Since taking the role of head designer at IKEA several years ago, Marcus Engman has led a great effort to match the most well-known furniture company in the world with the best designers working in the business today. Why? Because he believes that high-quality design should be accessible to anyone.
This is the story of how we interpreted four design principles for Firefly, and how user feedback gave us confidence that we were on the right track.
YELLOW WINDOW is looking for a designer to join their multi-national design team in Antwerp, Belgium. Our world-renowned expertise in mobility in public transport and product design brings a steady flow of challenging projects where product design, design for mobility and service design meet. Founded over 40 years
When sifting Coroflot for interesting projects and design thinking to highlight, we usually skew towards work that has at least made it to prototyping. Conceptual ideas are important, but they're like [a rude analogy]: everybody's got them. That said, the AR Cane concept caught my attention by answering a familiar
Like most school work, project topics for Product Design students aren't always terribly exciting (though it's a field where we get hype about tire tread patterns and tea kettle shape... so maybe I'm the jerk). So when a cool prompt gets met with both enthusiasm and sharp thinking, I get
It is ironic that those of us who can most afford to buy sunglasses probably need them the least. Using a pair of Ray-Bans to prevent glare whilst driving one's Porsche towards a sunset is not the same level of need as that experienced by someone toiling in a sunny
Varian's ProBeam™ proton therapy system uses protons rather than X-rays to treat cancerous tumors with great precision. It is effective for certain types of cancers and can treat with a high dose of radiation to the tumor, while delivering lower radiation to the surrounding healthy tissue. Elemental8's treatment of the Varian ProBeam proton therapy system is an integrated solution to numerous design, engineering, and usability challenges, while treating a room-sized medical system with an attent
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. 3M has a long-standing reputation as a company committed to innovation. We provide the freedom to explore and encourage
Designed to easily optimize inventory, minimize stockouts, and reduce missing doses with smart drawers that have 50% more capacity compared with similar units on the market. The cabinets securely store medications with durable metal locking lid drawers, and prevent medication mix-ups with the integrated Medication Label Printer.
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.
Planetary Power HyGen is a hybrid generator that combines high-efficiency technology with integrated lithium-ion batteries, providing a vital communication link to outlying populations. It is a cost-effective, sustainable, and reliable alternative to conventional generators for use at off-grid telecom towers. HyGen’s engine runs at variable speeds and only operates to charge its batteries, making the batteries the primary power source. Fuel consumption is reduced by 60%, extending the refueling
Fabrication is always a blast, second only to field research in the hierarchy of excellent things about working in social impact design. It's an opportunity to escape our desks, and trade the abstractions of post-it notes and design frameworks for the satisfaction of creating tangible, physical things. At the
It's a complicated but exciting time to talk marijuana in America. The medically invaluable and minimally harmful drug is fast becoming a socially normalized staple crop. But for folks in states where progressive values and massive tax income are less important than ineffective and racist drug policy, the idea of
All of us wear laundered clothes, yet few of us think about where the dirty water coming out of the washing machine goes. But Rachel Miller is a cofounder of the nonprofit Rozalia Project, which deals with marine waste on America's East Coast, and she knows exactly where it goes:
Happy 4/20! To celebrate the dankiest day of the year, we'll be taking a mini tour through the elevated design of the contemporary cannabis industry. Have you ever wondered how people in those states do things? How do weed stores work? Or why is vaping such a thing? How do
To monitor their glucose, diabetics must regularly prick their finger, then insert test strips into devices that look like Nokia designed them in the '90s: Then they've got to log the figures. It's a decidedly clinical experience performed with undesirable devices. Brooklyn-based design firm Pensa is addressing this problem
What uses up the most water in your house: Your shower, toilet, kitchen faucets or bathroom faucets? The answer is, I don't know. And neither do you. Even if you could guess which used the most, there's no effective way to see accurate figures for each fixture. That's because accurately
Biomimicry and bioengineering have lost some of their buzzword luster in design circles, but the IRL applications are still going strong. To continue fighting the shortage of viable organ donations, researchers around the world are experimenting with lab grown options. But some tissues and muscles are harder to synthesize than
This year's Ventura Lambrate themes are Social Design and Cultural Heritage—two very open-ended themes that invite designers to show work that address global change and/or represents their country of origin. We're happy to see most designers bringing thought-provoking work along these lines to the table. Within the two themes, we're
Activ5 is a bluetooth enabled portable workout device and mobile app that coaches user through low impact, isometric based workouts in as little as 5 minutes per day. It features a durable form factor that measures up to 200 pounds of pressure. The portable fitness device fits in your pocket and works to tones and strengthens your muscles.
Outside of America, lots of countries have more than three measly recycling bins, with consumers trained to separate different types of plastic to make things easier at the recycling facilities. A local in Korea explained to me that after you're done with a drink bottle, the caps (polypropylene) go into one bin, while the bottles (PET) go into another.
The Reebok Future team recently announced their Cotton + Corn sustainable products initiative, which will include a pair of sneakers made from organic cotton and inedible corn waste. The Cotton + Corn shoes feature an upper made from organic cotton and a sole made from inedible corn waste. This cute
A NYC based media company for architect’s and designers is seeking a full-time graphic and marketing designer. You will be responsible for creating wordpress web-sites and designing marketing materials for conferences, in-house advertisements, email blasts, and more. We need someone that is pro-active and understands maintaining brand integrity.
Morticians are a class of unsung heroes in most societies. Mortuary arts dovetail technical medical knowhow, painstaking practical effects, and the excruciating job of trying to please grieving families. Preserving and presenting bodies is particularly difficult in cases where the deceased passed under physically disruptive circumstances. Whether involved in
At the beginning of 2017, IDEO launched a website meant to serve as a guide and resource for designers hoping to support the "circular economy", or, the idea that designers and industries must begin to imbue in their design consciousness that products should be created with the intent of continually
Wellnest is the creator of the worlds first medical wearable using Alexa, Amazon's smart technology. We are proud to be the design partner in bringing this project to life. Our goal was to develop a groundbreaking design that would enable users to easily track there daily medicine needs. Our concept design features a slim band that is evocative of modern fashion wearables. The design seemlessly blends into your everyday style.
#exstrange is a new eBay venture that hopes to engage creators in a dialogue about contemporary consumer culture itself. It is a curatorial project by Rebekah Modrak and Marialaura Ghidini that invites a global group of designers, artists, and curators to use and subvert the online auction.
Did you naively think cyborg technology was relegated to anime and future generations? Think again, and consider investing. The new Neuralink Corp. made waves yesterday after a report in the Wall Street Journal announcing its intention to advance Brain Computer Interface (BCI) systems via cortical implants. Their proposed type of
Drawing a crowd of designers, educators, futurists, and social innovators, Primer2017—the first dedicated speculative futures conference—opened in style at the grand Gray Area theatre in the Mission district of San Francisco. Organized by Phil Balagtas, the founding member of the San Francisco based Speculative Futures meet-up, the two day conference
In most densely populated cities, smog is nothing to sneeze at. Kids are particularly at risk from airborne pollutants, but getting them on board with wearing annoying safety gear is even harder than with adults. To help get kids more invested in the boring and uncomfortable world of smog ventilators,
It's no secret cannabis consumption is becoming more and more mainstream. Over here in the US, we're seeing laws changing and joints freely blazing. In response to this transition, designers have been able to express their curiosity around the emerging—and quite profitable—market. From designing packaging for edibles to crazy dispensary
Seaside Casual is a leader in the design and manufacture of outdoor furniture, made from recycled, High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). Our extensive collection of Classic, Traditional and Modern designs is sold throughout the US and expanding international markets. Seaside Casual is an award winning manufacturer, recognized for exceptional customer service,
The challenge of the Infinite EEG project was to develop a new EEG monitor assembly for use in ICU and CCU. Our process included research, design development, 3D CAD, mechanical engineering, and prototype development. The final design is countertop and IV pole ready, contains a simplified electrode array for easy deployment.
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