Red Dot Awards: Design Concept and Yanko Design Party Hard - Part 1

Red Dot Awards: Design Concept and Yanko Design Party Hard – Part 1

As the jury member of the 2014 Red Dot Awards: Design Concept, Yanko Design’s Takashi Yamada was asked why he focuses on concept design so much. His answer was simple, finished products are not as innovative as concept designs. It’s all about the imagination and inspiration that goes behind creating a great product. The key words – inspiration, imagination and innovation can lead to path-breaking Product Design. As always, we were there at Singapore to cover the 2014 Awarding Ceremony.

CKIE: Shop Till You Drop Without Breaking The Bank - 20% Off On ALL Products

CKIE: Shop Till You Drop Without Breaking The Bank – 20% Off On ALL Products

There are three different kinds of shoppers: Avid Shoppers, Hate-them Shoppers and Smart Shoppers. This holiday season; let’s make sure ALL of us are Smart Shoppers! This means getting gifts for loved ones without breaking the bank! CKIE, our online store, features innovative designs that are exclusive and hard-to-find. As a giving gesture, it is running a special 20% Discount is on all items. I’ve picked my Top 10 from the list; however feel free to check the entire collection here.

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In Case Of Fire – Get Air Pocket

In Case Of Fire – Get Air Pocket

One of the main causes of death during a fire-related emergency is not burns but asphyxiations from gas. The Air Pocket is a device that purifies the air by processing the poisonous air and converting it to safe-to-breathe air. The rescue team simply needs to throw in a bunch of the Air Pocket balls and let them do their job!

0 Designers: Seam Lee and Young Jo In

The Mighty Powerful Leaf

The Mighty Powerful Leaf

Inspired by the process of photosynthesis and the ability of leaves to make food for the plant, designer duo Hyosang Pak and Dongseong Jeong have designed this sweet Leaf-shaped Solar Charger for mobile phones. The solar cells are placed on one surface of the leaf and this side sticks to the window glass to soak in the sun. Once charges, simply pull the ‘leaf’ and latch it onto the back of your dying phone and juice it up.

0 Designers: Hyosang Pak and Dongseong Jeong

Let’s Bottle It Up!

Let’s Bottle It Up!

The Balloon Plug is a great bottle cap that is versatile enough to fit any bottle. It has a very special way of sealing the neck and opens only when you release the special valve. Take a look at the renders to see how beautifully it works and can be adapted to different caliber bottles.

0 Designers: Xu Hao, Zhao Xin, Wu Chengyang and Lin Zihan

Senior Phones

Senior Phones

With a name like “No hint will be lost on a kindred spirit”, you’d expect me to write a poem or an essay, but I’m actually going to write about an easy-to-use phone and communication system that is designed for the older generation. Besides being this really cool bracelet, the device monitors the health and mood of the wearer. It can be used as an effective communication tool that helps people stay in touch, and keep an eye on their health at one go.

0 Designers: Various

Safer With The City Firefly

Safer With The City Firefly

Designed as a bicycle chain lock system, the City Firefly doubles up as a safety gear for cyclists. Blending fashion with functionality is clever and what makes this concept stand out is the ease with which one can move from one space to the other. According to the designers, the concept was “inspired by fireflies, which use their flashing lights to signal and warn of danger in a beautiful way.”

0 Designers: Takeshima Kazuyoshi and Uchima Rosa for TBWA, HAKUHODO

Confessions of a Coffee Addict

Confessions of a Coffee Addict

Like most of you, I’m a coffee addict and love to carry my java with me. The problem with most cuppa joe’s is that they don’t provide for instant gratification, aka brewing on the go. The Nomad Coffee Maker rectifies the situation by being this portable maker that taken in the coffee filter on one end and dispenses the brew into the other (or any cup/container). Practical in its approach, the design also includes a USB connection to power the maker via your laptop or wall socket. Very Clever!

0 Designer: Antoine Beynel

Meet The First Aid Blanket

Meet The First Aid Blanket

I love the world of inspiration, imagination and concept design! How else is it possible that we have two strikingly similar concepts, designed by teams that are geographically poles apart and both go on to win prestigious design awards. Take a look at the First Aid Cover by Jussi Koskimäki here, now come back and review the First Aid Blanket. Jussi bagged the prestigious Braun Prize, while the Asian team has bagged the Red Dot Awards. To be honest I love them both, because of their practical approach at guiding lay people in first aid.

0 Designers: Various

In The Mood For A New Laptop?

In The Mood For A New Laptop?

Love this refreshing design for a laptop by Antoine Beynel. It’s got that sexy aluminum finish and neat keys on the keyboard. What makes it stand apart is the customizable integrated sleeve that becomes a part of the computer. This ways you can protect your laptop and carry it with ease. Another striking feature is the way the ports on the side can be hidden and protected while traveling. Very cool!

0 Designer: Antoine Beynel

This is the Samsung Galaxy S6

This is the Samsung Galaxy S6

Based on the creative inputs from their community, the 91mobiles team has drafted their version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Smartphone. The flagship concept features innovations like faux-leather back panel and 20 – Megapixel, ISOCELL rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, Optical Image stabilization and 4K Video recording. All of it oozes with sexiness and makes this a tempting offer. Hot the jump for more pics and drool-worthy specs.

0 Designer: 91mobiles

New Skin ... Faster Than Ever

New Skin … Faster Than Ever

The ReSkin Device is an innovative medical tool that can help burn victims make recovery faster with the help of skin grafts. Essentially, stem cells are harvested and then made to grow as skin in a special incubator. This special formula is then sprayed onto the victim requiring the graft. The time taken for the initial process is under two hours, which is significantly faster than the current methods. What is interesting is that the entire healing process takes about a week and is relatively painless. Super!

0 Designer: Martin Duhayon

Neat Pair of Headphones

Neat Pair of Headphones

Headphones these days are either over packed with features or over packed with design. Finding a pair that balances the two is quite difficult. When Grain Audio announced their Over Ear Headphones (OEHP.01), we at Yanko Design got quite excited, because here was a pair that offered impeccable acoustics, superb design and a complete Sonic Experience. The equation balances just beautifully!

0 Designer: Grain Audio [ Buy it Here ]

The Camp All-rounder

The Camp All-rounder

Love this idea of making things compact and portable, especially with camping gear. So what we have here is the 2 In1 Walkie-Talkie Audio, it is basically an LED Flashlight, Bluetooth Speaker and SOS GPS Locator Device, rolled into one. It syncs with your mobile phone and can be used as independent products. The concept works as a walkie-talkie, where the Flashlight communicates with the base and can be used in emergency situations to locate with those gone astray.

0 Designers: Jesung Kim, Jeon Sung-su, Kim Ki-Pil and Ku Ja-Yun

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