Remember the earlier post where I received the tiny battery I ordered in a gargantuan box? Reader Andrew Roberson pointed out that the cause was "on-demand packaging," a practice which the company that provides Staples' fulfillment machinery uses. In any case, here's another lesson about packaging--not for packages you receive,
For millennia, this is the method we used to get food out of trees: So let's say the crop in question was olives. How would you mechanize the process? You could surely rig up something to shake the tree, but what about picking each and every olive off of the
Amidst all the techy-tech at the World's Fair Nano in San Francisco was an unassuming display of an anachronistic, but popular, series of objects: Mechanical keyboards. At Kono Mechanical Keyboards' table two self-professed keyboard geeks, one of them Reddit Senior Designer Michael Farrell and the other Kono CEO Andrew Lekashman
When decorating an interior, you have an endless amount of possibilities. As a result your environment is unique to you; a reflection of your personality and style. For the TV to truly to become a lifestyle product, we must first create choice. With this choice you can tailor your product to your lifestyle. Driven by this goal, we have created a modular design consisting of three simple parts; enabling the buyer freedom to configure their TV stand in a way which reflects their personality.
Kickstarter is often used with the intention of launching products that will eventually lead to full brands, but what if the crowdfunding platform were to be used for quick, one-off experiments? Product designer and Kickstarter expert Oscar Lhermitte is toying with the latter concept through a series of projects appropriately
Most of you own one or more devices that go into or over your ears, and some of you own smartwatches. The ears and wrist are two prime locations for wearables. The fingers, however, have yet to have a winning product take advantage of that on-body real estate. At the
In the previous post on wearables seen at the World's Fair Nano, we looked at Ashley Chloe's Helix Cuffs vs. Apple's AirPods. This time we'll look at Rowkin's offerings, which are much more similar to Apple's product than the Cuffs, but have some minor differences in UX. Rowkin displayed their
As we mentioned earlier, Crave's Pleasure Tour is a traveling build-a-vibrator workshop housed out of a restored Airstream trailer. Here industrial designer Ti Chang, Crave co-founder and VP of Design, walks you through the build process for their Duet Pro vibrator. While the split-tip design may remind males of
Fast-paced, entrepreneurial Pet Products Company located in Secaucus, New Jersey is looking for a bright, self-motivated individual for a Junior Industrial Designer position to assist in our Creative Department. The successful candidate will work closely with lead designers, providing support in various graphic and design projects and day-to-day product
In sports most athletes need a squeezable bottle that allows for one-handed, fast and precise drinking. But currently all squeezable bottles are made out of plastic. That means: Bad taste, potential health risk and throw away mentality. Nowadays, all your equipment is high-tech. You have the best shoes, the
Personal mobility was a big category at the World's Fair Nano, with both attendees and demonstrators zipping around Pier 48 on a variety of powered, belt-driven skateboards. Here are the five exhibitors we saw, and the design/performance/price differences between each: RiptidePrice Range: $599 to $729This is the entry-level brand out
It's not often we see an entirely new form factor in transportation design, but the Ryno Micro-Cycle definitely fits the description. Invented by mechanical engineer Chris Hoffmann, what started out as an idle thought--his daughter saw a one-wheeled motorcycle in a videogame and Hoffmann wondered if he could build one
For the past several months, industrial designer Ti Chang and her team at Crave have been renovating an old Airstream trailer for an unusual purpose: Rather than prepping it for a camping trip, they've converted it into a rolling build-a-vibrator workshop to tour the country. Crave has been holding build-your-own-vibrator
Post-it Notes are an invaluable tool when it comes to effective brainstorming sessions and leaving reminders for yourself in the office. Heck, they even make it incredibly easy to leave passive aggressive notes for roommates and family members. However, the peeling ends in this image are something I'm sure all
Toy Fair is an annual toy industry trade show held mid-February in New York City. The event is open to industry only and is the largest toy trade show in the Western hemisphere. It's the place to be if you're an up and coming studio trying to get your big
A couple of years ago, we covered Lake Art, a family-run business that uses a laser cutter/engraver to create decorative objects inspired by local lakes, rivers and oceans. Recently brought to our attention is Pangea, a small company that has a more minimal take on a similar topic. When
Right now steel tariffs are all over the news, with different people arguing where we should buy our steel. Options exist because steel is by and large the same whether it's produced in China or the U.S. But Seattle-based physicist Christina Lomasney, the President, CEO and co-founder of Modumetal, might
As glass rectangles of all sizes have come to occupy our attention spans, Samsung's designers have taken the largest one and enabled it to disappear. Their new QLED TVs, which come in fives sizes from 49 to 88 inches, have an irresistible "Ambient Mode" that kicks in when the TV's
The bikes on display at the 2018 North American Hand Made Bike Show, recently completed in Hartford, CT, are inspirational works of art, beautifully constructed and painted, ready to hit the road or trail. As a life-long biker, I've been to many rides and festivals that feature a few booths
I generally keep my phone within a 15ft radius of my body at all times, and I don't think I'm the only one. When you think about it, though, smartphone mounts haven't exactly been updated to consider the wide variety of tasks we now rely on our phones for. The
I try to be a conscientious consumer, but one single-use item that I go through a lot of is paper towels. I find them indispensable for cleaning up my kitchen, shop and photography studio, I order them in bulk from Staples, and it depresses me how many of them I
"Everything old is new again," or so goes the idiom. The folks at Eastman Chemical Co. apparently agree, as they have dipped back into the firm's 80-year-old portfolio of cellulose ester materials technology to come up with a "new" fiber that's now finding use in a range of intimate apparel and other trendy clothing.
Core77's sister-site Coroflot is a go-to destination for design employment, hosting thousands of designers' portfolios, hundreds of design jobs and a giant guide to design salaries. Now all these pieces are getting tied closer together, connected via a brand new messaging platform.
In 2013 a tornado ripped through the town of Moore, Oklahoma, leveling the Plaza Towers Elementary School. Seven children were killed in the destruction. Looking at both that incident and the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, where 20 children and six adults were slaughtered with Bushmaster's version of the
In a vintage shop, or in the home of an older relative, you may have seen one of these: That's called a perpetual flip calendar, versions of which were first patented in the U.S. in the 1920s. The guy behind the "Measured Workshop" YouTube channel wanted to figure out how
People interact with their phones in movie theaters, on the subway, on the toilet, on the sidewalk, while cooking, in bed, et cetera. The shower is the last space left where your phone or tablet cannot go. So this company has invented this conductive shower curtain liner with pockets
I hate taking the subway and I generally Citi Bike everywhere, including over one of the bridges if I have to go to Brooklyn. But the other night I had to go to Gravesend/Sheepshead Bay, which is out of Citi Bike's docking network. One of the reasons I hate
In the past, a designer's engagement with materials was to understand the material's properties and how to exploit them to serve the end user. Having that grasp was enough to be considered a responsible designer where materials were concerned. Today the demands are very different, as our understanding of science
Industrial Designer Master & Dynamic is a New York City-based premium audio brand with a deep passion for building beautifully crafted, richly appointed, technically sophisticated personal audio products. The company’s growing product line includes a wireless speaker, headphones, earphones and accessories. We are
In a time when our leaders are not devising intelligent solutions to keep students safe from shootings, the students themselves are stepping up. Justin Rivard, a senior at Somerset High School in Wisconsin, can't prevent an armed maniac from pulling up to a school with bad intentions. But his invention
Work closely with Packaging Director to build complete files for packaging, marketing materials and displays. Print out and review proofs, release mechs to printers. As time allows, this position will also be available to support the Creative Director when production assistance is needed for all other marketing materials (brochures, collateral, POS). Also, this position will handle some large projects, like state regulatory changes and sell sheets.
Unsurprisingly, sales of bulletproof backpacks for schoolchildren is on the rise. Massachusetts-based company Bullet Blocker reported a 30% increase in orders the day after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Two days after that, Florida-based bulletproof backpack manufacturer Guard Dog Security reported a 150%
In the 1950s, American schoolchildren were shown a training film called "Duck and Cover." Fear of a Soviet nuclear attack meant that students had to practice air raid drills as follows: Times have changed and the air raid drills are long gone. Where schools once worried about us being killed
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