Do Be Discreet

Do Be Discreet

I have always wanted to put my favorite books on display, hoping someone else would see and enjoy them, but I have struggled with finding a solution that doesn’t look too deliberate… until now. The Piastra is a wall mounted book shelf that brings home the functional simplicity of the magazine rack to create an all-around dynamic interior object that allows quick and intuitive access to reading.

0 Designer: Flussocreativo

Reading Material, Predictable Magic

Reading Material, Predictable Magic

We love the tangible side of ID, but the majority of designs will never move beyond concept because there’s a dark area in ID everyone hates to wrestle with – the business side. Predictable Magic empowers you to face the challenge, to make you a better leader and business owner. It’s full of examples of how one creates products that resonate with consumers by making emotional connections. $19 on Amazon but US Kindle owners can download it for free. Exp January 15.

0 Authors: Deepa Prahalad, Ravi Sawhney (Buy it on Amazon)

This Bookshelve's Back is Bent

This Bookshelve’s Back is Bent

This bookcase looks just like the inside of your back. There’s a bunch of bones in there, and that’s what this is aimed at looking like. It combines with the surrounding environment by casting shadows it extends horizontally by employing its lovely sliding elements. Balance, dynamism, and movement can be found in this beast through the circular attachment plates, all of them lightly separated from the wall. The designer of this “Schiena” bookcase, Pietro Travaglini, placed these plates as the physical connection between concept and reality.

0 Designer: Pietro Travaglini

Bring This Book to Me

Bring This Book to Me

This project right here is about a notch. A notch in the top of a book. In every single page along the top, making it a cinch to pull out with your finger from your collection on the shelf. It’s all about getting that book all out of the shelf, all at once. Truly taking the book off the shelf is the most taxing of steps in reading a book, especially in a simple thin book like the one in the example here. But if you’re reading The Fountainhead, still, you wanna make it as easy as possible. Whip it out!

0 Designer: Ha Cho Hee

Sleepy Joe's Boring Book Emporium!

Sleepy Joe’s Boring Book Emporium!

Have you ever read any of the Lord of the Rings novels? Books? And you didn’t fall asleep? Wow. Have you read the Silmarillion? Ah THERE we go, now you’re snoozin. No matter the quality of the book, the perfection in the organization and execution of the words, sometimes books can just lull you to sleep. When that happens, there’s “Sleepy Joe Inflatable Book Cover and Pillow!” Stay awake and read this!

0 Designer: Shinyoung Ma

Free Book! From Concept to Consumer

Free Book! From Concept to Consumer

Phil Baker is early with holiday cheer this year so we’re giving away 4 copies of his amazing book From Concept to Consumer. I reviewed it earlier this year and found it to be an amazingly precise outtake and outlook on industrial design. All you have to do is leave a comment with what your favorite Yanko Design post is and why. Don’t forget to fill in the email field because how else am I going to contact you when you win?!? Contest CLOSED. Thanks guys! I will email winners.

0 Author: Phil Baker (Buy it here)

Braille E-Book

Braille E-Book

Visually challenged people require braille books in order to read. However, not many books are available in braille due to cost and inefficiency. Translating a 500 page book into braille nearly doubles the thickness. EAP is a technology that can dynamically change the surface pattern by way of an electromagnetic signal – simulating braille text. Not exactly a new idea but a nice executive nonetheless.

0 Designers: Seon-Keun Park, Byung-Min Woo, Sun-Hye Woo & Jin-Sun Park

Bookworms, From Concept To Consumer

Bookworms, From Concept To Consumer

One of the toughest parts about being a designer is balancing the need to satisfy our creativity with that of the market – ultimately what the consumer wants, the consumer gets right? – Even at the detriment of design and in some cases rationale. Our very own Brian Ling recently dished on the realities of working in design but the end goal is to always satisfy the client and make money off your product.

0 Author: Phil Baker [ Buy It Here ]

Maps, Charts, More Maps, and a Rolling Stone

Maps, Charts, More Maps, and a Rolling Stone

Info graphics and charts and maps and maps and maps! So many info graphics, I can barely contain myself. This project is a book called “Never Stop A Rolling Stone” and it’s big motivation to get up in dem’ hills and backpack the crap outta them. It’s the result of six months of world travel and a crapload of creativity on the part of Deutschlander and designer Rahel Ritchie. From front cover to back, an adventure at your fingertips.

0 Designer: Rahel Ritchie

Legally Paint Freely on Any Wall You Wish

Legally Paint Freely on Any Wall You Wish

So your desire is that of a villain. So you want to do the painting version of killing a puppy. So you like graffiti. You’re gonna have some opposition, and you’re gonna have it immediately. If you want the good walls, you’re gonna have to earn em. And you’re gonna need a plan. Most hott and amazing graffiti writers plan beforehand. Here’s the tool. Here it is. This is the one you need. This is the graffiti writers fun book. You’re still writing in a plain ol’ sketchbook? Get ‘atta here.

0 Designer: Sherwood Forlee

New Read, Chair Wandering by Frederick Reber

New Read, Chair Wandering by Frederick Reber

I received so many books over the past holiday season I felt like I was back in school trying to get thru them all. One book in particular by designer and founder of Reberstein Design, Frederick Reber called Chair Wandering is a beautiful exercise in creativity and imagination. If you’ve got $25 laying out, don’t spend it on a night out on junk food and cheap booze, pick up this book.

0 Author: Frederick Reber [ Buy It Here $25.00 ]

Piece of NYC on Your Bookshelf

Piece of NYC on Your Bookshelf

Magnum Photos is issuing a new edition of its book New York. This book is giant, at 20X14 inches, and comes with its own little case that makes it look like one of the buildings at Rockefeller Center. In this super-limited edition of 25 (no I am not missing a zero), they also include an estate stamped gelatin silver print by Leonard Freed all for the low price of $4000.

0 Publisher: Magnum Photos

A Guide for the Unlucky, Superstitions be Damned!

A Guide for the Unlucky, Superstitions be Damned!

There are a slew of old wives tales; black cats, walking underneath ladders, breaking mirrors, stepping on pavement cracks, etc.. the list goes on and on. It’s almost impossible to remember them all. Thanks to Kyle Bean, he’s created The Guide for the Unlucky. Each page contains a description and a pop up 3D element illustrating bewares we’ve all probably heard of at some point or another. Industrial design? No, but we need all the luck we can get.

0 Designer: Kyle Bean

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