As a designer with years of experience with parametric solid modeling in engineering CAD packages my recent experience test driving the 2017 edition of Evolve from solidThinking was a back-to-basics breath of fresh air. Evolve feels largely unhampered by the constraints of popular mechanical CAD
Ryan Eder's idea for an inclusive workout system, The Access Strength, began as his student thesis project at University of Cincinnati. After The Access Strength took home multiple IDSA awards, including Best in Show, Eder realized that he needed to do more than travel around and share his idea—he needed to take action and bring it to life. Through years of effort and research to bring his realization to market, Eder's company, IncludeFitness, transformed into both a physical and cloud-based pla
Bissell was looking to shake up the standard stick vacuum with a new design. After conducting market research in the U.S. and developing an entirely new visual brand language for the brand with TEAMS, the household giant saw the opportunity for a stick vac that better accommodated its current customers, as well as new customers in untapped overseas markets.
Meet TwiCycle: the radical new concept bike that combines the strenuousness of hand-powered cycling with the practicality of riding a see-saw in traffic. Are you ready to play Bad Bike Design Bingo? 1. Demand What issue is the TwiCycle aiming to address? The non-issue every seasoned cyclist has joked
Take a look at this picture – what do you see? A bunch of guys standing around a cookstove – fairly unremarkable, right? To me, it's revolutionary. I've spent the last 11 years studying the complexities of developing and distributing clean cookstoves across households living in energy poverty. Three billion
Why sketching? What is it? And, why is it important to design? Design as a Process: A conventional approach to understanding design and one that is often cited is from the classic book, Engineering Design Methods by Nigel Cross who subdivides the process as a series of linear, yet distinct activities;
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
Something almost magically bad happens when an ardent amateur bike rider designs bike gear. Chalk it up to beginner's audacity, or thinking unclouded by industry norms, but the outcome is often a strikingly simple solution to a much more complicated issue. And it almost always causes more problems in the
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
Anyone who has had to join two materials knows the struggle of tolerances in fickle weather—a hot summer rain or a frigid metal shop can drastically change the way two pieces fit together. So it's somewhat mind-boggling (and refreshing) to see a designer exploit this pain point and use it
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
If you're anything like me, you're already on your second French press of coffee, fully caffeinated and shaking to the point of full-body convulsions as you dive head-first into another spectacular Monday. As you run your tongue along the back of your molars, however, you are horrified by the gritty
In the world of communication design, perhaps no word is less sexy than wayfinding, which inevitably conjures up images of dull-yet-necessary signage, maps and, well, even more signage. And yet anyone who has tried to navigate an unfamiliar airport, museum or public-transit system can attest to the power of a
Yes, I admit it: I have IKEA furniture. While my design degree has given me a deep-seated appreciation for high-quality, midcentury furnishings, my budget hasn't quite caught up to my taste, and I'm left sheepishly amassing an array of tiny IKEA Allen wrenches in a junk drawer. Maybe that's why
Does a comfy chair need to be bulky? Based on many of the offerings on the market, you might conclude as much. But Brandon Kim's new Lilt chair for Bernhardt Design proves otherwise—it is a sleek lounger with a wide seat that seems to balance precariously upon a stainless steel
With the reopening of the Cooper Hewitt last December, museumgoers can once again roam the halls of Andrew Carnegie's magnificent Upper East Side mansion—and now, thanks to a collaboration between the Cooper Hewitt and Warby Parker, they can even do it while sporting a pair of eyeglasses inspired by the
In 2013, Chris Hardy had just launched his collection of Helix tables for Design Within Reach when the furniture retailer approached him about another project. DWR wanted Hardy to meet Jens Risom, the legendary Danish-American designer who helped introduce Scandinavian design to the United States and created iconic furnishings for
It was twenty years ago last month that Core77 first came online. A lot has changed online and offline since 1995, and through it all Core77 has continuously published our own view of what is interesting, entertaining, relevant and important to designers around
Last week, we examined a smarter jump rope. Brendan Keim was walking through the National Portrait Gallery in London last September when he stumbled upon a painting of a man with a long thin scepter. Intrigued, he snapped a photo and quickly sketched the object in his sketchbook, along with a note that it could make a pretty interesting light.
The project began after Bocci's creative director coerced a pilot friend into showing him his airplane. “My friend is showing me the engine and there’s this fabric bag," Omer Arbel says. "It struck me immediately. It was pristinely white in this engine of all gray or black pieces.”
The making of the new BeoSound Moment for Bang & Olufsen.
How the team behind a phone case that transforms your iPhone with a shutter button, lens and strap attachment produced a game changing work on a startup budget.
Piet Hein Eek’s latest product line—a pair of sleek metal clocks and a matching speaker for the brand LEFF Amsterdam—looks like a departure for the Dutch designer, known for his chunky, rough-hewn wooden furniture. But the Tube Series was very much an Eek project.
How can graphic design positively transform communities and the practice of design? The New York chapter of AIGA launched Design/Relief, a participatory design initiative targeted at New York City neighborhoods still grappling with the effects of Superstorm Sandy, in the fall of...
Founded in 1987 by three engineers, SRAM became known in the cycling world for Grip Shift road bike shifters, the first ergonomic, indexing shift levers that easily allowed a rider to change gears without removing their hands from the handlebars. Easy-to-use and ultra-simple (they were made of just three parts...
Image courtesy of MoneythinkBy T.J. Cook, CEO, CauseLabsWhen it comes to getting projects right, I've found it helps to assume we've got it wrong. Our hunches are off. Our assumptions are off-base. We then just might get it right when it comes to designing something people really want to use....
We were certainly curious to hear about the Brooklyn CSA+D when it first launched last summer, based on the community-supported agriculture model in which producers provide goods to local buyers on a subscription basis. Founded by Dianne Debicella and Jill Allyn Peterson, the program is now accepting submissions for its...
On paper, the Ziesel simply sounds like a well-conceived alternative mobility solution, something like an off-road version of Professor Xavier's wheelchair. But the rugged electric vehicle is more than just a mere conveyance: The Ziesel can also be used for recreation and industrial purposes and was designed expressly to strike...
Civic Service is a program from Parsons' DESIS Lab co-founded by Eduardo Staszowski, Elliott Montgomery, and Core77's Dave Seliger. Civic Service hosts a range of events to encourage interagency collaboration in local government and inspire civil servants to become intrapreneurs within their agencies.Civic Service is about many things. It's about...
Simon Enever is the head designer of New York based agency ECCO Design and the founder of byDEFAULT. Formerly a designer at fuseproject, Enever has focused on bringing iconic design to overlooked everyday products. byDEFAULT's first product, TOOTHBRUSH, is a truly customizable modular toothbrush that's as unique as the person...
Photos courtesy of SquarePhotos courtesy of SquareThe first time it happened, I took time to notice the experience. A food truck vendor handed me his phone, which had a little white square sticking out of the headphone jack. "What is this?" I asked, wondering which one of us was the...
How To (How To): The AIGA Research Project by ZibaPart 1 · Part 2 · Part 3 · Part 4 · Part 5 · Part 6Today's installment investigates how Ziba tested AIGA's crowdsourced ideas for moving their organization forward. These ideas had some good momentum already, because all the learnings...
How To (How To): The AIGA Research Project by ZibaPart 1 · Part 2 · Part 3 · Part 4 · Part 5 · Part 6What Ziba had learned thus far let us explore possibilities for AIGA's future by projecting qualified concepts out into the real world. Early-stage design is...
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