Taming Your Multitasking

Taming Your Multitasking

Multitasking is impossible to escape in today’s world. As humans, we’ve always had the desire to stay connected to the people around us. Now that technology has made this easier than ever, we’ve developed a fear of urgency that any given phone call, email, or text might be really important. Multitasking is necessary but it can be dangerous in some situations.

0 Designer: Michael Roller

Wastefullness Kills Flowers

Wastefullness Kills Flowers

Did you know? To help drive that concept home further, the FlowerPod is a playful way to display your energy consumption and provides advice on reducing your carbon footprint thru a computer. Not only do you get graphs, charts, and money saving tips, but a digital flower grows and blossom in response to your success or failure.

0 Designer: Katrine Rafn Knudsen

DIY Phone Assembly

DIY Phone Assembly

The Easy Tiles phone looks to be a standard S60 based cell except that auspicious exterior has be scratching my had. See, the entire shell is made of tiles – tiles you can customize and slide around for a one of a kind look. Replace and update them as often as you like.

0 Designer: Tzu-Fu Wang

Tu Fin - Nordic Walking On Water

Tu Fin – Nordic Walking On Water

Update: Much has happened since the Tu Fin concept was first published on Yanko Design roughly a year ago. We been presented that they now have a full working prototype and well be showcased at the coming Munich Trade Fair Centre. Congrats to the Tu Fin Team!

0 Designer: I.Kiryakov, S.Ballmeier, K.Eichelberg & M.Dressler

Futurians Pay A Visit And Show Off Their Phones

Futurians Pay A Visit And Show Off Their Phones

2014 isn’t too far away so it’s nice when designers specifically target a time when their creations might meet reality. Take for example Peter Koren’s Flash (Adobe lawyers are standing by) mobile phone. Lets get the “duhs” out of the way first. Sleek, slim, buttonless, touchscreen color e-ink display, wireless charging, camera, and menu navigation via vertical and horizontal flicks. What, no gyro-thingamajiggy sensors?

0 Designer: Peter Zsolt Koren

Music And Computers

Music And Computers

As a musician myself, turning sheet music is the bane of my art. Ok I confess. I haven’t touched a musical instrument since the 11th grade but I did play for almost 8 years so there! Back to the subject at hand, the CLEF system consists of a flexible LCD touch screen with a built-in stand and a wireless foot pedal.

0 Designer: Sungho Lee

Ring* Ring* Yesterday is calling today about tomorrow...

Ring* Ring* Yesterday is calling today about tomorrow…

If you are one of the dwindling few still holding onto your home landline telephone, then this call is for you. Straight out of Stanley Kubrick’s props department are these two cordless telephone designs dubbed “Colombo One” and “Colombo Two”, by London-based Chauhan Studio.

0 Designer: ChauhanStudio

The Shape of Music

The Shape of Music

The cone shape has always been a natural one for sound enhancement and projection. From the early days of circus hosts announcing some daring feat of high-wire acrobatics, to riot police announcing their intention to crack your skull open for having an opinion… good times. The cone is probably the first and best idea in sound delivery.

0 Designer: Paul Scarfe

Boombox On My Back

Boombox On My Back

Designer Joonas Saaranen must have been inspired by some hard partying because his B.A. degree work resulted in the Reppo II – an urban hardshell backpack with built-in speakers. Nevermind that boomboxes are the bane of public spaces. Let’s just focus on how cool this is. No matter where you go, music’s got your back.

0 Designer: Joonas Saaranen

Rocky Radio

Rocky Radio

The Natural Radio concept is a bit convoluted in its approach changing volume and frequency. Instead of dials or buttons, it uses a scale. By placing stones on either sides of the scale, you have organic control over radio. Functionality isn’t really the idea here. This is clearly an attempt to humanize a device that pretty much revolutionized communication. Can you image how many stones you’d have to pack on to get the right volume.

0 Designer: Cheol-Ki Jo

This Thumb Drive Has Real Buzz...

This Thumb Drive Has Real Buzz…

One of the biggest issues with USB peripherals is the protruding nature of any design. From a Bluetooth adaptor to the tiniest of Flash Memory Drives, they all stick out like a sore thumb(drive). This issue with these protrusions is not just aesthetics, but function. USB peripherals are constantly being accidentally ripped out, knocked off or jammed into your computer causing not only damage to the external item but the computer’s USB plug itself.

0 Designer: Damjan Stankovic

Canvas by Kyle Cherry

Canvas by Kyle Cherry

Designer Kyle Cherry has envisaged a new type of computer with creatives in mind. Called simply “Canvas”, the computer is designed to increase the quality and productivity of the designer or artist. It is intended to allow a user with little or no experience to make the switch from traditional to digital workflows by building the system around a more familiar interface. This concept should even make Wacom Clinq owners jealous.

0 Designer: Kyle Cherry

A Little More Bottom

A Little More Bottom

So here’s a laptop concept called “Float Away” that addresses one of the most bothersome aspects of mobile computing – heat. Designer Young Hwan Kim has a simple solution for it. Elevate the back end by integrating a lift bar into the design. Now heat can dissipate into the air keeping your laptop cool and possibly extending its life.

0 Designer: Young Hwan Kim