Countries with competitive ski teams have something like a Formula One pit crew for their skiers. Teams of technicians apply different types of waxes, powders and chemicals to the bottom of skis to compensate for ever-changing snow conditions, all seeking the perfect balance between grip and glide. The Norwegian team
Yesterday, Olympic snowboarding fans again witnessed an awesome spectacle: Two frontrunners going at it, the U.S.A.'s veteran rider Shaun White versus Japan's incredible Ayumu Hirano. Hirano appears to have been born strapped into a snowboard; Burton has been sponsoring him since he was in the 4th grade. Now just 19
Last night Olympic snowboarding fans were treated to a thrilling spectacle: America's 17-year-old phenom, Chloe Kim, crushing her final run with a 98.25 and gaining the gold medal. But before I get to that yes, we're a design blog, so let's go over how halfpipes are made. DesignThe 2018
There's a line in the first Thor movie where the titular character suggests that what humans call "magic," Asgardians call "science." The notion being that both are unseen forces, and bridging the two requires advancing and applying knowledge. We have a lot of technology today that would have seemed like
So I'm eating lunch at the bar and watching the Olympics when these two Startup Bros walk in. Though the bar's empty they sit down right next to me (of course) and start running their yaps, going off on speed-skating: "God, that looks like it doesn't take any effort at
Firefighters regularly risk their lives to save people, so we as a society should be providing them with the best designs for tools that help them in their work. One such invention, the newfangled PyroLance, takes a cue from the world of digital fabrication. With an assault rifle form factor,
Imagine sliding into Jasper Morrison's DM, then having the conversation result in a soap collaboration. It could've gone horribly wrong, but instead you now get to design a bar of soap with Jasper Morrison. That's exactly how Good Thing's fragrant-free, pigment-free Soap came about. Back in October 2016, Good Thing
Last time we checked on Elon Musk, he was selling $10 hats to fund his Boring Company tunneling venture. Now, for reasons that are unclear, he's selling a $500 flamethrower: It's not clear if it actually shoots a jet of flame, like one uses to burn enemy troops
Plastering a wall is time-consuming work, so it's natural that workers who do it day-in, day-out will try to devise shortcuts. Watching this guy's technique, I can't decide if it's faster or slower than setting up a scaffold: Or maybe it's not a time-saving technique, but simply borne of necessity
There are plenty of ways to store sex toys without using products specifically designed for that purpose. But there are a number of interesting design features on the products that are designed for organizing sex toys. The Joyboxx has a removable tray which can serve as a "bedside coaster for your sex toys," as Babeland puts it. It's easy to clean; it can even be put in the dishwasher.
I came across the story of Eric Trujillo, a Colorado-based luthier who runs Mi Vida Strings in Denver. Trujillo repairs and builds string instruments for clients around the world--his most famous client is probably Bob Dylan--and is ensuring the craft stays alive by teaching it to his 11-year-old son,
This is one of those products where you're like, "Why did this not exist before?" The Lay See Pillow is designed for the millions of people who wear eyeglasses and like to read in bed while lying on their side: That cover looks like a bit more of a
Now that he's established his own design consultancy, veteran industrial designer and Core77's own Michael DiTullo has been branching out into areas of design he's been wanting to explore. "I really love the kitchen space, and I haven't gotten to do many things in that space," DiTullo says, "so I'm
During World War II, British veteran Christopher Clayton Hutton was given an unusual task by his government: Design secret objects that captured British POWs could use to escape. Hutton, who had studied both magicians and escape artists, devised a series of clever items. Perhaps the best-known are his "escape scarves,"
Spotted on Reddit's Mechanical GIFs page is this crazy-looking set-up: Initially I couldn't figure out why they're peck-drilling holes into the end of each; at first I thought perhaps these were to be strung together, but the drill does not appear to go all the way through. But now
The famously weapons-obsessed YouTuber Joerg Sprave has taken a robot vacuum and rigged it up so that it can fire a Glock. Why? Well, because he's Joerg Sprave. The pointlessness of this object aside, we do have to admit that he solves the technical challenges with some simple and clever
I'm in the process of making another dovetailed box, this one to hold some diamond sharpening plates. I do all of my marking with a knife, but I still need to drag a pencil line along the cut to see it. I got tired of sharpening pencils so I picked
As fans of the old Batman TV show know, the Caped Crusader and Commissioner Gordon often contacted each other using a special hotline. Each of them had a red phone with no dial, and for some reason Commissioner Gordon kept his inside a cake display on his desk. "I can't
At the end of each year, we like to reflect on standout projects our readers worked on and then submitted to us for review. We love when our readers bring creative projects that push the boundaries of already existing design structures to our attention, and this list combines some of
On the daily pre-dawn morning dogwalk I passed this store in SoHo. Their window display caught my eye. From the side it just looks like a bunch of large-scale Christmas ornaments. But from the front you can see they've sliced them in half and are displaying their wares inside. Some
We've all seen crazy "As Seen on TV" contraptions like this one: That Sock Slider could be useful for someone with a disability. But if you're able-bodied and injury-free, and if you find putting on socks merely difficult, I'd say you shouldn't use it. In fact, I think that
Here's what sucks about being an industrial designer: We have to make physical objects work in the real world. How awesome would it be to work in motion graphics instead, where you don't have to worry about pesky things like tolerances, friction and gravity? As an example, check out the
I went to the Apple Store in SoHo to get a new screen protector for my iPhone. It's a thin film of transparent material. I was fascinated to see that Belkin has invented a little gadget that flawlessly applies it to the phone. "They developed this specifically for Apple Stores,"
Upon request, I've been prototyping a martial arts training aid for my chief instructor. One of the arts he teaches is called Baguazhang. This is a Chinese internal martial art, similar to Tai Chi, but whereby the practitioner moves in circular patterns. My instructor explained that for certain exercises, it
Here's an interesting design problem: Matthias Wandel's wife asked him to replace the three curtain rods on their bay window with a single, continuous one. Commercial solutions exist, but if you're DIY'ing it, how do you support a rod that goes around angles without creating interruptions that would arrest the
Nissin, the manufacturer of Cup of Noodles, has been putting their designers to work in order solve various food issues related to Japanese culture. The first product released from the series is Otohiko—a massive electronic fork trained to recognize and combat slurping noises Japanese eaters tend to make while consuming
In 1948, Swiss zoologist H.M. Peters was studying how spiders build their webs. But he kept falling asleep during the observation process, as spiders typically build their webs nocturnally. Frustrated, he asked colleague Peter N. Witt if there was something Witt could give the spiders that would make them build
It's that time of year again! The holidays are coming up, and we want to know what's on your design wish list. This year, Core77 is asking you to Pick 5. Whether you're a tech junkie, a wood shop whiz, or an outdoorsy dad, select your top 5 gift ideas, share them with us between now and December 15th, and you'll be in the running for some amazing prizes.
Builders and craftspeople who work alone need to devise clever methods of achieving tasks better performed with assistance. Sometimes these tricks work great. Other times…they don't. That could have been so much worse; I'm amazed anyone would ever turn their back on such a thing!
When it comes to making marks on leather, one commonly thinks of stamping or branding. But skilled craftsman like Japan-based Tomohiro Kanno can produce stunning patterns in leather with carving knives. Take a look at this guy's work: Kanno produces handmade one-off leather goods for sale, and perusing his website,
As industrial designers our mental database of objects should be immense, and we can often use one object to describe another. After all, how many shapes and form factors are there, really? Or as Italian film company Tanello Production points out, "In nature all is apparently different but essentially the
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