Creating a video can be daunting enough as it is—sure, the tools are more available than ever, but you still need to figure out lighting, sound and editing, to say nothing of composition and the story itself. A video that illustrates how awesome your project is? Even harder... which is why we want to help you get the wheels turning when it comes to making a submission video that will make your project stand out. (Note: Videos are not a requirement for submitting an entry to the Core77 Design Awards, but they are recommended.)
We've pulled together some of 2013's best submission videos. You don't have to be a professional videographer to impress us—some of the best videos we've seen are straightforward, simple and shot with a handheld camera. From our DIY category to Educational Initiatives, there's always a way to bring your project to life in front of the camera. Check out some of our favorites (and find out why we thought they were so neat):
Posted by Coroflot
| 12 Dec 2013
Join a company with a culture that moves you. Garmin International is an active bunch that is all about exploring and being first. As a Garmin Industrial Design Intern in their Olathe, KS office, you'll assist with the aesthetic and ergonomic development of projects, collaborating with Engineering, Marketing, and Management teams to explore, innovate, and execute world-class designs.
What does it take to join this team? You must have completed coursework in Industrial Design, Product Design, or a field relevant, wield digital proficiency in the use of tools such as SolidWorks, Keyshot, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and/or Sketchbook Pro and be a team player with interest in either Garmin's Outdoor or Fitness markets. Ready to have fun? Apply Now.
We've written about Jean Prouvé before, the designer who figured out how to create flat-pack houses some fifty years before Ikea did. While his aluminum Maison Tropicale is the one I remember from ID History, an earlier design of his, the Maison Demontable from 1945, is now making the blog rounds.
Prouve was truly a man before his own time, and his designs never saw the mass production they were so perfectly suited for. The Maison Tropicale, for instance, was intended for mass uptake in French colonies in Africa; only three were built and shipped, and two were reportedly shipped back to Paris. But French art dealer Patrick Seguin, who owns some nine Prouvé-designed houses, dismantled and shipped one of them to Design Miami. Once on site and uncrated, the Maison Demontable ("demontable" means "de-mountable" or "can be taken to pieces") was knocked back together by workers, and the process was time-lapse-video'd for all to see:
Data consolidated from a farmer's plow's GPS as it circled near Dmitriyev, Russia.
Uncovering unknown territory is more and more rare, as GPS paired with the Web has made even the most remote or unusual routes accessible to the world. The free service of OpenStreetMap (OSM) has more than one million registered users contributing data from GPS, aerial photography and just regular traversing across every possible route in the world. OSM has more than a decade of consolidated data and is often referred to as the "Wikipedia for maps." But the interesting part is that their data are considered their primary product, and not actual maps. Many sites are powered with OSM data—like Craigslist, Foursquare, Geocaching, MapQuest—organizations that want to use it instead of pricey Google Maps. But OSM also powers the beautiful maps produced by the startup MapBox.
Here's an example of a runner's various routes (the thicker red lines represent the number of times he ran that particular route) using data from OSM.
Posted by Ray
| 11 Dec 2013
Illustration by Mike Joos; photo by Emiliano Granado
The Core77 Ultimate Gift Guide is one of the more popular pieces of content that we put together every year, both for our readers and those of us who have the privilege—and eye—for making the selections. In the interest of capturing the communal spirit of this year's Gift Guide, the contributors will be selecting a few of their favorite picks from their cohorts' lists alongside one of their own.
In other words, hint, hint.
I considered a handful of different approaches to my gift guide list this year, but ultimately ended up following my gut and go with a handful of selections that represent facets of my abiding passion (outside of writing about design, of course). It's probably obvious that at least one member of Core77's editorial team is a cycling enthusiast / dedicated bike-commuter / sometime evangelist—after all, bicycles hit a sweet spot between form and phenomenon, between function and fun.
And while I deliberately chose gifts for discerning folks whose idea of a canvas is a pair of triangles on wheels, I'm broadly interested in objects that are functional, durable and lend themselves to mobility. It so happens that I recently moved to a new apartment—my first time living without roommates—so planning this year's gift guide coincided with a period of 'needing new things' (I actually ended up selling a bike so I could afford some new furniture). It initially felt unnaturally materialistic to me, but I came to realize that it's worth acquiring worldly possessions if 1.) you use them regularly, if not daily, and 2.) you won't have to buy that thing ever again.
A preponderance of cylindrical objects...
Outlier Grid Linen Towel - About as practical as it gets, really. Not only does the grid weave provide structure and surface area but the subtle geometric pattern adds a bit of Modernist flair as well. $28–120 from Outlier
AeroPress - A veritable secret to success, as far as I'm concerned. I imagine Da Vinci secretly invented an early version of this—since lost to time—and thanks to the AeroPress, everyone now has easy access to the life-affirming elixir we call coffee. $26 on Amazon
Rapha × Raeburn Wind Jacket - An easy one, perhaps, but hey, "high-viz" is meant to stand out. All black is normally the order of the day for me, but when you're plastered in spandex anyway, you might as well go all out. $450 from Rapha
Zojirushi Tuff Mug - Another one that I own and use regularly—usually not for my own Aeropressed ambrosia but on those occasions when I get it at my local coffeeshop. Lightweight and works like a charm. $32 on Amazon
Sony QX10 / QX100 - It might seem a little absurd at first glance and I imagine it's not quite as seamless as it could be, but I much prefer this version of the future better to awkward tablet photography, amirite? $250 / $500 from Sony
See the full 2013 Gift Guide for more ideas →
Posted by erika rae
| 11 Dec 2013
Since BioLite has already perfected stove design and garnered the highest achievement known to man with their HomeStove, there was only one thing left to do: make it bigger. The 2012 Core77 Design Awards-winning company is continuing its mission to bring light and heat to everyone by powering the Brooklyn Christmas tree with their new super-sized thermoelectric stove / generator. Sure, the Dumbo FirePit is a meant to be a festive holiday installation, but we can't help but think of it as a way to commemorate the launch of the Design Awards program earlier this week.
Posted by Kat Bauman
| 11 Dec 2013
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One of the things I loved about seeing Scott Robertson's presentation on rendering tricks at Autodesk's CAVE Conference: The man still renders in Photoshop. I cut my ID teeth rendering bottles in Adobe's flagship product, and it's nice to see that not everyone has completely gone the 3D route.
When you're manually (albeit digitally) laying down gradations and layers, you quickly learn how much black you have to put into something to make it look white, and how much white you have to put into something to make it look black. The optical illusion up above, which has recently gone viral and is shocking to anyone who's never done an ID rendering, is an excellent example. The top chiclet is black and the bottom is white, right? Well, not if we look at it after masking off most of the drawing:
Who can forget Perceptive Pixel's big-ass multitouch display, which caused such a stir at AU 2011? We were secretly hoping the company would be purchased by Autodesk and turned to the task of cranking out high-end rendering stations, but alas, that wasn't in the cards; Microsoft scooped them up last year and essentially turned the product into corporate-meeting whiteboards, absent SketchBook Pro or other rendering apps.
But that doesn't mean big monitors with proprietary software and killer apps are dead for designers. Coming to the rescue is Montreal-based Smart Use Softwares, Inc., whose soon-to-launch S-55 Smart Table was this year's Exhibition Hall showstopper; the device was so mobbed we had to come back after hours to get a private demonstration. What we're looking at, folks, is essentially magic blueprints:
Posted by Dave Seliger
| 11 Dec 2013
Civic Service is a program from Parsons' DESIS Lab co-founded by Eduardo Staszowski, Elliott Montgomery, and Core77's Dave Seliger. Civic Service hosts a range of events to encourage interagency collaboration in local government and inspire civil servants to become intrapreneurs within their agencies.
Civic Service is about many things. It's about dedicating your career to serving the public. It's about the innumerable services that a city delivers every day to its residents. And it's about using design to make these services more user-friendly and human-centric. Civil servants are a reflection of the cities they serve—in New York City, we are dreamers, visionaries and creators. We founded Civic Service to empower civil servants with inspiration, tools and a network of like-minded colleagues.
This past weekend, we took an exciting step toward bringing service design as a tool for change to local government. With the help of civil servants from a variety of New York City agencies, we prototyped our first Civic Service Workshop. Four fantastic Parsons Transdiciplinary Design graduate students—Meagan Durlak, Reid Henkel, Mike Varona and Joe Wheeler—carefully led the participating civil servants through the service design process.