Grant Meacham has designed and built "The Barbie Box," an mp3 player case which is doubles as a boombox, converts to a quarter-inch headphone jack, and camouflages itself as an early-nineties tape player. Want more? Well, when paired with thirty-year-old aviator headphones, this rig will make you the farthest thing from a white earbud target.
It's a portable music player on your way to your studio or office, and then on arrival--with a flip of the switc--it becomes your desktop stereo (the speakers are built in).
Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale University, IIT, Carnegie Mellon, Ravensbourne, RMIT, University of Minnesota, Emily Carr, and RISD. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compost Modern, and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror. Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from The Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, and The One Club.