Most of you reading this blog, and most of us writing it, know what it is to make things. And we've all seen tons of videos of other people making things. This one here, of an expert saddler/sellier crafting an alligator watch strap for Equus, stands out for being the
The bi-annual Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge asks emerging designers to develop new solutions for improving our environment through sustainable design. Each iteration of the challenge brings us closer to realizing the imperative to create a circular market standard. Presented by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in
Young designers starting a career tend to think big and often dream of creating the next cool sports car, cell phone or iconic piece of furniture. Not many, notes Sam O'Donahue, picture themselves designing cosmetics packaging or lipstick cases. O'Donahue, a Brit who earned an industrial design degree from
Built for the elite athlete, the Forerunner 935 is a performance focused multi-sport watch. The design uses smooth surface transitions and cored-out negative space to create a dynamic form that is purpose-built for elite performance. High quality materials including fiber reinforced polymer, stainless steel, and soft silicone are used to provide a premium appearance while optimizing size, weight, and comfort.
After many patiently-executed fabrication steps, industrial designer Eric Strebel is finally ready to assemble the prototype for his mobile solar charger. Here he constructs and attaches the hinges for the protective petals, installs the electronics and, of course, makes sure the darn thing works:
Computer monitors are like city apartments: No matter how big you think yours is, you'll fill it up with junk before you know it. But that doesn't stop me from wanting Samsung's absurdly huge, 49"-wide CHG 90 UltraWide HDR QLED Gaming Monitor. I think I paid a grand for my
When certain demographics can't use your product, it's important to ask why. Nail color is an ancient tool for self expression and accessorizing, but the practice has fallen out of use with many Muslim fashionistas. This is because run of the mill nail polishes are seen as a barrier to
Caged Venetian (or Murano) glass lamps are a nearly timeless inspiration in lighting design. Their mix of metal restraint and trapped organic glass can range from sensual, to exquisitely detailed, to schlocky "Italian style" restaurant decor, and back again. (I have a conspiracy theory that those bad plastic pizza restaurant
While NASA has had four different rovers on Mars, none of them, obviously, has ever been manned, nor designed to hold human beings. But this month they pulled the sheets off of the first manned Mars Rover concept, unveiling it at the Kennedy Space Center: The Mars Rover Concept Vehicle
In this day and age, I value bodies that can take a lot of information and present it in a comprehensible way. The folks over at Kurzgesagt (German for "in a nutshell") spent 900 hours and nine months researching the history of automation, then created this video explaining why recent
START Design Studios partnered with blue to create a new and unique listening experience with the wireless over-ear headphone that let’s the user hear more of their favorite music, everywhere and anywhere. Satellite headphones combines the legendary blue sound quality with new patented active noise canceling technology to ensure a non-compromised listening experience. Satellite with high emphasis on sound isolation, comfort & foldability is a new benchmark for the modern listening experience.
Most button-down men's shirts come in XS, S, M, L, XL. Just five sizes. As industrial designers we understand that manufacturers must limit their production variations in order to maintain profit, but clothing manufacturer Stantt reckons that those five sizes truly fit just 15% of men. That's why Stantt
Cardboard, like reclaimed wood, continues to provide inspiration for materials-minded designers. It's tough but soft, ubiquitous and underrated, and incredibly easy to source. Letting the material drive the object is a similarly tried and true source of both innovation and "innovation." The R16 Lamp project aims to join the shipping
At 140 West, you will be part of the energy that’s evolving the Verizon brand to become a leading technology player. The new Tribeca space will bring together some of the industry’s sharpest minds across a multitude of disciplines, creating an integrated team that can be responsive and innovative across every Verizon touchpoint.
Overview CMF plays a huge role in the HP re-imagined print experience, and our CMF team is growing! We’re seeking a CMF Designer with a keen awareness of what’s going on in the world of how macro trends affect product CMF. You must have the ability to make intelligent business choices, focus on strategy across the print LOB, work with internal business partners and manage multiple materials developments. Development experience with resin, textiles, patterns creation, paint, film, metals and sust
Did anybody else love those dinosaur sponge pills, but wonder what would happen if you swallowed one? You can deliver on that slightly menacing magic with this new shapeshifting pasta invented by MIT's Tangible Media Group. Beyond whimsy, lead researcher Lining Yao, and supporting researcher Wen Wang, note that
If you own your home, it may make sense for you to invest in kitting it out with solar power. But for the millions of folks who rent, it's not possible to go green in this way. That will change if SolarGaps, a system of solar-panel-laden Venetian blinds, work as
In the world of voice-controlled digital assistant-driven smart speakers, Amazon and Google stole the march on Apple last year with their Alexa-powered Echo and Google-Assistant-powered Google Home, respectively. Yesterday Apple answered, pulling the wraps off of their forthcoming Siri-powered HomePod. PriceUnsurprisingly, the HomePod is a premium offering, expected to retail
When was the last time you choose the harder, more expensive approach to solve a problem? That is the reason why the adoption of the Design Sprint practice has been skyrocketing worldwide. But before backing up that claim, let me set the stage with some foundation for the reader that is unfamiliar with the term Design Sprint
The MSI 360 degrees Conference Camera & Speaker has been completely designed and engineered by SLIMDESIGN. This camera can be used in numerous positions: laying flat to monitor all the people in a teleconference, as well as free-standing and wall-mounted positions. Its built-in microphone and speaker allow you to take it wherever you want and to be ready within a minute for your next meeting.
iRobot, one of the world’s leaders in the design and development of AI technologies and consumer robots, is seeking a highly talented Senior Industrial Designer to join our User Experience team in Greater Boston. Who we are… iRobot is expanding beyond Roomba, towards a holistic vision of how connected Robots can improve our lives inside and outside the home.
From the 405 in Los Angeles to the LIE in New York, you'll see something depressing each rush hour: A veritable parking lot of crawling cars, with predominantly one driver per car. It's neither space-efficient nor sustainable. In an effort to combat this, Google's Alphabet, which owns the wayfinding Waze
Matcha is more than a good ice cream flavor, it's an ancient tea preparation that relies on several deftly created tools. Aside from the tea itself (a cult subject I'll leave to real gourmands) the most crucial element is the chasen, or bamboo whisk, used to froth the matcha powder
Recently there has been lots of talk about how the rise of automation is changing the workplace—as if a robotic takeover was just around the corner. I don't see automatons massing at the gates, but we need to acknowledge that there's some data fueling this anxiety. For example,
The Crave product line up comprises of two products, the Crave 360, and its bigger brother, the Crave Multi-Room. The speakers use both Bluetooth and Wireless technology to connect with each other and your smart device, which is used to provide the music. The Crave 360 has an integrated battery, which adds versatility to make the speaker portable. Interaction with the speakers is easy as the Crave 360 and the Crave Pro are controlled with a volume knob that rotates for those adjustments. The top
Did you know that Lowe's had a robotic innovation lab? Well you've been missing out. While we've been hand wringing over creepy new cyberdogs and oddly graceful rollerskaters Lowe's has calmly been rolling out a robot exosuit for its human employees. The Lowe's Innovation Lab started its human+ journey
What would it take to make bamboo bicycles more exciting? Lance Rake thinks a wickery weave could change bike design for the better. Rake is an industrial designer and researcher at the University of Kansas who has been exploring bamboo materials for years. His aim is finding new structural options for the
Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company. In everything we do, we are committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship. We own and operate a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising, and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. We identify and develop recording
Amazon has been opening physical stores for two years now, and today they open their first physical bookstore in New York City. It is interesting to see how they've essentially transposed their digital strengths into an actual environment, rather than aping the design conventions of a Barnes & Noble or
Now that Apple has slowed down on innovative design, it's great to see that Microsoft is picking up the slack. Yesterday they put out a video of their new Surface Pro, and the thing looks amazing: I'm digging not only that they've developed their own style for the video—remember that
HELLO! WE’RE THRIVE! We're a product development & innovation strategy firm. We help ambitious leaders build profitable brands through informed design. But this isn’t about us, It’s about YOU. THRIVE is growing and looking for world class talent. That’s why we
GoTennaPro is the world’s smallest, lightest, most affordable tactical mesh networking radio, and it works with any smartphone. It is designed and engineered for ultimate water/dust/impact-proof durability (MILSPEC/IP68); has swappable antennas; and the most powerful and private mesh-networking for text-based convos and off-grid geo-tagging, without WiFi or cell service. goTenna Pro is 12X lighter and 10X smaller than legacy comms systems. goTenna Pro represents a true paradigm shift for tactic
Designer, for bags, luggage and accessories. Ricardo Beverly Hills is searching for an industrial designer with a passion for travel, keen eye for style and fashion, and understanding of materials and processes. The ideal candidate will have a experience designing from concept through to production, the ability to
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