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
It's around this time of year that we catch the first glimpses of the next batch of remarkable design talent soon to be unleashed on to the world. It's also a time—reminiscing whilst pouring over graduation projects—that we're reminded of our own college-day optimistic naivety. I mean, just look
Prototype Engineer Avery Louie tore down a pair of Beats headphones to see what makes them tick (or thump) and what he found inside is pretty sad. Amidst "generic drivers" and the cost-reducing tricks of the trade many of you ID'ers are familiar with—designing plastic parts that snap together rather
As countless hardware startups and design firms can tell you - there is a huge difference between designing a product ...and building a product. The general consensus when you move into the manufacturing
The duo is on a mission to create new archetypes and modes of use for beautiful things.
As the world of consumer products gets increasingly streamlined and optimized, our relationships with our objects are becoming more personal and influential. In this far-ranging category, we sought "final products designed specifically for individual use across a variety of environments and purposes, including but not limited to home, work, leisure,
Reclaimed wood is frequently touted as a resourceful way to reduce waste by reusing existing materials. What’s often missing from that conversation is how the reuse of these materials can also reclaim a piece of history, salvaging remnants of what came before and offering them a new meaning. That was
If you're at all like me, the last year will have seen you jump wholehearted on the sustaining trend for the regreening of urban life—giddily hoarding an array of shoots and shrubbery in your living and working environments in a desperate attempt to compensate for lack of time outdoors and
The last garbage can redesign we looked at addressed the problem of suction and stuck bags. The Bruno Smartcan is looking, rather ambitiously, to solve a slightly more sophisticated issue involving suction. The Bruno design features a battery-powered vacuum integrated at the bottom that, once swept towards, automatically activates via
Anyone who has grappled with a slick, wet umbrella on a rainy day knows the struggle. Collapsing the thing, you're either going to poke someone in the eye or drench yourself in the very raindrops you were hoping to avoid. Enter the KAZbrella, an inside-out umbrella on a mission to
What are the odds a new product will still be around in two years' time? If you ask the Product Design & Marketing Association, they're not good: between 25 and 45 percent of consumer goods in its survey eventually fail in the market. The U.S. Department of Commerce is even
Industrial designer Jessica Chan was working on a sustainable printer concept when she made an interesting discovery: "I learned that inks—even those made with vegetable and soy—used in traditional printers are not 100% biodegradable," writes Portland-based Chan. "I [subsequently] re-evaluated my approach toward product design as a whole and began
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