A Paint Palette with a Modern Twist

A Paint Palette with a Modern Twist

Have you ever heard someone say that they would love to learn to paint and create beautiful art, but have no clue about mixing colors or what brush creates which effect? Maybe you are one of those people who would like to get more in touch with your inner artist. Canadian designer Yana Kilmava has developed a conceptual product that would help the novice artist have more confidence in learning how to paint.

0 Designer: Yana Klimava

A Very Shiny MacBook Pro Review, Quickstyle

A Very Shiny MacBook Pro Review, Quickstyle

Apple’s top of the line professional, portable workhorse was finally updated. Gone is the all aluminum, silver keyed lappie that set that standard for so many companies to follow. Enter a new design carrying over Apple’s current design aesthetic – silver, black, and glass. Because there are already 101+ reviews about the new Apple MacBook Pro, I’ll keep ours succinct. Here’s the Yanko Design MPB (as I’ll refer to it from now on) review, quickstyle.

0 Designer: Jonathan Ive, Apple

Musical Teacup

Musical Teacup

The Drip with Song concept is probably the only concept I’d actually buy that uses CDs. I’ve totally transitioned to digital downloads but this just looks too precious. The saucer is actually a CD player with built-in speakers. The cup, when docked controls volume by turning it on the saucer. And just for kicks, it’s white with touch controls. How very 2008. Who am I kidding? I totally want one!

0 Designer: Jongmin Kim

My Cutlery is More High Tech Than Yours

My Cutlery is More High Tech Than Yours

The IC3 concept consists of a computerized shaft with 3 interchangeable eating apparatuses; fork, spoon, and knife. The fork analyzes composition such as fat, protein, sugars. The spoon measures weight, and the knife takes temperature readings. Together this info creates a detailed report on what you’re eating, helpful to those with diabetes and nutritional sufficiencies. Gone are the days of lying to your doctor, “yes I ate my 5 servings of veggies.” The IC3 concept is currently on display at the Designparcours Munich 2008 exhibition.

0 Designer: Alex Schulz

What's Black and White and Read All Over?

What’s Black and White and Read All Over?

The obvious answer is concept cell phones with E ink displays. Despite their lamentable lack of color range, E ink mobiles are just all the rage these days. This concept from Anthony Reed stays a bit more inside the box with simplistic grid styling that keeps everything well within the gray scale range of the display.  When all you have to work with is black and white, maybe its best to embrace it fully instead of covering it up in flashy case graphics.

This iPod is Full of Air

This iPod is Full of Air

It really is! Hear me out. The iBangle is Gopinath Prasana’s vision of a future iPod where the devices have become darn close to becoming jewelry. If you factor in inflation and the cost of Apple products today – might as well call it jewelry because it’ll cost as much. I digress, the iBangle is a thin piece of aluminum (of course) with a multi-touch track pad. To achieve the perfect fit, a cushion inside the ring inflates to keep itself taught against your wrist. Unisex? Maybe.

0 Designer: Gopinath Prasana

Trod the Untrodden Path! GeoCane and Upward!

Trod the Untrodden Path! GeoCane and Upward!

Presenting the best way to get lost in a walking stick. The GeoCane by Felix Hardmood Beck takes the idea of a divining rod and finds you some great adventure in the great hiking pilgrimage. Stamping the ground creates a path that noone else has followed, creating a unique experience for you, the final and last one true highlander.

0 Designer: Felix Hardmood Beck

Hard Drives as Easy to Install as Ink Cartridges

Hard Drives as Easy to Install as Ink Cartridges

You love plug-and-play, yes? You also enjoy modifying your computer, right? Too much effort? Vas Obeyesekere of Point Innovation says: no way! The Evolve Modular CPU takes the soldering out of CPU enhancement, and makes it green in the process! You love green.

0 Designer: Vas Obeyesekere of Point Innovation

The Shape of Things to Call...

The Shape of Things to Call…

Yes yes we know, home phones are nearly a thing of the past. With more and more of us opting for our mobile phones as our sole means of telecommunications, the home phone has almost gone the way of the VCR. Designer Zinc Chan believes the home phone still has life in it and has concocted this fun and beautiful means to communicate.

0 Designer: Zinc Chan

PSP 2 Makes Pocket Bulges Almost R-rated

PSP 2 Makes Pocket Bulges Almost R-rated

Sony just barely updated the PSP but designer Tai Chiem is already thinking about the next iteration. His design calls for a flexible OLED display that can be conveniently rolled. An electric charge powering the display stiffens it while providing near bezeless prime real estate for gaming. Stereo speakers on either side double as a jog wheel and camera control. He also envisages Sony finally implementing two joysticks. Pipe dream or not, it’s sexy and lives up to its name; it don’t get any more portable than this.

0 Designer: Tai Chiem

If Nokia's Aeon And A Nano Had Sex...

If Nokia’s Aeon And A Nano Had Sex…

I don’t know what it is about Apple fanboys, but they can’t stand to see good design without their beloved logo glowing affectionately on the back. The designer, Mac Funamizu, drew on the Nokia Aeon to design a phone he would like to have, complete with Apple’s standard livery. Using a nondescript tactile feedback technology, its surface adapts to different purposes while the e-ink screen envelops the phone in graphics and information.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Fun with Wide Angle Views

Fun with Wide Angle Views

I’m a big fan of fisheye distortion, it’s more visually interesting, tells more about the context of a picture, and it’s so very useful 3d rendering. This “Fun” camera by Jian Guan comes equipped with a 16 mm lens, also mirrored for those great shots of yourself while holding the camera as far away as possible. Taking formal cues from a magnifying glass may seem unnecessary, but I think it does a great job of connecting the function to the shape.

0 Designer: Jian Guan

This Cheese is Not For You!

This Cheese is Not For You!

Is your roommate Elizabeth always using your computer because she didn’t have the decency to buy her own? Does it just grind your gears when your pal Chase decides to play his favorite youtube on your clock? What about when your grandmother Milma uses your CPU for a sled in the wintertime? For two out of every three every-day situations, there’s Tino’s laptop Finger Trap.

0 Designer: Tino Dobra