Editor's Note - Tranism Episode 13

Editor’s Note – Tranism Episode 13

Meant to post this Monday but you know a cat gets busy. MEOWWW. That made no sense. So what? I’m the editor. I do what I want around here. I love you. It’s been cray here at the YD offices. I say offices because we’re located in LA, NYC, TOKYO, VANCOUVER, and MUMBAI. YASSS we international! New site coming soon. New developments in our CKIE store. Possibly a collaboration with a manufacturer to launch a contest. On top of all that, I went to a wedding. Hit the jump!

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Editor's Note - Men's Performance Clothing ISAORA, Episode 12

Editor’s Note – Men’s Performance Clothing ISAORA, Episode 12

I discovered ISAORA a few months ago and feel lame for being so late in the game. The designs are minimal, technical, and performance oriented. After a Google Hangout with the 2 founders, I got my hands on some of the items; the surfer inspired collab with Thomas Meyerhoffer called SURFORWRD and the Mac coat from the RAINWEAR collection. What an awesome blend of technical fabrication and style! I’m a huge fan and convert now. Hit it us up tomorrow for my interview with them

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TRANISM Episode 8!

TRANISM Episode 8!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and Happy Easter to those who celebrate it. It’s been an incredibly busy month here at YD so I haven’t had much time to capture all the videos I wanted but I promise more product reviews are coming. In the meantime, enjoy episode 8. I’m talkin’ Booq Viper hard cases, the red dot winning Sol Republic RELAYS and see how my Click & Grow herb garden is doing.

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TRANISM Episode 5: Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden

TRANISM Episode 5: Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden

What started as a successful Kickstarter campaign is finally shipping and I got my hands on one. In this episode I set up the Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden and discover it really is easy for anyone to grow their own herbs at home. Each Smart Herb Garden comes with cartridges for basil, thyme and lemon balm. Future cartridges will be available for chili pepper, mini tomato and I’m crossing my fingers for berries! Oh I also participate in #whaling. You won’t believe it!

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Tranism Episode 4, Boskke Giveaway!

Tranism Episode 4, Boskke Giveaway!

Hey YD’ers! Episode 4 of my YouTube vlog series TRANISM is fresh off the cookie line and ready for consumption. In this week’s episode, I try out the Boskke Cube planter for myself and go big by choosing an orchid as a guinea pig. To celebrate my new channel, I’m giving one lucky YouTuber a chance to win a cube. Just hit up the video to find out how to enter.

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Editors Note - Tranism the Vlog

Editors Note – Tranism the Vlog

Ever wonder what the chief editor of Yanko Design is up to on the regular? I’ve always kept my privacy but I want you guys to know me, (even when my mouth is wide open lip syncing on a commute). I want you to know the people behind this beloved blog. Now you can see what my life is up close and personal. I ramble on about stuff, complain about the gym, tease coworkers, review products and dance at the end of every episode. Subscribe to my YouTube channel!

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Candid With Ken Koo – What is Design Thinking?

Candid With Ken Koo – What is Design Thinking?

You best know him as the man behind the red dot awards – concept design, Singapore, however I know Ken Koo as the visionary behind many design initiatives across this island country. We almost lost him to the world of finance, with his degree in accountancy; Ken began his career with numbers. But like they say … Accenture’s loss is now the design fraternity’s gain! I hope to turn my many conversations with Ken into a bustling series, and that you readers and I can pick his brains on topics related to the business of design.

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The Dyson Challenge

The Dyson Challenge

Every year, in a competition we call Challenge Dyson, Dyson engineers are given a design brief outside their everyday job. It’s our way of encouraging engineers to stretch the bounds of their imagination and follow through on improbable ideas. It’s this “wrong thinking” approach that has led to Dyson’s most important inventions. This year’s brief: engineer a machine that can fly and navigate a course made from Dyson parts (looks similar to a drone!).

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Why Do So Many Designs or Products Look The Same?

Why Do So Many Designs or Products Look The Same?

Ever wonder why so many products look the same? On the surface, it may appear designers have found the ideal form factor so there’s no need to change anything, but there’s more than meets the eye. The reasons are deeply rooted and the key to breaking the mold is to first understand why. Hit the jump!

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Herman Miller Live Unframed Recap

Herman Miller Live Unframed Recap

We’re a bunch of lucky ducks. On October 14th, we attended the Herman Miller Live Unframed event where the famous company along with designer Yves Behar celebrated their latest creation, the SAYL chair. Uniquely capturing the majestic and functional qualities of modern suspension bridges, the SAYL represents some very innovative design and construction techniques.

0 Designers: Yves Behar, Herman Miller

Entertain Yourself: Sony BRAVIA NX800 3D HDTV

Entertain Yourself: Sony BRAVIA NX800 3D HDTV

In this first of a three-part series called “Entertain Yourself”, I’m going to put together a quick and dirty home entertainment center out of three products I’ve reviewed earlier this year. Mind you, this won’t please the hardcore video or audiophile. I wanted products that seamlessly balance industrial design with home entertainment and as designers, we all know that’s how the general consumer perceives products. I call it utilitarian sex and first up is the stunning BRAVIA NX800 HDTV from Sony.

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How to Manage your Creative Work and Intellectual Property Online

How to Manage your Creative Work and Intellectual Property Online

It is with a hard heart that I write this post today. It has come to our attention that a design, The Pocket Light by Hyun Jin Yoon & Eun Hak Lee (Ryan Harc), was stolen, produced and sold unlicensed under another brand. The team at Yanko Design does not condone such activities and urge all readers to boycott any pocket light they may encounter. If you recollect, this light-design had gone viral on the net and had garnered much attention from the online community in 2008.

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How to Present like a Pro!

How to Present like a Pro!

One skill many designers should often work on is presentation. Designers of all levels can always benefit from a little more jazz in their presentations.

Don’t know about you guys, but imagining my audience naked never worked for me!  The thing to note about presentations is that it is not just about standing up in front of an audience or spending nights rehearsing, presentations are really all about communication. It is about getting your point across in a clear and concise manner.

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