When Punkt released their Jasper-Morrison-designed "dumb phone," above, it sold out instantly. The $295 MP 01 only did two things--make phone calls and send text messages--and in 2016 that was an attractive alternative for those seeking respite from smartphone addiction. Two years later, the phone is either still sold out
This seems like an industrial design student project that actually got picked up by a manufacturer. It's a coiled beeswax candle made by a company called Candle by the Hour, and it was supposedly "part of the 1600s dating scene. Known as a 'courting candle', protective parents would light one
A roundup of Kickstarter projects currently crowdfunding for your viewing (and spending!) pleasure. Go ahead, free your disposable income:
As I learned during the construction of my dog-fenced run, erecting farm infrastructure is a combination of hard work and clever labor-saving tricks. The fence is 300 feet long, with thirty 4x4 posts set ten feet apart, welded wire stretched between. Sherman, the fellow I hired to put the
This unattributed photo of a stuck off-road motorist has been making the internet rounds. As you can see, the driver has dug a hole, wedged his spare tire in there with his jack and is using it as a winch point to pull himself out. If you're in a situation
Experimental design evolution is a fun thing to watch. I'm talking about that early stage, when multiple unrelated parties are all trying to solve the same problem--but taking wildly different approaches, ranging from clever to cockamamie. One such problem, I've discovered, is how to clean debris out of a high
As I mentioned in our post on ID student dorm rooms, your dorm should look vastly different than that of other majors', as you should be hacking the heck out of that space, given your education and facilities access. Two areas where standard dorm rooms always fall short is
This is one of my dogs, Kit. He is a Shiba Inu. Cute, sure, but he's still a dog, and dogs are natural-born killers.
Designer Hideyuki Kumagai created this Leaf Thermometer, which uses an undisclosed type of materials science to pull off a neat trick: It changes color with the temperature. When it's a comfortable 20 to 25 degrees Celsius (68 to 77 Fahrenheit), the Leaf is green; hotter than 25 degrees it
Apparently, well-heeled patrons of the Johnnie Walker House in Singapore--an invitation-only Scotch paradise--can "tap the expertise of a master blender flown in from Scotland, who can create a signature blend to suit their tastes." This master blender shows up with several cases containing dozens of high-end booze ingredients. Though his
I'm no disaster prepper, but now that I live in a rural area with frequent blackouts I have multiple flashlights, each with backup batteries. Irritatingly, one of my flashlights takes CR123s, another takes 18650s and yet another takes AAAs. It gets pricey buying three sets of batteries. Panasonic's BF-BM10 flashlight
Here on the farm, I'm in the process of clearing out a derelict shed. The previous two tenants left it loaded up with rusted tools, a broken tiller, cans of hardened paint, two bent shotgun barrels, an old bicycle, et cetera. This photo was after I cleared out about 75%
In the past we showed you how this guy used golf balls as ergonomic handles for his drill press. Now the same chap, who goes by Pocket83 on YouTube, has combined two of his favorite things--"golf balls and PVC"--to create another Wilson-based ergonomic hack. After getting tired of needing
Having handpicked the heroes from the show floor at 100% Design, we now turn our attention to looking back on a handful of highlights from London Design Fair, Design Junction and Biodesign at London Design Festival 2018. So come with us on a whistle-stop tour, and don't forget your toothbrush.
Core77 asked me to review BioLite's HeadLamp because I wear a headlamp every single day. Not just when I'm camping or spelunking; I live out in the country and walk my dogs in the woods every night. I wear a headlamp when I'm repairing something in a dimly lit area,
File this under "cool random stuff on the internet." In Germany there's an outdoor museum called the Glentleiten, a sort of Bavarian cousin to Colonial Williamsburg. It's populated with more than 60 traditional buildings filled with folks performing traditional crafts and agrarian activities. But they're also allowed to use old-school
According to Vitra, in 1946 Charles and Ray Eames designed a tabletop radio with a housing made of bent plywood, and this "was rejected by the designated manufacturer, who wanted a 'normal design'." Charles and Ray sent photographs of the prototype to the magazine 'Interiors'; matchbooks were included in the
"Cookie cutter" is often used as a derisive term for repetitive, unimaginative design. Which is totally unfair--watch how cool it is to form an actual cookie cutter: Relatively regular shapes like that Christmas tree and gingerbread man require multiple punches that move in at the same rate. But
The dumbest way to accidentally hurt yourself, or die, is to have a gravity-based mishap. Because as a species, we figured out that gravity could kill you way before we got to swordfights, shark attacks and driving Porsches into trees. Some early caveman was climbing a cliff and showing off,
I try never to sit at airports, particularly at the gate while waiting for a flight. If you're going to be inside an airplane and sitting on your ass for the next several hours, I think you should try to keep your feet as much as possible beforehand. However, I'm
It was once common for the fronts of refrigerators to end level with the fronts of the countertops in the kitchen, but lately the trend is to make refrigerators ever deeper. This added storage space makes it difficult to access things towards the rear. The designers of German appliance maker
Bang & Olufsen is has always been one of those companies that combines technology with bold, occasionally polarizing designs. I admire that the company is willing to take risks, even if I don't always care for their individual efforts. I am very curious to hear what you think about their
Outdoor gear manufacturer Danforce has designed the G1 Pro, a feature-packed flashlight that aims to do the job of multiple objects. The G1 is modular, meaning you can lengthen the shaft by adding a second battery, increasing both the lumens and the battery life. That second battery can also serve
As those of you who still use good ol' books for reference can attest to, "How-to books, cookbooks and sheet music are inconvenient to use while you're in the workshop, kitchen or concert hall," as Christopher Schwarz explains. "That's why bookstands (and music stands) were invented." "These, however, can be
My vision is getting worse with age, and there are times when I have to stick my nose closer to the laptop screen to read certain websites. I can hit buttons on the keyboard to increase the text size, but sometimes this screws up the formatting. I can also pull
A buddy of mine used to work for the MTA, and he had a special Metrocard for MTA employees that was in a different color. It was so cool, like a talisman that only behind-the-scenes folks were awarded. Now there's something similar for Citibike's assisters. To redistribute bikes around the
My most depressing product design loss happened two years ago, when I accidentally broke one of my Norlan whisky glasses while washing it in the sink. (Borosilicate glass is both fragile, and very slippery when wet.) I paid good money for a set of four of those, and in a
Design entrepreneurs, take note: Here's an example of a guy who has a certain set of skills and tooling, and combines them with his imagination, over and over again, to create things that people will want to use. Minneapolis-based Bobby Davis is a machinist with a knack for invention, and
In an effort to combat wrist strain and carpal tunnel syndrome, the designers at Logitech have created a radical-looking mouse, the MX Vertical, whose main axis is tilted upwards at 57 degrees. This places your wrist in a more natural "handshake" position, which looks weird, but seems to make good
Here's a fascinating tidbit you can share with your ID buddies at the bar. In 1871 a fellow named James Ritty opened a saloon in Dayton, Ohio. On offer were "Pure Whiskies, Fine Wines, and Cigars." Business was good, but Ritty discovered that his employees had a tendency to steal.
Hong-Kong-based Design firm Lofree came out of nowhere last year, quickly racking up three six-figure crowdfunding successes: $744,199 for their Dot Keyboard, $183,618 for their Four Seasons Keyboard and $185,499 for their Poison Speaker. In this age of hard-looking glass rectangles, the company's tactile, geometric, soft-radii-sporting retro-styled objects seem to
This vaguely insectoid plastic contraption from Japan was created to wash dishes, bowls and even utensils. No, it's not a gag. It's real and can be purchased for just 8,800 yen! (That's about eighty bucks.) Of course, there's no telling as to whether it actually works on dirty dishes.
Mowing lawns is a straightforward process, until you get to a tree or a fencepost. You can only get so close with the mower, and the remaining scrub must be removed with a string trimmer, which is time-consuming. So how do well-funded landscaping professionals tackle this problem? With German manufacturer
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