Connext - All-in-one Device by James Zhang

Connext – All-in-one Device by James Zhang

Connext is an all-in-one, flexible smart device that can morph its form to fit the application that it assumes. Combining OLED touch-screen technology with E-paper flexibility, this device can switch to become a mobile phone, computer, multimedia player, watch, physical avatar etc. – virtually and physically.

0 Designer: James Zhang

Plant Growing Book by Eric Zhang

Plant Growing Book by Eric Zhang

Books are always considered as static objects in people’s mind, transferring through words, pictures and imagination they produce. To break this traditional impression, I embed some industrial design elements in this prose florilegium which name is “book on life”. People can plant whatever they like in the left side of the book, they should care for it and watch it grow.

0 Designer: Eric Zhang

One Wrench to Rule Them Each

One Wrench to Rule Them Each

Or twist them all. In the dark! That’s what designer Junjie Zhang has on the brain, that intention in this project. This is a wrench that’s got several settings in one single piece of non-moving metal. One hunk. Tell me about this project, if you know about something similar, because it seems too simple to be true. One wrench, one shape that allows for several bolts to be twisted. Twisted all the way tight.

0 Designer: Junjie Zhang

Twisted and Molded for Sitting

Twisted and Molded for Sitting

The following is an exercise in sculpting. A project of carbon fiber proportions, one made when the designer Allen Chester G. Zhang was experimenting with shapes and materials. The project Zhang set for himself was a chair for hotels and cafes, and indeed that’s what’s appearing in the gallery inside this post. A lovely black and hopefully charcoal gray can be seen in each image. This is a chair made for sitting back and drinking up a cold soda or coffee all day long.

0 Designer: Allen Chester G. Zhang

Express Yourself Through Music

Express Yourself Through Music

Music sharing has increasingly become a way to make new friends and stay in touch but headphones on the market today are generally designed for people to listen to music in isolation. This gives room for innovative headphones like the Wearhaus Arc to disrupt the headphone landscape. What make them stand out are two key features: sharing music in sync via a Bluetooth network and expressing music through colors.

0 Designers: Nelson Zhang and Richie Zeng [ Preorder Here ]

Lean, Mean, Green Machine

Lean, Mean, Green Machine

This racing bike is sure to turn heads whether you’re tearing up the asphalt or carrying it in-hand. This concept by Allen Chester G. Zhang was designed to be easily transported between work and play. It can be stowed quickly as it folds at the center to create a barely-there yet aesthetically pleasing accessory. Unfold to expose it’s natural suspension shape and gear-to-gear spokeless wheels. Fluorescent copper-zinc components add not only to it’s aesthetic appeal but the rider’s safety. The color choices on this model are a beautiful combination.

0 Designer: Allen Chester G. Zhang

M.E.R.M. Flea Market on Wheels

M.E.R.M. Flea Market on Wheels

So you fancy yourself a merchant, yes? How hardcore be you? Delve with me into the wicked world of the flea market, the ice cream truck, and the munch wagon. All three of these certainly have bearing when this vehicle is rode: MERM (Modular Electronic Retail Minivan.) Explore the trade and sale underground. And realize the future as it is brought back above.

0 Designer: Eric Zhang

Never Miss the Key Hole

Never Miss the Key Hole

Lost in the dark! That’s usually what happens when you get home from a long day of working, skateboarding, drinking, whatever! It’s dark outside, you wanna get into your house, but by golly if it isn’t the most difficult thing in the world to get that key aligned with the key hole in order to insert and turn! Here’s the key to this problem. The “V Lock.” It’s got a v. You put the key in the v. You open the door. Perfect.

0 Designer: Junjie Zhang

Human Hives of the Future

Human Hives of the Future

Design Yuhan Zhang imagines cities in 2030 being so congested they require multi-layered transportation systems that divide routes between pedestrian, commercial, and personal use. The system closely resembles a beehive, where individuals serving various tasks can use designated vehicles to get around and complete their missions. At the center of the hive, automated vehicles are dispatched directly to customers. For example, the Beetruck here is a programmable rental truck that’s perfect for transporting cargo.

0 Designer: Yuhan Zhang

Copy Cat

Copy Cat

From boosts in IQ scores to improvements in self esteem,  music is a valuable activity  that can contribute immensely to the development of a child. Copy Cats is an early education tool that brings playtime and learning together in the form of interactive stories, or “cat-tales,” introducing kids to basic music elements such as singing, playing, listening, and even composing. I don’t even think I could resist pushing those cute kitty-cat-buttons.

0 Designer: Robert Zhang

15 Amazing Best of Best red dot award: design concept winner 2012

15 Amazing Best of Best red dot award: design concept winner 2012

It was a glittering night that had all the elements of a perfect evening. The trophies shone bright, the smiles were flashy and young designers sashayed the red carpet with the finesse of a celebrity. October 19th saw the unveiling of the winners of the coveted red dot award: design concept in Singapore. It was an honor to be a part of the celebrations and festivities and be in the company of such creative people. Here is a look at fifteen concepts from the Best of Best list, that took our fancy; including the top-award – the red dot luminary!

So We Survived 2012

So We Survived 2012

And you know what that means right? The Mayans were wrong; the world did not end, but that doesn’t mean the end of natural disasters like floods and tsunami. Which is why it’s better to be prepared than sorry. Look forward to a bright future with preparedness gear like the Defender, which is a ‘sandbag’ for flood control. It contains absorbent recycled paper fiber that becomes heavy when wet. When dry, however, it is lightweight and is easy to handle. Stay safe people!

0 Designers: Teng Xuan, Zhang Mingxi, Yang Zhaonan & Zhen Zhiliang

Interactive 3-D Pets In A Jar

Interactive 3-D Pets In A Jar

I love the Jarpet concept for being an innovative and interactive way of exploring the animal kingdom. Basically the Jar is a 3-D projector that hooks up to the computer. You can download information and the app for a 3-D projected pet that sparks into life when the Jar is turned on. Ideal for chidlen, it can turn into a hub for learning the lifecycle of a butterfly to owning a pet squirrel. Kids can enjoy vivid interactions with it, via multi-sensory technology.

0 Designers: Zhang Di, Zhao Tianji, Ma Yinghui & Cui Minghui

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