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- 12/15/17--13:37: _DIY Design for Hard...
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- 12/15/17--13:37: _Core77's Ultimate G...
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- 12/18/17--14:15: _Belkin's Nifty In-S...
- 12/18/17--14:15: _Reader Submitted: A...
- 12/18/17--14:15: _Andreas Wannerstedt...
- 12/14/17--13:10: Elon Musk's Mysterious "35,000" Tweet Explained
- 12/14/17--13:10: Industrial Shear Suppliers Create Super Scissors for Craft Market
- 12/14/17--13:10: Today's Urban Design Observation: Road Crew Cable Management Object
- 12/15/17--13:37: Core77's Ultimate Gift Guide for Designers: Week 3 Winners
- 12/18/17--14:15: Here's Every Cyclist's Road Rage Fantasy
- 12/18/17--14:15: Andreas Wannerstedt's Impossibly Accurate Machines and Processes
Under direction of Product Management, the Associate Designer will support entire product design process within Golf and Racquet Sports areas for assigned projects. Responsible for researching global markets in order to identify new trends for color, material, and finish. Additionally work on discovery of 'New Development' opportunities to drive innovation. They will develop conceptual and aesthetic product designs, CAD, technical drawings, tech packs, product review/validation, and generate presentation materials to maximize adoption. The position requires collaboration with cross functional teams member including product managers, buyers, and graphic designers within a timing and action calendar. Asia travel may be needed as some work will require working with foreign resources for execution.View the full design job here
Jiang is the Lead Industrial Designer at Essential, where she spearheaded the design and production of the Essential Phone at just 27 years old!View the full content here
If you're in need of a smile this afternoon, take a minute to watch this video about graphic design power duo Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar. Celebrating 60 years of collaboration this year, the 85 year old designers reflect on a few of their most iconic logos and their long-standing relationship with one-another.
Some of their most prominent logos include MoMA, Smithsonian Institution, NBC, Chase Bank, PBS, Exxon Mobil and NYU—just to name a few.
Sadly, this video includes Chermayeff's last interview, as he passed away earlier this month.
Earlier this week Elon Musk posted this mysterious Tweet, with no further explanation:
What on Earth could it mean? People began speculating that it had to do with Tesla prices, and it also spawned this hilarious thread on pork chops. But the true answer can be found by looking at two things, one being Musk's updated Twitter bio:
Or if you just look further down his feed and see this Tweet:
Musk has been selling hats to fund his Boring Company, which he plans to use to solve traffic by building tunnels for cars and Hyperloops. At $20 a pop, that means he's now raised $700,000--investor-free. The outlandish-sounding Boring plan might just become reality.
Although they've been in business for twelve generations, you've probably never heard of William Whiteley & Sons. That's because the Sheffield-based manufacturer of scissors only sells to industry, creating specialty shears that cut through everything from carpet to carbon fiber, from Kevlar to leather. But now the company has designed the EXO, a sort of super scissors, that they're aiming to bring directly to the consumer craftsperson market.
Whiteley's new creation comes in three flavors:
Our classic iteration of the EXO, made of 100% surgical-grade stainless steel with a striking matte finish, state-of-the-art investment-cast handles, industrial grade precision ground blades and a CNC machined screw or bolt - all assembled by our master craftsmen at our facility in Sheffield, using techniques and skills developed over 257 years.
Stainless steel EXO scissors, but with the addition of a strikingly original fully matt-black finish. For those of who you prefer the sleeker things in life, the Teflon coating offers a great non-stick surface - perfect for cutting things that may be covered in adhesive.
Using high-tech vapor deposition to offer a single layer of ceramic coating, these scissors feature a surface harder than tungsten carbide, which in itself is twice as tough as steel, with the added bonus of being seriously bling. Ceramic coating is regularly used to extend the life of drill bits, but for our scissors it has the added benefit of a stunning gold-coloured finish that will never wear away.
I wondered about that chunky bolt at the pivot point:
The company explains that it's a feature from their industrial shears "which allows for a speedy and smooth 'pick up' and 'put down' motion - as well as adding an eye-catching styling cue. (We can also offer you your EXO with a standard flat screw and nut instead, for those of you who would prefer to store the scissors horizontally in a tray or drawer.)" I'm kind of digging the bolt myself, the more I look at it.
It seems that Whiteley had some doubts that consumers would embrace industrial-grade scissors, and thus they opted to run a Kickstarter campaign to fund the new tooling. It's safe to say their doubts can be put to rest: At press time the campaign had garnered $86,296 in pledges on a $72,558 goal, with 14 days left to pledge.
We've covered the portable Sitpack at their launch, and commented on the product's potential utility in industrial design education. Now the designers are back with a killer upgrade called the Sitpack Zen, built with hi-tech materials and intended for longevity. The design changes make the Zen both stronger and lighter than its predecessor, although the presentation is a tad silly:
The stats are pretty nuts. They've got an aluminum version that weighs just 0.99 pounds but will support 300 pounds, and an aluminum/carbon fiber variant that will hold the same but weighs just 0.79 pounds. The Kickstarter prices seem absurdly cheap, offering the former for $69 and the latter for $99. (They're expected to retail for $100 and $170, respectively.)
Perhaps that's why the campaign has been a smash hit. At press time they were up to a whopping $265,033 on a measly $30,000 goal!
My borderline peanut butter addiction spurred me to create the PBspoon, which I designed to be the perfect spoon for extracting every last bit of peanut butter from the jar. A cross between a spoon and a spatula, the PBspoon has a rounded face to function like a traditional spoon, but also a flat edge to scrape every ounce out of the peanut butter container. The tip of the spoon is pointed for getting into hard-to-reach ridges, and the back is angled for perfectly spreading peanut butter onto your bread of choice.
Submit your own guide today for the chance to win a MOO gift card, Prismacolor double-ended art markers and/or a medium-sized Wacom Intuos Pro Paper tablet!View the full content here
Road crews are a common sight in New York, with orange-vested men working on the street or partially submerged in it. They often have machinery and tools down in the hole, with cables running back to the truck. This presents a tripping hazard. The object you see here, made by California-based Elasco, solves that.
As you can probably guess, the crenellation you see here is a hinge. If you've ever seen crews laying these things down, you'll see the orange portion swings up on the hinge, and inside are channels that they can easily lay the hoses/cables into.
In this case they're running 3/4" air hose.
This unit has five separate channels.
The bright orange is a good decision, meant to draw attention to itself so pedestrians don't trip over it. But I think the molded "CAUTION" was a waste of steel-cutting in the mold, as being the same color as its background it's hardly legible. Ditto with the electricity icon and the icon of the person tripping, I don't think those provide any value, being practically invisible.
The textured surface provides good traction, even when it's raining or snowing.
There are tabs and slots so that these can be extended infinitely. I checked out Elasco's website and they sell angled units too, so you can go around corners.
These things are made from polyurethane and reinforced with a fiberglass rod and are incredibly strong, able to support 20,000 pounds, the company says. And something we can't see in the photos is that these things have handles on the underside so that the crews can easily carry them around.
Interestingly, these are cast, not injection molded. The company says that this makes them stronger.
Overall I think this is a great piece of industrial design, even if most people don't ever notice them.
The deadline for applying to SVA's MFA in Products of Design program is just one month away on January 15th, so if you're interested in grad school, you'll want to give this a hard look. Chaired by Core77's Allan Chochinov, the program is a "two-year, immersive program at the sweet spot of design thinking, making, business and social impact."
"Although we are always looking at larger systems, we are nevertheless obsessive about the prototype." asserts Chochinov. "We believe in 'making' at every stage of a design project—in using our hands while we're working through brand strategy, business model, digital platform, and social innovation.
"We want to teach way more than industrial design in the program. If you talk to any working design professional, they'll tell you that they need to be considering stakeholders across many disciplines to create effective solutions. So we teach everything from Arduino and prototyping in hardware, to leadership and management. We have tons of business classes, and we put a premium on presentation skills and team building. And we do it in a 2-year MFA program."
"Of course, we're also in New York City, so we really use the city as a learning lab, where students take classes at Frog Design, Johnson & Johnson, and Material ConneXion, and go on field trips to independent designers' studios and beyond.
Fans will note that alumnus Jon Lung is one of the new Mythbuster hosts, and Alumnus Roya Ramizani was recently named as BBC's 100 Women.
Want to change the trajectory of your career? Check out student work on their project blog, read 14 THINGS THAT MATTER: What distinguishes the MFA in Products of Design? , check out some thesis projects and apply to the program starting at their apply page.
Because this tutorial started with "Squeeze 27 diapers into a frying pan," it had my attention. Now I don't have any upcoming baby showers, nor am I a toy designer, nor a parent, but I was taken by this woman's very creative use of household items. How the heck did she figure this stuff out?
I did a little digging and the woman in the video is Melissa Woods, who runs the DIY/homesteading blog Welcome to the Woods.
It's fun watching different people's shop organization idiosyncrasies, seeing what drives them nuts and how they solved it. For Jeremy Schmidt, it was bugging him that his removable drawer inserts would shift around after one was removed. Ultra-organized Schmidt then designed this system for hardware organizing boxes that will not shift around in a drawer:
I like how mid-build he realizes how dangerous the thin push stick is, then quickly whips out a safer alternative (even with that beefy re-saw blade in the bandsaw). Use tools to make tools!
If you're prototyping things out of thick, flexible materials, this handy little tool might help. The Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl can be used to sew leather, webbing, canvas tarps, shoes, belts and other problematically-thick materials. It's also small enough to bring with you on a camping trip, allowing you to fix gear on the fly.
Here's how you use the thing:
I've never tried one myself, but it seems useful. They run about $15 on Amazon. If you've ever used this tool yourself, please share your experience with it in the comments.
We've been on the lookout for the best Ultimate Gift Guides and have been rewarding our favorites with awesome rewards, including gift certificates and designer-approved products. It gets better—three Runner-Ups will each win a handy multitool from Leatherman, one Editor's pick will take home a set of double-ended art markers from Prismacolor, and one Community Choice winner with the most votes will win a Wacom Intous Pro Paper tablet!
This week, three submissions chosen by our editors have earned their curators a gift certificate to MOO and a spot in the running for the grand prize, which we will be announcing on Monday, December 18th.
Here are our 3 Editor's Picks:
This organized gift guide by Joana Lehman offers up great items to help keep all types of workspaces satisfyingly tidy—from office to living room.
What's better than buying a new item? Knowing that it will actually stand the test of time. Juan Cano's tried and true list of study items is diverse, and each item has been tested by the curator himself.
Fit everything. In your pocket. — Daniel Slaski's guide is packed with pint-sized and packable inspiration for less burdensome EDC.
Stay tuned: We'll be announcing the three Runner-Ups, Community Choice winner and Editor's Pick winner on the Monday, December 18th!
Using patent-pending technology, Wintersmiths products create crystal clear ice in a variety of unique shapes to achieve the proper dilution rate and deliver a truly memorable experience with every drink.View the full content here
Someone on Kenmare Street got their hands on what look to be the seating surfaces from three restaurant chairs.
They fashioned them into this urban lounge integrated with a planter on a concrete pad. The backrest of the outermost seat copies the angle of the planter. I can't tell if this was all built together or if the planter was there first.
At first I thought the seat slats were resting on a shipping pallet, but if you look closely you can see the seat slats are resting on short 2x4 blocks. So this was purpose-built out of leftover materials.
I have been trying to deduce why they built the backrest in this manner.
My guess is that they only used the cylindrical pole support first, then it started to sag and they added the rearmost supports later.
It's happened to every cyclist: You're minding your own business, cycling down public roads, when someone swerves way too close to you, maybe gives you some lip. What would you like to do to them?
This Italian cyclist knew exactly what he'd like to do to them, and equipped his bike with some rather interesting retaliatory kit. (Language NSFW only if you work in an Italian-speaking office.)
Is it staged? Probably, but who cares. I laughed my ass off.
I went to the Apple Store in SoHo to get a new screen protector for my iPhone. It's a thin film of transparent material. I was fascinated to see that Belkin has invented a little gadget that flawlessly applies it to the phone.
"They developed this specifically for Apple Stores," the employee applying my screen told me. "Before that we wasted a lot of product, trying to install them manually then screwing up." I went to record the process--but of course couldn't, since my phone was inside the gadget. But there's footage of these things in action on YouTube, check it out:
I am really impressed with how the designers of this object thought through the entire process. The first green-skinned film you see being applied to the phone is to remove any dust or lint from the screen, the Apple employee explained to me. After that's removed they drop it into the machine, and as you can see the tabs keep everything perfectly aligned. It seems pretty idiot-proof.
The screen protector was expensive ($40) and I kind of think that that level of protection ought have been built right into something that costs at $649, rather than forcing you to buy it after the fact. Then again, if a $57,000 BMW doesn't come with protection either, I guess this is just the way of the world these days.
Anyways, my hat's off to the unknown designers of the Belkin tool. Great work!
twofold: a compact wall shelf that can be transformed into a space-saving temporary desk with just one touch.
Here's what sucks about being an industrial designer: We have to make physical objects work in the real world. How awesome would it be to work in motion graphics instead, where you don't have to worry about pesky things like tolerances, friction and gravity? As an example, check out the mesmerizing work of Swedish designer/motion graphics artist Andreas Wannerstedt:
There's tons more on Wannerstedt's Instagram page. Watch at your own risk--it's quite the rabbit hole!