State Of The Arm

State Of The Arm

We’ve got a secret. We’ve been quietly working with AEG on a new blog called “State of the Arm“, proving the arm is a wonderful piece of engineering – one that has solved many conundrums in our mechanical world. Look around you. I’m sure you could find an “arm” to many of the ordinary objects in your home. It’s just too good of a design template, so good that when AEG needed to design a new spray arm for their dishwasher – guess where they looked to.

0 Designer: Fredrik Dellby

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

Slow and Steady Wins EDL 2010, The Snail!

Slow and Steady Wins EDL 2010, The Snail!

Eight amazing designers from around the would took turns presenting their ideas to a panel of four very tough judges. We were taken aback by the amazing mockups Electrolux provided. This was a dream come true for many as it is often rare to see a physical model of your design. We felt nervous at the pit of our stomachs for them. The judges scrutinized every nuance of each concept. They praised what needed to be praised, but made sure each designer knew where the flaws were – perhaps a good lesson.

0 EDL 2010 flickr gallery

3 Firms, 3 Visions For The Future Of Los Angeles

3 Firms, 3 Visions For The Future Of Los Angeles

I have a love/hate relationship with the city of Angels. I’ve lived here since 2002 and in that short time have come to accept some of L.A.’s defining qualities. Sure the traffic gets to me, the pollution and the ever looming threat of the “big one” but what will it really be like in 2030? Newsweek has a cool interactive feature offering glimpses called The Future Of Work. Three visions by three firms – Michael Maltzan Architecture, Gensler and cityLAB.

0 Website: The Future Of Work by Newsweek

GE EV Charger Actually Looks Good

GE EV Charger Actually Looks Good

Lookie here, Yves Behar of Fuseproject designed GE’s Wattstation –  a smart grid ready Level 2 charging station which means a 240 volt power supply that can be rapidly charged. The modular design makes each station future proof, allowing customers to easily upgrade as more options become available. This allows customers to stay current with the latest technology, while providing the ability for commercial property owners to qualify for LEED points.

0 Designer: GE Ecoimagination and Yves Behar for Fuseproject

Good Things in Small Packages

Good Things in Small Packages

Y’all know I love the Bluelounge CableBox but if that was a little too big and colorless for ya, check out the new CableBox Mini. As the name suggests, it’s a miniature version but in 6 different colors; blue, green yellow, orange, pink and of course white. For $29.95, you get the Mini and a 4-socket surge protector (U.S. customers only). This one will fit quite nicely behind my entertainment center.

0 Designer: Bluelounge (Buy it here)

Make It Right, Rebuild New Orleans

Make It Right, Rebuild New Orleans

Even years after hurricane Katrina, the city and people of New Orleans still need help. This year Siggraph is being held in the city and as a rallying call to all creatives, I want to challenge you to make a donation to the Make It Right organization. They’re working with world renowned architects to gives these people what they’ve lost, livelihood, security and safety – a home.

0 Donate: Make It Right

New Rollercoaster, Get Me A Dramamine

New Rollercoaster, Get Me A Dramamine

Thrill seekers pack your bags because come this summer, a new roller coaster opens for your g-force fetishes. The Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit in Universal Orlando, Florida pulls a bunch of firsts like the world’s largest non-inverted loop and musically inspired maneuvers like the “Treble Clef” which you guessed it;  is in the shape of the musical nomenclature.

0 Designers: Louis Alfieri, Maurer Söhen

OneLessDesk Series, Gotta Have 'em All!

OneLessDesk Series, Gotta Have ‘em All!

Even with my RAVE review of the OneLessDesk by Dean Heckler Designs, many of you expressed dismay with it turning towards extreme minimalism at the expense of utilitarianism. People need their printer stands and filing drawers. Now you can get the whole lot via the OneLessDesk Series. That consists of the OneLessDesk, OneLessStand and OneLessFile. Pre-order now for July shipping and in a myriad of colors. Hey, why not be bold and mix & match?

0 Designer: Heckler Design [ OneLessDesk ]

Royalty Free HDRI Stock

Royalty Free HDRI Stock

Advance computer rendered imagery have become sort of a double-edge sword for us designers. On the one hand it enables visual comps with unparalleled realism. On the other hand the technical mastery of such imagery is a challenge – that is until you throw in the advent of high dynamic range lighting provided you can find good sources. Bunkspeed just launched a ginaormous library of royalty free HDRI images for all your rendering needs. Sign up, buy some credits, download, and watch your creative work take a giant step forward.

0 Resources: Bunkspeed HDRI Library

IDSA Mideast Conference: Barbecues, Arthritic Murder and an Argyle Lamb

IDSA Mideast Conference: Barbecues, Arthritic Murder and an Argyle Lamb

As some of you may know, the Industrial Designers Society of America plays host to a collection of conferences every spring, and this year Long, our magnanimous editor, saw fit to send me off to the mid-east conference in Pittsburgh to report back to you all.  The long and short of it?  If you don’t have a job, don’t worry, nobody else does either.  

0 Conference: IDSA

Illustrated Sound, Win a Geneva Stereo!

Illustrated Sound, Win a Geneva Stereo!

Want a Geneva Medium all-in-one stereo? ($799) In cooperation with DWR and Parsons design students – Geneva is giving you a chance to win one and all you have to do is vote! The students were asked to design one of a kind “skins”, similar to the ones available to the iPod market. Hit the jump to see the designs. Voting ends May 19th so go get democratic and cast your opinion!

0 Vote: Illustrated Sound

Imagineering L.A.'s Mass Transportation

Imagineering L.A.’s Mass Transportation

On March 21, SCI-Arc’s SCI-FI program and The Architect’s Newspaper announced the winners of their open ideas competition, A New Infrastructure: Innovative Transit Solutions for Los Angeles.

0 Via: Archpaper & Arch Daily