The “Good” in Good Design Award

The “Good” in Good Design Award

The short of it is that The Good Design Award registrations are open and the deadline for entries is June 3, 2015 – So hurry and Apply Now! In case you need convincing … read the long of it … my trip to Japan and first hand experience of the Awards, the Jury and the Exhibition at Tokyo Midtown. The journey of the awards kicked off as a benchmark for the industrialized Japan, however, over the last decade or so, the focus has shifted to include consumer goods and everyday items. This opens doors for young companies and designers from the world over to participate.

0 Deadline: June 3, 2015

The Sticky Feet Flex Mount

The Sticky Feet Flex Mount

The best thing since the selfie stick, GekkoPod is the must-have photography accessory for smartphones, cameras, GoPros and more! Just like the lizard, the versatile design’s four feet can grab on to almost any fixture in a number of positions so you get the perfect shot each time. Flexible, lightweight, portable, universal and totally lovable!

0 Designers: Gal & Boaz Zucker

One Photogenic Pinhole Cam

One Photogenic Pinhole Cam

The smartphone has made everyone and their mother a photographer, but the ONDU Pinhole Cameras Mk II are a fresh take on an old technology that will actually put your skills to the test. Crafted from locally harvested, FSC certified walnut and maple wood with laser engraved details, its both functional and ornamental. Unlike your digital cams and smartphones, it’s also an heirloom that you can keep passing down. Jump to the vid for all the cool features —>

0 Designer: ONDU

The Car I'd Like to Bang - Version 2.0

The Car I’d Like to Bang – Version 2.0

From the designer of the sexy Ferrari Celeritas , the Ferrari Celeritas 2.0 is a more refined, realistic evolution of its far-out cousin. But that doesn’t mean it’s not wild… just tamer. Without a doubt, you’ll find its proportions, dimensions and overall style more familiar… but it’s a hard decision as to which you’ll like better!

0 Designer: Aldo H Schurmann

Glow on the go

Glow on the go

I love products that are simple in their intended purpose. Not every product needs to be as complex as a hadron collider, does it? The iGlow CageB is a simple add-on to your bicycle. Its purpose? to make your water/beverage bottle glow at night. Why? Well, why not! I know it’s taking the phrase “travel light” a little too literally, but personally, it’s a scintillating idea!

0 Designer: Topeak

The Bare Chair

The Bare Chair

We zip-line through life stopping only to click pictures of nature’s abundant beauty for our Instagram. No one pauses to stare at the sunset anymore. Or sit amongst towering trees. The Leano chair is the perfect accessory for people who want to encourage the wanderlust within them. Just simply a wooden frame and fabric, it’s a lovely recliner stripped down to the bare essentials, finally occupying the same amount of space as a closed umbrella, when packed.

0 Designer: Nik Lorbeg

Hindu for Hipsters

Hindu for Hipsters

“Hindu Tales – Souvenirs of a Future” aims to question the interactions of spirituality and technology. It focuses on Hindu devotees and imagines how they could use new tech in their religious practices. Presented in a tryptic of three “fragments”, the projects consists of traditional props that have been updated with sensory receptors and visual notifications so information on an emotional level can be shared between loved ones in other places. Jump to the vid to see it in action!

0 Designer: Anne Couvert-Castéra

One Smart Pendant Garden

One Smart Pendant Garden

The Babylon Garden brings us closer to nature – with sheer simplicity. Plants are suspended in a cycling nutrient enriched clay-based soil solution that provides the perfect conditions for fast and healthy growth. Sensors detect the levels of Ethylene, so when the fruit, vegetable or herb is ripe or ready to eat, notifications are sent to your Nest app so you can harvest and enjoy the freshest home-grown food!

0 Designer: Jessica Carver

The Mighty Mouse Ergo-mod

The Mighty Mouse Ergo-mod

However beautiful, the Mighty Mouse’s diminutive size is a total pain for many people. The Harmony Magic Mouse support brings together unique functionality and comfort in a unified aesthetic design solution. Addressing the ergonomic challenges of the Magic Mouse, the Harmony supports its benefits while reducing hand strain, specifically in the problem area of the outer 2 fingers. Simply snap it to the feet of the mouse to give your hand the ergonomic support it needs.

0 Designer: Mike Loveless/Bridge Factory

Excellent Earthenware

Excellent Earthenware

Benjamin Hubert’s “Canisters” series of large ceramic centerpieces stems from the studio’s research in creating mass-produced products with unique details by manipulating the traditional ceramic manufacturing process. Each of the vessels takes it shape from the archetypical industrial canister form, counterbalanced with a decorative seam detail. The soft pastel colors and matte glaze are sympathetic to the forms and keep focus on the decorative seam elements.

0 Designer: Benjamin Hubert

Plastic Fighting Plastic Waste!

Plastic Fighting Plastic Waste!

The CauseBottle is a stainless steel water bottle that triggers users to rethink their daily consumption. The design features a graphic indication printed on the lid that shows how many traditional disposable water bottles equal the volume of plastic used in the lid. It’s a simplistic yet highly effective reminder to be carbon-footprint-concious!

0 Designer: Jacob Stanton

The Global Projected Satellite

The Global Projected Satellite

Because of the great area they must cover on foot, hikers often find the screens of traditional hiking GPS devices too small to properly navigate terrain. As you might’ve guessed from the name, the Project Hiking GPS aims to solve this problem with a projected map instead of permanent screen. Simply aim and point on any surface like rocks, trees or the ground to see an enhanced, larger map that can be color adjusted for easy viewing. Ergonomically shaped to fit the hand, it’s also rugged and durable for tough outdoor use.

0 Designer: Erin Glaberson

H2O Enlightenment

H2O Enlightenment

The Enliten Tap has 3 revolutionary features that together help reduce user’s overall water consumption. The first is an integrated induction heating system that is capable of providing instantaneous hot water and varying degrees of cooler water- this means less water wasted from waiting. An RGB LED illuminates the water flow to match temperature so users can SEE temp before feeling it. Lastly, an LCD screen creates animated patterns that are harmonious in low water use and more distressed on full blast.

0 Designer: Jaré Emile Dippenaar

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