After you get the hang of 'em, chopsticks are pretty darned handy; and once you've eaten a salad with them, particularly a messy one, you'll never go back to using a fork and knife. Because the design is so simple and thousands of years old, you'd figure there's nothing you
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
Say goodbye to putting baking soda and air freshness in your smelly sneakers because Panasonic recently announced, "There's a machine for that." The Japanese electronics company's new MS-DS100 is a shoe deodorizer device that works overnight for up to 7 hours to freshen those smelly, nasty, gross, dank sneakers you've
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.
A lot of us industrial designers have worked freelance or for smaller consultancies, where we have to send our designs out to subcontractors and wait for prototypes and parts to come back. The larger design consultancies, or companies like Apple and Belkin, have everything on-site and don't have to
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
It's been nearly a year since we brought you news of BioLite's FirePit, which was then in Kickstarter mode. Having been successfully funded, it's now in production and available for sale through their site. To refresh your memory, the FirePit takes the best parts of a campfire, gets rid
Spend any amount of time in Japan, and you'll find no detail is too small to attract design attention. A good case in point are the notebooks carried by students: Want a spiral binding that allows you to easily remove pages? Or one that's made from a material that won't
In the beginning of the design process, every designer needs to be able to quickly generate ideas. We industrial designers usually start this with sketching, but it's super fun to watch Jimmy DiResta bang out ten quick, totally different pencil holders by hand in his shop. Clever DiResta tricks abound:
Brian Gulassa never lost his childlike sense of wonder and curiosity. It's a good thing too, since that same sense if wonder has allowed him to design toys for over 30 years at 50+ major companies. When he's not teaching in the Industrial Design department at California College of the Arts, Gulassa is the Chief Design Officer for ThoughtFull Toys, the company behind the award-winning line of modular cars, Modarri. Modari toy cars invite children to be apart of the design process by allowing them
Dog crates are a product that hasn't received much serious design attention. A startup called Diggs aims to change that with their Revol, a well-considered collapsible design that allows multiple access points and easily breaks down for storage: Here's a demonstration of the features: At this point Diggs is
I can only assume Philips Norelco paid to have their product featured on Conan. Conan then gave their battery-operated shaver to Jordan Schlansky, his famously…"off" Producer, to review on-camera. We're guessing this is not what Norelco had in mind:
This morning, Good Thing announced a new product in their lineup—a trio of food-safe vessels designed by Japanese product designer, Shinya Yoshida. As former car mechanic, Yoshida naturally took inspiration from the flowing curves and shapes found in the auto industry when designing the G3 Vessels. The result is a
Ever wondered where all the great products at Build-A-Bear come from? Want to be a part of the process? Product Designers at Build-A-Bear collaborate & create products that help spread hugs across the world while working in a friendly, fast paced environment. The Associate Product Designer will get
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.
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
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
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.
I'm skeptical of kitchen gadgets in general, but this one seems genuinely useful, at least if you're a frequent consumer of butter. Most of us store butter in a butter dish, and cut slices off of it with a knife. If you refrigerate your butter (a Northeastern America thing? I
Now relocated to farm country, I recently needed to gas up a lawn tractor. I went to Lowes to purchase a gas can. I grabbed the standard $20 one, which looks like this: But next to it I spotted another gas can, listed for an absurd $50, that looked like
Designers Andrew Greenbaum and Ian Felton of Pom Pom just served 2018 exactly what it deserves—a pink inflatable coffin. We caught wind of the satirical twist on the designer pool floatie trend yesterday morning, and put it to the Instagram poll test, which revealed many people are interested in the
It's a little absurd that it's the 21st century, and we're still filling nearly-empty shampoo bottles with water and shaking them. We looked at some design solutions to fully evacuate a bottle's contents here. An addition to this series is the helpful Zero Waste Cap: Of course, we wouldn't
Have you ever not been able to find some piece of material or tool in your shop, then given up and re-purchased it? You could fix this problem by following YouTuber and Lego enthusiast BANANENBUURMAN's example. He's combined a Lego train with tracks from TrixBrix and a 360 camera, meaning
Talk about niche: Lofty Pursuits is a Florida-based store that specializes in making "hard candies using equipment from the Victorian period. Much of our equipment was made between the 1850's and about 1910." When they got their hands on a rusted-out 19th-century machine with interchangeable rollers, they restored it to
Here's a brilliant bit of PR: Domino's Pizza has been funding road crews to repair potholes. Seemingly random towns in America--Athens, Georgia; Bartonville, Texas; Burbank, California; Milford, Delaware--have had just over 200 of their collective potholes repaired, then stamped with graphics: Domino's says they're doing it because "Potholes, cracks, and
The winners of this year's Swarovski Designers of the Future competition recently unveiled what they've been up to at Design Miami/Basel. On display as a complete exhibition, the commissioned projects each used Swarovski crystal innovations to explore the theme 'Smart Living'. Crystal definitely isn't the first material that comes to
Consumers are increasingly being expected to have a greater role in "healing thyself." Shorter hospital stays, fewer instances of clinician-administered medication, and more do-it-yourself cases of in-home care drive the need for innovative home-healthcare devices. The implications are many – not only for sis, dad and grandma – but also for healthcare brand owners, pharmaceutical packaging producers, medical device designers and related materials suppliers.
Chris Lefteri, the materials designer who literally wrote the book on the subject, has cooked up a new plastics-based concoction meant to be used for DIY repairs. Called FixIts, Lefteri's blend of polymer-based herbs and spices comes in stick form and is user-moldable: "FixIts are incredibly tough and made
The Amabrush was a successfully-Kickstarted hands-free toothbrush that never actually shipped. Now another design for an automatic toothbrush, the CHIIZ, has been successfully Kickstarted, and perhaps they'll have better luck. Since the CHIIZ doesn't have the protrusion in the front of it like the Amabrush did, that means you
When we think of rust, the first thing that comes to mind is "old," as the natural process is an indicator of age for most products and even modes of transportation like motorcycles and boats. Through his experimental materials project Rust Harvest, designer Yuma Kano aims to transform our notion
FixIts™ is the first product to come out of Chris Lefteri Design and marks an extension from the studio's history as a materials design consultancy by bringing to life one of its founders first material discoveries. FixIts™ is the world's first compostable, hand-moldable plastic stick that softens in 60C water
In this age of planned obsolescence, it is pretty cool that you can take a new Lego brick and it still attaches to one made over fifty years ago. Obviously their production line has been upgraded over the decades, and if you've ever wondered what the process looks like, here's
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