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 ]

Stay Organized, Bluelounge SpaceStation Review

Stay Organized, Bluelounge SpaceStation Review

You can call it a desktop organizer but it doesn’t hold paperclips, pens, and pencils. It’s all the other stuff we ignore – the cables and wires that make our laptops look like they’re hooked up to Skynet. The Bluelounge SpaceStation is a $79 peripheral that’ll clean up clutter and elevate your laptop while saving a few of those USB ports because it’s hiding a few of its own. Hit the jump for my review.

0 Company: Bluelounge [ Buy it Here ]

Unruly Cables, Bluelounge CableBox Review

Unruly Cables, Bluelounge CableBox Review

Take a look under your desk, behind the entertainment center and by your computer. Chances are you have a rat’s nest. The deliberate twisty-ties on carefully laid out cables when you first set them up have become a tangled mess. How does that happen?!?!

0 Company: Bluelounge [ Buy it Here ]

Beauty is Minimal, OneLessDesk Review

Beauty is Minimal, OneLessDesk Review

A long while back we were enamored with a seemingly simple bi-level desk from a company called Heckler Design. After a couple emails and a lot of patience (thank you Dean), we finally have our review of the OneLessDesk. At first glance, you’d be hard pressed to understand why something this simple could command a $649 price tag. But as with most minimalist designs, it takes some creative engineering and expensive manufacturing to pull off the perfect balance between aesthetic/function. Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: Heckler Design [ Buy it here ]

Smarten Up Poochie, Dog Brick Review

Smarten Up Poochie, Dog Brick Review

Pet owners know nothing is too good for their poochie or kitty. They readily spend $100 on their beloved companions without batting an eyelash. Hey if you got the money, who better to spoil than your pets? In my quest to find something not only fun but mentally stimulating for my dog Miko, I came across a line of pet toys from a Swedish company called Nina Ottosson. They were kind enough to send my dog a few items from their new lineup. Hit the jump for my Miko’s review.

0 Designer: Nina Ottosson [ Buy It Here ]

Touchy Much? HP Touchsmart PC Review

Touchy Much? HP Touchsmart PC Review

Touchscreen interfaces; the delicate balance between technology and cost are slowly falling in unison and HP aims to be in the vanguard. The Touchsmart PCs have always tried to epitomize that future but the 1st gen machines weren’t exactly winners. We took the 2nd gen machines for a test drive and spoke to Randall Martin – HP’s Worldwide Director of Design for Commercial and Consumer Desktop PCs about the present and future of the Touchsmart PC line.

0 Company: HP Designer: Randall Martin

DJ Play That Music! JBL DUET II Review

DJ Play That Music! JBL DUET II Review

The original DUET was a hit with many enthusiasts looking for a complimentary computer speaker system without breaking the bank. JBL went at it again with the new DUET II. New look, new specs and still affordable, but how does it perform? Hit the jump for my review.

0 Company: JBL [ Buy It Here ]

Simply Connected, Peek Review

Simply Connected, Peek Review

It’s an email device. That’s it. That’s all it does and like the tagline “simply connected,” it don’t get much simpler than this. Meet Peek. I’ve spent the past month using it as my exclusive go-to email device. Tho I have an iPhone, did the Peek meet my standards? Hit the jump to read my review

0 Company: Peek [ Buy It Here ]

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 ]

Tools Of The Trade, 3Dconnexion SpaceExplorer Review

Tools Of The Trade, 3Dconnexion SpaceExplorer Review

3Dconnexion is synonymous with tools designed for 3D graphics so I thought a review on their IF DESIGN awarding winning SpaceExplorer was in order. When I started learning 3D graphics (not going to mention how many moons ago that was) 3-button mice were mandatory unless you were proficient with numerous keyboard commands and shortcuts. Designed to make life easier and more efficient, does the SpaceExplorer deliver on its promises?

0 Designer: 3Dconnexion [ Buy it Here ]

Big Rack & That's A Good Thing

Big Rack & That’s A Good Thing

Need a duffle bag that’s sleek, nondescript, and functional? The Setgo Rack may be the bag for you. The company recently (Nov. ’08) updated their inventory with 12 new products for the urban go-getter. They were kind enough to send me the Rack bag to try out. I was on vacation prior and now wish I had the bag beforehand because it turns out, is quite sharp and utilitarian. Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: Setgo

Greener Shopping, Flip & Tumble Loopt Review

Greener Shopping, Flip & Tumble Loopt Review

Looking to abandon disposable plastic bags at the grocery store? Have a looksie at the Flip & Tumble Loopt before you decide. Hit the jump to read my lightening review, GO!

0 Company: Flip & Tumble [Buy It Here]

Now More iPhone Friendly, ZAGG Z.Buds Review

Now More iPhone Friendly, ZAGG Z.Buds Review

Back in October 2008, ZAGG sent us a prototype of their iPhone Z.Buds earbuds promising the best buds for your money. A lot of companies make the same promise but this is one product I think is worth a look if you’re willing to buy outside Apple’s utopian product design and brand control. Hit the jump for my full review.

0 Company: ZAGG [ Buy It Here ]

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