London-based product design firm Special Projects has developed an experimental phone UI that's simultaneously forward- and backward-looking. I mean that figuratively, not literally. The designers focused on the non-intuitive nature of switching between apps, and came up with this Magic UX alternative: ?Magic UX by Special Projects from Special
As your typical designer type who occasionally likes to dabble in a bit of photography, it's always surprised and, frankly frustrated me just how poor the connectivity experiences of leading camera brands can be. Stumping up the cash for a high-end DSLR, you'd expect that these kinds of smart features
The day has finally come: Americans who seek a wider variety of HAY products for our homes no longer have to flock to the HAY Kitchen Market in the basement of SoHo's MoMA Design Store (although no complaints about that selection either...). The point is, now a majority of HAY's
Part of the reason I left New York City is because it's not New York City anymore; it's been invaded by a bunch of trend-following people walking around and staring into their phones, joggers stopping in the middle of the street to Instagram sweatie selfies, people yapping into Bluetooth earpieces
Yesterday, Hive launched an outdoor version of their Hive camera, the Hive View Outdoor. This marks the third home security product designed by fuseproject for Hive and the first that is able to operate outdoors. The Hive View Outdoor maintains the design language of the Hive View with the added
Over the last two years, we've witnessed a seachange in motorcycle instrument clusters as OEMs move from physical dials and simple LCD displays to Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD displays. These screens, while not new technology, are new to motorcycles and allow manufacturers to utilize every pixel, color range and
Lately I have been straining to read the ever-shrinking text on labels, instruction manuals and even newspapers. It's why that jeweler's loupe comes in so handy. I should probably suck it up and buy reading glasses, but I'm not ready to take that step. What I really want are these
Panasonic's Noise-Canceling Office Blinders Wear Space is the antidote to open-plan offices So here's what it's come to: Penny-pinching corporations insist on stuffing us workers into open office plans, which everyone hates. It's impossible to concentrate in a bullpen. Thus Panasonic has invented Wear Space, a pair of noise-canceling headphones
I've pretty much accepted that if I discuss something out loud, ads start popping up for that thing when I go online. If I tell you that I think my phone is listening to me, I sound like a crazy person. So I have no explanation as to how this
Did you like that look at Vintage Soviet Control Rooms from earlier this year? An Unusual Design Aesthetic: Photos of Vintage Soviet Control Rooms An Unusual Design Aesthetic: Photos of Vintage Soviet Control Rooms An Unusual Design Aesthetic: Photos of Vintage Soviet Control Rooms If so you're going to
I guess if you landed here you are confused. That's okay because it is confusing. Well, at least if you try to look at it from a binary, reductionist, point of view. Let me start by saying that, in my experience product developing, it is never about choosing between one
The form factor of early cars began with the technology; an internal combustion engine and drivetrain were the core, with wooden and metal components awkwardly wrapped around them to create something we could ride in. The early forms mimicked horse carriages, because no one had any idea what a "car"
At some point in your life, everyone you know is alive. But eventually you'll have a birthday party with one less attendee, as you start losing friends or family members to cancer, car accidents or old age. There are plenty of things in this world that want to kill you.
Product Development projects include a lot of uncertainty. Specific design decisions and tradeoffs will be made throughout the development effort that will define the look and feel of a product, the feature set, and the production cost. In early development, there is also significant uncertainty around the amount of time,
If you were to imagine the construction site of the future, your vision would likely be filled with robots operating other robots, with almost no humans in sight. However, what if designers instead imagined a construction site where robots and high-tech interconnected tool systems worked together support the efforts of
What do you get when you combine design teams from a company that masters in crystal innovation and one of the leading design firms out there? The Infinite Aura chandelier by IDEO and Swarovski. To bring Infinite Aura to life, the two powerhouse companies joined forces to reimagine the traditional chandelier. The result is a head-turning, functional light, paired with an app that provides connectivity, customization and personal creativity.
As we learned during our in-depth review of a robot vacuum, sometimes product designs simply shift UX hassles from one part of the operation to another. In that instance the hassle of vacuuming was replaced with the hassle of emptying the machine and cleaning the brushes out. But now iRobot
A riderless motorcycle makes even less sense than a riderless bicycle, because the former requires gasoline. But German companies, particularly large ones like BMW, are not known for doing things that don't make sense. So here BMW Research unveils the riderless motorcycle they've secretly been working on for the past
Today, audio company Master & Dynamic announced their contribution to the expanding wireless Bluetooth earphone sector—the MW07 True Wireless Earphones. When it comes to actual audio quality, these inconspicuous earbuds house 10mm beryllium drivers, making them almost like next-level AirPods. So as long as you're willing to break your all-Apple
When you hear the phrase 'rapid prototyping' most people immediately think of 3D printing or additive manufacturing. As the name suggests, rapid prototyping refers to fabrication of parts and prototypes in a quick and cost effective manner. These models are then used to assess, verify and test a design before
This might sound like a silly product, but if you've ever left your house, then had to double back thirty minutes later because you were certain you'd left the door unlocked, you'll see the value. The SureKey is a little cover that slides over your existing key. Inside are
The "connected universe" is reshaping how we all live, and offers both new challenges and enticing market opportunities to designers and to suppliers of certain types of advanced materials. The coming adoption of fifth-generation (5G) wireless systems will be a key driver in this shift. 5G will offer lightning-fast data transfer speeds and help to connect the billions of "smart" devices—from cell phones and appliances to factory floors and smart cities.
Ever so slowly, but surely, the tides are changing around the future of transportation. Automated Vehicles (AVs) are now so commonly considered the inevitable future, it really isn't if: it's when and how. But with a growing urbanization of the world and the needs of short to medium-distance transportation, cars
Imagine, in place of a screen door, a thin membrane that would keep mosquitoes out--but would allow human beings to pass through it. Imagine a membrane stretched across your toilet that would allow poop to drop through it, but would prevent gaseous odor from traveling upwards. To create either of
Yesterday we were talking about the Lumen, a technological device designed to help us maintain our health. Projecting into the future a bit, how far could this kind of technology go? Would it, coupled with our ever-increasing levels of connectivity, perhaps lead us into undesirable situations? Filmmaker Sebastian Egert's comical
Full disclosure: I am genetically predisposed to be skinny, yet am struggling to get rid of a potbelly because I cannot stop drinking beer and eating Oreos. We live in a crazy world, where an impoverished chunk of the population cannot get enough calories, and another chunk takes in so
If you've been watching the US Open, you may have noticed a couple of new courtside additions: For the 50th anniversary of the US Open, Michael Graves Architecture & Design and outdoor furniture specialists Landscape Forms were tasked with reimagining and designing the courtside furniture at the USTA Billie Jean
There is the intangible part of design where, if you're designing a bar/restaurant interior for instance, you are creating a vibe by choosing colors and materials. But the back of the house requires concrete numbers-based design: Can the petite bartender realistically carry the requisite amount of beer cases from the
I'm still using those stupid white dongles to connect my minijack headphones to my iPhone 7. Companies like Apple, with their outsized influence on the product design space, set the tone for the future direction of user experience. But because the company takes such leaps and bounds--getting rid of first
When Trek released the 2016 Madone they dubbed it "the ultimate race bike". Yet as soon as that bike hit the streets, the design and engineering teams got to work on topping their efforts in the development of its successor. The 2019 Madone is available in both disc-brake and
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
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