One of the latest Quirky designs to reach production is the UnHampered folding laundry basket, a neatly-folding object that tucks away when not in use. Unfortunately the Quirky site doesn't credit the original designer, though we gather her first name is Barbara.
Made from plastic and featuring living hinges, as you can see in the following vid the UnHampered draws more than a little inspiration from another uncredited source, Joseph Joseph's folding colander:
Question for you all: If you're the Joseph Joseph designer behind the colander and you see this, are you bummed out or excited?
Prototype Engineer Avery Louie tore down a pair of Beats headphones to see what makes them tick (or thump) and what he found inside is pretty sad. Amidst "generic drivers" and the cost-reducing tricks of the trade many of you ID'ers are familiar with—designing plastic parts that snap together rather
When we saw this photo, we thought we missed something in our History of Braun Products series. This minimalist turntable certainly looks like their handiwork: But nope, that's the Essential II model from modern-day manufacturer Pro-Ject Audio Systems, a company based in Austria. That design seems about as pared-down as
A family-run company in Brooklyn has been making them for two generations
With any luck, you'll never see a police badge up close. And even if one is flashed in your face, afterwards as you're sitting on the curb wearing zip-ties you probably won't be thinking "Gee, I wonder how those badges are made." But for those who are curious, a Brooklyn-based
And why do we have to shop vintage just to get something that works?
After graduating design school and finding work as a CAD jockey, I donated all of my studio materials to a young design student who needed them. Berol Prismacolors, Koh-i-Noor Rapidographs, circle and ellipse templates, French curves, you name it. I never missed any of that stuff, except one object I