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    All of us understand how screws and bolts work. So imagine if you encountered a screw that you could advance--but not retract. I.e. you can screw it in, but it won't unscrew…unless you turn it from the other side. If you're confused by what I mean, watch this "impossible screw" video and see if you can figure out what the hell is going on, before he reveals the secret:

    I can't think of any practical applications, beyond bringing this to a bar and using it to trick people into buying you drinks.



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    As with Good, Cheap and Fast, a website called Fakespot.com seeks to make online shopping easier by weeding out the fake reviews for you. They make it pretty easy: You simply paste the link of the product you're looking at into a box on their website, and it returns a letter grade rating the authenticity of the reviews.

    As Fakespot is in the business of dealing with fakes--at press time they've claimed to have analyzed some 2,991,177,728 reviews--they've compiled a list of the top ten product categories with the most fake reviews on Amazon. We thought it would interest you to see, so here it is:

    Top 10 Products with the most faked reviews on Amazon:

    Consumer Electronics

    1. Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

    2. Phone Cases and Screen Protectors

    3. Smart Watches

    4. Phone Charging Cables

    5. 3rd Party Apple Accessories / any other known brand (Fitbit, Gopro, Garmin)

    Beauty/Cosmetics

    6. Makeup

    7. Anti-aging creams

    8. Hair-loss products

    Clothing

    9. Popular sneakers from Adidas or Nike

    Supplements and Vitamins

    10. Any supplements or vitamins claiming wondrous medical benefits in the reviews

    _________

    Try it out here.


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    Another year, another CES for the books. During our time in Las Vegas for the biggest technology trade show of the year, there were laughs, there were naps, but most importantly there were thousands of LED screens to stare at. We went through five days of utter sensory overload so that you didn't have to. Above, feast your eyes on some of our favorite (and most hilarious) finds from CES, including but not limited to facial recognition technology, flexible OLED screens and massage chairs. Not pictured: a blender that also acts as a speaker and phone charger. We thought we'd spare you those details.

    Also, be sure to keep up with us on Instagram because over the next few weeks we'll be featuring some of the more video-friendly projects we saw at CES, like this clapping robot and this new way to draw.

    CES 2019
    Welcome!
    Photo credit: Core77
    A view of the Transportation section that demonstrates the spectacle that is a CES booth
    Photo credit: Core77
    The Transportation area certainly demonstrates a current grey area in the market; while some car manufacturers are holding onto traditional car forms (like this model here), other autonomous models are beginning to demonstrate entirely new form factors that convey a sense of friendliness rather than aerodynamics.
    Nissan Autonomous Vehicle Concept
    With LED side dashboard and window projection
    Photo credit: Core77
    Audi E Foil
    Hydrofoil surfboard. Body made from carbon fiber with an aluminum engine shaft. Electric motor powers a jet engine. Max speed of 27mph with an 18 mile range.
    Photo credit: Core77
    Byton M Byte AV dashboard
    Available in Q3 2019
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    AEV Robotics modular, electric, autonomous vehicle platform
    A single platform that can accept different bodies. Designed for service vehicles such as taxis, ride sharing, or delivery.
    Photo credit: Core77
    AEV Modular Vehicles
    An example of the AEV vehicle outfitted with one of the available shells
    Photo credit: Core77
    Kia pods showing AV concepts
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    WeMo booth
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    View the full gallery here

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    As a designer, think of all the things you've wanted to say to clueless clients, but couldn't, as you'd like to continue earning a living. Well, here's a bit of wish-fulfillment fantasy where an avant-garde, I've-had-it-with-all-of-you French designer instructs his clients on how to design and build their own goddang chair:

    If you're wondering what that video is even a commercial for, it's actually for a Swedish law firm called Vinge. If all of their commercials were design-skewering skits, I'd totally binge watch them.



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    GE Appliance’s Industrial Design Organization is a collaboration of Industrial and Interaction Designers, Consumer Insights Researchers, R&D Engineers, User Experience Research Specialists, and Model Makers. Interns are given the freedom and responsibility to contribute to the design team and experience every phase of the product development cycle

    View the full design job here

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    Today I'm finally retiring my longest-lasting pair of work pants, Carhartt's Washed-Duck Double-Front Work Dungaree (style #B136). These have been worn almost every day of fall and winter for the past four years, and they've served me well. Here's what they looked like new, on the catalog model:

    Here's what they look like now:

    They don't seem like they're ready to be retired, but I'll get to that in a minute. First I want to go over what the failure points are, and if they could possibly be addressed by design.

    The Achilles Heel of these pants isn't near the heels at all, but on the front pockets. The daily wear of a pocket knife clip on the right-hand pocket, and occasional wear from a tape measure clip on the left, have frayed the edges.

    The inside of the pocket hems show similar wear.

    However, note that while the outer layer of fabric has given way, the stitching has not failed and remains intact.

    Perhaps the pockets could be hemmed in something more durable. If I never had to wash these, I might try hacking some kind of leather hem onto them.

    The belt loops, including this one here that I always have a carabiner hanging from, show minimal fraying. I call this good construction, but those who wear a belt daily (I don't) might have different opinions.

    As the Double-Front moniker describes, these pants have a second layer of fabric covering the front of the legs, from the thigh down to the shins. I tend to kneel on the floor or the ground frequently, and these double-fronts have eliminated the biggest wear point on any work pants I owned previously, where the knees always disintegrated first.

    Even the outer layer of the knees show remarkably little wear, and only the smallest of punctures.

    A bonus of the double-front that I never use: Kneepads can be slid behind the top layer, through an unstitched aperture at the bottom.

    The downside of the double-fronts: These are riveted on, for strength. Those rivets thus create a tension point on the underlying layer of fabric. In other words, while the part of the pants that's been riveted on have not failed, the part they're riveted to, have. So, a trade-off.

    The hammer loop on the left leg has taken a terrible beating (though it has not failed). Interestingly, I estimate I've actually carried a hammer here less than a dozen times. So all of this wear appears to be from the mere friction of sitting or rubbing against things.

    One failure point that's my fault is on the insides of the ankles, down by the hem. There are holes here on both sides. Prior to me hemming these pants (you can see the black thread I used in the photos), I rolled the too-long legs up, and the bottom of the rolled portion would occasionally contact the ground. Thus the simple act of walking wore them through.

    Given that these pants don't look that bad, you may be wondering why I'm retiring them. It's because the ass has started to tear beneath the pocket. Yesterday my wife pointed out that you could see my underwear through them.

    I won't throw these out, but will save them for really dirty work. I'll rotate in a fresh pair for daily wear. They'll disintegrate faster now that I live on a farm, but I estimate I'll get at least another 4-10 years out of the remaining three pairs I own.

    I suppose these pants could be buttressed at the wear points with more durable materials, but that would of course raise the price. As it stands I consider these pants a good value. I paid $54.99 for the first pair through Carhartt's website in February 2015. (They now charge $49.99.) I subsequently bought three pairs of them for $39.95 on Sierra Trading and will now rotate in the first. While I hate the idea that all clothing is disposable, I feel these pants led a reasonably long and useful life.

    What's your favorite/longest-lasting workwear? In particular I'm curious if any of you have a good shirt or jacket that allows full freedom of motion, yet is reasonably durable.


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    As it can be visited by appointment only, it's possible a bunch of you don't know that Alessi has its own museum. Museo Alessi has been in operation for 20 years, with the mission "to conserve and showcase all the objects, designs, images and materials of all types that document the company's history and research." Now, even those of us who can't score an appointment will get to look inside. To celebrate Museo Alessi's 20th anniversary, the company has commissioned a film called NEWMUSEUM(S), which will premiere on January 30th in Brussels. We've landed a sneak peak and uploaded it:

    From Museo Alessi's opening in 1998, curator Francesca Appiani has collected:

    - over 800 designer's works
    - over 3,500 Alessi objects
    - 11,000 drawings
    - a total of 25,000 shown items including prototypes, Alessi products and company projects

    The museum participates in a host of events yearly such as design talks, exhibitions and workshops from Milan to Korea to Australia and the US. With the added intrigue of the Alessandro Mendini designed building, Alessi also hosts hundreds of visitors a year.

    Their reach will continue to expand especially with the release of this film, which details the most important company museums and includes opinions from museum directors, curators, experts in the field are interviewed, as well as architects, artists, musicians and creatives who have contributed to innovative projects for company museums. The movie is produced by Museimpresa, the association that curates and promotes the most historic and significant Italian company museums and archives. Alessi is a founding member of Museimpresa and has been one of the most active participants by contributing projects to numerous exhibitions worldwide.

    We'll post details on where fans can view the film as soon as the information becomes available.


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    Brought to you by MAKO Design + Invent, North America's leading design firm for taking your product idea from a sketch on a napkin to store shelves. Download Mako's Invention Guide for free here.

    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:

    OBSBOT Tail is a striking camera equipped with AI tracking, auto zoom, live stream and a 3-axis gimbal. The camera's slogan is, Be Your Own Director," reassuring us that humans are no longer necessary during the filming process.

    The Nurture bra by Imalac massages breasts while they pump, helping cut down the time and increase the results of this laborious process. Wear the bra all day, then when ready to pump simply insert the removable massage cups, insert the breast shield used with any pump, snap everything in place and press start. 

    Deluxe vending bike Raptr has everything you need to make your business mobile. Its design is clean and simple, it's customizable, and it's ideal if a brick and mortar store and food truck are outside of your budget.

    MOVA 3.0 is a cycling jacket designed to keep you dry and visible during rides. It's packable, has a hood that will fir over your helmet and is reversible between a neon green to help you be seen at night and a more subdued black for daytime rides. You can even take things up a notch with add-on magnet lights.

    KettleBaby is a hilarious fitness device that allows parents to get a total body workout while interacting with their children. The kid in the video looks super uncomfortable, but setting that aside, the concept is valid.

    Do you need help designing, developing, patenting, manufacturing, and/or selling YOUR product idea? MAKO Design + Invent is a one-stop-shop specifically for inventors / startups / small businesses. Click HERE for a free confidential product consultation.


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    We are Hiring Invok is looking for package designers with all levels of experience to join our growing team. You must be fluent in the creation of breakthrough visual strategy, brand identity and package design for iconic consumer product brands in categories that include beauty, beverage, food, retail brands,

    View the full design job here

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    Don't try this in front of the OSHA inspector: This anonymous tradesman has developed a that's-so-crazy-it-just-might-work system for getting massive concrete pipes off of a truck by himself.

    I suspect he's doing it by himself because all of his assistants were killed during the initial attempts. In fact I think he got the tires by stripping their trucks, since they won't be using them anymore.



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    The main problem with expensive Louis Vuitton bags is that they don't waste any electricity, contain difficult-to-recycle electronic components nor require charging. Well, the problem has been solved with the announcement of these completely necessary objects:

    The bags contain fiber optic lights--but excited and clueless fashionistas are referring to this as a "glow in the dark" bag.

    I do wonder if the inevitable knock-offs will be UL-certified, or if we're going to see some exciting bag fires on Instagram.



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    This was surprisingly fun to watch!

    Out of all of the subgenres of design you could go into, theme park designer has got to be one of the most unusual. That's the subdivision that architect Jarrett Lantz has gone into, working his way up at the Walt Disney Imagineering Architecture studio as an intern, climbing the ranks to become a full-fledged Senior Concept Designer eight years later.

    In this video Lantz designs a theme park on the fly using Steam's Planet Coaster. Combining elements of exhibition design, landscape architecture, civil engineering and plain ol' whimsy, Lantz is free to execute his design vision without having to worry about costs, safety issues or logistics:



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    Japanese automakers Infiniti and Lexus raked in four of the five coveted honors in the 13th annual EyesOn Design Awards, while Ford Motor Co. took home Best Production Vehicle for one its 2020 muscle cars.

    The awards—presented Jan. 15 at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit—involved an all-star panel of global automotive designers from industry, academia and independent design studios, who walked the show to assess this year's crop of stunning concept and production vehicles and choose their favorites for design excellence in five categories.

    Awards ceremony. Photo: John Skabardonis

    This year's winners are:

    Innovative Use of Color, Graphics or Materials (presented by Axalta Coating Systems)
    Infiniti QX Inspiration. The judges said: "Embodies a modern take on materials while retaining a clean Japanese sensibility."

    Best Designed Interior (presented by ABC Technologies)
    Infiniti QX Inspiration. The judges said: "True inspiration and functionality."

    Infiniti OX Inspiration interior. Photo: Robert Grace

    Best Concept Vehicle (presented by Dassault Systemes)
    The Infiniti QX Inspiration, again, marking the second year in a row that Infiniti has taken home this marquee honor. The judges said: "A new and fresh look that shows extraordinary sophistication and simplicity."

    Lexus LC Convertible concept. Photo: Robert Grace

    Best Designed Exterior Lighting (presented by Varroc Lighting Systems)
    Lexus LC Convertible concept car. The judges said: "Flexible functionality; large screens with individual presets for multiple users."

    Best Production Vehicle (presented by Covestro Group)
    2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The judges said: "The next best tribute to the Mustang ... what the car really represents."

    Chief judges from left to right: Dave Marek, Stewart Reed, Joel Piatkowski, Paul Snyder. Photo: John Skabardonis

    A crop of all-star judges

    The 2019 EyesOn Design chief judges were Dave Marek,Acura global creative director for Honda R&D Americas Inc.; Joel Piatkowski, global director of design for cars and crossovers at Ford; Stewart Reed, chair of the Transportation Design Department at Pasadena's ArtCenter College of Design; and Paul Snyder, the Paul & Helen Farago Chair of Transportation Design at Detroit's College of Creative Studies. They were assisted by a team of 20 other experienced judges (see the full list here).

    A touching tribute

    The organizers paused the award presentations at Cobo Center to present a tribute to Chris Svensson, a recently retired Ford designer who succumbed to cancer last July at age 53. A British native, Svensson oversaw the development of many vehicles, including the GT supercar. He worked most recently as Ford's global design director for SUVs, trucks and commercial vehicles, after serving for nearly five years as the company's design director for the Americas.

    How do you say "Lifetime Achievement" in Italian?

    The EyesOn Design organization also presented its annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Italian designer Leonardo Fioravanti, who while working for Pininfarina designed numerous supercars, including the Ferrari Testarossa, as well as various concept vehicles.

    The EyesOn Design Awards raise money for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, the research arm of the Henry Ford Health System's Department of Ophthalmology. The DIO says it knows that it is only with good vision that a person can fully appreciate the beauty of good design. The DIO, the institute states on its website, "takes part in the event in part to celebrate this focus on design, and also to raise money to support its goal of assisting and educating the visually impaired—helping them to maintain independence and dignity, while learning how to live a satisfying and productive life in a sighted world."

    Celebrating the role of design

    One of the event's first-time sponsors—Germany-based advanced-materials supplier Covestro—was also a first-time exhibitor in the auto show's Automobili-D exhibit area, and the only plastics producer exhibiting at the event. Its support "underscores the key role that design plays in turning the future of mobility into a functional, beautiful reality," said Paul Platte, senior marketing manager for automotive.

    Best Production Vehicle award. Photo: John Skabardonis

    Color me 'Sahara' bronze

    Meantime, sponsor Axalta, made some news of its own, as well. The former DuPont Performance Coatings introduced its fifth Automotive Color of the Year. The 2019 hue it chose is called Sahara, a golden bronze tone, that Axalta says, "radiates warmth, richness and strength for vehicles of all sizes—especially the expanding global truck and SUV markets—and can serve as the principal color for two-tone possibilities including black roofs."

    Yellow/gold vehicles are most popular in India and China, the company noted, while brown/beige vehicles increased in North America more than any other region. And for the first time in its five-year history, Axalta says its Automotive Color of the Year is showcasing a color primed for vehicle customization both at manufacturing facilities and in the aftermarket.


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    Ti Chang wearing Crave's Vesper vibrator necklace. Photo: Catalina Kulczar.

    Ti Chang is the co-founder and VP of Design of Crave, a company that aims to bring luxury and inclusive design to the sex toy industry. 

    This week, we were disappointed—but not surprised—to learn that the noted Consumer Electronics Show (CES) revoked an Innovation Award they'd given to a sex toy startup. We got the same rejection in 2017 when Crave applied to exhibit at the show. Their official stance is that we are considered "adult entertainment—a category they do not showcase at CES." Unofficially, however, we know this is not true: at CES 2018, a literal sex doll was shown on the floor of CES and AR porn for men was allowed this year, but when an innovative vibrator is banned, this presents a clear double standard.

    As an industrial designer who works on products that improve everyday lives, I believe strongly that sexual pleasure is a core part of the human experience, and that the products people use to enhance their pleasure and connect with others are as important, relevant, and meaningful as any other consumer product.

    So it's simply absurd that the leading industry showcases can't keep up with the rest of the country—and increasingly the world at large—that are eager to acknowledge pleasure as part of the human experience. When mainstream retailers from Bergdorf Goodman to Urban Outfitters showcase our products next to other beautiful accessories, why is CES so far behind?

    Lora DiCarlo's Osé received a CES Innovation Award, but the trade show revoked the honor soon after.
    "We see sex used to sell everything from hard drives to hamburgers—everything except the sort of products that actually empower people to explore and express their sexual wellbeing."

    To be clear, it's not just CES. The tech community at large, from Facebook to Pinterest and beyond has a set of policies that show a consistent bias against sexual pleasure—well, a consistent bias against female pleasure, that is. On social media, our promoted posts and advertisements are constantly rejected from these platforms, but we see ads for Viagra, lingerie, and other products aimed at male desire all the time. And of course we see sex used to sell everything from hard drives to hamburgers—everything except the sort of products that actually empower people to explore and express their sexual wellbeing.

    It's ironic that these tech companies, who generally tout themselves as progressive and forward thinking, are so far behind the times when it comes to acknowledging pleasure as a vital part of the human experience. Whether they know it or not, these major gatekeepers are perpetuating the shame around female pleasure. To remove this taboo, we think these conversations must take place on larger public stages, which we have worked to bring to mainstream media, world class museums, and events like SXSW. It is in part why we are perplexed that CES, who plays such a crucial role in showcasing innovations that are changing the world, would selectively prohibit brands like Crave that focus on innovation so fundamental to the human experience.

    As a prominent voice in sex toy design, I am often asked what the future of sex toys look like. I think it's less about what sex toys look like, per se, but how we redefine our relationships with our bodies to give ourselves permission to touch, love, and play with ourselves. I think the future of sex is a world with more information where we better understand our bodies. Sure, perhaps it would be interesting if you could have sex with a mermaid robot hologram (and maybe you will be able to), but the most transformative future would be in removing the stigma so we can actually better know ourselves and connect with each other. Because all the sex robots or widgets are not going to change much if we believe pleasure is shameful and taboo.


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    What would a clothing collection based on the principles of good industrial design look like? That's what esteemed industrial designer Konstantin Grcic set out to discover during his collaboration with performance sportswear brand Aeance

    The result? It's sleek. It's minimal. It's tailored. It's functional. It's sophisticated. It's made from mostly recycled textiles. It's almost meme-worthy how spot on Grcic portrays the elevated aesthetic every industrial designer aspires to achieve in order to stunt on people at [insert name of cool city] Design Week.

    You can imagine exactly what this person's apartment looks like, which tote bag they carry and what style of Common Projects they have on rotation (obviously these). But alas, the clothing is too beautiful to make fun of, so I'll exercise some restraint and silently hit that refresh button until it releases.

    You can learn more about the collection via Aeance's Instagram. Once it releases, you'll be able to purchase it here. I hope all you designers will take a walk on the ~wild side~ and start wearing some pops of color for a change.