Stuff that Looks good, Feels good and Works (sometimes)
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works“ - Steve Jobs
Think about how many cumulative hours you’ve wasted with pens in your lifetime. You’ve spun them; you’ve drummed them; you’ve unscrewed them and launched their tops off like little rockets. And when it comes to fiddling, this magnetic pen is a quantum leap beyond your standard plastic Bic.
Polar, as the wonder pen is called, is a writing implement made of 12 neodymium magnets. But according to Andrew Gardner, the man behind the design, distraction was never the goal. “It wasn’t intended to be something to fiddle with,” he says. “I don’t like calling it a toy.” Indeed, the unique design does offer some functional benefits. It allows for a stylus tip to be hidden in the body itself, for one thing. It also lets the owner customize the implement to his or her desired size. The pen, which can be preordered for about $40, was intended to be a “modular platform where you can add new tips and new cartridges,” Gardner explains. It’s “a really organic platform for creativity.”
Gardner, who works as Indiedesign in Waterloo, Ontario, has been fascinated with magnets since a young age. He’s been an avid disassembler of pens for just as long. When those two passions converged earlier this year, he knew he was onto something right away. “You’d think it was more of a progression, but it wasn’t actually,” he says. He found it to be an elegant solution even before he figured out all of its, erm, extracurricular potential; the magnets hold everything together, so it requires no screws and no glue. “When I first came up with the design,” Gardner explains, “I actually did a lot of looking around, like, ‘how has nobody ever done something like this. This has to be done by somebody, so I better go do it.’”
Save your pets from loneliness! Watch, talk and play laser games with your furry friends through the mobile app anytime, anywhere.
Long distance relationships rarely work out. It goes with people, the same applies to pets. When you have that special bond with your cat or dog it’s heartbreaking to lose touch with them. Petcube brings people closer to their furry loved ones. As long as there are some bars on your smartphone you can check on your pet from any part of the globe. Through the built-in wide angle camera you can see your pet. You can have a conversation with her using speakers and microphone. But Petcube goes much further. It gives you a controlled laser pointer to bring the fun times with your pet to a whole new level.
It’s quite simple: we love pets and pets love lasers. And us, of course. It’s not all fun and games though. Petcube is a perfect tool to keep your buddy fit in case you don’t have enough time for long walks and special training. Support Petcube on Kickstarter.
Matali crasset has designed a neighborhood grocery shop for toulouse university. Initiated by CNOUS*, ‘Mini M’ has been conceived as part of a larger project that focusses on the availability of food services within student environments. The study has also given rise to the ‘mini R’, a concept which is alternatively centered around providing a place to eat. Graphic design agency praline, assisted by dominique serre from terres nuages is behind the ideation of the branding of the two ventures.
Drawing its name from its size, with the M unmistakably referring to its role as a market, ‘mini M’ fulfills the need for convenient shopping hubs in areas away from city centres and major retail zones. It has been envisioned to pop out from the conservative concrete architecture of the student housing that surrounds it, painted primarily in green and orange, with white and turquoise accents, clearly defining its role as an extension of student life, while spontaneously creating a confirmed identity for itself.
Sound1 is a minimalist speaker designed by cloudandco, and produced by South Korean-based company 11+. The 11+ Sound1 Speaker pairs with Bluetooth-enabled portable devices and computers to provide beautifully clear and crisp stereo sound. After listening to the Sound1s, I can attest to the fact that the sound quality is this speaker’s best characteristic.
When not in use, the cables are stored inconspicuously within the empty space at the bottom of the speakers. There is a slight angle at the bottom edge of the speaker, which allows you to tilt the Sound1 towards you. With its minimalist design and ambient LED lighting, the Sound1 Speaker delivers both a visually pleasing and enjoyable auditory experience. The Sound1 Speaker can be played continuously for 20 hours on mid-level volume.
Ideal for public spaces, Runway’s universal units can be configured in endless variations to suit your specific needs. Designed by Busk + Hertzog, their signature stitching details and unique canted angles add an unexpected element to the series’ dynamic and crowd-pleasing adaptability. Use one of the standard configurations as a template or combine the standard components to create a layout of your own.
Traditionally fruit gets stored in a bowl leaving them to get bruised and moldy as you forget about them over time. Now there’s Fruit-Wall, a minimal wall shelf that takes your fruit from the bowl and displays and stores it neatly on the wall. The Fruit-Wall gives you unlimited options and space to lay everything out so not only can your fruit breathe, it can add a beautiful bit of natural color to your kitchen.
The simple shelves give you and your family easy access to healthy fruits and veggies because they’re at eye level and easy to grab. It also makes it easy to see at a glance what you’re out of and might need to stock up on. As much as I love how handy and functional it is, I must admit I really love the ways you can display your food having all the vibrant colors arranged neatly. It’s like a constantly changing art piece for your kitchen!
Two students with a passion for jewelry and hacking did the impossible: They built a ring that doubles as a subway farecard and got legal clearance to use it on the Boston T.
Edward Tiong and Olivia Seow’s 3-D printed Sesame Ring features an embedded RFID chip compatible with the Boston MBTA’s CharlieCard (a rechargeable farecard similar to existing ones on the Washington D.C. Metro, the New York/New Jersey PATH, and the San Francisco/Oakland BART). Instead of fishing a farecard out of a wallet, pocket, or bag, a user simply swipes their ring at a turnstile and refills it either online or at a vending machine. The pair are students at the Singapore University of Technology and Design who developed the MBTA ring as exchange students at MIT.
Tiong and Seow’s company, The Ring Theory, recently raised $19,000 (well over the designers’ initial $5,000 goal) on Kickstarter, offering customizable rings for $17 each. Ring Theory’s initial design, shown above, is likened by the creators to a “wearable CharlieCard.”
In order to add money to their transit ring, users simply press their accessory to an MBTA vending machine, which adds rides as if it were a normal farecard. Tiong says in promotional materials: “We are not inventing anything new or cutting edge. We are looking at the most common technology that has been around for a long time, and saying, hey maybe we can do something different with this.”
‘Contrast’, the experimental lighting collection by french designer Julien Carretero for Victor Hunt Gallery, explores the inherent physical characteristics within various metals such as bronze, copper and stainless steel. The series is a play on weights, colours, textures and illuminating patterns using industrially produced pipes as raw material. A simple plane cut is processed in order to convert these industrial elementary supplies into different lighting object typologies. CNC-milled, laser-cut or crafted openings reveal the insides of the tubes in opposition to their exterior. The final pieces are reinforced through the use of numerous surface treatments ranging from standard lacquering, anodizing, polishing and brushing techniques to crafted patinas and natural oxidations.
Gallery libby sellers presents ‘sinkhole vessels’ by liliana ovalle and colectivo 1050º a series of black containers that stand as a a portrayal of those voids that emerge abruptly from the ground, dissolving their surroundings into an irretrievable space. Each piece is suspended within a wooden frame, alluding to a cross section of the ground that reveals the hidden topographies. The clay shapes (a limited edition of ten) are based in local archetypes for utilitarian pottery, were crafted by local ceramists from tlapazola, oaxaca using ancestral techniques and skills that are struggling to find a place in the contemporary global landscape. By making reference to different process of extinction, the sinkhole project aims to reflect and extend the permanence of what seems to be inevitably falling into a void. Part of the program of the london design festival 2013, the works will be on show until october 5th, 2013.
AppSeed lets you take your sketches and make them into functioning prototypes, bridging the gap between pen/paper and digital, through computer vision. It allows you to sketch your designs as you normally would and then manipulate your sketches directly on your phone. Unlike similar products, the use of computer vision speeds up the process and understands your sketches. AppSeed can identify an enclosed space in your sketch, allowing you to make it into a button, input text, map, or another UI element. Making your sketch into a functioning prototype running on your phone.
AppSeed uses computer vision to make the process of going from a sketch to a prototype faster and smarter. Using OpenCV, AppSeed:
- Captures your sketched design
- Identifies contained areas of your sketch and allows you to make them into a number of UI elements, including: Buttons | Maps | Streetview | Form text inputswith more to be added based on your feedback
- Allows you to run the prototype on your mobile device
- Allows you to share the prototype as an HTML5 prototype with others
- Send the designs to a layered Photoshop file for editing
Sketch your designs on paper as you normally would. Capture your designs through your phone camera. This is where AppSeed starts to do some of the heavy lifting. It uses computer vision to automatically crop your design to the designated area, and isolate each drawn element. With your elements now isolated, you can interact with them. You can move them or make them function as the UI element you want them to be. Test your design on the phone and edit it in Photoshop through PS Connection. This creates a Photoshop document that has all your drawn elements on their own layers, giving you the pixel perfect control to move your design into the next stages of production.
Pre order the app on Kickstarter now.
How could you not be happy when writing with these Rainbow Pencils created by designer Duncan Shotton? I dare you not to smile as you sharpen these and create your very own rainbows. These are not only super fun, they’re practical (hello, we all write stuff down, don’t we?) and they’re made from layers of recycled paper so no new trees are cut down. Win-win!
Each pencil has a six-layer core made up of rainbow colors and finished in either black or white. Each set comes with five pencils and you can get your very own by jumping in on his Kickstarter campaign right now. They don’t write in rainbow colors and instead your standard pencil color making them usable for all occasions.
L-INK is reduced to its simplest expression lamp, a graphic object that is on and off by folding.
Single sheet of paper covered with conductive ink which is the graphics circuit scattered light, the object losing its thickness becomes a magical dimension, halfway between light post and wall cloud.
Manufacturing becomes obvious printing, cutting, gluing, folding, allowing everyone to become a producer of its object.
- Graphic Design
- Industrial Design