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
There are nearly 30,000 people who want to brush their teeth without using their hands. We know this because earlier this year, 26,832 Kickstarter backers pledged €3,198,516 (USD $3.75 million) to bring the Amabrush, an "automatic toothbrush," to life. Yes, our resident illustrator of imagined contraptions, Steven M. Johnson, came
I've never had to harvest pecans, but presumably the designers of this Multi Headed Nut Wizard have. Here's the brilliant object they came up with, which "will pick up through light to medium leaves and will hold up to 40 lbs of pecans when full." Be sure to stick around
Flying across America provides a bird's eye view of how we humans have decided to cut the land up. In regions where we've completely mastered the topography, you'll see completely unnatural-looking, perfect grids like this, punctuated with perfect circles: So what the heck are those, and how/why are they created?
"I like the ideals this country was founded on, and I think its world leadership was great for years, but I'm no longer comfortable with the direction it's moving in." This is how I feel--about Apple.
Are rich people running out of things to spend their money on? Tiffany & Co.'s "Every Objects" series provides a stark reminder that some people have a lot of money to burn. Consider that the company is selling, and that presumably there's a demand for, a $1,000 tin can: Sorry,
It's been a while since someone's portfolio knocked my socks off, so I was pleased to come across the work of Scotland-based product designer Scott Jarvie, principal of Jarvie-Design. I'm loving how Jarvie combines a mastery of form with both practicality and visual storytelling. As one example, take a look
We've seen Nixie-tube-based clocks before, but Italy-based Igor Gudiy has taken them to another level. Under the shop name NixieHorizonte, Gudiy is selling Nixie-tube wristwatches of his own design on Etsy: The watch can display the time in either 12- or 24-hour format, as well as the date and even
I finally caught Blade Runner 2049 over the weekend, and it was fantastic, a true successor the original. It's underperforming at the box office due to business reasons that have nothing to do with its high quality. If you haven't seen it, check it out before it disappears; this is
The best way to find gear is getting a tip from a friend you trust. As friends of our design community for over 20 years, we want to be that voice of reason by helping our readers find products that really, truly work. So, we've gathered a list of things
The devastation of the fire that tore through Santa Rosa this month is hard to comprehend; entire neighborhoods have simply vanished. As you can see in these aerial shots, the results look consistent with a thorough aerial bombing campaign: Image by Marcus Yam / L.A. Times The view from on
Is there any domestic chore worse than ironing? It takes forever, the design of most irons suck and there seems to be little correlation between the shape of my clothes and the shape of the board. I so desperately need this automatic clothes ironing machine, called the Effie:
File this under Why the heck have I never heard of this before? The History Channel used to have a documentary series called "Ancient Discoveries," and in this episode they focus on some crazy Chinese naval technologies from centuries and even millennia ago. I know that you readers are
We all know there's no good reason to build cylindrical beer coolers that silently appear out of the ground in your backyard. But that hasn't stopped a bunch of German guys, engineers we assume, from building their own and posting the videos to YouTube. Here's Ralf Göldner's: Timo Hänsel's
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