrates the gulf between the designer's intent and the end user's experience. It also shows how a device that was initially useful can turn, within months or years, into a worthless piece of plastic and wires destined for landfill. For
The awesome thing about being a designer, rather than a politician, is that our problems and solutions are much more clear-cut. Take the issue of the millions of refugees currently fleeing Syria and elsewhere: Even a compassionate politico eager to house them must first win consensus from potentionally xenophobic constituents.
I'm not surprised that Amazon is pressing ahead with their drone delivery initiative, and I even think they stand a chance of winning the regulatory approval they seek. I was not surprised when they released another video this weekend depicting their drone delivery vision. But I was surprised at how
Most of us would love to design an object that people were still using after our deaths. But would you work on a project that could only be experienced after you, your children and your grandchildren had all left this earth? Actor John Malkovich and director Robert Rodriguez were paid
On the day of the American book release launch of John Thackara's new book, How to Thrive in the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow's World Today, John Thackara sits down with Core77's Allan Chochinov to talk about the book, changing attitudes about the future, and where we might be heading.
Hosted in downtown Los Angeles, the second annual Core77 Conference was a celebration of the current landscape of design with it's theme, Designing Here/Now. An exploration of the spaces between design disciplines where today's most impactful work is taking place, this year's speakers are changing the definition of designer. Organized
AIGA is embarking on its second century with new leadership. Today the esteemed organization announced that, beginning in January 2016, Julie Anixter will take the helm after Richard Grefé's tenure will come to a close in December of this year. Anixer's unique career path has spanned numerous aspects of both
ICSID recently held their 29th General Assembly in South Korea, where they announced a momentous change: No longer will they be known as the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. Instead, they're re-branding themselves the World Design Organization, effective 2016. So what's up, why drop "Industrial Design" from their
We thought it wouldn't happen, but yesterday Nike reps did indeed visit Michael J. Fox and present him with a working pair of Nike Mags! Modeled after the sneakers with "power laces" that Nike devised for Back to the Future II, the Mags appear identical to what we saw in
Even if you're a talented independent product or furniture designer-builder, there's another crucial skill you need to succeed: The ability to negotiate that complicated middle layer between you and your desired customer. Let's say you've got a small handcrafted object that you think would sell well at Urban Outfitters; you
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
Let me tell you how a car salesman once quickly sold me on a Volkswagen. He was a large, obese man, which is relevant. On a test drive, he sat in the passenger seat and my father sat in the rear seat behind me; the two of us together provided
Ric Grefé has been the Executive Director of the AIGA for the past 20 years—an organization that boasts a membership of over 25,000 and has had an enormous influence on the practice of design. After its centennial year—AIGA itself has been around for 100 years—Ric will step down as the
DESIGNING HERE/NOW- the official title and mantra of the 2015 Core77 Conference - kicks off on October 22nd. Will you be there? With less than a month left to purchase your ticket and get your travel and accommodation plans in order, here are 10 reasons that will motivate you to
Earlier this year, a restauranteur in Norway ordered 100 chairs to furnish his establishment. Those of you who were paying attention in Furniture Design History 101 will recognize the Hans J. Wegner design that he ordered: It's been referred to as The Round One, The Round Chair or simply
"I'm extremely passionate about prototyping, because there's nothing worse than a bad prototype. You know, sitting with the drawing, looking at the first renderings on the computer, it's always interesting. But the moment where you go to a full-size prototype, that's the best part for me."
As hype cycles go, the interest in 3D printing has been waxing and waning since, say, Martha Stewart got her hands on a MakerBot. As other manufacturers have been struggling to find their footing, the upstarts at Formlabs have been expanding on all fronts—settling their legal issues, launching a handful
Almost everywhere I go (today it was while waiting to have my salad mixed at Chop't) I overhear someone talking to a friend about the travails they're facing as a new freelancer. That's why I was particularly excited to hear about the launch of Home/Office, a web series revealing the
BioLite, a company who is on a mission to bring "Energy Everywhere," has been developing technologies and products for two seemingly disparate markets—the outdoor camp market and emerging markets in the developing world—through a process of parallel innovation. Using the same fundamental technology, their first product offerings harnessed energy from wood-burning fires to power small consumer electronics like cellular phones, LED lights or headlamps.
Adults who play role playing games have money, and are willing to spend it on good design. That was the conclusion I came to after seeing Geek Chic's beautiful gaming tables, which carry five-figure price tags and year-long waiting lists. And something I found outstanding about their approach was beyond
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