Getting All Square with Coke

Getting All Square with Coke

Alright eco-force! Get ready! It’s time to turn Coca Cola into…whaaa? An Earth-friendly means of distributing 20oz of soda! Coke’s always been a sort of futuristic thinking brand, but this would be a big fat huge giant leap forward in the right direction if I do say so myself. It’s a design for a much more reasonable, smart, ergonomic, and gosh darnit, it just looks lovely. It’s so green, it’s 100% plant based. It’s made out of greens! And it’s much more stackable. And cooler!

0 Designer: Andrew Seunghyun Kim

Dare They Sell You Stale Veggies Now!

Dare They Sell You Stale Veggies Now!

In supermarkets where loads of veggies is stacked and dumped, freshness may not be a priority. Keeping a track of all that’s been brought in can be time consuming and not all buyers may have a knack for freshness count. The Fresh Code offers a simple solution to this problem; it’s an intelligent barcode with a graph that indicates the freshness level. As time passes by, the graph on the barcode keeps receding, till it finally reaches “0”; indicating that the veggie needs to be dumped and not sold.

0 Designers: Plenty

Smart Dispenser

Smart Dispenser

Very basic and minimum, that’s the Eco-pump Refill Dispenser for you. It’s just an outer shell, with a nozzle and pipe that can fit over refill pouches directly. So this means you don’t have to spill the refill pouch contents into a bottle…you know the drill. Result? Minimal wastage, once you’re through with the refill pouch, screw in another. Just for an added effect, the pump has tiny Braille engravings so that shampoo and soap bottles can be differentiated, even with shampoo suds in your eyes.

0 Designers: Bang Ki Ryoul & Junga Kim

Hang Me Some Tea

Hang Me Some Tea

If the Hanger Tea were to be submitted as an entry to tea-packaging-awards (if such a thing existed), I say it would win hands down! I can’t think of a better or more obvious way to pack teabags than this hanger & T-shirt design. It’s a funny take on how the simple motion of hanging a used teabag on the rim of your cup, be done. Color-coded for different varieties, the hangers are rather cute and so are the tea-shirts!

0 Designer: Soon Mo Kang

The Last Straw

The Last Straw

No idioms or preachy ideas here, just plain and simple Straw re-designing. Flatten the tube; roll it around a wheel like how you get those tape-gums. Use alternate cheaper materials and voilà you have the “Pluck Out The Straw”. The only thing useful I see form this design, is the smaller packaging of the product. How far will this go in cutting cost, or making a lifestyle difference is left to be seen.

0 Designer: Deok-geun Han

Flower Pill

Flower Pill

On one hand we have tech marvels like the Medicine Management System for the Elderly that helps establish a routine in pills popping, ensuring you take the correct dosage at the right time. And on the other, we have a simple in-your-face kinda a reminder: The Medi Flower. It repackages the tablets into cute little stands that you can place at an obvious spot. A constant reminder that you need to take your tablet….soon.

0 Designer: Moon Sun-Hee

Coffee Cup Carry

Coffee Cup Carry

You don’t need to come up with something complicated to resolve a simple issue. The goal here is to cut paper consumption when we use disposable paper cartons for beverage take-aways. How do we achieve it; simply redesign the take-away sleeve. For example the “One Plus One” is a coffee cup sleeve that comes with a hooked extension, entwine it with another sleeve and you’re good to carry two cups at a time. It may get a bit tricky to carry more than 2 cups at a time, stacking up 4 seems too risky.

0 Designer: Jin Won Park

Radio Ga Ga

Radio Ga Ga

Flexio is this really awesome radio that’s solar powered and portable. I’m willing to overlook the “only one fixed FM channel” stand for the cute little paper packaging it comes in. I’m sure the dynamics of manufacturing this are going to be reasonable, because one can even use it for promotions and gifts…like ask someone to advertise on its package. The innovative factor comes from the flexible speaker & flexible solar cell. It’s designed to be used within the station-waves range, but could be modified to receive internet radio via WiFi or WiMax.

0 Designers: EOL/ITRI & Scenario Lab

Affair With Notefolio

Affair With Notefolio

Most of my friends get all awestruck and goofy when they lay their hands on the latest netbooks. For me it’s always been an affair with notebooks and paper; a case of old habits dying hard, because I grew up using portfolios and paper books. Stationery essentials like the Notefolio are just my types. It’s a gamut of things: a handy recycled chipboard cover with a note book inside, a folder with an envelope for business cards; plus a strong rubber band that holds it all together. Apt for an Executive Assistant like me!

0 Designer: Poketo [ Buy it Here ]

Book Of Lights

Book Of Lights

First glance you can pass this off as a book of matches, but that isn’t what the “Five Minutes” is all about. A book of 10 small candles that comes handy in many everyday situations! Why, I can think of 3 situations right this instant: 1) When you bring in the cake but forget the candles. 2) Emergency lights-out. 3) In my travel bag, right next to pocket matches and paper-strip soaps! How many tricky situations can you come up with?

0 Designer: Poketo [ Buy it Here ]

One Tent Two Tent One Tent

One Tent Two Tent One Tent

So! Winter is well on it’s way. There’s no way around it. As the world turns, so do the seasons *unless you don’t live in Minnesota, and you’ve got to understand that camping season is almost over! So make the best of it with the greatest tent invention since the tent itself: the tent connection device. Called “Abri Socio” by its mad-scientist creator, it will change the way you camp… FOREVER!

0 Designer: Becky Greenwood

For Those Who Still Own CD Albums

For Those Who Still Own CD Albums

And for those of you who still buy CD albums? Hands up, everybody who still purchases music CDs from the record store. Wild! Some of you do? Alright then, let’s get on with it. Here’s a way for you CD-o-philes to get your aesthetic pleasure on. You open your cd, listen to it for a while, then put it away – where? In your brand new “Qubiq” case, right up there on your wall! Isn’t that pretty?

0 Designer: Kenneth Lylover

Got Me a Spoon

Got Me a Spoon

This isn’t the first time the whole world moved towards “greener” design but hopefully this time it’ll stick. Plastic spoons that come with takeout foods are inefficient and “ungreen” so the challenge was to find the most cost effective remedy while giving Earth one less thing to worry about. Ideally you should carry your own flatware but if you don’t mind a little kitsch, check out the Spoon and Box.

0 Designers: Won-Jae Lee, Jun-Yong Lee, Sang-Jun Hahn, Sun-Kyu Kim & Yeo-Wool Kang

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