Ultra-Compact Car Share

Ultra-Compact Car Share

The Citi.Transmitter is a versatile urban-transportation concept that expands on the shared-vehicle solution by offering a mix of eco-friendly modular units for a variety of needs. Using an innovative smart-hitch system, users can easily attach modules to the primary 2-wheeled car to carry more passengers or cargo. About a 4th of the size of standard cars, the ultra-compact vehicle makes getting around heavily congested cities a cinch!

0 Designer: Vincent Chan

Water Filter Too Beautiful To Hide

Water Filter Too Beautiful To Hide

The Soma is by far the most beautiful water filter to date. The pitcher looks more like a carafe which in my mind is more inviting to drink from, not to mention the minimalist design makes it perfect to leave out on the counter. The Soma addresses a number of issues I have with other filters. It’s made of glass. There’s no flap on the lid to easily break off and the filtration system is made of coconut shells, silk, and PLA plastic.

0 Designer: Soma

USB 2 USB, And More….

USB 2 USB, And More….

OMG, where have you been USB2USB? All the times that I had to go through the pain of transferring photographs and files from one card to another via the computer! What a hassle! Imagine the freedom to transfer directly from one USB or SD card to another without the via media. If only this wasn’t a concept and a reality, boy would our geeky lives become easier to share.

0 Designers: Saharudin Busri, Mohd Nizam Najmuddin, Mohd Rohaizam Mohd Tahar, Nuzairi Yasin & Nazjimee Amat Omar for MIMOS Berhad

Sweet Side Of Gardening

Sweet Side Of Gardening

The Sweet Pot is an innovative plant pot design where the bottom basin acts as a growth patch for extra grass. Essentially the design takes care of excessive watering and drainage at the same time. More like the extra water acts like a feed for the grass patch at the bottom, hence no drains required. The Sweet Slide is a tool that aids watering the plant comfortably. Super cute and super efficient!

0 Designer: Jeong Kim

Drinking My Coffee And Eating It Too!

Drinking My Coffee And Eating It Too!

Yes, that is the pleasure of sipping espresso out of the Cookie Cup! The edible cookie cup is made of a light pastry that is lined with sugar. So basically when you pour in your coffee shot, the sugar dissolves slowly so that you can enjoy your drink and then later eat up the cookie. Not only does the design allow you to snack on a tasty treat, it also looks into the eco aspect of no-dishwashing and suds issue. Very Clever!

0 Designer: Sardi Innovation

Air Umbrella – Part 2

Air Umbrella – Part 2

The Air Umbrella has been in the news lately and I think this Pump Umbrella is a fitting Part – 2 for the design. For all practical purposes we have three main reasons for umbrellas to cause us worry; one when we use it – that it keeps us dry and doesn’t flurry inside out. Second: it should be easily portable. Lastly, after use we need to store it well so that it doesn’t wet the floor (bag or whatever!). So how about a wand-style umbrella that we ‘pump’ into shape and then easily deflate for storing? Super!

0 Designers: Kiho Jung and Mingyeon Jang

Toasting By The Color

Toasting By The Color

Hue is a toaster that toasts bread according to the shade you choose. The toaster apparently harnesses the power of an array of color sensors via a simple interface, in order to intuitively and smartly toast bread to that perfect shade of golden brown. Basically the sensors keep the heating element on till the bread reaches the shade of brown that you desire. So instead of working on generic number of toasting like 2,3,4 etc, the toaster uses your specific shade for reference. Perfect!

0 Designer: Basheer Tome

iF Concept Design Awards Awards 2013

iF Concept Design Awards Awards 2013

It’s the lull right after Christmas and before the New Year’s frenzy; the perfect time to get hold of those projects and submit them to the iF Concept Design Awards Awards 2013. Did you ask why? Well, because the iF Concept Design Awards is one of the most respected concept design awards that empower young student designers to make their mark. Hit this link to see the kind of projects we have previously covered on Yanko Design and you will know what I mean.

0 Registrations Close: 10th January 2013

So We Survived 2012

So We Survived 2012

And you know what that means right? The Mayans were wrong; the world did not end, but that doesn’t mean the end of natural disasters like floods and tsunami. Which is why it’s better to be prepared than sorry. Look forward to a bright future with preparedness gear like the Defender, which is a ‘sandbag’ for flood control. It contains absorbent recycled paper fiber that becomes heavy when wet. When dry, however, it is lightweight and is easy to handle. Stay safe people!

0 Designers: Teng Xuan, Zhang Mingxi, Yang Zhaonan & Zhen Zhiliang

A’ Design Award & Competitions’ Year of Design Campaign

A’ Design Award & Competitions’ Year of Design Campaign

If you are an aspiring, young or establishing-yourself kinda designer, then the next three days are very important for you. The A’ Design Award has opened doors to the Year of Design Campaign, which is an opportunity for designers to join the competition with discounted fees. The doors (or discount window of 60%) remains open for 3-days only. So this means from 27-30 December 2012. In other words it’s Santa’s way of giving you a bonus gift this year!

0 60% Discount Window: 27 - 30 December 2012

Saving The Sinking

Saving The Sinking

The Safe Guard is a life buoy to be used by people who don’t know how to swim, but need to help rescue a drowning person. Ok, so the scene may sound complicated in your mind’s eye when you read this, but the truth is that it is a plausible scenario. The main body of the buoy is anchored to the shore and the lifesaver inflates as soon as it touches water. It’s kind of a first reaction to an emergency situation kinda thing.

0 Designers: LiuYi, Xu Wei, Meng Luhua & Li Ke

Colored Tiers Are Safer

Colored Tiers Are Safer

The Discolor Tyre is a concept where the age and durability of the car tire is indicated and communicated through its color. Basically a tire is good for around 20,000 kilometers, and then its kinds worn out. With the Discolor Tyre, the tire takes on a bright orange hue once it is worn out and requires immediate replacement. It saves you the trouble of keeping a constant check and acts as a good warning system to keep your travels safe.

0 Designers: Gao Fenglin & Zhou Buyi

Skyway or the Highway

Skyway or the Highway

As maneuverable as they are, emergency helicopters still have limitations like relatively low speed and limited reach with their large rotors  that prevent them from landing close to objects. The Skyway concept concentrates on eliminating these setbacks by utilizing a unique multi-fan propulsion system that makes it smaller, faster, more stable, safer, and all-in-all better equipped to access emergency situations that even ground ambulances might have trouble getting to. You gotta check out the vid to see how this bad boy works!

0 Designer: Daniel Dobrogorsky