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Ankle braces are often very uncomfortable to put on and wear underneath your shoes (not to mention an eye sore). Why can't athletic shoes have ankle braces built into their design to eliminate the need for separate supports? I set out to address this problem. During the research stage, I
For the third year in a row, Core77 is partnering with WantedDesign to present the fifth annual Design Schools Workshop during New York Design Week. Over the course of an intense four days, students from Centro (Mexico), Art Center College for Design, Pasadena, Aalto University (Finland), ENSCI Les Ateliers (France),
An impressive common characteristic of the student exhibitions at this year's Ventura Lambrate show were their sheer ambitiousness: with projects that went far beyond the normal fare, topics ranged from creating plastics out of completely natural sources to imagining how to satisfy our meat craving in a speculative post-meat world
It's rare to come across an academic program that allows considerable time for students to ruminate on potential design dilemmas of the far away future—for example, if robots eventually replace a good number of our jobs, where will this leave us? In a hypothetical tomorrow where raising meat is not
One of the few schools exhibiting during Milan Design Week this year is the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, who will be launching whatnot 2016, a collection of objects designed by 15 students from their Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects department. The collection celebrates the school's
Each day our editors will roundup our favorite sights and projects from Salone Milan Design Week. Today we look at highlights from Ventura Lambrate and via Clerici. The Meat ProjectTo address the issue of food waste, artist and designer Atelier Monte created these seemingly average vases using expired meat from
Here's Part Two of our interview with Michael Bücking, Headmaster of the Holzfachschule Bad Wildungen, a German school that offers masterships in a variety of craft disciplines. (Read Part One here.) Here Bücking describes the admissions procedure, the pass/fail rate, how he himself became a Tischlermeister, Germany's dual system of
Each day our editors will roundup our favorite sights and projects from Salone Milan Design Week. Today we look at highlights from the main fairgrounds for the Salone del Mobile. Poetic Shelves from Finland. These playful shelves from Hanna-Kaarina Hikkila and Anni Pitkajarvi of the Helsinki-based Luomo collective make the best
We think of flatpacking practices as being the domain of furniture manufacturers. Compressing a large bureau down into a small box is useful for bringing down shipping costs. But as researchers at Brigham Young University have realized, flatpacking has a much wider range of practical applications ranging from space exploration
How do you become a successful furniture designer/builder? We've covered the topic before—but always with Americans. And as you've seen, the precise career paths taken by a Jory Brigham, a Hellman-Chang, a Tom Sullivan would be impossible for most to reproduce. That's because America has a kind of Wild West
This is a wood toy set design for preschooler kids, aiming to stretch the kids' imagination, is easy to assemble and safe to play with. The product concept also tries to explore a second life for the product to be sustainable.
Design students: You don't want to miss this opportunity! Looking to dip your feet into the real world of design? Be Original Americas has just launched a fellowship opportunity that will give you unique behind-the-scenes access to some of the leading design studios working today. Two undergraduate students will be
As we mentioned in the post on German education, Germany has a robust network of specialized schools that are ready to turn Hauptschule grads into high-level craftspeople. Below are some of the schools, and their students' work, that we saw on display at Holz-Handwerk. Apologies that not all of the
For those who have seen a lot of student design work in America, the quality of student work coming out of Germany can seem staggeringly high in comparison. At the ICFF in New York you'll see some nice pieces from American design schools, the students standing behind them maybe 20,
The path to "success" for creative professionals has seen a marked shift in recent years. The traditional sequence of getting a degree, building a portfolio, going on interviews and eventually settling down at a firm is no longer a given—more and more, designers are not focusing on "getting a job"
The Clip Table utilizes a connection method that is simple, intuitive and easy to use. Inspired by clamp lid and Weck canning jars from Crate and Barrel, the Clip Table is made of a system of parts that inform the user of how they should be assembled through their form
Right now it seems as if robots are being taught to basically accomplish any task a human could: some execute these tasks exceptionally while others are a serious work in progress. In any case, it seems like robots are here to stay, so that's something we all should probably get
''DieFabriek'' is pop-up factory run by two designers, Geert Snijders and Martin Honings. Their first project provides an innovative design workshop in which they create a bio-based light object. The process is dedicated to old craftsmanship but is entirely new; they are the first to find a way to process
This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-controlled discussion boards! This week's question is for students making their way into the professional world or simply for those ultra-multidisciplinary designers looking for more direction. Core77-er pagewithanii asks: "I have recently become really frustrated because
Open sourcing as a result of the proliferation of digital fabrication may be a big part of the near future, but there are still some possibilities that seem out of reach—that is until someone proves you wrong. One such example? New Jersey Institute of Technology student Amos Dudley. You
Coffee is apart of many human beings daily life. For most coffee drinkers, the experience of making the drink allows for them to begin their day or to make them feel awake. Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year,
With just under a month left before the Final Deadline of the 2016 Core77 Design Awards hits, it's time to consider the greater value of participating in this annual celebration of design excellence. Your work has the potential to influence and inspire others on a much larger scale and contribute
Before the internet, we had encyclopedias. One of the oldest is France's Encyclopédie from the 18th Century, where editors Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d'Alembert gamely tried to cram the world's knowledge into a comprehensive series of volumes. But the funny thing about French people is that they tend
For design entrepreneurs, the path to success is often a random one. Sometimes the things you think you're meant to do are not, and something seemingly inconsequential becomes the thing that makes you. Take Sophie Kirkpatrick's story, for instance. Six years ago she was a design student majoring in Furniture
While studying product design at the University of Brighton, Anna Bullus gave herself an interesting project: She'd pick up every single piece of litter she could find on the way home, then Google each one to see if it was recyclable and how. Inside an empty bag of potato chips
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