The 2011 iF concept design Showcase on Yanko Design – Part I

The 2011 iF concept design Showcase on Yanko Design – Part I

It has been the most fantastic journey to sift through the 300 shortlisted entries of the 2011 iF concept design awards. Yanko Design being the Official Media Partners, was privy to this exclusive list. I call it exclusive because this is the first time the entire lineup will be exhibited anywhere on this blogosphere. Generally the Winning One Hundred entries are showcased and that’s about it. Cheers to the designers & design schools for their encouragement. Here’s a look at the first batch of inspirational, innovative and intuitive designs.

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No Ordinary Ruler

No Ordinary Ruler

I have been reading message boards for people who suffer from visual impairments and one discussion topic I found was how difficult it is to use rulers. The problem, especially with centimetres and millimeters, is that while the numbers on a ruler can be made bigger, the unit of measurement is fixed, so reading millimeters if you have problems with your sight becomes difficult.

0 Designer: Product Tank

All-in-One Computer

All-in-One Computer

The InOne is truly an all-in-one computer. 22″ screen, keyboard, touchpad, speakers and a digital tablet are all built into one TRONtastic package. Everything is wirelessly connected and the tablet displays what your write and draw so you don’t have to look up at the screen. Interesting design, especially the keyboard.

0 Designer: Jakub Záhoř

Touch Cooking

Touch Cooking

Gorenje+ exclusive built-in appliances premiered at LivingKitchen 2011 featuring the unique iChef+ oven module with a large color display that makes cooking easier with a touchscreen interface. The interface lets you program exactly what it is you’re cooking. It’s designed to be simple but the brains behind the system is incredibly innovative. No cooking appliance has ever had an integrated computer this powerful. On sale in European markets this Spring.

0 Designer: Gorenje

Plug it and Read it, Your Memory of Course!

Plug it and Read it, Your Memory of Course!

I don’t own many memory cards and have just one functional card reader for my Kodak’s memory chip. However, I know people who carry plenty of memory cards in their cute little card storage boxes…. show offs! Yea I know you own many gadgets, click many pictures, store loads of data! Anyways, as I was saying; just having cards is not enough, you need to compliment it with a Card Reader. To cut the entire process by one step, Peng Qixuan has designed a multi cardholder that incorporates a USB stick. What a functional idea!

0 Designer: Peng Qixuan

How About a Soft Screw?

How About a Soft Screw?

Soft Screwdriver is a very easy to carry set of tools that is cleverly packaged. Ten different screwdriver shafts are housed in a strip made of plastic and rubber, which can be rolled to form the driver-head. Simply affix the right-sized tool you require into the middle of the driver-head and you’re ready to go! Folded like a bamboo mat or unfurled, I like the compact design.

0 Designer: Arthur Xin (Se Xin)

Magical Man-Sized Box of Lovely Transparent Projections

Magical Man-Sized Box of Lovely Transparent Projections

If you’ve never heard of holocube before, you’re in for a treat. This is a brand of products in their own category. Presentation machines I suppose you could call them, but projectors + projection booth + ultra-simplified computer to hold the projected video is what they are, and not just any projection booth – transparent glass for two-sided viewing. The model this post focuses on is the brand new HC70, a six foot tall box with a 70″ diagonal screen for full-sized human projections.

0 Designer: Joris Vanbriel for holocube

Perfect Cup of Tea

Perfect Cup of Tea

Special Teatime is a braille embossed thermos to aid the visually impaired in making the perfect cup of tea. The fancy art of brewing different kinds of blends is made easier with the help of a special infuser compartment that dips the teabag into the water and lifts it at the right timed interval. Here’s to a refershing cup of tea. Cheers!

0 Designer: Halim Lee

Shave with a Flick of a Finger

Shave with a Flick of a Finger

Ring-shaver is a small, tube-shaped shaver that slips over the finger. In comparison to traditional shaving, Ring-shaver allows a more flexible shaving action. A toggle switch activates the flywheel to provide the necessary driving force. Ring-shaver does not require charging. It saves energy and is easy to carry. Great for sparse facial hair.

0 Designers: Xiang Qin, Yin Qin, Yiyan Ge & Xinxin Sun

Warms More Than Towels

Warms More Than Towels

ETERNITY is a radiator with a distinctive round shape reminiscent of an oval ring and offers a functional solution for any bathroom because it’s also a handy towel warmer. Made of polished aluminum but also available in black and white.

0 Designer: Alessandro Canepa

Classified Trash

Classified Trash

Separating rubbish is time consuming and nobody likes to do it. A micro-level system to make the job easy is the Trash Classification Bin. The bin-in-bin is used to put in all your organic waste  while the bigger bin holds inorganic stuff. A very non-messy and quick way to do your bit. I’ll take one for my office, please.

0 Designer: Hu Xinyuan

Accordion Food

Accordion Food

Accordion Package is a space-saving container for instant noodes that can be compressed like an accordion. This makes it easier to store and carry and cuts down on the cost of transportation. The acordian-like surface decreases the contact points with your hands to prevent burning. After the noodles are eaten, it can be compressed to save space in the trash too. Clever.

0 Designers: Liu Yi, Jiang Yuning & Luo Jing

How Cool Can a Flip Phone Get?

How Cool Can a Flip Phone Get?

How many “flips” does it take to make your Smartphone super-sexy. The answer? Three flexible AMOLED touchscreens and a keyboard on the reverse! Here’s what the Flip Phone feels like: a smart triangular piece held together with soft steel mesh hinges, hosting a custom flavor of Android.The boundaries of a PC and phone have smudged-up big time and this is a sample of what that future looks like. I love it!

0 Designer: Kristian Ulrich Larsen