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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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YD & red dot award: design concept Partner Up!

YD & red dot award: design concept Partner Up!

red dot design award is a very prestigious design competition and a great resource base for conceptual design. Winning the competition catapults you to instant fame and recognition amongst your peers and the design community. red dot usually has certain benchmarks for submission and registration is one of them. We are now at the regular registration phase and here is an opportunity for you to get a complete fee waiver for pre-judging entries only.

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The Propel Watch Gets a Price Slash

The Propel Watch Gets a Price Slash

You just woke up to one of the best deals ever; Propel Watch by Projects @ YD Store is up for a great price that’s just too good to let it pass by. Don’t just go by the price factor, the oomph is good enough to entice you. Check it out; the watch has a hypnotic display based on how turbines work. The second hand’s turbine blades expose a heartbeat pattern which hides the red face and creates a mesmerizing display of constant motion. These blades cover and reveal the hands, a reminder that every second contains the seeds of change.

0 Prices Slashed from $115 to $69.95 [ Available Here ]

Ten Innovative Ways to do the Laundry

Ten Innovative Ways to do the Laundry

Ask anyone what is the most dreadful household chore they have to do, and unanimously we hear, it’s the Laundry! Washing dishes comes a close second, but we’ll deal with that later. For now lets take a look at ten innovative and futuristic methods of doing laundry, with the possibility of making them a fun chore! Yeah right!

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Friday Giveaway: Limited Edition TOKYObay DIY Watch Kit

Friday Giveaway: Limited Edition TOKYObay DIY Watch Kit

How about spending a great weekend constructing with a DIY project where you get to customize a really cool watch that speaks to your style! TOKYObay is out to get you all excited with their Limited Edition DIY Watch Kit, which has 8 different looks perfect for work or weekend…and guess what? It’s for you to WIN! Simply tell us why you are the one who should win this amazing kit!

0 Contest Closes: 13th March 2011, 11:59 pm PST

10 Paradigm Shifting Battery Concepts

10 Paradigm Shifting Battery Concepts

The quest to make batteries last longer has led to some interesting concepts. The focus haa narrowed mainly to two areas: capacity and recharge. Here is a look at 10 paradigm shifting battery concepts, many with some added whacky functionality.

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Apple Fanboys Here’s Your Chance To Win Beyza Cases Gear Worth € 500

Apple Fanboys Here’s Your Chance To Win Beyza Cases Gear Worth € 500

YD’ers, you are a lucky bunch and I’m flushed with envy! Here is an amazing opportunity to win classy Beyza Cases gear for your Apple goodies. To win an iPhone 4 “ID Slim” Case, iPhone 4 SlimLine “Classic” Case, iPad “Slim Bag” Series Sleeves & Slim Messenger Bag – collectively worth € 500, simply tell us two words that describe this collection. Elegant and uber-chic come to mind but unfortunately I can’t participate in this giveaway; YOU CAN!

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The FLUD is Here

The FLUD is Here

We finally made it to my personal favorite iPad reader app The FLUD! Make sure you grab the latest update and add our feed because it is lookin’ mad sexy. It’s awesome to be included amongst our friends at Notcot and Fubiz. If you prefer to FLUD on the go, the iPhone version should hit the streets in a few weeks.

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Chris Burns Has Left the Building

Chris Burns Has Left the Building

This is my third attempt at writing a farewell for my friend and colleague Chris Burns, and I just can’t get my words right. How is it possible to sum up a relationship with a person I’ve never met, spoken to for an hour on Skype but chatted with on AIM for innumerable hours? Come Monday 14th February 2011, Chris will no longer be writing for Yanko Design. I guess it’s harder for me to let go of him because he had become an integral part of my life. He’s been around to help me through my mistakes and cheered me on when I scored a winning writeup.

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