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
Mixed feelings on this product: On the one hand, I feel we should be exposed to a certain amount of germs, in order to keep our immune systems up to snuff. On the other hand, I've seen a child sneeze into his hand, then grab the subway pole without wiping
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
As far as mass production methods go, sand casting is one of the oldest. 3D printing is one of the newest. Dutch design and engineering consultancy Arup has figured out how to combine the two, allowing one to enjoy both the low cost of the former and the physical complexity
A roundup of Kickstarter projects currently crowdfunding for your viewing and spending pleasure. Go ahead, free your disposable income: WSC16 "Pensole" Edition PENSOLE Footwear Academy has just launched a multi-tiered Kickstarter campaign in order to establish free footwear design courses for 100% of their students. Yes, free. If you're into
Anyone familiar with the woes of freelancing knows that hourly time tracking can be a genuine hassle. While it's true that many common software programs for personal accounting are trying to tackle this with digital solutions, it can still at times feel difficult to accurately track your time on the
For decades we've seen the military develop expensive technology—radar, GPS, microwaves—that trickled down to the consumer sector and became affordable. Now the consumer sector is apparently returning the favor. The U.S. Navy's Virginia-class submarines are $2.7 billion nuclear-powered fast attack vessels bristling with the latest technology. Old-school periscopes have been
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
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
Shaving has been around for a long time. In the 4th Century B.C. Alexander the Great, an early proponent of shaving, ordered his troops to do it. Alexander had observed that beards were a martial liability for soldiers; if you didn't remove your own facial hair, your opponent would do it for you—by using your beard to grab your face.
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
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
My mother bought this bookcase sometime in the 1940's, I think. It was sitting in my parents living room for over 40 years before they downsized and gave it to me. I brought it to the shop because my apartment already has too much stuff but I liked having it
JoyTops is an invention that attaches to game controller joysticks increasing comfort, performance and style. The 2 founders of JoyTops came to us with a napkin sketch and a problem—a lack of premium options for gamer's to customize and personalize their game controller while also resolving common issues facing gamer's, joystick wear and tear. They were looking to design an innovative joystick topper that not only covers and prevents wear and tear but also enhances the user's performance with sp
Yesterday, Kickstarter opened up its platform to Japan, further expanding its reach to welcome creators in the incredibly innovative country. Not only are they opening their platform, they are also making the backend experience easier for Japanese creators through offering customer service, the website and mobile app in Japanese.
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:
Freitag is known for their sturdy bags made from recycled truck tarps. But one thing they've never been known for is a rolling suitcase, because they've never made one. Until now. To design a rolling suitcase from their signature tarp material presented a design challenge. The tarps are heavy and
A fellow named Gualberto Elizondo recently attended the Grill Master Campeonato Nacional de Parrilladas (Grill Master National Barbecue Championship) in Monterrey, Mexico, spotted one entrant's crazy contraption and posted it to his Instagram: It's a pity that we're coming across this only now, when barbecuing season is about to end.
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
We designers often take for granted the terminology we use to describe parts of objects. But after seeing laypeople interchangeably use the words "bevel" and "bezel" in an online discussion about the forthcoming iPhone X, it's become clear that not everyone has our command of design and manufacturing vocabulary. Well,
Steven M. Johnson's "Patent Depending" series of inventions range from social commentary to plain ol' bizarre, and they always give us a laugh. So we've contracted him to let us publish one every week.
It looks like Yves Béhar has moved on from the Juicero catastrophe and is now working with gaming technology startup Wonder to design a smartphone specifically for gamers. The company and designer announced via Twitter and Wired that they are on a mission to tackle the challenge of designing a
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
Here's a quick, carefully-researched history of writing surfaces: 1. SandYou've finally learned written characters, leaving your Neanderthal relatives in the dust. You use a stick to scratch out an inspirational message in the sand outside your hut, but when you bring your friends by to show it to them, a
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
We've heard of electrically-conductive thread before. But a team of materials scientists have done that invention one better, by developing yarn that can generate electricity. The research team, which comes from a collaboration between the University of Texas at Dallas and South Korea's Hanyang University, calls their invention Twistron. It's
I just came across this bizarre story from over ten years ago. A New Jersey mother had amassed 1,000 cans of Silly String and was trying to ship them to her son, who was serving in Iraq at the time. U.S. soldiers from both the Army and the Marines
Gone are the days of flipping through physical photo albums with your family, reminiscing on vacations, weddings and other shared experiences while leaning over a massive book. Now in the digital age, many of us have thousands of photos stored on our phones, many of which we take and never
The Elements is to math as the Bible is to Christianity. Written circa 300 B.C. by Greek mathematician Euclid, the 13-volume series contained everything the ancient Greeks knew about geometry. It influenced countless generations of scientists, mathematicians and academics and remains relevant today. By Euclid (author), Erhard Ratdolt (printer) -
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.
The Household Hacker got his hands on a 1957 publication called "1,001 How-to Ideas," i.e. hacks. He then picked out 16 of them and demonstrated them on video to see if they'd still be useful today. As with all "life hacks" roundups, a couple of these are just dumb,
A group of students at MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group in collaboration with Fluid Interfaces has created a new design and fabrication system that they call Printflatables. Their system can produce "human-scale, functional and dynamic inflatable objects." If that doesn't sound exciting, well, take a look at some of
Artist Cam Bergerman counts archery and leatherworking among his hobbies. Having learned how to craft leather handle wraps the traditional way, with stitching, he decided to experiment a bit: I had an idea a while back for a way to join a seam in leather without anything but the leather
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