Whether youâ€™re a DIY woodshop hobbyist, tech-savvy tinkerer or a high-end design enthusiast, create a list of your top 5 gift ideas between now and December 7th and you'll be in the running for some amazing prizes.
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
New York City-based creative agency and rapid-prototyping house BREAKFAST wears many hats marrying advertising, art, graphic design, industrial design and rapid product and prototype production. "We are a unique group with a massively diverse set of skills...as good at engineering as we are at design and ideation," the company writes.
Sonos recently released a new limited edition offering of their flagship PLAY:1 wireless speaker—the Tone is a monochromatic matte black or white speaker in a soft touch finish. To celebrate the release of the newest member of Sonos' suite of products, Core77 spoke to the Tad Toulis, Vice President of
Whether you just landed your first industrial design internship, are a Junior designer, or managing a small army of industrial design talent, you've probably wondered how high you'll climb the corporate ladder. Of course, the number of rungs on that ladder will vary depending on the size of the organization.
The world of promotional products is a $20 billion industry. But right now, for so many companies, it's an afterthought. They'll spend a lot time on their websites and their consumer-facing establishments, but then they'll buy a beer koozie and put their logo on it. It's completely off-brand.
The company's name might be BigIdesign, but their latest product is tiny. Take a look at this thing: So, what did you think? Was it innovative? Underwhelming? A novelty that might be useful to have, but that you'd never actually buy? It might be all of those things, but
Much has been made in the press of Amazon's Kiva robots, the small-but-mighty Roomba-sized machines that carry entire racks loaded up with products. Here's some cool footage of them in action at Amazon's latest eight-generation fulfillment center: While the Kiva units mean human workers no longer have to walk
I don't know Robert Egger, but I remember seeing his picture in a 1992 issue of Bicycling Magazine (along with David Schultz, the other Specialized S-Works designer at the time). When I read that article about "Future Bikes" 20+ years ago, I was about to graduate with a degree in
With a new SoHo showroom now open in New York City, the CEO of Henrybuilt took a moment to chat with Core77 about the rise of the kitchen as a tool, the R&D process for new Henrybuilt products, and why integrating technology into the cabinetry may not be the answer home cooks are looking for.
Crowdfunding is no easy business. While it might seem effortless to shoot a quick video and upload some copy, successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns are months—if not years—in the making. Strategically and systematically planned out, these campaigns can sometimes take just as much effort as the projects themselves. That's where
In the design process post we saw what goes into the development of a new Festool power tool, over at the company HQ in Wendlingen. But once the designers and engineers have the tool off of their desks and it's ready for prime time, another set of teams over at
During the Conturo presentation at Festool HQ, product manager Wolfgang Reines led the talk. Assisting with the presentation was Timo Kuhls, who is not only a Festool industrial designer—he's Festool's only in-house industrial designer! Timo Kuhls (left)We got to have a brief chat with Kuhls, who's quick to defer credit
After speaking at the Pioneers Festival we had the good fortune of catching up with Ethan Imboden— vibrator visionary of JimmyJane infamy and now design guru to Bay-Area start-ups and Silicon Valley innovation labs—about the complicated, yet invaluable relationship between design and entrepreneurship. Ethan's got a colorful past, befitting
When a company has the right type of ethos, their designs will stand out. We see this in companies like Apple, Dyson, Festool. In the power tool world, Festool's products are different from others' because the company's very thinking is different from others'. All companies that produce and sell their
People really will spend anything on their pets. Take the GoPet Tread Wheel: That'll run you $524 for the small size up to $1,260 for the large size. It's pricey and rather unattractive. A competing product is the more attractive (and still expensive) Cat Wheel, which goes hubless: The Cat
Many areas of design are already saturated. Want to get into furniture design? You've got thousands of competitors to contend with. But if you can bring your design talent to bear on an undiscovered niche, as the aptly-named Jim Cash has, you stand to make a mint. Cash wasn't even
For those who thought that the Senior Vice President of Design title would be the pinnacle of Jony Ive's career, guess again. Yesterday the Journal broke the news that Ive has been named Chief Design Officer of Apple. The title change will apparently free him from managerial tasks, allowing him
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