Here's my consumerist Circle of Life: I sell stuff on eBay, then use that money to order new products from Amazon. And the cardboard boxes my Amazon purchases arrive in, after undergoing a slight operation, often go back out the door laden with eBayed stuff--just cut the packing tape off of the bottom flaps, pull the glued tab free from the inside, turn the box inside out, re-tape it and boom, you've got a new box.
I thought everyone knew about this box-flipping trick, but apparently not; a company called Salazar Packaging is patenting their own "Globe Guard Reusable Box," which is essentially a regular cardboard box except they've made the glued tab in the middle easier to remove (it's perforated) and they provide an adhesive strip to re-glue the tab inside out.
I don't think it's much more difficult to cut and re-tape the box yourself, but I guess anything that encourages people to re-use things is good. Here's a video showing Salazar's product, and you definitely don't have to sit through the entire six minutes--the demo starts around 1:45:
The Ferrolic Display makes it look like live paramecium are telling you the time
You simply have to see this. Imagine an Etch-a-Sketch had sex with a lava lamp, and the resultant offspring was raised by adoptive digital clock parents. The result could only be the Ferrolic Display, a wonderfully bizarre time-telling device created by designer Zelf Koelman. Ferrolic from zelfkoelman on Vimeo.
I only wish it ran for longer. Also, who uses spade bits?
We've all seen a lot of Rube Goldberg machines, but this one starts off with something we've never seen before: A ball being suspended by an electromagnetic device moving along a sloped track. 3M threw their considerable technical might into creating this branding vid, building an RG machine based on
Because monopoint, monochromatic highlighters are for amateurs
Never thought I'd have a follow-up post for "Japanese Over-Design FTW: A Highlighter with a See-Through Tip," but apparently the island of Nihon is not through with highlighter design innovation. Pen manufacturer Kokuyo has a model called the Beetle Tip 3 Way Highlighter Pen: Jokes about over-design aside, I could
First off, this much-"Liked" video, which has nothing to do with blind dogs, is currently making the social media rounds. In it we see a bulldog who apparently loves cardboard boxes, and is willing to deal with a major inconvenience in order to carry his around: While that video is