Whether youâ€™re a DIY woodshop hobbyist, tech-savvy tinkerer or a high-end design enthusiast, create a list of your top 5 gift ideas between now and December 7th and you'll be in the running for some amazing prizes.
We Love Cycling put together this awesome video of the 2015 European Bike Stealing Championships, whereby hidden cameras are placed in three cities where bike theft is a major problem. Bait bikes are laid--and rigged up with explosive (but harmless) powder bombs, and a music surprise for each thief: While
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Driving psychology: For the Manhattan motorist in a rush, the worst thing to be stuck behind is a bicycle. Along certain narrow corridors like lower Broadway that lack bike lanes, it's not uncommon for cyclists to ride in the center of a lane, to better preserve their own safety and
When your business' profits is based on repeat customers, you have a built-in incentive to provide good customer service. But when your business is based on selling one-time purchases, there is a darker motivation to gouge, to wring as much profit as possible out of a customer you'll never see
Cameron Crowe's Singles perfectly captured what dating was like in the pre-Tinder, pre-cell-phone, pre-internet early '90s. Today the film looks quaint, revealing a bygone time when single minglers met at bars/cafes/concerts, garage-door openers were presented as signifiers of relationship commitment, faulty answering machines accidentally destroyed messages by eating tape, and
Trailpod was developed to help people enjoy life's outdoor adventures to the full. Trailpod has a strong exoskeleton structure with three rugged wheels and a modular bag system to adapt to any activity. Trailpod is perfect for any social occasion whether it's a day at the beach
Last year off-road vehicle manufacturer Polaris was looking to hire on our Job Boards. Did one of you take the gig? We hope so, because then one of you—or maybe Coroflotter Greg Tada, who was already a Polaris industrial designer—may have had something to do with the following madness.
Heads-up displays keep your eyes on the windshield, which is a lot safer than constantly glancing down to check your speed or your phone. They're also expensive. But inventor Ivan Kablukov made the clever observation that everything required to power a heads-up display exists in the modern-day smartphones many of
It's every car-designer's dream—to design and build a supercar from scratch, with no constraints. Talking with Carlos Salaff, ex-Mazda exterior designer, I realize he is living that dream—he's the master of his own creation. And what a creation: Project Caden is a supercar with voluptuous surfaces formed by hand, flowing
Call me a simpleton, but I think this is the absolute best Halloween costume I saw this year: Sadly there's no attribution, though the photo's all over social media. As awesome as that get-up is, in this day and age it of course was not the most viral. That
If you look inside the car elevators in any attendant-staffed Manhattan parking garage, you will see they are unglamorous affairs, with walls covered in well-scuffed bumpers. Even someone who parks cars all day for a living will sometimes make an error. So how do you get around this problem in
Even in an exciting city, traveling the same route every day is boring. On foot or by bicycle in Manhattan, I'll often take different routes to a familiar destination for the sake of variety. This occasionally pays off when I spot a new café I'd like to try, spy something
It's already been two years since Nissan's NV200, aka the "Taxi of Tomorrow," was meant to begin replacing New York City's fleet. But uptake has apparently been slow, and I have yet to see the Gotham's streets awash in them. Maybe New York made a mistake in choosing the NV200.
I can hardly believe that it's been a full decade since I started the Bicycle Design blog by posting one of my old marker renderings. Though I started with a few of my own sketches, what really kept me interested in blogging were the design submissions from others that I
Myriad criteria are used to define a classic or vintage car: from its year and make, to which years it served as a racecar and who drove it. The single greatest factor seems to be the price a classic trades for and what degree of preservation and restoration it enjoys.
Yesterday Domino’s Pizza pulled the sheets off of their DXP, a vehicle whose sole purpose is to deliver pizzas. Built from modified Chevy Sparks, the DXP (from “delivery expert,” which is what Domino’s calls their mobile army of pizza deliverypeople) has had its interior modified to carry 80 pizzas on
Finally, here is a concept car unlike any other! Toyota is getting ready to pull the sheets off of their KIKAI at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, and it's a real socks-knocker; unlike the swoopy, enclosed concepts we're used to seeing, this one wears its mechanicals on its sleeve.
It's just five days until October 21st, 2015, the date that Marty McFly traveled to and rode around on a hoverboard on. Which means Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru has just five days to paint his invention pink, make it a bit smaller and get it ready for McFly. Yes,
The brilliant cartoonist/inventor Steven M. Johnson has been dreaming up kooky product concepts for 40 years. Luckily for us the man saves his work, and this year he released a new book, "Patent Depending: Vehicles," that rounds up four decades of his automotive concepts. The $19.95 book contains over
Having taken over the production of Windcheetah's a couple of years ago the design and manufacturing has taken a different tack. Many people are already aware of Windcheetah's so I've decided not to rattle on with all the historic detail… but it goes without saying that Mike Burrows did a pretty good job 30 or so years ago when he designed it!
Parking cars today means putting them out of the way while they are not being used. It is a necessary evil in our ever-growing, auto-centered cities and the cutting-edge of parking technology does little to revolutionize our strategy. Advancements have primarily focused on two things: parking more cars in a
Top picks from the array of concepts and production cars from the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. The Porsche e-mission is the car of the show for me – a masterful morphing of the iconic Porsche design signatures into a really desirable super-sedan. Essentially a broadside to Tesla, but also
For auto design lovers it's hard not to pine away for the 1950s, when America released bold, original shapes that became the envy of the world. Outside of Cuba or a retro auto show, you're not likely to see dozens of these cars at once. Unless you know Lenny in
There are two Toyota stories in the news right now, and we're guessing they only want you to hear about one of them. The one we assume they'd rather go unnoticed is about government bodies asking why Toyotas are so popular with ISIS members. (I had a couple of jokes
While Airbus is figuring out how to stack folks double-height in Business Class, Boeing has been looking into ultralight metallic structures. HRL Laboratories, a research institute that does R&D for Boeing, has developed what they're calling "the world's lightest material." And despite it being 100 times lighter than Styrofoam, it's
A recently-granted Airbus patent is causing quite the stir. The company's Hamburg-based design team envisions a variety of cabin arrangments with staggered "mezzanine seating" protruding into the "substantially unused upper lobe of the aircraft fuselage," and most press outlets seem to be unfairly demonizing it, accusing the company of trying
Those of you enrolled in Transportation Design programs will shortly be making clay models, if you're not already. Eventually you'll paint them and present them at crit. And no matter how different your designs are, every paint job in the room will have one thing in common: They'll all glisten
Let me tell you how a car salesman once quickly sold me on a Volkswagen. He was a large, obese man, which is relevant. On a test drive, he sat in the passenger seat and my father sat in the rear seat behind me; the two of us together provided
Let's say you're a furniture designer in California working with English Ash. You pick your wood up at a supplier, where it sits neatly stacked in the yard. You know that prior to that, the wood came out of a mill. Backing up a step further, you know that before
Yesterday Tesla launched their highly-anticipated Model X, the design-packed SUV model whose features beggar belief. First off the 5,441-pound car is absurdly fast--the Performance model clocks 0-60 in 3.2 seconds--and powerful enough to tow 5,000 pounds. It's got a 250-mile range and can carry seven people. The windshield--"the
Pickup trucks are great for hauling heavy gear, but loading and unloading heavy/bulky objects is nearly impossible for the lone worker. One solution is to get a boom crane installed in your truck bed, which requires you to sacrifice a good chunk of bed space. A more flexible solution would
The inventive filmmaker/animator known as PES has created a fascinating new short for Honda. Given the complicated task of unfurling the company's long history only through visuals, PES conceived of a crazily labor-intensive form of animation that isn't quite stop-motion, isn't quite flip-book, and doesn't use any CG trickery. Take
Personal flying transportation is coming. When we first looked in at the Icon A5, a folding-wing personal aircraft designed in a collaboration between multiple bodies including IDEO and Art Center College of Design, it was just a bunch of renderings and grainy images we assumed were Photoshopped. That was over
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