2009 has been too good to us here at Core77. While continuing to bring you exciting blog posts,
event galleries, book reviews, feature articles by some of the brightest minds in the field, we also introduced our new Core-toons series by fueledbycoffee and lunchbreath; brought you a bigger and better Coroflot Salary Survey; hosted our first live 1 Hour Design Challenge at the Better World by Design conference at RISD; broadcast live from the Via Tortona in Milan; added a custom Core77 bike to our store; and assembled Hack2Work, an essential list of tips for the design professional. In the meantime, Coroflot passed the 150,000 portfolio mark while we produced four editions of our new Creative Employment Confab in Austin, New York City, Portland, and San Francisco. Finally, in addition to existing partners The Art Directors Club, BusinessWeek, Computerlove, Design Observer, HOW, I.D. Magazine, and Print, we're very proud to announce the addition of three new ones: The Die Line, Ad Forum and Creative Pro.
In light of all this, we'd like to take a moment and extend great thanks to our wonderful contributors, partners, board moderators, supporters, friends, family, and especially you, our valuable readers. We can't do enough to thank you all, but for a start, we've assembled some of our favorite moments of 2009 for you to reflect on below.
Here's to a bright 2010.
Core77's favorites from 2009:
The 4 Fields of Industrial Design: (No, not furniture, trans, consumer electronics, & toys), by Bruce M. Tharp and Stephanie M. Tharp
Ten seriously bizarre knock-off "brand names."
Advice for Designers: F*ck It!
A look at wood, part 1: Saw mill madness
Bruce Nussbaum: INNOVATION IS DEAD.
Flotspotting: Loren Kulesus grinds axes and skateboards Joshua Allen Harris: More more more!
It's Official: Industrial Designer is the 9th best job in America
Core77 Photo Gallery: North American Int'l Auto Show 2009
LightLane concept creates bike lanes where there were none
Design Versus Innovation: The Cranbrook / IIT Debate
Obama action figure US National Design Policy Summit Report available
Cologne Design Festival 2009: Video Drive-By: Stephan Landschuetz: Sporthocker
What would Jesus read by?
Required Reading: Bruce Sterling's Seed article
Greener Gadgets TOP 50 Highlight: "Recompute"computer tower made out of cardboard! Photo:
How (Not) to Write like a Designer: 5 Tricks You Didn't Learn in Studio
Bangle: Bye-bye BMW (and auto design) "Day of the Dead" designed by delaojoser
1Hour Design Challenge Winners!!! Laser-cut Grip Tape Inlay for a Longboard!
fuseproject Mission is silent but deadly
Matchboxes from the Subcontinent
User-centered design alert: Hans Beck, designer of Playmobil figures, dies at 79.
OMG! OMA! - Babylon Burns, Today.
Some books that you can't put down (because you can't lift them in the first place)
Eye candy time: Norio Fujikawa
Continuum: Rethinking Green for Lean Times
Amazing pictures of production at The Big Picture
Compostmodern 09: Urgent Reflections and All Posts In One Place
Nike's new London space, with from-raw-to-finished photos by the designers Nendo: Ghost Stories Exhibition Photos
Kinetic Design and the Animation of Products, by Ben Hopson
Greener Gadgets 2009: THE WINNERS!
A Periodic Table of Form: The secret language of surface and meaning in product design, by Gray Holland
This Just Inbox: Perspective table, The Power of Cute Thesis Project, and Pinball Publishing's Scoutbooks
Step into my cardboard office...
Flotspotting: Stephen Hauser's got it in the can
Book Review: Design Disasters, edited by Steven Heller
Jimmyjane's Sex Change Operation
The PeePoo Bag: 2.6 billion people just got their own toilet
Selling the Future: Design and the Financial Crisis
Okay seriously. First Tropicana and now THIS?
Core77 Film Review: Gary Hustwit's 'Objectified'
Home + Housewares Show 2009...in Cartoons!
Design is the Problem: An Interview with Nathan Shedroff
Shoot Your Inspiration Photo Competition Winners Announced!
Philips LEDs the way
Could be bathtubs, might be portals to a different dimension
1 Hour Design Challenge Highlight: 'Inside Job' Free iPhone Earbud Winder
Sketch Fu Hits 100 Pages! Core77 wins 'Best Design Website' on Treehugger's Inaugural Best of Green Awards!
Stunning tattoo gun
Core77 Case Study: Modo's IV Pole for Cardinal Health, by Goo Sung > How they make bi-metallic coins
Milan Design Week 09: Video Drive-by: Via Tortona at night
MIT's wearable "Sixth Sense" device turns any surface into an interface
Brandon Davey's concepts for snowboarders Blast from the past: Hi-tech workstation from 1995
More extreme videos: Human Skateboard!
Makita marketing idea is full of holes
Core77 Milan Coverage all in one place!
Google's grass and goats
Bklyn Designs 2009: TMRnyc's wired table
Ryan Welch's blimp is pretty pimp
Data, not design, is king in the age of Google
Core.Store: Exclusive Campana Brothers Interview
New Panasonic floor-cleaning 'bot: There ain't enough Roomba in this town for the both of us
NYC Creative Confab preview: 2 Questions for Khoi Vinh from NYTimes.com
Core77 Photo Gallery: New York Design Week 2009
Field Notes from NYC Design Week 2009 (AKA Booze Within Reach) NY Design Week 09: Speakers: Front with Brooke Stoddard
In praise of Alice Rawsthorn
The Context of 'Low Product': How designers can help articulate a new social language, by Ann Thorpe
Atoms For Bits: Designing physical embodiments for virtual content
Book Review: Sketchbook: Conceptual Drawings from the World's Most Influential Designers, by Timothy O'Donnell
Mike Sheldrake's Cardboard Surfboards
Peek inside those gadgets: iFixit launches a user-driven teardown site
Business Cards from Maker Faire Industrial design office workings in the Mad Men era
Awesome Autodesk Flame demo
The latest 21st century profession: the digital smuggler (currently very active in Iran) Wave Sport Kayak Competition WINNER: Ben Nelesen!
Pontiac Stinger - The Car That Could Have Saved Detroit
Synesthesia video from Terry Timely
First U.S. Spaceport going up
Fantastic Norway's Cardboard Cloud
Thomas Thwaites' Toaster Project at the Royal College of Art
On loving the Walkman for what it was, and the iPod for what it is
Tools of Engagement: The New Practice of User-Centered Design, by Robert Fabricant
There, I Fixed It Jake Dyson's motorized-aperture light fixtures
Rare footage of the Eameses surfaces
Core-Toons: Unsolicited Proposals to Detroit
The End of Driving: Mike and Maaike introduce the Autonomobile
Starting a Design Studio During a Downturn, by Jennifer Bove
Portland Confab video: How Nike, Intel, Ziba and Cinco hire designers
This Just Inbox: Nelly Ben Hayoun's Physics of the Impossible
Keyring in the shape of a Key - Duh!
Vadim Kibardin's killer clock concept
Core77 Introduces the Dutch Master limited edition bicycle.
This Just Inbox: A book-sensitive reading lamp
Brilliant (literally) anti-paparazzi device
U.S. town designs their own cash; website redesigns national money
The Onion's Hot New Consumer Products
The Dalston Mill
Rotational Moulding DIY
Pulse: a new urban bike concept from Teague Nidecker Snowboard Design Competition Winners!
Nathan Shedroff's design courses...for free!
Design Club: Why young American designers are ganging up Redesigning the Prosthetic Arm: SVA project site is up!
Holograms you can feel
Coroflot hits 150,000 portfolios!
NO MORE FEEDS PLEASE! How abundant information is making us fat.
The Nine Eyes of Google Street View
Book Review: Classic Cars: 100 Years of Automotive Ads, by Jim Heimann and Phil Patton
Mark Wentzel's Fat Eames Chairs
Inside Ziba Design's new headquarters
Giant rainbow made from Pantone color chips
Case Study: Freescale Netbook Design at SCAD, by Dave Malouf
Samsung's sneaky little two-faced camera
Book Review: A Fine Line: How Design Strategies are Shaping the Future of Business, by Hartmut Esslinger
iPhone bicycle ergonomics app would make an awesome human factors tool
New York International Gift Fair faves: Joseph Joseph's clever kitchenware
Matthew White's amazingly thorough police cruiser interior re-design
Core77 presents Hack2Work: Essential Tips for the Design Professional INDEX: Award 2009 Winners Announced in Denmark
Senator Al Franken can draw the USA from memory
Tom Fereday's solutions: Lighting, furniture, alternative energy, and more Ross Racine's Suburbs of the Imagination
Design Patriotism by Jeremy Zietz
Tai Chiem's gaming systems of the future Core-toon: Introducing Cog + Rockstar
Nearness as an interactive technology
This Just Inbox: 6 new takes on the Swiss Army Knife
Core77 Photo Gallery: Eurobike 2009 Book Review: Change by Design, by Tim Brown
ATT's 1993 predictions were remarkably accurate
Happy Park(ing) Day!
Core-Toons: The Trapper-Kindle Daylight's presentation board Ikea-hack
Gizmodo Gallery '09 Walk Through 'The 4th-Bin' Design Competition winners!
London Design Festival 09: Video Drive-By: Home Office by Valentin Vodev
London Design Festival 2008: All posts in one place
Core77 Photo Gallery: London Design Festival 2009 Sketching in Hardware is Changing Your Life, by Fabricio Dore
Stefan Sagmeister @ TED: The Power of Time Off
Design Revolution: An Interview with Emily Pilloton
Core77 Live 1 Hour Design Challenge at 'A Better World by Design'
New Dyson invention intended to blow your hair back
Four things we love about Honda's Skydeck hybrid concept car
Core77 Photo Gallery: Gizmodo Gallery 2009
Hedgehog: a concert pavilion made from traffic cones
Never mind ringtones--how about vroom tones?
U.S. Submarines designs underwater luxury with Ashlar's Graphite
Anamorphic packaging and chameleonic furniture
This Just Inbox: Burning Cities Firescreens
Herman Miller's Setu Chair review
London 2012 Olympic pictograms unveiled A table saw that doesn't need power An optical illusion the size of a town
Mindless, unfeeling automaton can walk. Soon it will be able to run, and shortly thereafter it will be able to chase you
Coroflot 2009 Designer Salary Survey: The results are in!
jruiter + studio's super-minimal city bike
Announcing the Winners! 1 Hour Design Challenge: The Future of Digital Reading
We Were Factory Workers: 11 Young Designers Reflect on their Experience in Guyana
Screw panic rooms. Get a Bordeaux room
Social Software: The Other 'Design for Social Impact,' by Gentry Underwood Book Review: Deconstructing Product Design, by William Lidwell and Gerry Manacsa
Stairway to Heaven? Nah--Elevator to Space
What If: Future Form, Future Function
Shenkar students' Gallery o' Kettles
Build your own lil' CNC A Portuguese success story: could "i" be the future of newspapers?
"Ultimate Factories" excerpt: Inside Ikea
A Report From the Aspen Design Summit, by Doug Powell
RAW COLOR - Vegetable Design Research
Core77 Photo Gallery: Dutch Design Week 2009
Core77's Ultimate Gift Guide is LIVE! 77 RIGHTEOUS Gifts Under $77 From Core77
The Experience Imperative: A Manifesto for Industrial Designers, by Ken Fry
Sugru is like consumer-ready modeling clay for physical hacks Husmus: A charming recycling system for beneath your kitchen sink
Nicolas Roope on Poke London and Hulger Reflections: The Designers Accord Global Summit on Sustainability & Education
Start your day with this, for sure. Lady Gaga parody on Neutra Typeface Helsinki to be heated by computers!
Stunning video installation by Tokujin Yoshioka for Hermes Gingerbread houses go modernist
Autodesk University coverage from the floor, Part 4: Zebra Imaging's mind-blowing holographic sheets Joshua Scott's Lola Series: Best perfume product shots ever
Mag+: The magazine's digital future Core-Toon: Graphic Design Favors
Scenes From a Climate Floor Fight
Yves-Behar-designed $75 One Laptop Per Child tablet: Too good to be true?
Core77 Photo Gallery: Bad Taste Exhibition 2009
Core77 Review: Design may not make for good TV, but Starck does