Here's your chance to contribute to a Kickstarter where you can not only get some sweet product, but you can also support a company that harnesses the power of design to save babies' lives. Design That Matters, Tim Prestero's nonprofit design firm (which produces our Design Experience That Matters
HSD Ventures is currently developing LOA™, a lightweight and innovative full-face CPAP mask and app aimed at providing simplicity, comfort, and optimized airflow to people living with Sleep Apnea. Unlike traditional masks, which typically involve tubing extending from the front of the face, LOA’s pressurized air flows from the nose cup through tube channels flanking the patient’s cheekbones. The tube channels comfortably route around the user’s ears and terminate in an easily accessible location
Imagine living millennia ago, in a time when you've never seen a horse. Everywhere you and your tribe go is by walking. Then one of you discovers horses and figures out how to ride one. Now you've discovered the perfect sustainable transportation system. Horses eat grass, which is free. That
Designers have a critical role to play by envisioning products made with safe materials that can be perpetually cycled, and that eliminate the concept of "waste". The C2C Product Design Challenge enables current, emerging, and future designers to learn and apply critical strategies for envisioning products for the circular economy,
Nike's Flyknit has become synonymous with the brand, now used in everything from sneakers to sports bras. The knit material is more sustainable than many materials used in footwear and fashion, mainly due to its minimal waste production. But since Flyknit's conception in 2012, Nike has been more focused on
Homeless people need help, and in New York City they are not getting it. Our homeless population has exploded in recent years; last year the number hit a record-breaking 60,000. This has led some business owners in my downtown Manhattan neighborhood to hack their outdoor furniture. The streets immediately around
What happens when you plug your Prius in? Are you ultimately drawing power from coal, nuclear, wind, biomass? It depends on where you live. Most of us know that America generates its electricity from a multitude of sources, as shown in this graphic: However, that pie chart doesn't accurately represent
As we recently learned, much of our planet's supply of drinking water is infested with plastic microfibers. Single-use plastic items like shopping bags and drinking straws are some of the culprits. To combat the impact of discarded plastic bags on the environment, an Indonesian company called Avani has created
In the upcoming movie Downsizing, filmmaker Alexander Payne, the guy who did Election, Sideways and About Schmidt, has come up with a way to address the world's overpopulation crisis: Use science to shrink people down to just five inches in height. Think about it: You can have a huge house
Performance sneakers made from wool sound too warm and itchy to be true, so we were intrigued when Allbirds took to Kickstarter to pitch their Wool Runners to the world back in 2014—and reached their maximum target in just five days. When you think about this classic example of an
If you were my boss at an animal design firm and I submitted you this proposal sketch for a climbing animal, you'd probably think about firing me. There's nothing in the structure of this animal that suggests it would be good at scaling things. Well, maybe you've seen these photos that National Geo ran last year by photographer Adriano Migliorati:
The Vectra WB360 is the world’s first 3D whole-body imaging solution. Designed for medical use, this innovative system images nearly the entire skin surface in macro-quality resolution with a single capture. After years in development, Canfield Scientific and HS Design collaborated to bring the concept to life in a form that is open, user friendly, and aligns with Canfield’s award winning brand identity. Using a combination of augmented reality and 3D CAD, the team created a system to house the
Benjamin Hubert of LAYER design will be launching a furniture collection for UK furniture company Allermuir at London Design Festival's Somerset House. The three piece collection consisting of a chair, a barstool and a small café table will be amongst many projects at the center for engaging design discussion and
Here was the problem faced by the UK: 1. "The British do more of their shopping on the internet than almost anyone else in the world," according to the Economist. 2. That means a lot of packages being delivered, which requires a lot of delivery trucks. 3. The amount
Because Orb Media is a nonprofit journalism organization, they don't have to worry about pissing off advertisers or manufacturing sensational stories to attract eyeballs. Instead they can focus on their mission, which is to research and produce stories of global import. Their goal is to write about issues that affect
Sympfiny™ is an innovative pharmaceutical delivery system for dosing and dispensing multiparticulate, dry powder, and microsphere, drug formulations for oral delivery. It is the first delivery device to dose the same as traditional liquid dispensers, creating an intuitive and user-friendly experience. The Institute for Pediatric Innovation, sponsored by Pfizer, awarded the HSD team a grant to explore novel dosing and
Citi Bike, NYC's bike sharing program, is a rousing success. Last year riders took 14 million trips. Each day more than 38,000 trips are taken, meaning less bodies clogging our overtaxed mass transit system. Remarkably, there has only been one Citi-Bike-related death in the program's entire four years. (In contrast,
For the past 16 years, the Danish non-profit INDEX: Design to Improve Life, have been recognizing and supporting design innovations that pave the path towards a more sustainable future. Through education programs, investment and a bi-annual awards program that is not only the world's first sustainable design prize but also the largest monetary design prize, INDEX is a call to action to the design world.
David Rockwell is one of America's most acclaimed interior designers. His firm, Rockwell Group, has designed large-scale immersive environments for hotels and restaurants around the world, not to mention its sets for the Academy Awards and several Broadway musicals. But Rockwell's latest project is one of his smallest yet, and not something typically associated with high-end hospitality—a grill.
Volkswagen, whose reputation is still reeling from their emissions-cheating scandal, desperately needs a hit product. The company is unique in that they had the world's longest-running, most-produced car ever in their venerable Beetle, a/k/a the Type 1; between 1938 and 2003, some 21.5 million rolled off of assembly lines
Ford and Domino's have collaborated on the Self-Driving Delivery Vehicle, an autonomous hybrid Fusion that will deliver pizzas to customers in a trial in Ann Arbor in the next few weeks. What's different about this, compared to other autonomous vehicle trials, is that the tests are meant to see how
London-based company Lowe Guardians, and others like it, have an interesting business model. Technically a property management company, what they do is target landlords who have empty properties—which are often targets for vandalism—and protect those properties by installing live-in guardians. These guardians come in the form of young creatives and
London is an expensive place to live, and for young professionals it's tough to find affordable housing. When Tim Lowe was 26 and working as a property surveyor, he found his £1,000 a month rent too much to manage on his salary, and thus embarked on an alternative-living adventure. Lowe's
If our eyes are the windows to the soul, are the ears opaque and impassive? Or is it possible those flexible pieces of cartilage could also take an active role in communicating our thoughts and feelings? Can they also express opinions? PHUB OFF! by Hollie Chan explores "phubbing", the social
Lately I've been paying more attention to how people use public space here in New York City, particularly in unsanctioned ways. I will experiment here with documenting and posting the things I see in this area. Unused space is a rare commodity in Manhattan, and individuals will always capitalize on
Cardboard Helicopter Product Design has created an enclosure and base for a medical power pack. The pack has an exoskeleton made of stainless steel and injection molded plastic cover. Indicator and led screen to read out battery life and timer.
Artist Mike Mitchell actually created this back in May, but it's suddenly more relevant now that our President has waffled on whether to denounce neo-Nazis and white supremacists. "Here's a high res copy which I'm allowing for personal use (signs, shirts, buttons)," Mitchell writes. "Spread it far and wide."
Does United States FDA regulatory approval mean a medical device is safe and effective in low resource settings? The short answer is no. In developing countries, 95% of western medical equipment is broken within 5 years. In fact,only 30% of this donated equipment is ever even turned on. To enable
Animator James Curran's got a neat schtick: He moves to a new city, lives there for 30 days, and creates a daily GIF of what he did there each day. He then strings them together into what he calls Gifathons. So far he's got: Tokyo Tokyo Gifathon from James Curran
A gent named Kjell Inge Røkke is one of Norway's richest men, worth some $2.6 billion. He made his fortune in the shipping and offshore drilling industries. "The sea has given me great opportunities. I am grateful for that," Røkke told Aftenposten. "I will give back to the community the
The SetPoint device is designed to utilize nerve signaling for the treatment of arthritis. SetPoint Medical hired Pulse to develop a clean ergonomic solution for their implant-stimulating inductive coupling collar. Pulse also worked with the SetPoint team designing the UI for their device management app on the iOS 7 platform.
We native New Yorkers know that the best view of Manhattan is not from the Brooklyn Promenade, which only shows you downtown. The best view is from the Kosciuszko Bridge, which gives you a lengthwise view of the entire skyline. (It's the shot they use in the opening credits of
U.S. healthcare is a divisive topic. We Americans can agree that our system could be a lot better, but we can't agree on how to effect changes. Paradoxically, this will improve the design of overseas hospitals. Not just the way that they operate, but their very design. As for the
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