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

New Jack Flash

New Jack Flash

With all the traffic congestion and vehicle-related pollution up on the rise, electric powered and other hybrid green-fueled mode of transportation seems to be a happy work around. Joining the ranks is the JAC<, a compact, foldable electric powered scooter. Ideal for urban distances and loaded with high-tech features, this environmentally friendly, modern personal transporter is easy to fold and to bring along anywhere.

0 Designer: Springtime

Three Cool Ways To Break The Ice At A Party

Three Cool Ways To Break The Ice At A Party

So the party season is here and you are all geared up to go out and have a good time. Perhaps even entertain at home! While many of you may be as suave as Leonard, a few of us belong to the Rajesh Koothrappali category and can do with a little help in breaking the ice. Oh well, we are in luck! Product design is one ammo that always comes to our rescue and here are three cool ways to get a conversation started. Have a look and tell me what you think!

0 Designers: Various

Drops of Functionality

Drops of Functionality

The function of this modern furniture piece isn’t immediately obvious, but that’s just a part of its appeal! The Drop magazine stand’s functional tear-drop shape provides an elegant storage solution for all your periodicals and it also makes a great bookmark. Just place your current read over the top to save the page until you’re ready to pick it back up. The unique construction is made of 3mm birch sheets bound with a lamination technique that makes it possible to mold in just one major manufacturing process.

0 Designer: Designest

All-Season Headphones

All-Season Headphones

If you’re prepping to hit the slopes this winter then you’ll probably be including an MP3 player and headphones as part of your regular gear. While music can enhance the experience, the uncomfortableness of extended ear-bud wear can be a real pain which is why lots of helmets now have built in headphones. This innovative helmet design takes things a step further, utilizing a wireless headphone system that can also be easily removed when the snow melts off! One pair for all your favorite activities- genius!

0 Designer: Bruno Peccoud

Refined Audio

Refined Audio

Paris-based audio startup Aedle introduces its first model of high-end headphones with the stunning VK-1. The design is a far cry from the current trend of massive cans, combining aluminum and genuine leather in more sophisticated, minimal style that’s perfected by hand. With transducers in titanium and neodymium, these phones also deliver the high-performance audio the luxurious aesthetic suggests. You can pre-order yours here!

0 Designer: Aedle

Cup Designed For Better Hygiene

Cup Designed For Better Hygiene

Here’s the deal with drying cups hygienically. If you store them upright, then there is a chance of dirt/dust falling in. If you place them upside down, then the rim gets dirty once again. So to solve the problem we have here the Bevel Cup, inspired by the angular stance of a ballerina. The angular handle of the Bevel Cup allows it to remain as clean as possible when it is stored after being washed.

0 Designers: Gao Fenglin & Zhou Buyi

How About A Glue Pen?

How About A Glue Pen?

The word ‘gun’ has turned pretty controversial due the recent events of shootings in the United States. So you have to kind of agree with Soon Bok Kang that because of its resemblance to a gun, the general glue gun is rather heavy and has a dangerous aura about it. To tame it a bit and of course make it more ergonomically designed, we have here the Glue Pen.

0 Designer: Soon Bok Kang