Get Your Plastic On With KeyShot

Get Your Plastic On With KeyShot

Plastic. As product designers the look has to be spot on. Whether it’s a rough matte finish or a glossy transparent cover, it’s just easier to get the look you need with 3D rendering software. Dries Vervoort is a mechanical designer who has honed is skills creating visuals for radiator components. It’s paid off for him, with the ability to produce plastics that look like the real thing, and he shows you how using KeyShot to make it happen. You can see how and download the resources he uses here. Below are just a few samples of his work.

0 Designer: Dries Vervoort

iF Concept Design Awards 2014 – Select from 300 Shortlisted Entries

iF Concept Design Awards 2014 – Select from 300 Shortlisted Entries

As Steve Jobs puts is, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower,” and we cannot help but being big-time fans of innovators. Imagination, inspiration and discovering the possibilities of our own thinking, is what Yanko Design is all about. It’s only natural that we become the seeding ground for innovations. Here is a teaser of what to expect from this year’s design thinkers; select sixty designs from the shortlisted 300 entries of the iF Concept Design Awards 2014.

0 Designers: Various

Story of ‘Mr. Up’ and ‘Mr. Down’

Story of ‘Mr. Up’ and ‘Mr. Down’

There is a very inspirational story behind the creation of the Legacy Machine N°1 Xia Hang Watch by MB&F. It all began when the Legacy Machine N°1 was conceived by Maximilian Büsser, the force behind the enchanting MB&F Watches. Daydreaming how he would radically design a three-dimensional machine for the wrist, Max dreamt of including Eiffel Tower and Jules Verne to its design.

0 Designer: MB&F Watches [ Buy it Here ]

Color Me Innovative

Color Me Innovative

This is generation-next and we are on Web 2.0, if we can’t leverage our access to IT then we have no right to be here. This applies to every industry, especially design. Sure, you can walk over to Ikea and buy yet another generic table, and in another lifetime you can, from the comfort of your air-conditioned room, flick on the computer, key in some customized essentials and get a sexy, color-coordinated Cromatti home delivered for free!

0 Designers: Cromatti [ Buy it Here ]

Calling Designers: 2014 Electrolux Design Lab Is Now Open

Calling Designers: 2014 Electrolux Design Lab Is Now Open

Simply put, by entering the 2014 Electrolux Design Lab Competition you can pocket some handsome booty, secure a paid internship for a year and learn a lot more than what traditional classrooms will teach you. In short, you will not only win € 5000 but also get a head start to life. YD has been media partners with the Design Lab for over three years now and each year we see a phenomenal growth the value that this design competition brings to young talents.

0 Submission Close: April 6, 2014

Munich Musings and the iF Design Awards 2014

Munich Musings and the iF Design Awards 2014

There is no other place, this time of the year that I’d like to be other than Munich. The pride of Bavaria played host to the 2014 iF Design Awards Ceremony. As media partners, YD was at the event, covering the Awards Night & Gala. We (Nancy Wang and I) got to see and meet some interesting people. Stefan Diez, Claus Potthoff, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, Ralph Wiegmann, BMW Welt … ring a bell?

Graphic Tees Are The Best!

Graphic Tees Are The Best!

Barely a year old and the group of graphic designers from Sans Form have proved that they know the business of making the coolest Tees, posters, and shopping bags a possibility and a great success. As an independent label of wearable and printed products, Sans Form has created a lineage that reflects the idea of “simpler is better” through classy graphics and innovative visuals.

0 Designer: Sans Form [ Buy it Here ]

iF Design Awards Top 20 Gold Winners

iF Design Awards Top 20 Gold Winners

Its way past midnight as I file this report, I have just got back from a spectacular evening spent at the BMW Welt, Munich. BMW opened its doors to the iF Design Awarding Ceremony. Designers from all across the world were present for the event; about a thousand design-inspired folks were present at the event. Highlights of the evening was the 75 iF Design Award Gold winners who had come to collect their award. And of course the master of them all Ralph Wiegmann.

0 Designers: Various

Getting To Know Mr. Handsome + 4 with QWSTIONs

Getting To Know Mr. Handsome + 4 with QWSTIONs

I would like to play 20-questions with the team QWSTION, but it will be counterproductive. For one, I can’t stop staring at Matt (he’s so handsome) and secondly, I think like their motto of asking the right questions, I can get to know more with less. Last Monday I showcased two awesome bags by the Brady Bunch from the heart of Europe. Today I ask QWSTION some questions….read on…

0 Designers: QWSTION [ Buy it Here ]

QWSTION Likes to Question The Norm

QWSTION Likes to Question The Norm

As an urban jet setter there are times when I see my life falling apart because I invested in the wrong gear. There is only so much that a bag can do and you can’t really reinvent it! So what about my needs of a bag that is between haute fashion and functionality? Something that is sustainable, high on utility and design, something that will suit my metrosexual sensibilities. That is my QWSTION!

0 Designer: QWSTION [ Buy it Here ]

A' Design Awards & Competition - Last Call for Entries

A’ Design Awards & Competition – Last Call for Entries

A’ Design Awards & Competition is for designers, innovators and companies that want the world and their peers to acknowledge their designer brilliance. The awards offers intense publicity to award winning designs. One of the missions of the awards is to bring together designers, companies and the press. You can participate in categories as diverse as Furniture, Packaging, Lighting, Digital and Electronic Devices, Energy Products and Home Appliance Designs amongst others.

0 Deadline for Submission: 28 February 2014

YD & Red Dot Award: Design Concept One-Hour Free Registration Window Is LIVE

YD & Red Dot Award: Design Concept One-Hour Free Registration Window Is LIVE

UPDATE: The Promo is closed, 2459 codes were given.

The One-Hour Free Registration Window is now LIVE!

International. Prestigious. Recognized.

The window to fame is here, 2014 Red Dot Award: Design Concept free registration window is now live. The link will be active for one hour only, so be sure to register and get your promo code. You have to complete your submission and use the promo code max by 14th March 2014.

All That Jazz And Lights

All That Jazz And Lights

It is hard for the Sparkbeats iPhone Case to get lost in the sea of designs being created on a daily basis. First off it features an original design that I have yet to see anywhere. Secondly it turns your camera flash into a stream of light, the only thing missing is some music! Without being too much of a burden on the battery, the Patented technology used in the cover requires no external LED and battery. How cool is that!

0 Designer: Sparkbeats [ Buy it Here ]