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- 11/27/18--11:45: The 2019 Core77 Design Awards Will Open for Entry on January 8
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It's that time of year again! The holidays are coming up, and we want to know:
What's on your design wish list?
Whether you're a skater dad, a wood shop whiz or a tech junkie, pick your top 5 gift ideas, share them with us between now and December 14th, and you'll be in the running for some pretty sweet prizes.
Here's how it works:
1. Create a Gift Guide
2. Get your friends to vote for you!
3. On December 18th, one community choice winner and one winner selected by our editors will be announced on our homepage!
Each Friday, our editors will pick 3 Weekly Winners to receive either a Studio Cult Co pin to show off your sarcastic designer side, Tetra gift card to help you chill out during that awkward family gathering, or MOO gift card to help fund your next print job.
THE TOP DOGS!
One Editor's Pick will receive a Spin bag by IAMRUNBOX, and one Community Choice Winner (the guide with the most votes) will receive a Core77 Mystery Box in the mail—that's right, we're bringing this hotter than hot eBay trend straight to your doorstep. Winners will be announced on December 18th.
With the success of our first-generation climbing shoe product line, Black Diamond is expanding the footwear team and in search of a talented footwear designer to focus on climbing shoes and mountain footwear. The Footwear Designer needs to have an intimate understanding of the sport of rock climbing and otherView the full design job here
Most cooking experts agree that a gravy boat is the most crucial piece of Thanksgiving kit. Without a nautical-themed vessel to convey gravy, even the most painstakingly-prepared feast will be a total bust.
However, you may find yourself in a situation where your guests outnumber the gravy fleet. In that case, don't panic--you can use clever kitchen conscription to turn these surprisingly available items into fine gravy boats in their own right.
10. Ice Cube Trays
By allotting one cube's worth of gravy to each extra guest, this makes it easy to see precisely how much gravy is required. Resist the temptation to freeze the trays; it makes the gravy cold.
9. An Old Athletic Shoe
An unused pair of running sneakers make for an eye-catching, soft-sided gravy boat that won't shatter if a guest accidentally drops it. Avoid porous models (i.e. no Nike Flyknits, Adidas Primeknits etc.)
8. A Funnel and a Cranberry
I know what you're thinking: It would make no sense to use a funnel, since there's an open-ended spout in the bottom. The secret is to plug the bottom with a cranberry tied to a string. Then, when a guest wants gravy, they simply pull up on the string and the gravy flows. Once the string is released, gravity pulls the cranberry back downwards, neatly plugging the spout.
7. Plastic Baggies
You can fill plastic sandwich bags with gravy, one per guest. Seal or tie them off on the top and place them at 12 o'clock at each place setting. Leave a communal pair of scissors or pinking shears on the table. When guests want gravy, they can snip off a bottom corner of the baggie. The best part: There's no gravy boat to wash at the end!
6. Card Catalog Drawers
These might not seem like an ideal choice, but if table space is at a premium and you have an old card catalog from a library, the long shape of the drawers make for a great, mass-accessible gravy boat that can be stored away in the catalog when not in use. The convenient metal handles provide a secure grip even if slippery with gravy.
5. A Soap Dish
Most soap dishes feature a slotted top portion, and a completely enclosed bottom portion to capture the water. This makes them an ideal, watertight gravy conveyance. Guests can lift the top portion and wave it over their dish to dispense gravy through the slots. Try it. You'll like it.
4. Toner Cartridges
These handy, liquid-tight containers have been hiding right inside your laser printer. To transform them into gravy boats, simply score around the parting line with a cordless reciprocating saw, then pry the halves apart with a sharp hunting knife. Carefully drain the ink into plastic bags, to reuse later. Each half of the cartridge can now be used for gravy. To get the whole family in on the fun, have one family member hold the cartridge steady while another does the cutting.
3. Coffee Pot
A coffee pot not only has a spout and handle but, once occupied with gravy, can actually lighten your workload in the kitchen. Because after dinner when your guests might ask for coffee, you can point at the pot and say "Sorry, I'd make some coffee but the pot is filled with gravy."
2. Tissue Boxes
Remove the tissues from a tissue box, because the soft fibers of a tissue will absorb gravy. Then, fill the tissue box with gravy. The "waterfall opening" of most tissue boxes makes it easy to dispense gravy from the front. The cardboard will not hold gravy for long before becoming saturated, so for best results, serve quickly.
1. Smartphone Case
Most smartphone cases these days are watertight--and that means gravytight, too. Simply remove your phone. Then fill the case with gravy through the camera hole, and wallah! Or viola! Or however it's spelled.
Statistically speaking, you're probably the only industrial designer in your family. And if you've gone home for the holidays, you're going to feel like an unrelatable alien as you pick up kitchen items and explain the difference between ABS and polypropylene while your relatives roll their eyes.
Still, you have a duty as an industrial designer, which is to educate your non-design-savvy relatives on Design, which is the most important thing in the world. So here are some discussion topics you can bring up at the dinner table to edify and entertain:
- "Brutalist doesn't mean what you think it means"
- The difference between UX and UI
- From Loewy to Rams: Industrial Design Milestones of the 20th Century
- The wonders of parametric modeling
- Fusion vs. Solidworks: Menu bar layout and workflow
- FDM, SLA, SLS: Which 3D printing methods excel for which applications?
- Why ergonomics matters: Case studies of recent medical equipment design
In-Depth Kitchen Crit
Go through your host's kitchen appliances and gizmos. Point out the design flaws of each. With expensive items, ask how much they paid for them, then announce what the actual BOM cost was.
Correct Your Grandparents: Ten Things They've Told People That You Do for a Living
- Industrial Assigner
- Industrial Engineer
- Industry Artist
- Interior Decorator
- Mechanical Designer
- Computer Drawer
- Nuclear CAD Fusion Expert
- ID Theft Prevention Specialist
- "They draw things, and do something with clay"
- They change the subject to a different relative with a more understandable job
Happy Thanksgiving, folks. Don't worry, it'll all be over soon.
It's rare, but possible, that you're spending this Thanksgiving with a bunch of other industrial designers, rather than non-design-savvy family members who don't really get what you do. If that's the case, then you have a rare opportunity to have long, drawn-out discussions about design with your peers in a non-office setting. The addition of alcohol can make the discussion more lively.
Here are some topics to get you started:
1. If Dieter Rams were to "sell out," which organization or product should he do a cross-licensing deal with:
A. The L.A. Rams
B. The All-New 2019 Dodge Ram
C. Mola Ram, antagonist of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," for the 35th Anniversary DVD set
D. Battering Rams: A new set of pancake and crepe-making tools to be produced by Braun
E. Dieter RAM: A series of flash drives with modernist designs
2. Fact: Most experts agree that Industrial Design is the best of all design professions. Rank these other fields in order from second-best to worst.
- Fashion Design
- Graphic Design
- Interior Decoration
- Interior Design
- Mechanical Engineering
- Sewage Sluice Gate Maintenance Technician
- Living life as a rabbit
3. What was Apple's best product?
- The original iMac
- The original iPod
- The original iPhone
- The original iPad
- That cube-shaped computer
- The titanium PowerBook
- The Macbook Air
- The Mac Pro
"All of Apple's products are awesome--no YOU shut up. I will kill you"
4. What was Apple's worst product?
- The original iMac
- The original iPod
- The original iPhone
- The original iPad
- That cube-shaped computer
- The titanium PowerBook
- The Macbook Air
- The Mac Pro
- "All of Apple's products suck--no YOU shut up. I will kill you"
Random Short Topics
- Stuffing: A payload system for gravy
- Which Thanksgiving foods have the best and worst UX?
- Shop applications for electric carving knives
- If redesigning a turkey from scratch, where would you start?
- What series or line of products could be named after root vegetables and still gain consumer acceptance?
- In an end-of-the-world zombie-type scenario, which common studio tools would make the best survival weapons?
Bonus Minefield Question:
"Women are underrepresented in Industrial Design because ___________. The best way to reverse this would be _____________."
Navigating the world of crowdfunding can be overwhelming, to put it lightly. Which projects are worth backing? Where's the filter to weed out the hundreds of useless smart devices? To make the process less frustrating, we scour the various online crowdfunding platforms to put together a weekly roundup of our favorite campaigns for your viewing (and spending!) pleasure. Go ahead, free your disposable income:
The Flip-Fold Wallet folds on an angle, making your cards easier to grab from their slot.
Rollbe Click is the second edition of Rollbe, the round, rotating measuring tool that caught our attention with its first Kickstarter campaign and sparked debate amongst the design community. What do you think?
The Vittae Dual-Nib Fountain Pen allows you to write with two colors by simply rotating its base, so no need to grab for that extra pen.
The LoftTek Adventure Jacket promises to be completely waterproof and oh so warm for those cold winter hikes.
LiF'T is a two-part cutting board that also functions as a nice serving tray for whatever you're cutting up—be it cheese, veggies, bread, or just about any other food that can be cut.
Hover Camera's second drone model, Hover 2, reinforces the idea that a drone can in fact be your personal photographer. With the help of AI, Hover 2 is able to capture you at your best angles, no questions asked, and avoid obstacles.
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Job Summary and Mission As senior project designer, you will contribute to Starbucks success by delivering outstanding store designs for the Asia Pacific markets that uphold the Starbucks Customer Experience, meet brand design expectations, cost, schedule and operational requirements. You will work under the direction of theView the full design job here
In recent years desktop CNC milling's barrier to entry has been lowered, thanks to a rash of Chinese-made machines that can be had for a seeming bargain. But as ShopBot Tools founder Ted Hall points out in "All Desktop CNCs Are Not Created Equal," CNC mills are like many other power tools: You get what you pay for. That cheapie desktop CNC from overseas that seemed like such a steal…will eventually extract its true cost from you, paid in time spent correcting mistakes (if they are correctable at all), money spent replacing mis-cut materials, lost jobs you couldn't take on because the machine couldn't handle the task, and of course, frustration.
We'll get back to the article in a minute. The bottom line here is that if you're tired of missing deadlines and/or adjusting your workflow to compensate for the shortcomings of your machine, now is a good time to trade up to a quality tool. ShopBot has announced that, for one week only (starting today), they'll grant you credit for your crappy desktop CNC mill towards the purchase of a new ShopBot.
For one week, beginning on Black Friday, November 23rd, through Friday, November 30th, owners of other desktop-type CNC tools can "trade-up" their tool to a new ShopBot Desktop, Desktop MAX, or larger ShopBot Gantry CNC tool. ShopBot will issue credits towards a tool purchase based on the make and model of the tool being traded-in. Included with each trade-up purchase is a free 2-Day Basic Training session, held at ShopBot's Durham, North Carolina facility.
"We were inspired to offer a 'trade-up' promotion after listening to customers who have come to ShopBot looking for a professional grade, well-supported, reliable tool – after being disappointed and frustrated with other brands of CNC tools they have purchased," says ShopBot's Director of Sales and Marketing, Jeanne Taylor. "Many of these tools often lack rigidity – making clean and consistent cuts almost impossible – and come with very little support and training," Taylor adds.
Whether you're already familiar with CNC milling or are looking to educate yourself, I highly recommend giving Hall's aforementioned article a read. He goes into detail about the design, construction and materials choices ShopBot has made, versus cheaper competitors' machines, and explains how each decision ultimately affects the end users' results. And ShopBots, unlike a lot of competing machines, are made in America.
"In this case, buy American because you get more for your money," Hall writes. "It is often believed that the cost difference between imported products and products like the ShopBot Desktop and Desktop MAX is a result of inexpensive offshore labor. It does cost a little more to build equipment in the US than offshore. But as far as our Desktop CNC tools go, the cost differences in comparison to these imported tools reflects what you are getting.
"Our tools offer a stronger design that provides greater capabilities and more extensive features. You are buying more tool. You are buying the capability, configurability, agility, and support system to best accomplish your work and to make you productive."
You can learn more about the trade-up deal here, and you've got until November 30th to file for one.
Dr. Alexis Noel was watching her family's cat clean itself, as you do when you go home for the holidays, when she noticed that his tongue kept getting caught on the blanket he was sitting on. That would be a momentary distraction for most of us, but Dr. Noel happens to be a mechanical engineer and researcher in biomechanics at Georgia Tech Research Institute. She investigated the blanket, and found that there were tiny spines left embedded in it by the cat's tongue.
Soon she was in the lab, examining tongues that had been removed (post-mortem) from a cat, a bobcat, a cougar, a snow leopard, a tiger and a lion. And analyzing high-speed video of a domestic cat cleaning itself, and doing a CT scan of a domestic cat tongue.
It's long been known that cats have little spines on their tongue, and they were thought to be conical and solid. Some researcher "discovered" this is 1982 and no one ever disputed it. But Dr. Noel discovered otherwise, quite by accident. In an effort to see if a cat's tongue-spines (called papillae) had evolved to help process meat, she dragged a (removed post-mortem) cat tongue across a piece of pork. The cat tongue shredded the meat, as expected. But when she examined the tongue under a microscope, she found this:
"A chunk of meat had been lodged into the tips of these papillae. This was contradictory to previous literature, which stated these filiform papillae were conical, not hollow. Using a macro lens on a Canon 1D, and some food coloring for visualization, we found that these grooming papillae had U-shaped cavities, as shown below."
It turns out these papillae are actually curved, like little claws, and hollow. When a cat grooms itself, these papillae comb through the fur, getting down to the root. Saliva stored within the hollows serves as the shampoo.
Dr. Noel printed a scaled-up 3D model of a cat's tongue to see how the papillae actually work. PBS, producing a short video called "Why Does Your Cat's Tongue Feel Like Sandpaper?" briefly demonstrates the results of some of Dr. Noel's research:
A cat's tongue is, essentially, a Furminator with a feline saliva payload.
Also, here's a novelty BBQ idea: Some hipster restaurant should start selling Lion-Tongue-Shredded Pulled Pork.
Having gone through the mockup phase, the next step in the process of industrial designer Eric Strebel's Backpack Hanger is to CAD it up and 3D print a prototype. Here he dives into Fusion 360, explaining some of the design decisions as he CADs, then fires up the Ultimaker 2+:
Next week Sotheby's will be hosting the RED Auction, the proceeds of which will be donated to the fight against AIDS. One of the most anticipated objects to go up on the block is a diamond ring--not of the antique sort that Sotheby's often trades in, but a strikingly modern one designed by Sir Jony Ive and Marc Newson.
Ive and Newson began their design with a clear (no pun intended) vision, and completed it using what sounds like a very high-tech manufacturing technology:
"Consistent with their mutual obsession with transforming raw material into objects of value, Ive & Newson's design is singular, clear and uncompromised by the traditional metal settings and bands that have previously been required to create 'diamond rings'. Theirs will be created by removing material rather than adding - an ambition made possible by the extraordinary scale of the stone which will enable the ring to be completely made of this material.
"Creating a ring-shaped diamond is no small feat; the diamond block will be faceted with several thousand facets, some of which are as small as several hundred micrometers. The interior ring will be cylindrically cut out for the desired smoothness using a micrometer thick water jet inside which a laser beam is cast. The finished ring will have between 2000-3000 facets which has never been seen before on a single piece."
The ring, which is expected to sell for $150,000 to $250,000, will be produced by the Leonardo-Dicaprio-backed Diamond Foundry, a certified carbon neutral diamond producer.
Job Description Bose Corporation is a privately held company with over 50 years of growth and expansion. We provide high-performance product solutions that are elegant and simple to use. These products are often developed through decades of analysis and research. We encourage innovation in every aspect ofView the full design job here
Imagine it's 1950, your dad is Frank Lloyd Wright and you ask him to design a house for you and your wife. Since you live in Arizona, father Frank designs an elevated house with a crazy spiral shape in order to capture cooling winds; years later he'll borrow from the form factor to create the Guggenheim.
Completed in 1952, the David & Gladys Wright House--which FLW originally and somewhat pretentiously named "How to Live in the Southwest"--is a 2,500-square-foot concrete edifice whose circular shape and spiral ramp antedated the Guggenheim by some seven years.
"[I]t is a good type of house for that [Southwest] region and affords many advantages not possible to a house on the ground," Wright wrote of the house. "It is a citrus orchard district and the orange trees make the yard for the house. The slowly rising ramp reveals the surrounding mountains and gives security to the occupants."
There's also a 360-square-foot guest house of a more simple, rectilinear design.
Whether you love the design or hate it, something about it apparently promotes longevity: David Wright lived in the house until his death in 1997 at the age of 102, and Gladys lived there until she died at 104.
Last year the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced that the home had been donated to benefit the School of Architecture at Taliesin; however, there's apparently been some behind-the-scened drama, as this year the house has inexplicably been placed on the market for $13 million. If you've got the money, here's your chance to live into your early 100s.
Manufacturing engineer Ran D. St. Clair is an R/C airplane enthusiast in his spare time, and came up with a wacky idea: What if you attached a series of airplanes, wingtip-to-wingtip, then fired up all the motors and threw it into the air?
Well, here's what happens:
The crazy part is that he actually managed to land them!
Anyways: How long until Ryanair attempts to incorporate this into people-carrying planes as some sort of cost-savings measure?
As you read this, you're probably sitting in a chair. And the general consensus appears to be that, for the sake of your back, you oughtn't. This consensus led to the standing desk craze. More recently acupuncturist Esther Gokhale conducted and compiled research showing that folks from developing nations who squat, rather than use chairs, have lower rates of back pain.
But it's not practical for most of us to stand or squat for prolonged periods, so designers will continue to cook up new chair forms. The latest comes from David James France, an Australian chiropractor and equine enthusiast, who has concluded that saddles "[put] your spine in the perfect sitting posture."
France devised what he's calling the Workhorse Saddle Chair, which he's now aiming to get into mass production. Here's his data and his envisioned usage of the design:
As someone who has seen a lot of newfangled chair designs, I'm always wary of the would-be gamechangers; at the same time, I realize that innovation happens when plucky upstarts are willing to take risks. And thankfully for France, Kickstarter backers do not share my skepticism. At press time the Workhorse had $88,944 in pledges on a $29,632 goal. The first production models should start shipping in March of 2019.
For those of you working in environments design--or looking to trick your studio out with little details that will impress high-end clients--check out the work of this French fixtures company. They've been around since 1995, when company founder André Bousquet "took a chance on the previously non-existent market of luxury electrical switches and founded Meljac." Today they manufacture a variety of buttons, levers, keypads, switches, doorbells, outlets and more:
Custom configurations and engravings are available as well.
With clients like Louis Vuitton, the NoMad Hotel, the Ritz, the Louvre and the freaking Chateau of Versailles, these are not fixtures you're going to pitch to that lowly start-up that hired you to design their lousy rented office space; but if you land that gig to redesign Kanye's foyer, Meljac should be your go-to.
PVC and vinyl tubing are super-useful not just for their original plumbing or electrical applications, but for DIYers and ID students seeking to cobble things together with a relatively inexpensive, easily-workable material.
One potential issue is how to get clean, square cuts on the end. For vinyl tubing we looked at this clever DIY cutting system. For more rigid PVC, a miter saw does well, but it can be awkward for long pieces, and there may be times when you prefer to bring the tool to the work rather than vice versa.
In that case you want to pick up a PVC pipe cutter. And you could do a lot worse than Greenlee's killer ratcheting model with tool-less blade change. Here our friends at Pro Tool Reviews give you a look:
Attention, designers—mark your calendars because the 2019 Core77 Design Awards will officially be open for entry on January 8! Now in its ninth year, the Core77 Design Awards continues to champion the principles of inclusivity, innovation, and excellence. Our annual collection of awarded projects have solidified the awards as a showcase of groundbreaking design over the years, granting awards to successful products such as the Google Pixel Buds, Nest Thermostat, the Biolite Stove, the Oculus Rift VR Headset and much more.
In recognition of the broad spectrum of the design field, our Awards program offers 14 distinct categories, each further broken into dedicated sections for professionals and students. Each category is judged by esteemed Jury Captains and their chosen team members, which grants designers the opportunity to present their work to the best of the best in their respective fields. Past Core77 Design Awards Jury Captains have included industry leaders such as Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, OCD co-founder & 2016 Hillary for America Design Director Jennifer Kinon, Project H founder Emily Pilloton, and LAYER design lead Benjamin Hubert.
Here are just a few of the projects that took home awards last year:
Willow Breast Pump
Willow, the 2018 Consumer Product Professional Winner designed by Willow, IDEO, and Function Engineering, is a groundbreaking all-in-one breast pump that fits compactly and discreetly inside a bra. The pump is also connected to an app that collects data over time regarding the mother's milk expression.
Pneuhaus's "Compound Camera" took home the 2018 Built Environment Professional win particularly for its sense of wonder—the twenty-foot inflatable structure is composed of 109 pinhole cameras, allowing inhabitants to experience a psychedelic view of the world outside.
No Fixed Address System
"No Fixed Address System" is a project by Chih Chiu of Royal College of Art that took home two Student Winner awards for thoughtfully taking the issue many modern nomads and people experiencing homeless face today, which is that their lack of a permanent address excludes them from operating traditionally within society (their video submission was also a clear standout of 2018).
Kuja Kuja by IDEO.org won several Professional awards for its melding of service design and social impact. Kuja Kuja is a business intelligence platform for humanitarian organizations so they can invite refugees to offer ratings and feedback on how to improve their services.
Sex Work Is Real Work
Similar to Kuja Kuja, the 2018 Strategy & Research Professional Winner "Sex Work Is Real Work" brought a sense of agency to the focal user in question. ThinkPlace Kenya's study of Female Sex Workers aimed to learn more about how to prevent HIV infection through the use of Oral PrEP, and several of the workers were trained to conduct research themselves in order to gather deep insights.
This winning Student Transportation project "CARe" by Anand Manohar Asinkar envisioned the future self-driving car for the modern family—notable features of this car include a seamlessly integrated removable, hands-free baby stroller, and a modular interior meant to accommodate children throughout the ages of 0-5.
2019 Core77 Design Awards Schedule
Design Awards Open for Entry: January 8, 2019
Early Bird Deadline: January 31
Regular Deadline: March 7
Final Deadline: March 28
Winners Announced: June 11
Have any questions before January 8th? Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Here's a word you probably never expected to see on the Louvre's website: "Apeshit." But that's the title of the collaborative hit by JAY-Z and Beyoncé (a/k/a The Carters) from earlier this year, the music video for which was filmed at the Louvre…
…and the museum, hoping to capitalize on the popularity, is now providing a guided tour based on what's seen in the video. "Follow this trail to discover the iconic artworks from JAY-Z and Beyoncé's music video "Apes**t," the museum writes, listing all seventeen pieces shown:
The 90-minute tour is offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Paris is a bit far for me to travel to, so I'm hoping Kanye does a video at the Cooper-Hewitt, or maybe the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
I can't tell if this vehicle has an identity crisis, or is a sign of some future in which people no longer use vehicles in the way they were originally intended to be used. A startup called Rivian plans to produce this $69,000 electric pickup truck which has at least one nifty storage feature, but I have to wonder: Why on Earth is it a pickup truck?
The bed appears too stubby to be of serious utility--you're not getting a full-size sheet of plywood into this thing--and more damningly, the "Specs" section of their website doesn't even list the bed length, which I imagine is a key point for any pickup user.
There's no brush guard on the front, so although the vehicle has 4WD, apparently it's not meant to go off-road.
There is a neat "storage tunnel" revealed by opening the panels just aft of the passenger doors. This tunnel appears to be enclosed, which would further reduce the bed capacity. In essence, the bed seems like little more than a trunk that allows rain inside of it.
It is also rather neat that the front of the vehicle features a trunk, as it lacks an engine.
Interestingly, the tailgate opens 180 degrees and features small flip-out stepping platforms.
I just can't figure out why they're offering this as a pickup. The company's other vehicle is an SUV, which seems to make a lot more sense.
In any case, the company is reportedly well-funded and will be debuting the pickup in 2020, to be followed by the SUV at a later date.