This Skateboard is No Good

Folding a skateboard in half is ludicrous. Who Jin-Seok Hwang? Yes. What foolishness to make such a thing-but wait! This thang might actually work. Look, it’s got a folding mechanism that clicks secure when in use, one of the trucks is adjustable for when the board is in folded mode, and it looks mighty shiny! Notice anything under the board you’d find to fret about? I do.

No more boardslides for you! But considering this skateboard as more of a getting-around board, then, then maybe it’s alright. Also the adjustable truck: more trick opportunities? Or less?

Below: this board concept was sourced from the NG Boards website. They are a concept blog, like Yanko Design, but for skateboards exclusively. Below is their wacky manifesto. I suggest a full read!

NG boards is a blog for skateboards with all original content produced
by NYC designers – started in 2009 as a creative haven and outlet from
the highly ordered corporate culture which they disguise for to pay
the rent.

Founded and run in Downtown Manhattan, the collaborating artists and
designers have a range of background experience, ranging from
automotive and product design and manufacturing to corporate branding
and identity design.

Some of the boards will be produced and others exist only as concepts,
but the aim is to produce next level skateboards.

NG means ‘No Good’

People are so quick to be critical over new creative ideas, they are
so quick to call anything they don’t understand ‘stupid’ ‘lame’ or ‘No
Good’, so NG Boards beat the half-wit critics to the punch

POW!

Designer: Jin-Seok Hwang of NG Boards

22 Comments

  • FLX says:

    This is a really cool looking board – get rid of that unnecessary folding mechanism (its not more portable when folded!) and you got a winner!

  • Henrique Staino says:

    I thought the exact same thing about this piece:
    It doesn’t get more portable when folded.

    • Chris Burns says:

      im right with you there, except when it’s folded like this, it can fit inside a backpack – which, if you’re in highschool or college, can be important

      • Henrique Staino says:

        Imagine a hard piece of sandpaper wich have been consistently stepped on (think of dog shit and all kinds of digusting things). now, do you want to have that IN your bakcpack?
        Not to mention that with that size, it would take most of the space of a common school backpack.

        I still prefer to carry my board outside my backpack, held by some stripes.

  • MadCow says:

    well… if space saving is the issue then the hinge does not add or take away any value… but from a functional stand point, product during use, there is the fact that you can’t do any grinds or hand grabs with this thing… not to mention a well placed kick flip might just fold it in half… for casual skaters… why not… for the trick fiends out there… this is a safety hazard..

  • ron says:

    That is the lamest idea ever. making a skateboard more portable is lame. Its like the folding bike but worse. Riding this would not only be dangerous, but also extremely lame. How are people going to afford this? Skateboarding now are too expensive. Paying $50 bucks for a deck already sucks. This board would never be a trick board or even a board for transportation… So pretty much its a board that can fold up and sit somewhere? Pretty useless to me.

    • Jason says:

      You’re right about the price of skateboards. This thing would cost so much and anyone that skates doesnt mind carrying their board the old fashion way.

      The wheels have too many bolts, these are like car rims. Skate wheels have one bolt and trust me you dont need more. Imagine changing one of these wheels. Its not a bad concept though, just need to rethink some things.

  • dude says:

    beside that no one was waiting for a foldable skateboard, this concept lacks of understanding the way of skateboarding and it’s lifestyle.
    As mentioned above, how would you do some grinds with that thing? This is only one example…

    It’s not really about the price or that the hinge is not the best reason to make it more portable. It’s about designing a product which lost it’s main function it was purposed for – skateboarding.

    Am I too serious? :)

  • Martin says:

    A skateboard is meant to ride, not to be carried!

  • John91 says:

    Most modern answering machines have a system for greeting. ,

  • lornzo says:

    hmm it seeems like it just might be sligsier to stuff it into a bag or locker but thats not portable besides that folding mechanisim will get in the way of doing tricks….

  • Step-design says:

    This basically nullifies the ability to do the trick boardslide and most flip tricks would be very unconfortable to pull. Big Ollies are basically non existant. The wheels and truck system are also inefficient, even the kingpin is missing which makes turning sideways impossible, and yeah, too many bolts. Also the board is flat when most of them are curved, this guy should have checked a real skareboard before creating a concept likes this. Way too many flaws.

    I (as a product designer and fellow skateboarder) don´t think it´s near neccesary. It complicates the handling and as everyone already said, it doesn´t get any more portable. This is an example where Mies van der Rohe´s phrase come into play: Less is more.

    A bad idea well designed it´s still a bad idea. Cool renders aren´t enough.

  • Step-design says:

    This basically nullifies the ability to do the trick boardslide and most flip tricks would be very unconfortable to pull. Big Ollies are basically non existant. The wheels and truck system are also inefficient, even the kingpin is missing which makes turning sideways impossible, and yeah, too many bolts. Also the board is flat when most of them are curved, this guy should have checked a real skareboard before creating a concept likes this. Way too many flaws.

    I (as a product designer and fellow skateboarder) dont think its near neccesary. It complicates the handling and as everyone already said, it doesnt get any more portable. This is an example where Mies van der Rohes phrase come into play: Less is more.

    A bad idea well designed its still a bad idea. Cool renders arent enough.

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