Steven M. Johnson's "Patent Depending" series of inventions range from social commentary to plain ol' bizarre, and they always give us a laugh. So we've contracted him to let us publish one every week.
This is one of those things that's technologically impressive and socially terrifying. CNC technology has spread into most areas of manufacture. One large component with CNC operations is "hold-down," or affixing the material firmly in place so that the business end of the tool can work it precisely. Hold-down has
Here's a 10-second clip of "Game of Thrones" costume designer Michele Clapton revealing where the capes of the Night's Watch come from: Apparently folks were titillated that Ikea rugs were the source material. So too was someone at Ikea, who then had whomever's in charge of producing Ikea's
I started using a shop apron about 5 years ago. I'm not sure what prompted me to first put one on, but I very quickly came to rely on it. I stopped losing pencils and my little 6" ruler, and my dust collector remote control was always within reach. Over
We modern-day consumers have inconsistent aesthetic choices that affect certain factory lines in odd ways. For instance, we want our cars, smartphones and appliances to look brand new, but a subset of us want our jeans and furniture to look old and beat-up. This latter preference has resulted in some
There's been a lot of "buzz" around BuzziSpace and 13&9's award-winning BuzziPleat, aka giant ruffs that can be used as sound dampeners, lighting, and/or decoration. They look just like this... but are way more functional. Although pretty much anything would be—unless anyone can convince me otherwise, those neck things do not seem to serve a purpose.
Ask any woman—no matter what their size or shape may be—what their main challenges are during a workout. I guarantee the conversation will start with sports bras nine times out of ten. Often times, sports bras lack support, and the materials used are not as sweat-friendly as promised. This leads
As the Costume Designer for "Wonder Woman," Lindy Hemming had her work cut out for her. The titular character's costume had already been designed, by Michael Wilkinson, for her appearance in the earlier "Batman v. Superman," and now it fell to Hemming to reverse-engineer how that costume might have evolved
Business printing company MOO recently announced their latest project—printing business cards using paper made from recycled cotton t-shirts. Cotton paper is nothing new: As MOO Head of Product Design Toby Hextall describes, "cotton rag paper is one of the older forms of paper manufacturing, but it fell out of fashion
Most of you reading this blog, and most of us writing it, know what it is to make things. And we've all seen tons of videos of other people making things. This one here, of an expert saddler/sellier crafting an alligator watch strap for Equus, stands out for being the
Most button-down men's shirts come in XS, S, M, L, XL. Just five sizes. As industrial designers we understand that manufacturers must limit their production variations in order to maintain profit, but clothing manufacturer Stantt reckons that those five sizes truly fit just 15% of men. That's why Stantt
I enjoy IKEA hacking as much as the next guy, but Balenciaga's $2.1k "homage" to the classic blue bag felt a bit hackneyed. While the accessible furniture and home goods company has stated publicly that the high fashion rip off is "flattering" this new ad might suggest otherwise. It's
Designer, for bags, luggage and accessories. Ricardo Beverly Hills is searching for an industrial designer with a passion for travel, keen eye for style and fashion, and understanding of materials and processes. The ideal candidate will have a experience designing from concept through to production, the ability to
Within the hierarchy of designers, graphic designers were the first to gain affordable digital tools with the advent of the Mac. Then industrial designers, with the arrival of desktop 3D printers and CNC mills. Now fashion designers will be joining the affordable digital fabrication party, thanks to designer and inventor
For the sixth year in a row, fashion brand COS joins in on the Milan Design Week fun with an encapsulating exhibition created by Studio Swine, the design duo behind a number of beautiful process-related design films over the past few years (and whose films we presented at our 2016
I know it sounds potentially cheesy to say that we are looking for someone who is artsy, but we are looking for more than a graphic designer who uses stock photos & pre-fab layouts. We are looking for an amazing designer with an eye for color, a passion for
Surfacing, surfacing... surfacing. You're so good you can make a square look like a circle, a circle like a convex pentagon and the pentagon look like Lemmy. Yes, we love Motorhead! Creo is your tool of choice but you can jam with Alias when needed.
Jacquard by Google has teamed up with Levi's to create a smart denim jacket, specifically with bike commuters in mind. The collaboration has been going on for quite some time—back in 2015, Ivan Poupyrev, technical program lead at Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division and Paul Dillinger, vice president
The business of making and selling clothes has waste built right into the process: Rolls of fabric have patterns cut out of them, creating unusable scraps; retailers must guess what will be popular and how many units will sell, and whatever doesn't move becomes clearance. That results in slashed price
Started by industrial designer Michael Williams, Calavera Tool Works is a new company creating products to support craftspeople. They recently rolled out their line of hard-wearing leather shop aprons: "We feel like the folks building fine furniture and cabinetry deserve gear that's just as comfortable and durable as the high
We are seeking an experienced footwear designer to design footwear that meets trends and leverages brand DNA of Style, Performance and Green for the Sport Leisure category. This Senior Designer must bring the seasonal creative direction to life into the product briefs including functional, cost and aesthetic objectives.
LayerLAB, the studio’s future research division, focuses on uncovering behavioral insights to reshape everyday interactions and create forward-thinking new products. During development of the GO wheelchair, the studio discovered that a primary concern of wheelchair users was the strain involved in self-propelling. LayerLAB developed the GO glove system to increase the level of grip between a rider’s hands and the wheelchair’s push rims. The system enables the user to lock into the super tactile
Love motorcycles? Icon Motosports, located in Portland Oregon, is looking for a talented Product Designer to join our industry leading motorcycle equipment design team. Our highly creative and team oriented in-house product design department needs an individual who will collaborate with the entire design & development group in pushing designs
Artist Nadja Buttendorf snagged my attention with an invention that is simultaneously intriguing and skin crawling: soft fingernails. Anyone who's grown long nails can attest that they come with a host of structural and environmental issues. Typing, opening lids, and navigating anything with push buttons can be tricky or even
This is where it gets interesting. We are hiring an Art Director to lead our brand experience program (strategy / story / design / guest experience, on & offline) from our headquarters here in San Francisco. You are a seasoned, savvy, and sophisticated creative with solid
It's not often we see fashion design working to empower a community—clothing is usually about the individual. For this reason, among many other important ones, ASIYA's line of culturally appropriate activewear instantly caught our eye. Through the sleek design of their athletic hijabs, ASIYA aims to encourage Muslim women of
If you need any proof that women are tough as hell and wickedly creative, here's a daring beauty trend you may have missed: lethal insects attached to your hands! The "Scorpion Manicure" reportedly got its start last year in Durango, Mexico, where visual artist Lupita Garcia works the bodies
In this digitally assisted, rapid prototyping-happy moment, it's easy to forget how difficult modeling and manufacturing a final product used to be. Examples that stand out include Frank Gehry's building designs that were technically impossible to build before the advent of CAD software, also how the customization abilities of 3D
Burton was the first snowboard company to make women's specific outerwear. As the Senior Outerwear & Apparel Designer for Women's & Girl’s Softgoods you will be carrying that torch, by crafting best in class, look and feel for the women's & girl’s technical outerwear line & alternative outdoor apparel line. To do that your experience will need to include at least four years of professional apparel design, a strong portfolio that showcases your skills in outerwear/sportswear/streetwear design, pl
Every winter in New York City you'll spot lone gloves on the sidewalk or subway platform. That always makes me sad, as I know the person who lost it will undoubtedly throw the other one away. Single gloves aren't much good. Socks are the same; once you've got a hole
With Halloween celebrations quickly approaching (this weekend!), it's time to stop procrastinating and start getting your costume ideas in order. From art history reminders to creepy looks into the future, here are some of our favorite takes on turning hard labor into indisputable costume party champions. Okay, most of them
Topology Eyewear is an early-stage fashion tech startup in San Francisco, designing and manufacturing custom eyewear. Half of the population needs eyeglasses, but it's really difficult to find a pair that fits perfectly while still looking exactly the way you want it to. Topology's solution is to build
My main profession is forecasting the future, and from that vantage I do everything else. When I curate an exhibition, it's like a 3D trend forecast. When I work with students, I think about their future and how I should educate them accordingly. When I write, I write with a historic perspective but always about what will be the implementations in the future.
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