German designer Thomas Mayer underwent the carpenter's apprenticeship we discussed here, but afterwards he pursued a degree in Interaction Design. The result is that he can not only build furniture, but can imbue it with technology-based UX enhancements. As an example, check out his Interactive Table Tennis Trainer: interactive
Coder Stelian Firez recently tweeted this screenshot of what has to be the world's worst web form for entering one's phone number: The gauntlet thus thrown down, fellow coders tried to top it in badness: Who knew
Improving the UX of an everyday object can be tricky. When something already has a well-established design and a simple function, our instinct is to assume the item is as good as it's going to get. It takes a keenly observant designer to spot where there is room for improvement.
With hotly anticipated entries like the virtual reality Oculus Rift headset dropping for us consumers at the end of this month, and Microsoft's Hololens augmented reality hardware available to developers around the same time, this spring makes for as clear of a starting line as we've seen in the race
Ideal candidates have an outstanding portfolio and deep experience in envisioning, framing & conceiving disruptive new product experiences (HW / SW / Services). They should be a thought leader and conceptual thinker with a finger on the pulse of people, culture & trends and the ability to create amazing objects.
Beauty, the fifth installment of the Cooper Hewitt's design triennial series evolves around a central question: "Why beauty now?" While we've grown accustomed to seeking out design work that answers our society's most demanding questions with big-picture answers, the 63 designers exhibited in the show present an alternative take—one that
No need to be shy, human beings have been exploring our sexuality since the dawn of time and as it turns out, sex toys have been around for just as long. The history of their design offers a strange, often humorous, look at our constant quest for innovation and connection.
If you haven't submitted your best work from 2015 in the 2016 Core77 Design Awards yet, what are you waiting for? You have until March 8th to submit while the Regular pricing is still in effect, and the absolute final deadline to enter isn't until April 6th, but we all
There's no doubt that self-driving cars are coming, but every designer has to be wondering: How will the user interface be handled? When something that weighs nearly 5,000 pounds is hurtling along at 65 miles per hour, how do you safely, seamlessly pass control back and forth between human and
Help build a suite of consumer mobile apps enabling a killer drone service on iOS/Android. Your role will be to help build the specifications/UI/mockups for Verifly's Android product. You have demonstrated experience developing stunning, developer-ready UI/UX flows and visuals, building and maintaining app workflows, detailed specifications, wireframes, and pixel-perfect mockups.
When it comes to product design, you've got your standalone items that provide great utility: Think flashlights, cutting boards or washing machines. But there's another class of product that we could call, for lack of a better term, holistic. These objects are meant to be part of a larger system
This year has seen steady movement towards a new age of automobility. Headlines celebrated the introduction of Tesla's Autopilot system. We experienced the first widespread vehicle recall due to hacking vulnerabilities. The underlying ethics of algorithms being written for autonomous vehicles were discussed. These technological breakthroughs, essential security enhancements and
“The most rewarding things I've done have been making products that have impacted other people's lives. Taking some of the stuff I've learned in my own projects and translating that into experiences or applications that other people can use for their own goals. Working on the design of the Facebook timeline”
The world is already filled with smart people designing and building smart, web-connected objects. But most of these things are siloed off into their own apps, meant to be operated independently of one another. But now a research team at MIT Media Lab led by Valentin Huen, a PhD candidate
When Ikea rolled out their line of wireless charging furniture and objects, it essentially established that the technology is now mainstream. But as revolutionary as these affordable objects are, they still need to be plugged into the wall, drawing their power from the mains. Interior designer Vihanga Gore and interaction
In our homes and offices, there are at least two things we look at that are on vertical surfaces: Art and feedback displays. We hang paintings and photographs for pleasure and ambience, while we rely on thermostats, clocks and microwave oven readouts to provide some useful piece of data that
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Like every year, the Victoria and Albert Museum is the central hub of the London Design Festival. The longest queue of the day here rewarded visitors with an immersive experience of mischer'traxler's collaboration with champagne brand Perrier-Jouët . Upon approaching the V&A's Norfolk House Music Room on the second
Of the UI design challenges of smartphones, the swiping of photos seems pretty much solved, but the typing interface is still wanting. That's why Blackberry is not only still around, but is planning to launch the Priv, with a slider interface and physical keyboard: Blackberry's forthcoming PrivOn the touchscreen keyboard
The premier medical design event—the IDSA Medical Design Conference—takes over the state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in Tampa, FL from Oct. 21-22, 2015. A pre-conference, Experiential Symposium (additional registration required) is scheduled on Oct. 20 with a hands-on operating room/animal lab experience and a contextual usability
Here's one of those bread-and-butter design problems that alerts you to the importance of context. It's simple enough to design a coffee dispenser in a studio, where you've worked out people's average heights and eyelines and calculated how they'll interact with the device. Then it goes out into the real
For those who travel often for work or pleasure, it can be difficult to find recommendations for destinations beyond the expected tourist sites. That's where technology can help fill a need. At a recent conference we learned about dsgnfix, a search and discovery app for designers, architects and artists. "dsgnfix
The UX prototyping space is booming. Dozens of solutions are now available for a practice that was done largely with paper and flat deliverables less than a decade ago. Designers can now start building experiences earlier in a product's lifecycle and get real results around decisions through testing these prototypes.
World War I fighter pilots wore silk scarves for a very functional reason: In the pre-radar era, pilots spent a lot of time swiveling their heads around looking for the enemy, chafing their necks against their collars. Add some silk and problem solved. Now a company called Baubax has designed
The most famous movie scene demonstrating a user-interface design has gotta be from This is Spinal Tap. Christopher Guest shows his Marshall amplifier off to Rob Reiner, pointing out that while other amps have volume knobs with tick-marks from 1 to 10, the volume knob on this one goes "up
ZTE's Zubia Z9 smartphone boasts a full-bleed screen, touch-sensitive edges and a novel way—which the company calls Frame Interactive Technology--to interact with the device. Before we can discuss its pluses or minuses, take a look at how we're meant to use it: Jeez, how many Apple videos did they watch
Digital gaming distributor Steam is expanding into physical hardware. The company reckons they know gamers—one estimate has it that 75% of games downloaded for the PC are through Steam—and will have a steady stream of customers for a gaming controller of superior design. Thus the Steam Controller aims to combine
Do you crave the movie theater experience of yore, when you could watch a movie in pitch blackness, undisturbed by ill-behaved fellow viewers? These days, between the seat-kickers, loud-talkers and distracting glow of smartphones from people who are apparently live-Tweeting the movie, going to the cinema is as unpleasant as
I haven't owned a car in nearly ten years, so everything I drive is either a rental or a ZipCar. And when you get into an unfamiliar car for the first time, you perform this little routine, in order: 1. Adjust seat distance to pedals and seatback angle. 2. Adjust
First off, this video making the social media rounds is giving folks a quick chuckle: As you can see, it's a kid apparently bewildered by seeing a payphone for the first time. From a designer's perspective, it's interesting to see him tentatively move the receiver towards his ear; however foreign
Using a stylus to write on a smartphone is not a very ergonomic experience. Even for me, someone used to jotting things down on a notepad cub-reporter-style, it just feels off. Realizing this, an Israeli company called OTM Technologies has designed a solution called Phree. While it looks like a
An old Arab saying has it that "When the camel stumbles, the knives come out." Perhaps the modern-day version, applicable to much of the world, should be "When anything happens, the phones come out." Which is to say, people's first reaction these days to tornadoes, beachside brawls, sporting events, police
Websites, like works of art, are best at their most original form. But as templates continue to dominate the space, designers are left to wonder: how can we work to stop promoting the uniformity and unoriginality of templates? Scalable design offers a more open and collaborative process where designers no
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