10. Nike Power Laces
This Back to the Future II clip dates back to 1989, but it gained new relevancy this year when Nike designer Tinker Hatfield said at an industry event that power laces are coming in 2015.
7. Swiss Army Lightsaber
The Episode VII trailer tantalized and confused all manner of Star Wars fans—but especially industrial designers, who seized on the ergonomic and safety issues of the crossguard lightsaber, and proposed some inspired redesigns like the one seen below.
1. Skyscraper Selfie
This video selfie from atop Hong Kong's Centre Skyscraper—the world's fifth tallest building—is spectacular and terrifying. But it's the nonchalant banana-eating that pushes it into all-time-classic territory.
Mason Currey is a former Core77 editor and the author of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. Previously, he was the executive editor of Print and the managing editor of Metropolis. His freelance writing has appeared in the New York Times and Slate, among other publications. He lives in Los Angeles.