October 25th — Brooklyn NY
Designing something as complicated as a car can take years. Even though CAD and rendering technology have improved tremendously over the past two decades, there is one major time sink in the automotive design process that there's been no way to get around: The "review" step that occurs throughout the
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
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
My current role is Head of Media & Entertainment Products at ustwo, but I'm wearing many hats right now. Predominately, I'm a design lead and product strategist, which means I work closely with our clients in the media and entertainment space to bring new products and digital experiences to market.
Who'dve thought that the real killer app for augmented reality would be measuring things? Arrim One, a little widget that plugs into your iPhone or Android, essentially turns your smartphone into a tape measure, angle finder, laser level, diameter-calculator and more; the tool can be used to measure not just
In this last week on the farm, I have been bitten by mosquitoes more times than in the past few years of living in the city. Even when I am able to spot and slap a 'skeeter flat, it's sort of like killing a gangbanger in self-defense--the relief of victory
Segway has applied their balancing technology to a new product called the Drift W1, a pair of strapless, single-wheel, powered rollerskates. While that in itself sounds neat, their promotional video is ridiculous, and I mean that pejoratively: That being said, we were still curious to see how one would
We can consume media in private or shared ways, i.e. headphones vs. speakers, goggles vs. screens. The immersiveness of VR requires goggles, which of course means everyone participating needs to be wearing a pair. But a company called Looking Glass Factory is betting that people in a group would rather
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've reached a moment in time where everyone is beginning to consider the ways in which AI and robots could take over their jobs in the near future. Luckily, robots don't quite have a knack for human emotion or creativity yet, so for the most part, design jobs are still
You know how in movies, if a protagonist is looking at a framed photo of a loved one, then places it face down on the table, it means they're about to do something said loved one wouldn't approve of? The implication is out of sight, out of mind. One of
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
We've all been in this situation: You're having a pool party, but after a few hours the guests have overstayed their welcome and you'd like them to leave, but you're too drunk to articulate it. With an above-ground pool you can just pull the cork and let the pool slowly
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
Following their intimate exhibition on the ground level of Ventura Futures during Milan Design Week, Central Saint Martins' 2018 MA Materials Future graduate products are now publicly on display at their Degree Show until June 24. Many of the projects on display at Ventura Futures weren't completed yet, so it's
When stuck in traffic jams, every commuter must dream of being able to simply fly over the whole mess and get home. But flying cars are a long way off. Google co-founder Larry Page isn't waiting around for personal flying vehicles to be developed. Instead Page founded Kitty Hawk, a
As a designer, you can probably picture a finished product in your mind long before the specs are finalized. But even if that mental image is crystal clear, significant questions linger regarding how it will all come together—not the least of which being what materials you should use. In my
I'm a member of ZipCar, which I love for the convenience. But one thing that always reminds you that you're in a shared car is the state of the interiors. I've experienced the following in a ZipCar: Sticky steering wheels, candy wrappers and potato chip bags shoved into various orifices,
Lignum Vitae, Latin for "Tree of Life," is the national tree of the Bahamas. It's also the world's densest wood, and has such unusual properties that the USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, has its aft main shaft strut bearings made out of the stuff. In addition to being strong, hard, heavy, dense, water- and salt-water-resistant, Lignum Vitae contains natural oils that make the bearings self-lubricating.
Last year a British retailer was selling a DJI Phantom 4 (photo below) with an umbrella attachment. The device was said to "automatically [follow] you via your smartphone's GPS." It's no longer offered on their website. Now a Japanese company, Asahi Power services, is trying their hand at a drone-brella
A couple of years ago we looked at the work of Charlène Guillaume. While studying at France's ENSCI-Les Atelier (the National School for Industrial Design), Guillaume experimentally used discarded PET bottles as heat-shrink wrap to join wood: Bottle It from charlene guillaume on Vimeo.While not aesthetically attractive, we thought
For innovative automotive manufacturers, VR offers the perfect mix of total immersion and unparalleled customizability that only real-time technology can deliver. The exciting new potential it unlocks is spurring major automotive brands to adopt a fresh approach to how they engage customers through designing immersive real-time experiences.
For this year's NYCxDesign, frog partnered with Art Start for the second year in a row to help bring creativity to NYC's homeless and at-risk youth through their DECKxDESIGN challenge. Following a successful inaugural year focused on dart boards, this year pivoted focus towards a different type of board—the skateboard.
If you've seen our excellent series on different species of wood, by looking at boards you can identify the ones most commonly used in furniture and homebuilding. But do you know what an actual Poplar, Walnut or Zebrawood tree looks like? Could you actually draw one if you were playing
I consume a lot of video for work. My viewing is frequently interrupted by phone calls, dogs, delivery people hitting the buzzer, etc. Each time this happens I reflexively hit the spacebar to pause the video--and instead the browser window scrolls down half a screen while the video continues to
What will AR interfaces look like? Well, if you're willing to wear Leap Motion's "Project North Star" headset, which looks like this… …the interfaces might look like this: The big floppy buttons are interesting. It's still early days, but it seems smaller, more precise buttons probably aren't in
Scroll through the hundreds of icons for "camera" on Noun Project or the 124,706 community-generated drawings of cameras on Google Quick Draw, and you'll notice they're all remarkably similar. Together, they suggest a shared cultural understanding of a camera: a classic point-and-shoot. But the cameras we encounter
Using outside-of-the-box thinking, Ford has prototyped a "display" for the blind using a material we don't typically think of as useful to the sightless: Glass. By partnering with Aedo, an Italian research firm that uses digital technology to create interfaces for the blind, they've developed a device that can vibrate
Chrome can be a tricky thing to draw. The temptation is always to over do it. In this video I'll show you a light and easy chrome technique that shows off the reflective, metallic nature of it without overdoing it. As always, if you have any questions or comments
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