The Core77 discussion board is a great place not only to share your bright and shiny final products, but also your ever-evolving process and progress. Given there are a number of people who utilize the boards in some ways we envisioned it and in many ways far beyond, we love
There's an increasingly smaller gap these days between the roles of designers working concerned with the physical world (i.e. industrial designers) and those completely enveloped in the digital (UX designers)—not only that, it's starting to feel especially important for industrial designers to become more familiar with virtual environments to help
Over the course of our discussion board's existence, one of the boards that has remained the most popular is our "What Are You Reading" feed (which you should definitely check out if you have never seen it before). Before the holidays, we thought it might be appropriate to peruse through
We know plenty of designers with a soft spot for well-designed toys, which is why the latest feed from SophieHortonJones via the Core77 discussion boards struck a chord with us this week.
Designers, tell us: did you have many opportunities within your industrial design programs to exercise your ability to design under different visual brand language restraints? Thanks to our discussion boards, we came across an interesting academic project created by JNiklasson and some of his fellow industrial design engineering students at
Sustainability within a corporate context can often conflict with traditional business models, making it harder to incorporate on a large-scale basis. On what grounds, other than moral obligation, would a company create a sustainable product or establish expensive recycling systems when their whole MO is getting people to consume?
Here's a fun project for the long holiday weekend via our discussion boards! Core77er gmay3able recently shared a clever creation of his with our fellow readers much to our delight: a DIY hot wire foam cutter table.
Let's be honest: Companies can be prone to making some very questionable branding decisions. As many business owners may be familiar with, there is no magic formula for executing this daunting task of giving your company a voice—in fact, branding fiascos nowadays have become so familiar they become rich parody
When it comes to maintaining a portfolio in the midst of professional life as a designer, what you can and cannot include can sometimes get murky—when your designs gets tied up in the brand identity of specific companies and their inner workings, it's hard to know sometimes what is and
Last week included a number of different tech announcements, one being the release of Microsoft's new Surface Studio computer with a highly adjustable interactive screen as well as a nifty new wireless knob that brings an interesting ID twist to the overall design.
A discussion taking place on the boards strikes an interesting material challenge for Core77 readers. Discussion board member mrcry asks, how do you find cheap alternative materials for compression molded products with a similar visual effect and level of reliability? I've been making our products with compression molded EVA for
One element of doing a great job when designing for a client is, as expected, delivering a great concept. Another crucial aspect? The way you handle organizing it all.
For this week's Forum Frenzy, an aspiring designer asks our knowledgeable audience of designers about their day-to-day: "As someone thinking of getting into design I have a question: as a normal designer how much ability do you have to make designs fit your taste? How often do you have
As helpful as school can be, there are many topics design programs fail to breach—particularly in the realm of operating within the professional sectors of the design world. On our discussion boards, Core77 moderator Mr-914 recently brought up an apt point about a subject no design student would
In the midst of quitting a 9-to-5 to start a business, I'm sure many who have gone this route underestimated all of the details one must be aware of for the ship to run smoothly—how to get the word out to possible clients, the best way to invoice so you
You know what they say, the grass is always greener on the other side. These days in the workplace, there is one example of something many never thought they would miss, until it was gone—cubicles. Yes, cubicles, those sad monotonous structures symbolic of our workplace oppression. Your own personal cave
I think most designers would argue that design isn't about the big picture as much as it is zeroing into the tiniest of details—they are what sets apart a generic IKEA chair from an Eames classic. On that note, designers make sure with almost everything they do that the details
At Core77, we feel strongly about providing as much information we can within the scope of design you won't find elsewhere—not in school nor other websites that cover design for the general audience. We're here for YOU designers, so this recent discussion started by Richard_Leyens certainly struck a chord with
As discussed last week, something designed minimally doesn't necessarily mean it is well-designed. As Apple design guru Jonathan Ive aptly notes, "simplicity is not the absence of clutter...simplicity is somehow essentially describing the purpose and place of an object and product." Following along this train of thought, Core77 reader constellation23
An important aspect of the job of a designer is not only to hone their skills to create, but perhaps more importantly, edit. When designing in the real world, for the sake of budget, longevity and manufacturability, taking an idea and paring it down to its bare essentials is imperative—or
Color theory is a topic in school often glossed over, arguably seen as a second-tier subject as opposed to a core component of a design education. Despite this, the fact of the matter is, if you want to be a well-rounded designer you should also probably have a fairly
This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! A recent topic brought up by chriscarter inspired us to ask our larger audience: what are some good tips for consultancies and small studios in the business of design? Carter gets the conversation
What was the biggest surprise when you started you first industrial design job? For me, coming out of three years getting my hands dirty in the studio, it was the work environments. During multiple internships and my first three ID jobs, I learned that ID work took place in dull
Core77-er recently had the opportunity to make the best of a bad situation—after getting laid off at his job, he decided to make a life change, and asked Core77 readers, So what's the lay of the land in the product design market like in these post-recession times? Myself (and 27
This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! Recently, Core77 reader mirk asked a loaded question regarding user interfaces and how designers can sensitively improve on iterations of the past while also keeping it as universally intuitive as is possible. mirk
This week we bring you a fun open-ended question straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! This one's a mental exercise started by cwatkinson, who was inspired by a particular piece of wood on a trip to Woodcraft: "So as i am much more of a product architect / process consultant
This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! This one's an interesting inquiry by Core77 reader Gabriele_Ermacora that involves a bit of future gazing. Well-versed in robotics, Gabriele asks: "I am about to develop this idea that excited me a
This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! This discussion thread dates back all the way to 2004 (12 years ago? Gulp), but a topic that remains pertient as the years go by despite evolving design landscapes: as a working design
This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! There are plenty of discussions taking place surrounding 3D printing and its role in our lives in the future—will digital fabrication be implemented universally for more sustainable, localized manufacturing? Will people actually be
This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! We recently caught wind of Google's plan to deliver their Ara modular phone concept to consumers in 2017, a cellphone with a magnetic modular backboard for different gadgets like speakers, camera lenses, storage
A couple weeks ago, we asked Core77 readers what they thought about Dyson's new quiet hairdryer. The topic seemed to spark some hot debate—so much so, moderator Michael DiTullo set up an impromptu sketch challenge to redesign the hairdryer: "The hair dryer is the classic design school student project, yet
This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! Core77 discussion board member Jacob Fleisher recently shared his own approach for evaluative design research. Jacob writes: Getting research participants to articulate the "why" can be challenging in an evaluative session. And
This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! Dyson has just released its new ultra-quiet Supersonic hairdryer with a hefty price tag of $399—to many this is a laughably high price point while others argue, if it works, that it could
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