With over 180 brands spread over two venues, this year's presentation at designjunction was a diverse celebration of design. With the main event taking place at the former Central Saint Martin's building in Bloomsbury, visitors had a unique experience of inhabiting the hallways and studio spaces that incubated the ideas
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
"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."
While all eyes are on a certain Pencil announced the other week, let us shift our gaze to another writing instrument, the fountain pen. Last June, Montblanc announced the M, the product of a new partnership with Marc Newson, arguably one of the most influential designers alive today (and, coincidentally,
It's hard to beat a set of simple tools, and really hard to beat a properly made set. This new Hand-Eye Supply Screwdriver Set features six common sizes of Phillips and flat heads, with tough high carbon steel blades and comfortable oiled hardwood handles. The set comes packed snug
This next Dyson Award finalist is Matthew Burton, who's studying Industrial Design at the University of Houston, where he crossed paths with fellow student Justin Farley. Farley, who has cerebral palsy, is the founder of UNlimiters, a website that showcases product designs that help the differently-abled live independently. Some
If your adolescence occurred in the pre-Internet era, you can probably recall with some excitement the thick catalogs from Sears or Montgomery Ward arriving in the mail. Before flipping to the toys or back-to-school fashions, you most likely spent some time ogling the models in the underwear section, and for
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
Organizers generally prefer staplers to paper clips for papers that need to be kept; they won't snag other papers by mistake and they won't fall off. I've seen lots of complaints about office staplers, but there are certainly many good designs out there. Many old favorites are praised because they
This is my favorite kind of industrial design, the humble kind. Here's a great example of how adding a simple innovation to an existing product can vastly improve its function. Plastic beverage coolers have existed for decades with the same basic design: Interior and exterior polypropylene walls, with a
The Kole is a thermal flask small enough to fit in your pocket. Better insulated than your average flask and way better looking than your average thermos, the Kole is a personal companion for your favorite drinks—whether hot or cold. Fill up your Kole with your favorite espresso for your
Woodworking inventor Matthias Wandel is a newly-minted father, and we Wandel-watchers have been wondering when he'd incorporate the new baby into a project. Years, we figured, and we were wrong: He's already devised a DIY contraption to help soothe the baby come naptime. Wandel pulled apart an old drill, pulled
Here's one of those bread-and-butter design problems that alerts you to the importance of context. It's simple enough to design a coffee dispenser in a studio, where you've worked out people's average heights and eyelines and calculated how they'll interact with the device. Then it goes out into the real
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
Outdoor Retailer has been growing steadily with this year's record attendance of nearly 25,000 visitors. The largest and most comprehensive outdoor sport show of its kind, this year's summer market was especially interesting for designers. OR has been offering designers a special $100 registration pass. This is less than 1/5th
Lens is the world's first dedicated social networking camera and a way to explore new methods of sharing videos to a social platform. Developed forBeme, a new video-sharing platform created by Casey Neistat, the device seeks to reflect their ethos of video sharing—a departure from the heavily scrutinized, curated sense
As I wrote here, a simple carabiner is one of the more useful items that I use on a daily basis. As I was making this discovery, fellow carabiner-lover and entrepreneur Mina Yoo was building a company around one. After giving birth to her first child, Seattle-based Yoo discovered that
Japanese inventor Kuniaki Sato has come up with something that beggars belief: A small aluminum platform, about the size of a laptop, that can carry a human being for a distance of 12 kilometers under its own power, and responds to Segway-like leaning for the UI. Take a look at
Just because we're all swamped with email, that doesn't mean that physical mail has gone away. Many people I work with struggle with mail—and one of the first issues is where to put all that mail when it first comes into the home, so nothing gets lost. The ubiquitous in/out
Cast iron is a known Good. Its even cooking surface, versatility and durability have made cast-iron pans into vital kitchen staples all around the world for hundreds of years. To usefully update such an old technology usually comes down to the details, and Iwachu skillets are a prime example.
Obvious though it may be, seeing the forest for the trees is a felicitous reference point when it comes to describing BioLite, a Brooklyn-based company that develops innovative products for two disparate off-the-grid communities. After all, the metaphor is as felicitous for recreational campers as it is in the world
Tons of tool companies have jumped onto the Systainer bandwagon, derivatively creating stacking, rectangular tool storage systems of their own. And while Home Depot's in-house Ridgid brand has followed suit, I was interested to see they've also come up with something quite different: A toolbox shaped like a tube. I
I don't know about you, but when my opportunity comes to bring a smaller version of myself into this world, you best believe that his or her tiny infant body will only sleep in the most luxurious baby crib money can buy. That's where Nursery Works comes in. The high-end
Do you ever struggle to disconnect from your smartphone when relaxing at home? We designed the Ingrein Smart Clock after realizing that we had become tethered to our smartphones, but that the constant connection was preventing us from relaxing at home, enjoying a good book or having deep uninterrupted, conversations
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.
Avery Louie, the prototype engineer whose knockoff Beats teardown made the blog rounds last month, has subsequently gotten his hands on two real pairs of Beats. After tearing down the counterfeit pair, Louie had concluded that the hinges were made from metal rather than plastic purely for the purpose of
The first group of winners in IDSA's International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) have been announced! This year is a momentous one for the prestigious design competition, marking its 35th year while IDSA celebrates its 50th anniversary. We were really happy to see a few of our Core77 2015 Design Awards
In outdoor gear the meaning of "good design" depends heavily on the needs of the user. However, when a tool has been field tested around the world for over 60 years without needing an overhaul, the quality of its design feels a hell of a lot more objective. The Svea
The Incase brand mantra: "A better experience through good design." That applies to everything we touch. We eliminate the superfluous, we edit down to what's necessary, and we aim to achieve a universal design language that transcends both age and demographics. Through that, we're able to create solutions that allow users to have a better experience pursuing their passions.
Considering the onslaught of incredible inventions that the march of modern technology has unleashed on the world in recent years, it is perhaps surprising that dreams of the sci-fi staple jetpack have failed to come to more fruition. Of course, we've sat in wonderment at spectacular water jet variety, but
Starting in the '90s, New Yorkers began spotting an unusual sight on the sidewalks: A lone man or woman in business attire slapping foundation on his/her face, setting up a camera on a tripod, unwinding the microphone cable, and reporting news by themselves. The then-upstart news network called NY1 had
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