We're looking for someone who loves packaging! Someone with a keen eye for design and a knack for noticing details. Someone who lives for great typography and creating customer illustrations. In a nutshell... a packaging designer. You'll be designing for everything from coffees and teas, to health and beauty, to imported salamis and cheeses to produce and prepared meals.
The future is coming for us. Fast. CES didn't just drive that point home—they drove it, crashed it and exploded it in your face for an entire week. While walking the floor, it was tricky to take our focus off the visual stimulation relentlessly hitting us from every possible direction.
This morning, Reebok announced a collaboration with design studio Odd Matter on an athletic seating collection made from their woven performance textile, Flexweave, which, "boasts an open figure-8 construction that interlocks unlimited strands of fibers to create a single surface construction that is as strong as it is light." Here's a look at the first chair to come out of the collection:
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 designers we're supposed to be good with geometry, so let's see if you can figure this out. From puzzle designer Jin-hoo Ahn comes this three-piece one called "Bitten Biscuits," which won a Jury Honorable Mention at the IPP Design Competition (International Puzzle Party) in Kyoto, Japan in 2016: The
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
Post-it notes were famously invented by a failed experiment to create a high-strength adhesive. Now another glue experiment gone wrong, this time in Japan, has yielded another potential hit product. Yu Yanagisawa, a graduate student at the University of Tokyo, was trying to develop a new type of adhesive.
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
Facebook user Michael Kang posted this snippet of a candymaking video, which caught my eye: Shiba Inus! I'm partial because I own two, one resembling the one in the candy. But the editing and fast-motion of the video above left out too many manufacturing steps for me; how the
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
As a practicing designer I worked in "structural package design," i.e. bottles. I had zero leeway in volume control; if I was tasked to CAD up a 500mL bottle, the internal displacement had to be precisely 500mL up to the fill line. And the folks in Marketing often determined the
A buddy of mine got the iPhone X. He likes the screen size, but is still getting used to the fact that for the facial recognition to turn it on, he has to pick it up, bring it up to his face, and stare at it. That doesn't appeal to
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,"
Because this tutorial started with "Squeeze 27 diapers into a frying pan," it had my attention. Now I don't have any upcoming baby showers, nor am I a toy designer, nor a parent, but I was taken by this woman's very creative use of household items. How the heck did
Although new evidence has emerged that proves beyond a doubt that the Earth is flat, Flat-Earthers apparently believe that Mars is round. With this ringing endorsement, NASA will continue sending Rovers to Mars. The only problem is, they can't exactly bolt a set of Goodyears to the Rovers
Having people over for the holidays? Maybe you can step up your hosting game with some designey table settings. First off, here are the three levels of proper table settings: CasualInformalFormalOf course those are just rules, and rules are meant to be broken. I poked around to find some designey-looking
At this point, it's no secret we're killing our planet at a frighteningly rapid pace. With plastic and other toxic materials polluting our oceans and infiltrating our air supply, it's more important now than ever for designers and scientists to develop scalable solutions to help reverse the bad habits we've
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
This here combines two of our favorite things: German engineering and bacon, delicious bacon. Here's the Textor TS750 high-speed slicer in action: That's their Einzelscheiben ("single slice") machine. But how do they slice them into those neatly-nested packages we buy at the supermarket? Using their TS700, which can do
I'll always prefer working with wood over metal and plastic, because wood is such a forgiving material. Inevitably when you're working with the stuff, you're going to screw up, usually when you've run out of stock and are on a tight deadline. Here Marc Spagnuolo, a/k/a the Wood Whisperer, shows
Operating under the motto "When all hell bakes loose," Seattle-based Lauren Ko creates pun-captioned pies that look like they should be in a design museum. Incredibly, 30-year-old Ko only began baking a year ago, and she's not a designer by training; her day job is at Seattle Colleges, where she's
Planning on buying your kid a train set for the holidays? That's not very creative. We suggest you ramp things up, literally, by devising some track hacks to make that train do tricks. For inspiration check out this video from 5MadMovieMakers, who typically film Hot Wheels stunts but have digressed
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
A roundup of projects currently seeking funding on various crowdfunding platforms for your viewing (and spending!) pleasure. Go ahead, free your disposable income.
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
Some of you will find this exciting. I find it disturbing. Materials scientist Nicola Pugno and a research team at Italy's University of Trento have succeeded in getting spiders to produce super-strong silk--by lacing the spiders' drinking water with graphene and carbon nanotubes. According to Phys.org, Professor Pugno said: "Humans
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