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"It has to be so easy you can do it with one arm tied behind your back" was the design brief given to SWARM by Tucson based MagMod as inspiration for a completely reimagined line of photography lighting gear. MagMod creates tools that allow photographers to do what they do
Have you ever finished the day's work, cracked open a beer, then realized there was more work to do? You could either hop back onto the forklift with the beer in hand--they don't make the darn things with cupholders--or you could do the responsible thing and put the beer away.
Like a day at the beach, the productivity of a solar panel can be spoiled by rain. More predictable conditions exist underground; dig several hundred feet down and the earth remains at a consistent 55 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the location. That consistency makes geothermal energy attractive. Here's
After an airplane has been loaded with passengers at the gate, the pilot can't exactly put his arm on the co-pilot's seat, twist around to look behind him and throw the thing into reverse. Instead airports do what's known as the pushback procedure, whereby a purpose-designed tractor attaches to the
We recently launched the worlds strongest light curing adhesive on Kickstarter. People are frustrated with superglues that cure after one use, make a mess and really aren't so super. There are too many glues on the market that just don't work. Total Glue proves you can have a light
No matter how digital you get, a sketchbook is still an essential tool for the industrial designer. Want to make it easier to scan the pages? Here Eric Strebel shows you how he re-wires his for ease of removing the pages, and also shows you how he attaches a custom
With a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale, Eliza Becton had landed a job at an engineering firm in New York. But after a few years, she yearned to do something more creative. ""Fortunately, I soon discovered industrial design and went back to school for a masters degree at the
Community Playthings is a company that makes furniture for children, and they've got an idea that was once common sense but has now become radical: Let children play outside. Let them make mud pies and get dirty. "Dirt and water are the perfect recipe for hours of creative play," the
Steven M. Johnson's "Patent Depending" series of inventions range from social commentary to plain ol' bizarre, and they always give us a laugh. So we've contracted him to let us publish one every week.
We design and make our own tools, and are also happy to carry excellent tools made by others in the same category. Here I'll compare some of the rasps we carry, like our monster 12" Gramercy Cabinetmaker's Rasps, with rasps we carry by Auriou. First of all I am really
If you've ever been to or lived in New York City before, you are likely all too familiar with this image: For those of you that haven't made your way over to the Big Apple yet, understand that throwing your trash away in public here is like a game
Ever seen Chef's Table on Netflix? If you did, then you have an idea of how crazy a professional kitchen is. Chef's all around the world spend 8+ hours in kitchens, running, stretching, lifting objects in extreme heated conditions. Professional cooking is active, but what about chefwear? It is NOT.
Sketchfab recently launched their Sketchfab store out of beta, which allows creative professionals and hobbyists to sell and purchase 3D models for web, mobile, AR and VR online. If you're on the creation/selling side, this means you finally have the chance to monetize your work. On the other end,
In the 1800s, prior to the invention of refrigeration, some unknown French inventor figured out how to store butter while maximizing its freshness. The object's design is clever in that water is used as the seal, and the container for the butter is also used as the dispenser (with the
I have a pair of drafting lamps from Ikea (above) that I use on my sewing machine repair bench. They're based on the classic design and are useful for providing illumination at the unusual angles necessary for working on a machine. At $13 a pop they're economical, and a bit
We had so much fun at our 2018 Core77 Design Awards celebration at Kickstarter in New York last month that we decided to do it all over again in San Francisco! This time the party was generously sponsored by NewDealDesign and took place on their breathtaking office roof deck on
Has anyone else become exhausted from seeing every brand on the face of the earth from Zara to Balenciaga to Nike attempt to wow teens with their latest iteration of the dad shoe? All the different options now blend together, and I'm beginning to yearn for the day the trend
The votes are in! After tallying up your votes on who had the most exciting work of 2018 in the Core77 Design Awards, we have a grand prize winner of this year's Community Choice prize as well as 13 category winners. The grand prize winner doesn't just earn a brag-able
If you're an industrial designer and you want to find out if you're getting paid the right amount, well, that's why we have the Core77 Salary Guide. But those of you simply interested in the profession as a whole may wonder if, in this age of digital, our profession's importance
mySafeguard is a concept of a smart soap dispenser with the purpose of teaching kids all about hygiene by making hand-washing a fun experience. It can visualize germs in a playful way, and a countdown timer makes the user experience very intuitive. An interactive projection is cast directly from the
Herman Miller's Brand Design Team based in West Michigan is seeking a talented and passionate design leader with a minimum of ten years of experience in art direction, design, and team leadership for our North America Contract business. This key position partners with our businesses and is responsible for the creation of concept development for executions across print, digital, and branded environments. The ideal candidate has a demonstrated interest in our brand, is a confident communicator, an
For those of you that design appliances and/or household fixtures, how long do they last for? Some of you are privy to the client's planned obsolescence figures, but I'm guessing most of you just watch the BOM get whittled down, then reduce your estimate of that moving part's longevity.
Now relocated to a rural environment, I'm learning about all sorts of new tools and objects I'd had no exposure to in the city. I've just purchased, and am now familiarizing myself with, a lawn tractor/riding mower. While researching the required maintenance routines I came across the Mo-Jack and the
A few years ago when my colleagues were designing an aging-in-place walk-in shower for Jacuzzi, they rented a nearby virtual reality facility to evaluate a simulated version of an early prototype. The VR facility staffer donned a suit packed with sensors, and the designers on Bresslergroup's project team were able
Prepdeck is an all-in-one meal preparation system loaded with over 45 features and accessories to help you prepare, measure, and store ingredients. The system is developed specifically to keep you tidy and organized when cooking at home.
Here in Phase Two of creating a dust mask with integrated eye protection, industrial designer Eric Strebel demonstrates the balance between digital and manual: When to CAD and when not to CAD, and the benefits of modeling vs. leaving yourself room to shape things by hand, finding the form in
After Adam Savage debuted his EDC One bag last year, based on an old NASA design, he "immediately decided that I wanted to make a second bag," he writes, "for two reasons." "First, the EDC ONE was sized for me and my specific needs, but I could see use for
Here's a perfect example of analyzing a material's properties, then exploiting them to solve a problem. In 1989 an Alabama man named Phil McCrory was watching footage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on television. The sad footage showed an otter drenched in oil--and McCrory observed that the water immediately
Did you know that Raymond Loewy designed the paint scheme for Air Force One? It was approved by JFK and Jackie Kennedy and has been the AF1 signature livery ever since. But Axios is reporting that changes are afoot, as "Trump wants a color scheme that 'looks more American' and
"The ease of being able to upload a part," says Josh Haldeman, an industrial designer for protective gear company Bullard, "and instantly know what it's going to cost me is phenomenal." Haldeman is referring to the instant online quoting process for Xometry, a company that connects manufacturers and fabricators with
Möbel is a comfortable, attractive, and foldable seating system that makes the moving process much smoother. Möbel easily assembles and disassembles, so you won't have to worry about selling your furniture, or throwing it away, and having to buy a new one after you move. Instead, Möbel will move along
Core77's NYC headquarters are in what is informally called the Singer Building, located in SoHo. Aside from the distinctive red and green façade, the building is easily discernible by the throngs of Core77 fans surrounding the entrance at all hours, eagerly hoping to catch a glimpse of our staff and
Architecture is supposed to be permanent, but take a good look around you, and ask yourself if the house or building you're in will be around in a thousand years. We have access to better materials science than the Romans did--well, except for concrete--yet the architectural evidence of their existence
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