The Electrolux Smoothie Bar is Open!

The Electrolux Smoothie Bar is Open!

Want a sneak-peek into the appliance giant Electrolux’s Head Quarters in Stockholm? Now is your chance; they are currently running the live streaming of the Smoothie Bar, an open viewing channel where twice a day they have cool people giving interviews and employees come and chill out, grab a smoothie or juice. The promo is for their Powermix Silent – the quietest blender ever. So to prove their point, the juice bar will be operational in the background, while the presenter asks Henrik Otto the importance of design.

0 Smoothie Bar is open May 23 to May 27, CET 9.00 – 17.00

In One Week, This Apple iPad 2 can be Yours!

In One Week, This Apple iPad 2 can be Yours!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Skye Burgess Selbiger for winning the iPad2!

We are on the final leg of the Win an Apple iPad 2 Just for Liking, and the countdown has begun. In exactly a week from now we will be announcing the winner from the project most liked on CKIE. In case you’re wondering about the status of your favorite CKIE project, then allow me to help you out. Here is a recap of the TOP 5 CKIE projects with the most Facebook Likes. If you want to win, then network and make sure that your fav project wins the top-spot! Rules can be found here.

Solidify Your Creativity To Win Fame and $5000!

Solidify Your Creativity To Win Fame and $5000!

I envy you designers and your creative flair when using 3-D software like solidThinking. Some of those natural renders are so amazing that you can actually win some worthy accolades! For sure it’s that time of the year when solidThinking is running their Design Competition! The only thing standing between you and $5,000 USD, a solidThinking 8.5 Inspired commercial license, is you creative intent! Hit the jump for Rules and Info.

0 Competition Closes: September 30, 2011, 11:59 pm ET

Win an Apple iPad 2 Just for Liking!

Win an Apple iPad 2 Just for Liking!

Thinner, lighter and faster, the Apple iPad 2 is on people’s wishlists for plenty of reasons here’s your chance to WIN one! The rules of the game are simple and involve socializing of the Facebook kind. A lucky fan from the first project on CKIE that gets 1000 Facebook “Like’s”, stands a chance at winning the iPad 2! The odds are in your favor.

0 Contest Ends: 1000 "Likes" or May 31st, 11:59 pm PST, whichever first

Nooka Great Egghunt Winner Announced!

Nooka Great Egghunt Winner Announced!

Congrats to Callum Collie. You’ve won a prize pack valued up to $500 from Nooka. Thank you to everyone who entered. We received over a thousand entries and most of you correctly located where the 5 eggs were. Big ups and HUGE thanks to our friends at Nooka. There’s more to come from them very soon so keep your eyes peeled.

0 Sponsor: Nooka

ALEX Reusable Bottle Winners!

ALEX Reusable Bottle Winners!

Thanks to everyone (300+) who pledged never to buy plastic bottled water again. Even if you didn’t win, I urge you to keep to your pledge. Thanks to our sponsor Nice Reusables. Here are the 5 winners. Please send me your mailing address along with which ALEX Bottle color you prefer to long.tran (at) yankodesign (dot) com.

Aaron M Gould, Marco Klobas, Jake Hayden, Naomi Shapiro, Brian Lange

0 Sponsor: Nice Reusables

UPDATE: Deckster iPod nano Time Piece

UPDATE: Deckster iPod nano Time Piece

The Deckster iPod nano Time Piece is available for Pre-order on CKIE, only for the next 48-hours! The time to ensure your piece at a very special CKIE price is NOW!

There are a handful of iPod nano accessories that turn the venerable nano into a proper watch but all of them come with caveats. I appreciate when designers not only address the aesthetic values of design, but also the manufacturing ethos they purport.

0 Designers: Chrys and Dom Coballe on CKIE

UPDATE: Black Diamond Dock is 100% Funded!

UPDATE: Black Diamond Dock is 100% Funded!

Many Thanks all you lovely people! Your support has translated into the Black Diamond Project being 100% funded. This success is all because of you guys, CHEERS!

This is no ordinary iPhone dock. The Black Diamond exudes a sense of richness and mystery. Think of it as 3D interactive mood lighting powered by a free iOS app. The dock itself is the receptacle. The magic happens when you slide in an iPhone/iPod Touch.

We Officially Launch CKIE.COM

We Officially Launch CKIE.COM

One of the great joys of writing for YD is the opportunity to see how designers envisage the future. Your ideas, concepts and even comments piece together a tapestry rich in optimism but one of the most commonly asked questions are “where can I buy it?” Because of your enthusiasm for design, I want to officially announce the launch of CKIE.COM, a new way to empower you to pioneer innovation.

0 Explore your CKIE

Best of Best – Red Dot Product Design 2011

Best of Best – Red Dot Product Design 2011

I can give you hundreds of definitions of what is a good design, right from Dieter Rams to Jonny Ive. The bottom line I think is just this, a good design is what appeals to the individual at that particular moment and if it solves a purpose for him/her, then even better! Red Dot Product Design is one jury that looks at all the angles and aspects of a design. For 2011 they have summed up their Best of Best designs and here is a small recap of my pick – 21 Good Designs in all!

0 Designers: Various

Not Afraid of Color, Interview with Karim Rashid

Not Afraid of Color, Interview with Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid is one of the most prolific designers today. He has over 3000 products in production, countless awards and an ever growing list of collaborations; exhibitions, restaurants, banks, automative and electronic companies to name a few. He is an enigmatic designer with accessible taste. That’s a rare and precious combination. There’s something rebellious about his vision, yet refined. His bold aesthetic and penchant for pushing boundaries makes him worthy of a singular moniker – Karim.

0 Designer: Karim Rashid

Win an ALEX Bottle!

Win an ALEX Bottle!

I know it’s hard to embrace being “lean and green” in this new eco-culture but there’s one thing you can do to help and that’s to stop using plastic water bottles. It takes 24 million gallons of oil to produce a billion plastic bottles. 80% are not recycled and take 700 years to decompose. The deadly BPA compound in these bottles is found to be extremely hazardous and already banned in some countries. We’ve teamed up with Nice Reusables to giveaway 5 of their ALEX bottles if you make us a promise. Hit the jump for details.

0 Sponsor: Nice Reusables, Commenting closed. Thanks!

Most Buzzed Designs of March 2011

Most Buzzed Designs of March 2011

After a long hiatus I’m back with the most promising and talked about designs featured here on Yanko Design. Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in March 2011

0 Designers: Various