Posted by shaggy
| 13 Dec 2013
Dear designers, design aficionados and assorted creative types of the greater Portland, Oregon area,
Tonight's the Night for design and celebration. We strongly encourage you to drop by the design event of the season for some:
- Complimentary Social Lubrication (DJ Music & Cocktails!)
- Free perusal of the Bridge City Tool Works exhibit!
- Raffled-off gift certificates worth $500 at Core77's Hand-Eye Supply!
- Elbow rubbing with some of the creative luminaries from this year's Curiosity Club speaker series.
The Core77 & Hand-Eye Supply Holiday Shindig at
Museum of Contemporary Craft
in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art
724 Northwest Davis Street
Portland, Oregon 97209
Further information here.
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.
Most stuff is junk, it just is. So when it comes to buying gifts, do the planet and your giftee a favor and get them something they'll actually use, rather than throw out or toss in a corner.
For this year's Gift Guide, I looked around my place for some of the most useful things I own, with a particular focus on objects that can not be replaced by other objects; meaning, almost everything on this list has a unique function or performs its task in a far better way than you could do it before that object existed.
None of the items on my list are sexy, so if you're looking for wow-factor during the unboxing, you've got the wrong list. But assuming your giftee actually does the things these objects were designed for, they will find themselves using them time and time again, and you'll get the credit for being one of those people that buys useful, kick-ass gifts.
To keep the Core77 Gift Guide going, we staffers were asked by the Core77 brass to pick some items out from other staffers' lists. I take this to mean that after picking these items, we'll then have them purchased for us on the company dime. Right? Boss? ...Hello?
–Rain Noe, Senior Editor
From Glen Jackson Taylor's list, I'll pick the Sheffield Kevlar Shears. (Note that Glen has three names, like some kind of famous political assassin, and his gifts are also three-worded. Something is going on there.) Why shears that can cut through Kevlar? Because you never know when friends are going to come knocking on your door at 2am because one of them was shot and they can't go to the cops, and because you took a veterinary course in college you then have to put on a white lab coat and look nervously reluctant while you fish the bullet out with a pair of tweezers and drop it into a silver kidney-shaped bowl with an audible "clink." And you might need the shears to cut through their clothes. Of course if they were wearing Kevlar there'd probably be no bullet for you to remove, so, fine, maybe I didn't think this pick through... $76 at Best Made Co.
From Mason Currey's list, I'll select the 2014 Cat Calendar. I'm a dog guy and I don't like cats, but my dogs like eating paper, and I'm hoping they go for the cat calendar before they hit my copy of the Woodcraft catalogue. $50 from United Bamboo
From Fosta's list, I'll pick the Magnetron Carabiner. Why? You know why. Don't play dumb with me. $30 from Black Diamond
Posted by core jr
| 13 Dec 2013
Once again, our friends at Cuppow are pleased to present an enlightening (see the 2012 numbers here. We've been following their story since day one and it's always good to hear from Aaron Panone, who has diligently kept us abreast of new developments from Cuppow HQ in Boston. Here's the latest from Fringe Union:
2013 has been a great year for Cuppow! We started the year by transitioning all of our products to a 100% recycled and domestic plastic supply, we hired our first (and only) employee, released a new product (BNTO lunchbox by Cuppow), refined our wide mouth drinking lid to more readily accept straws, and continued to develop our network of charitable organizations (adding Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Cradles to Crayons), through which also releasing two new product colors! With the support of our fantastic customers and retailers, we've stayed true to our commitment to be as responsible as possible and make the most minimal impact on the environment that we can—all while growing a business committed to American-made products and working with other great American companies.
This year's installment of our annual infographic project is a single year snapshot showcasing the impact that Cuppow—through utilizing a local supply chain and totally recycled material sources—has on the environment. We used our actual manufacturing and performance data collected over the last year to calculate freight emissions and the amount of recycled material that we were able to reprocess and reuse to make our products. We consulted with shipping experts and studied up on EPA emissions factors to provide a comparison between our supply chain and a hypothetical supply chain originating from Shenzhen, China. (Although we are not sure exactly what percentage of imported consumer products originate from Shenzhen, it is noted as one of the largest manufacturing cities in the world, so it serves as a good comparison for our study.)
We hope that you enjoy our infographic below, it is a collaboration with our long-time colleague and designer Natalya Zahn. If you like it, share it with your friends! And please let us know any feedback that you might have for us—we're always happy to hear from you!
Posted by An Xiao Mina
| 13 Dec 2013
"Good artists borrow. Great artists steal."
These words have been attributed multiple times to Pablo Piccaso, though the source itself is dubious. But as with every myth, there's a kernel of truth: we learn best by learning from the best. That's the theory behind the age-old practice of going to museums to sketch and draw.
Mobile designers have their own version of a museum through a large and extensive collection of apps for both iOS and Android.Â But how do we sift through everything? How can we contextualize the workflow? UX Archive, which I learned about recently, is one such museum. A collection of UIs and workflows from popular mobile apps for iOS, documented by actions and tasks like "Getting directions" and "Onboarding."
"UX Archive aims at helping designers in this process," notes the site's About page." We lay out the most interesting user flows so you can compare them, build your point of view and be inspired." Right now, it's very iOS heavy, focusing on the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5, though they point to other popular workflow sites like pttrns (including Android Patterns) and the always popular UI Parade. Each app contains detailed imagery, and it's easy to sift and click through. There's even a section that compares iOS 6 and 7, so you can school yourself on the differences.
UX Archive documents and displays the differences between iOS 6 and 7 for different actions.
Not that this is a substitute for good, solid interaction design research. "Before comparing any user flow," the site's founders note, "start by trying them out! Once you have been through them on the actual apps, use UX Archive to compare them!" Good advice indeed.
Posted by erika rae
| 13 Dec 2013
Hello Wood has gotten into the holiday swing of things with a Ai Weiwei-esque installation. With 365 sleighs, some colored lights and lots of helpful hands, the Hungary-based art program put together a Christmas tree made entirely of the multitude of sleighs. The entire installment—which is on display at the Palace of Arts in Budapest—gives off the same glow and textures that we see in Weiwei's bike installations.
Lucky for us, the organization has created an online panoramic view just in case you can't make it to Hungary this holiday season. You can take a look at the entire structure from two vantage points: a passerby's view and an inside look at the core of the installation (which you can also experience on-site.
Posted by core jr
| 13 Dec 2013
For 34 years running, the Industrial Designers Society of America sets out to find designers and designs that epitomize quality across design mediums and platforms. Are you ready to be discovered and recognized?
The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) are given to only the brightest and best executed designs in products, sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts. Winners of this award enjoy immediate benefits including pride, self-satisfaction and bragging rights, as well as some longer-term perks, like a stronger professional reputation and increased career opportunities.
All the information you need about the awards, how to enter, the jury and much more is available here. The call for entries ends February 14th, 2014, which we all know seems like an eternity from now, but we recommend you get your entry in sooner than later. Good luck!
Posted by Coroflot
| 13 Dec 2013
When thrill seekers, athletes and video enthusiasts of all backgrounds want to capture the most immersive and engaging life experiences, they turn to GoPro. These versatile cameras are sold in over 100 countries across and GoPro wants your industrial design expertise on staff to help them continue their successes.
This role blends the best of Industrial Design with product usability. You'll design new cameras and other products as a lead member of our Industrial Design team. You'll also maintain and evolve the GoPro product design language by designing new products and concepts to expand the GoPro portfolio. The ideal candidate is passionate about the brand and about creating the best user experience possible. Apply Now.
Posted by erika rae
| 12 Dec 2013
No one really likes commuting (except maybe those who have readily accepted "Tube Games" into their daily routine). We might temporarily curb our discontent with a few minutes buried in a good book, slowly head-bobbing to music or eyeing the cute straphanger across the train. It doesn't push past the fact that no one likes being crammed into a sweaty sardine can with a crowd of groggy people on their way to work.
If anyone has come even remotely close to making that scenario the least bit enjoyable, it's industrial designer Siew Ming Cheng. She's put together a commuter get-up that'll keep even the bravest of morning riders at bay. Just make sure you aren't on the receiving end.
Posted by Ray
| 12 Dec 2013
All photos by Hanne van der Woude
Last few weeks ago, a Cinelli "Laser Nostra" prototype sold for nearly 2.5 times its high estimate of $20,000 at a charity auction, raising $47,500 for (RED)—a fraction of the $13.1m total, but certainly a handsome sum for a bicycle that reportedly won the 2011 Red Hook Crit in Milan. (The one-off red Mac Pro went for nearly a million bucks, grossly eclipsing its $40,000–60,000 estimate.) Of course, the hammer price with buyer's premium comes in at one-tenth the figure of the most expensive bicycle sold at auction, a Trek Madone adorned with custom Damien Hirst 'butterfly' graphics—real wings applied to the frame and wheels—raced by Lance Armstrong during the 2009 Tour de France (see the full ranking here). The lepidopterous lightweight sold, pre-doping scandal, at a 2009 charity auction for the controversial cyclist's Livestrong organization, bringing in (as Lance Tweeted) "Half a million bucks!!!"—far and away the most of any of the art bikes he raced on that year.
Now Sotheby's, the esteemed auction house behind both of these notable sales (Bono is the man halfway-but-not-really behind the curtain), has commissioned a kind of artist's edition of bicycles from Herman van Hulsteijn, whose elegant seat tube-less frame design we first admired a couple of years ago, shortly after he launched his eponymous bicycle brand (styled as Vanhulsteijn). The Dutch designer has outdone himself with his latest project, a collaboration with his neighbors in Arnhem, who specialize in the craft of lacquer, also known as urushi.
Urushi is the sap of the urushi or lacquer tree (rhus vernicifera). It is a member of the sumac family (anacardiaceae) and native to China, Korea, Japan and the eastern Himalayas. The sap of this tree contains a resin (urushiol) which, when exposed to moisture and air, polymerizes and becomes a very hard, durable, plastic-like substance. Urushi is in fact a natural plastic. The process of applying the lacquer is long and labour intensive: independent of the size of the surface it takes on average 6 months to carry out the finishing. In some cases 60 layers are applied and polished by hand. Depending on the kind of lacquer the time it takes a single layer to dry can take from two hours up to three months. Due to its fascinating characteristics which are both sustainable and aesthetically beautiful, urushi is still used for a wide variety of purposes.
Video by Vandervan
Posted by LinYee Yuan
| 12 Dec 2013
With over 70,000 people descending on Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach, its no wonder that the buzz surrounding the Design Miami sister show is getting louder with every year. This year's strong showing represented the increasingly international nature of the design business—the gallery list including Galerie BSL from Paris, Spazio Rossana Orlandi of Milan and Victor Hunt from Brussels alongside American favorites R20th Century and Cristina Grajales.
Primitive forms and the wonders of mother nature inspired designers to create objects of bizarre beauty. Nacho Carbonell's otherworldly works were as dramatic as Design Nucelo's monolithic metal tables that paid homage to the bronze age. Crystals and geodes continue to fascinate designers like Hella Jongerius and emerging-ceramicist Charlotte Cornaton with their spiritual properties and natural variations.
UUfie - Peacock L (at top)
Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Design Miami
Canadian-based UUfie crafted the dramatic Peacock chair from a single sheet of Corian. The mesmerizing grid casts a lovely shadow and a theatrical profile for its debut at Design Miami.
Hella Jongerius - Gemstone Side Table
Gallery Kreo, Design Miami
The iconic Dutch designer was inspired by the depths of color that occurs in natural stones like agate and malachite. Layers of translucent resin and plywood stack to form a revealing cross-section for this asymmetrical table.
Studio Job - Monkey Business
Carpenter's Workshop Gallery, Design Miami
A Swarovski-studded monkey wearing a fez stands guard over a brass treasure chest. It's not a scene from an Indiana Jones movie; it's the latest conversation-starter from Belgian designers Studio Job. An embedded LED hints at what treasures might lie inside the chest.
Richard Phillips - The Playboy Charger
Venus Over Manhattan Presents Piston Head, 1111 Lincoln Road
Ferrari's art car show in the Herzog & de Meuron-designed 1111 Lincoln Road explores how artists like Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Tom Sachs and Ron Arad have transformed the beloved automobile into sculptural works. The exhibition also included the first viewing of artist Richard Phillips' collaboration with Playboy, the "Playboy Charger."