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
Name: Hadrien Monloup Occupation: Co-founder and product design director of Bellroy and Carryology Location: Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia Current projects: We have built a great, fast-growing wallet brand and business. Now we are working really hard on the Bellroy of tomorrow. And that will include some very interesting products. One
In an era where every design studio aches to create enduring products described as "classic" and "iconic," New York's Pinkhouse diverges from the pack, opting instead for seasonal sprints. The recent newcomer to the product design scene wants absolutely nothing to do with timeless objects; rather, the studio is focused
Consumer Reports once tested various bottles to see how much product is actually left when we consider it "empty." The results were shocking: Up to 13% of toothpaste, 15% of condiments, 16% of detergent and a whopping 25% of hand lotion gets thrown out with the bottle, as consumers find
The last time we looked at a suitcase redesign, it proved to be a smash success: The Trunkster was seeking $50,000 in crowdsourced funding and netted nearly $1.4 million. There is an opportunity for designers here. More folks are traveling than ever, and more folks are growing dissatisfied with the
The last time we looked at an over-engineered Japanese product design of dubious utility, it was this highlighter with a see-through tip. I vowed not to fall into this trap again but I can't help myself. So today I'm staring at the order page for the Kadomaru Pro Corner Cutter,
It's not often that we get to see a new form factor evolve before our eyes, but with the impending release of the Apple Watch, it's happening. We're not talking about the watch itself; design intricacies aside, its overall form factor is the same as for all wristwatches. We're talking
Many organizing issues begin the moment users step inside their homes or offices, because there's no designated spot for the keys, the sunglasses, the wallet, the incoming mail, etc. Some users will also need a place for outgoing mail so they remember to grab it on the way out
There is that iconic fight scene in The Chinese Connection where Bruce Lee fights off 30 people at once. Obviously that's just a movie and the scene is heavily fictionalized, but there is one central truth in there, which I can confirm from the spontaneous bouts of wrestling that occasionally
There’s something about the current design buzzword, “wearables,” that is spectacularly mesmerizing. As a tech nerd, I’ve seen it coming for some time, and have been intrigued to see its recent explosion in new product launches and popular media coverage. When the UP band from Jawbone emerged on the market
Startup culture may be good for innovation, but it’s often bad for the body—a plight that the folks at Tangram know all too well. “Running a busy startup means our schedules are less than predictable, and we’re always crunched for time,” says Joen Choe, the president of Tangram America. To try to squeeze in some cardio during their long workdays, Choe and his colleagues got in the habit of taking breaks on the office patio to jump rope.
Thoughtful designs for storing both large and small toys, which both parents and children can appreciate
Users can add hooks or basic towel bars to create more towel storage in a bathroom—but there are numerous other options, too.
The founder and creative leader of San Francisco's NewDealDesign answers our Core77 Questionnaire.
Don't have an account? Join Now
Create a Core77 Account
Already have an account? Sign In
Please enter your email and we will send an email to reset your password.