Atom is the name of "a hackable text editor" developed by Chris Wanstrath, the founder of software-building community GitHub. And while Atom is software, to celebrate their release of version 1.0 last year, Wanstrath and co. commissioned the mock-up of this dummy Atom-housing computer to create an amusingly old-school promo:
Some of you may have forgotten and some of you never lived it, but there were some truly horrific designs for PC towers in the mid to late '90s. Before I say any more, have a look at some of these gems helpfully narrated by Lazy Game Reviews: Now obviously
Here's a neat idea for doubling the sockets on your existing power outlet. For the past two years engineer Jeff Forti and chemist Jeff Martin have been working on the OUTlet, which fits in a standard electrical box but provides two extra sockets at the press of a button:
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
This role involves high-level system specification through detailed engineering design. The ideal candidate has proven experience in bringing complex devices through all stages of product development under tight constraints. You should have 8+ years of hands-on product development experience and a bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Seeking candidates to imagine the next generation of smart wearable devices. You'll lead projects from product definition to manufacturing. You'll need 5+ years of experience, strong sketching skills, a proficiency in 3D modeling, and excellent 2D/3D rendering skills. Experience with design research including user, trend, color, material, and finish required.
Samsung's "Future TV Zone" booth at CES featured some mysterious, information-absent displays apparently intended to be a demonstration of their technological prowess. While neither appears to have much application for the average consumer in a domestic setting, it's tough not to be wowed by the set-ups, the first of which
You'll need a strong interest and aptitude in digital 3D modeling to create high quality digital 3D surface models used in the industrial design and product development process. Responsibilities include interpreting/defining design intent of the industrial designer using Alias software, while collaborating with mechanical engineering, packaging, and tooling teams.
MakerBot made 3D printers affordable by going with FDM (fused deposition modeling). But now a college professor has created a far less expensive printer—albeit with a tiny print area--by going the stereolithography/photopolymerization route, whereby resin is cured in place with light. The crazy part is, he figured out how to
The tech blogosphere is abuzz with news of this screen technology: Produced by LG, the OLED screen is "a prototype 18-inch screen…that rolls up like a piece of paper," according to The Verge. Hype is building as LG prepares to roll it out (pardon the pun) at CES, and it's
Inspiration can be found in the darndest places, but the spark behind Miniforms' Caruso Cabinet is one of the strangest sources we've heard of yet: clip art. Yes, those gloriously rudimentary graphics that came pre-loaded with your word processing and presentation software back in the day (or maybe still —
This position is responsible for creatively solving design issues affecting aesthetics and/or manufacturing goals for products by working in CAD (PTC Creo). You'll be required to investigate simultaneous alternative designs for feasible solutions to problems from an engineering POV. You have 10-15 years experience and an expertise in surfacing techniques.
Curious minds of any age can testify to the joy of taking apart a beloved object to see how it works. Under the guidance of Randy Tyner, our Drafting Table Quarterback, we're honoring this tradition with a series of teardowns by designers for designers. In our first installment, we had
With no fanfare nor even a press release, Apple released a new product this week: A $99 external battery case for the iPhone 6/6S. Apple fans will be happy they can purchase a product in the Apple family to extend their battery life; Apple detractors see the case as tacit
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
As a designer, I'm not interested in doomsday scenarios. It has always been far easier to destroy than to create. I'm far more interested in the question: How will we design and shape this new world to take advantage of the power that it can bring to ourselves, our communities, and to humanity itself? In Project Primordial I'm exploring the intersection of Trillions with two complementary trends—digital manufacturing and machine learning—that dramatically impact this question. I believe these th
The evolution of design as a professional practice is one regularly impacted by developments in other fields. As designers, we often sit squarely between disciplines, streamlining and humanizing products for greater usability and appeal in the end result. Never has the requirement to work between disciplines been as important
As people who build hardware know, there are important reasons both from the electronic and manufacturing standpoint that you reduce complexity, limiting the number of PCBs, parts and components. Streamlining electronics increases viability that the product will work and decreases the bill of materials —meaning you can afford to produce
Here are the facts: Smartphones are ubiquitous, the compact camera market is fading and GoPro's got the action market locked up. So you'd think the last thing an upstart design firm would do is create a new type of compact camera and attempt to launch it themselves. But Seoul-based BOUD
Thinness has been both friend and foe to industrial designers in recent years. On the one hand, designing for slimness has bestowed our favorite consumer electronics with many virtues (low weight, easy handling, aesthetic elegance)—Steve Jobs was an infamous stickler for slenderness, and for good reason. On the other hand,
It’s always interesting, if a bit alienating, to see the most extreme version of a product category. Who can’t help but turn their head at a Ferrari zipping past, or an AmEx Black Card perched on the edge of a restaurant table? Now joining the ranks of exclusive products few
Most objects we design and interact with, whether blenders, cars or computers, are enclosed. Meaning we can't see the mechanically marvelous operations happening inside them. That's why cutaway drawings, functional steampunk contraptions and Toyota's KIKAI concept are so fun to look at. So, too, are the "case mods" performed by
Are phones designed for users, or for the companies that produce them? What features might you design into a phone that didn't have to pass Apple or Samsung's strict internal guidelines? Those are questions posed by MIT Media Lab and production company mssngpeces, who teamed up to create this video
It's been a long road to arrive at truly wireless earphones, but a new crop of products entering the market are finally ditching that clumsy, behind-the-neck connective wire. Among these, Skybuds—the result of a collaboration between ECCO Design and Alpha Audiotronics—takes things a couple steps further than just delivering great
If you live in the Northeast, Hurricane Joaquin probably served as an unpleasant reminder of what you’ll no doubt have more of this fall and winter: blustery winds, sky-splitting rain and a general dampness that will permeate everything you love. And if you live in a sixth-floor walk-up, like the
TiVo has unveiled their new Bolt set-top box, and every article written about it cannot help but mention the physical design. That's because it looks like this: While the odd shape is arguably functional--the cooling vents are located beneath the apex of the arch--I can't help but feel the form
The numbers are in, and Apple has sold a record breaking amount of the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models over the launch weekend. Thirteen million folks queued up or pre-ordered, and now at least as many Apple haters will start listing reasons why you shouldn't buy one. Remember
Like any other home-audio company, Sonos designs and engineers its products to sound their best in an ideal listening environment—and then releases those products into a world in which few of us achieve anything close to ideal listening conditions at home, whether due to laziness or ignorance or just having
Of the UI design challenges of smartphones, the swiping of photos seems pretty much solved, but the typing interface is still wanting. That's why Blackberry is not only still around, but is planning to launch the Priv, with a slider interface and physical keyboard: Blackberry's forthcoming PrivOn the touchscreen keyboard
I'll never forget a design professor telling us students about the dematerialization of objects. Technology, he said, would enable certain objects to get smaller and others to virtually disappear. Our job as industrial designers was to go along with that, and to focus on the user's experience. Which is why
In just a few short years, IFA Berlin (Internationale Funkausstellung) has created a name for itself as the go-to international launchpad for Q4 product offering announcements from the biggest names in tech. IFA has recently been gaining speed on it's American counterpart CES in Las Vegas, growing steadily in scale
Apple announced several new products at their media event yesterday. We'll start with the ones of most interest to the general consumer, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which are pushing the UI boundaries with some new tricks. As we've all grown used to swiping and tapping, we seem
Flexible, roll-up keyboards made from silicone, like these two, actually can't be rolled up that tightly, making them awkward in their stored form. On top of that, they provide the spongy feedback that no pro typist desires. In contrast, LG's just-announced Rolly Keyboard seems a much more intelligent design. They've
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