Starting a new creative project is always exciting—it's a fresh start, a blank slate, and an opportunity to create something really impactful! It's easy to get swept away by those feelings and dive right into the project, but that's not always the best move for the ultimate success of your
Design problem: The most convenient place to store sandpaper sheets of different grits is on individual shelves. But in a shop populated by air compressors/dust collectors/fans, it's easy for the sheets to get blown all over the place. The solution: Ideally you'd have something to weight all of the
Here's an interesting piece of furniture: Michael Cooper's Pack Horse chair not only features a built-in bookshelf, but it also has straps to hold down a blanket and side compartments to keep various objects in place. Even though books are pictured, I'm already contemplating which snacks I could fit around
I've got a thing for tool storage, which directly reflects my organizational failings in other areas of my life: I have no hope I'll ever be able to tame my desk, kitchen, refrigerator, bathroom, bedroom, or closet like those neat photos I see in the design magazines--my own are simply too idiosyncratic--but I still have hope in the tool department.
A few bucks on Amazon will get you a plastic headphone hook that sticks to your monitor. But I am liking this quick, less-obtrusive solution far better: A three-pack of Sugru strips goes for under ten bucks, and you get the satisfaction of shaping it yourself.
I lament the aesthetics of this object even as I admire its utility. The Bobino Screen Shelf, designed by Kikkerland, lets you wring some storage area out of the otherwise dead space atop and behind your monitor: Rubberized dots aside, I probably wouldn't place a hot cup of coffee, or
This is one of those "not for me, but I can see how this is useful" products. The CLiP System, designed by South-Carolina-based design/engineering firm Lever Gear, was created for those who need to carry small items around--flash drives, meds, SD cards, et cetera--and compensates for the inherently poor UX
I am in awe of those who can keep a tidy workspace. Both my shop and my desk consist of clutter and chaos, the lack of organization surely reducing my productivity. So whenever I see an effective organizing system in use, maintained by end users with the discipline to obey
I generally keep my phone within a 15ft radius of my body at all times, and I don't think I'm the only one. When you think about it, though, smartphone mounts haven't exactly been updated to consider the wide variety of tasks we now rely on our phones for. The
So Insider has launched a show called "Bonkers Closets" where rich people show off their closets, which are larger than some of our apartments. This socialite from Singapore has "designed" a fingerprint-locked closet system based on filing cabinets to hold all of her ball gowns. Then they move on to
There are plenty of ways to store sex toys without using products specifically designed for that purpose. But there are a number of interesting design features on the products that are designed for organizing sex toys. The Joyboxx has a removable tray which can serve as a "bedside coaster for your sex toys," as Babeland puts it. It's easy to clean; it can even be put in the dishwasher.
The triangle is often overlooked and underrated amongst geometric shapes. Being more space efficient than a circle when in an arrangement and with a natural spout for pouring it makes sense for this kind of product. The silicone lid seals nicely and has some basic measurements in it
Those of us who live in small homes have a number of organizing challenges—and one of those challenges involves small bedrooms where fitting in a nightstand or two may be impossible. People who are bedridden may also want organizing tools that keep things closer at hand than on a nightstand.
Long popular in Europe, modular storage took a while to catch on the U.S. Festool, Bosch, and DeWalt have offered it for years, and now Milwaukee is entering the category with its now released Packout Modular Storage system.
Arc Hub solves the number one issue that comes with buying a USB-C laptop – ports. Enclosed in a beautiful aluminum shell, Arc Hub’s seven ports have everything you need for your laptop. Powerful enough to connect all your devices, yet small enough to take anywhere you go.
In one of his Hand Tool School posts, Core77 contributor Shannon Rogers raved about the shop aprons made by Texas Heritage Woodworks. I finally headed over to their website to check 'em out, and found that in addition to their apron mainstays, they make some other nifty stuff: Half Apron
Freitag is known for their sturdy bags made from recycled truck tarps. But one thing they've never been known for is a rolling suitcase, because they've never made one. Until now. To design a rolling suitcase from their signature tarp material presented a design challenge. The tarps are heavy and
Gone are the days of flipping through physical photo albums with your family, reminiscing on vacations, weddings and other shared experiences while leaning over a massive book. Now in the digital age, many of us have thousands of photos stored on our phones, many of which we take and never
When it comes to modular, portable tool storage, it's hard to beat the Systainers designed by German company Tanos. They come in five sizes and can be linked together for easy transport. While Systainers can be purchased separately at places like Woodcraft, Tool Nut and Amazon, Festool products all come
In an effort to create an economical, space-saving watering system, we developed a watering spout that attaches to any ordinary, wide-mouth mason jars. Providing an angled spout that sprinkles water gently and evenly, this device is perfect for indoor and outdoor plants, as well as for treating hard-to-reach spaces in the garden. Designed to use a fraction of the material of ordinary watering cans, this garden innovation will add some life and efficiency to any home or garden
Suso Caamanho is a woodworker in Spain who has attracted a sizable following on YouTube. One of the more interesting things he has built for his shop is a compact work station that opens to reveal a table saw, router table, and scroll saw It's not one of those builds
When Zack Dettmore replaced his old work van he went to extremes to organize the interior of the new one, outfitting it with a manufactured bulkhead and home-made shelving designed for the tools he carries. I've seen a video of the setup he once used in his contracting business
If you've got access to a lasercutter, some 4mm / 1/8" plywood and live or work in an untidy environment, Thingiverse denizen Mutsuki's got you covered. She's designed and/or remixed a host of organizational designs like these nifty Stackable Boxes: And this Customizable Parts Box: Or this all-purpose Portable Box:
For those not already saddled with eyeglasses or contacts, it can be handy to have a pair of reading glasses on hand. In New York City at least, menu font designers and restaurant lighting designers seem determined to make menus impossible to read. For situations like these, French company Nooz
It's never too late to organize your stuff. Last year I put my tools and machines in storage while remodeling my shop. When I brought them back, I reorganized the way they were stored. My only regret is that I didn't consult John Sanders' videos before organizing the contents of
In an ideal world, I could pack for several weeks worth of travel into one small backpack, which if you're bringing your normal essentials could potentially be impossible. Thankfully, there's a world out there full of designers trying to make it so we can, all the while creating products we
Long popular in Europe, modular storage took a while to catch on the U.S. Festool, Bosch, and DeWalt have offered it for years, and now Milwaukee is entering the category with its soon-to-be-released Packout Modular Storage system. Like other modular systems, Packout offers contractors the ability to stack and connect
There are plenty of ways to store sex toys without using products specifically designed for that purpose. But there are a number of interesting design features on the products that are designed for organizing sex toys. The Joyboxx has a removable tray which can serve as a "bedside coaster for your sex toys," as Babeland puts it.
The Nebraska-based folks behind Levrack had a problem that those of you with shops will recognize. "Our shop was in need of a storage solution," they write. "Every type of shelving that we tried seemed to add to the clutter, and take up much needed wall space." You've undoubtedly seen
Anytime a designer is looking to get something crowdfunded for 18 grand and winds up with a nearly quarter mil, they have our attention. And we like sharing these things here to inspire you design entrepreneurs with success stories. As we've seen,<----------LINK PLEASE----------- product designer Jeff Sheldon is "kind of
The Family of Natural History Museums of Los Angeles is leveraging insights from the science of the past to imagine a brighter future. To deliver this, we are building a design and digital organization that brings a visitor-centered approach across all our three campuses (Exposition Park/Downtown LA, La Brea
Every design studio goes through mountains of post-it notes while brainstorming and charting ideas. We love the portability of flip-chart posters, but even after moving to a big studio in Salem we never had enough wall space. Then we found Make Space by Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft at
Here's the type of machine that shirt manufacturers use to fold shirts into perfect rectangles off of the production line: You can find low-tech manual versions online and at big-box stores for about $10 to $25, but this guy made his for a dollar:
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