American cars have at times been the fastest and flashiest, but rarely have they been the strangest. In my opinion, the French are truly the masters of bizarre cars. Sure, every major car maker has made an oddity or two, but it seems the French made it a point of
Great news! The 2016 Core77 Conference Designing Here/Now is returning to Downtown Los Angeles September 29th and 30th. Join Core77 this fall for a symposium bringing together global design talent for inspired talks by luminaries from the disciplines of art, science, engineering and business. This year we've added a full
It's been a while since we've heard anything from Project Ara, Google's modular smartphone concept. We were worried it bit the dust, but Google's ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) group has just released this new teaser video: We like that rather than hitting us over the head with specifications and
The sharing economy has accustomed us to the concept of sharing homes, cars, bicycles, offices, labor, even food. But for some reason I never thought I'd see a company built around sharing furniture. A startup called Furnishare is betting that folks who own furniture they're not using are willing
Lazer Tag Kit In the mid-80s, I had the fortune of working at the red-hot toy startup Worlds of Wonder in its design department. Worlds of Wonder brought Teddy Ruxpin, the animatronic storytelling teddy bear that became a bestseller, to market, as well as similarly innovative products like Lazer Tag.
Those who live in an urban/suburban bubble might see drone delivery as a nifty way to receive pizzas. But for those in rural, geographically-remote areas, a successful drone delivery system could literally save lives. Consider someone who immediately needs medication, but lives in a mountainous region where the pass is
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
Spring has sprung here in the Northern Hemisphere and we're fully embracing the emergence of the new—ideas, materials, projects and presentations. With all the buzz surrounding spring presentations, design weeks, conferences and the like, we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to chat with a select group of experts
Mauro Porcini is the Chief Design Officer at PepsiCo. He is in charge of defining the brand design strategy and the innovation strategy of the company, by leveraging the mindset, the processes, and the tools of the design world.
Ikea has announced they'll be selling an item whose name you can not only pronounce, but that you can ride. The furniture giant is releasing a unisex bicycle "designed to fit an urban lifestyle" called the Sladda. Gokiso wheels, Shimano shifters? Not exactly. Ikea seems to have recognized that bike-lovers
Entrepreneur Coss Marte started work at age 13, and by 19 was making $2 million a year. The problem was that his job was selling drugs on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. No stranger to jail, before the age of 20 Marte was arrested again and looking at his
Taiwan is looking like a good place for design entrepreneurs to set up shop. We've already seen what Mininch has done time and again, successfully kickstarting a bunch of little pocket tools (here, here and here); a similar approach is being taken by their neighbors Human Mechanic Method, who launched
Stratasys is trying to knock it out of the park with their new J750 3D printer. Billing it as "the world's only full-color multi-material 3D printer," the company says it can produce more than 360,000 different colors—in gradients, no less—in six different materials at once, enabling one to use flexible,
This is how we started making products.I was a graduate student in MIT Media Lab’s Information Ecology research group making future consumer objects. As part of my research, I made a prototype of a nightstand called Tableau, which converted between digital and physical mail, bridging a gap between people who
Last year, I traveled to visit a certain German manufacturer of high-end power tools to cover them for Core77. When I returned to the 'States, inspired, I immediately purchased an expensive European machine. No, it wasn't another Festool, though I've bought several; I bought a Nespresso Pixie. There was one
The path to "success" for creative professionals has seen a marked shift in recent years. The traditional sequence of getting a degree, building a portfolio, going on interviews and eventually settling down at a firm is no longer a given—more and more, designers are not focusing on "getting a job"
When Nike came through with an actual pair of self-lacing Mags, presented to Michael J. Fox on October 21st, 2015, we all thought the Back to the Future callback was cool. What we didn't expect was that Nike would actually pursue the technology in order to provide practical benefits to
This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-controlled discussion boards! This week's question is for students making their way into the professional world or simply for those ultra-multidisciplinary designers looking for more direction. Core77-er pagewithanii asks: "I have recently become really frustrated because
Sometimes the marriage of old and new pairs seamlessly and nowhere is that more obvious than at Marimekko, the iconic Finnish textile company based in Helsinki. The company began in 1949 as Printex, a textile and oilcloth printing company led by Armi Ratia and her husband Viljo, and has evolved
It's easy for us to take for granted the relative ease of working as a designer nowadays. Got an idea for a poster? No problem; mock it up in InDesign. Want to envision a brand new product collection? Just start tinkering away in Solidworks. Plenty of us may not have
The creator of Trunki, Rob Law, as quoted by the BBC in their story on the verdict, says he was "bewildered by this judgment, not just for ourselves but for the huge wave of uncertainty it brings to designers in Britain”.
For design entrepreneurs, the path to success is often a random one. Sometimes the things you think you're meant to do are not, and something seemingly inconsequential becomes the thing that makes you. Take Sophie Kirkpatrick's story, for instance. Six years ago she was a design student majoring in Furniture
Five years ago when I began putting together small-business education for budding social entrepreneurs and creatives at General Assembly, there was a buzz in the air around startups. The journey of a would-be entrepreneur starts with coming up with a great idea, putting together a team of friends and close
One question we get from new clients while drafting industrial design proposals is how many concepts they'll be reviewing in the early phases of a project. Every client and every project challenge is different, but more often than not we agree on an expectation of between four and six concepts
In our Weekly Maker's Roundup, we post videos from a cross-section of folks whom we hope will appeal to the Core77 audience. What they all have in common is that they create physical objects and record the act, but beyond that they have wildly different styles, skillsets and personalities. In
It's come to light that some Italian manufacturers have been getting knocked off, not in China that gets so much piracy press, but right here in the United States. The knock-off artists follow the knock-off script: Their product is disguised as the genuine article, but inferior materials are substituted in
Lego has got the interlocking toy brick market locked down, and in the half-century since launching their signature product, they've gone from mere toymaker to outright cultural force. We tend to think of them as the toy brick company. So I was surprised to learn that they were not the
Design Indaba kicks off tomorrow in Cape Town, with three days of speakers on making “a better world through creativity.” One of those speakers is Benjamin Hubert, who presents an interesting case study for the independent designer looking to do more than just bring nifty new products into the world.
On Tuesday, IDEO announced that it has joined kyu, a collective of creative companies owned by the Tokyo-based Hakuhodo DY Holdings. Kyu bought a minority stake in the 25-year-old design consultancy—the dollar amount and percentage are undisclosed—and IDEO will continue to be owned and independently managed by its partners. So
Looking around, many of us see issues that we feel should be taken care of. It can vary from wicked problems like climate change to smaller—yet important—issues such as garbage on the streets to common courtesies on the street. But the issue with systemic problems both large and small
I am so sick of the fact that we must constantly buy things, throw them out and buy new ones. I can't stand the appliance that breaks, the cheaply-made tool that fails, the object that's suddenly rendered entirely useless because one small plastic irreplaceable hinge has failed. Tara Button is
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
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