Door Handle for Dummies

Door Handle for Dummies

Admit it- you’ve approached a door and had trouble figuring out whether to push or pull. Even though we’ve all experienced this, it can still be embarrassing! Here’s a solution: the Push/Pull Affordance Rotating Handle was developed from a series of cognitive tests that revealed a correlation between handle shape and the directional guess the user has to make. When the user sees its flat surface they will push, and when they see the pointed surface they will pull. It’s a simple concept, but oh-so-smart!

0 Designer: Tommaso Gecchelin

Safer Plastic Money

Safer Plastic Money

In my part of the world, Credit Card scams are an everyday occurrence. So the companies have gotten smart and allocate us a one-time-pin (OTP) for online shopping but still have to wise-up to forgery and misuse in the physical world. Safe Card is a protective option that allows you to use a Credit Card only after you unlock it with a password. Offering a second tier of security is the option to enter the exact amount to the card interface, so that only the specified amount is charged.

0 Designers: Kyoung Mo-baek, Won Park-jang & Hyunwoo-jang

Electrolux Design Lab 2012 - Design Experience

Electrolux Design Lab 2012 – Design Experience

You can call it the Scandinavian influence or sheer creative genius, but you have to hand to the Electrolux team to come up with such a catchy video that communicates this year’s Design Lab brief with such finesse! The theme for 2012 is to Design Experience! Inspired by the Electrolux Cube experience, Design Lab wants designers to conceptualize appliances that provide a “fuller sensory experience.” Watch this exclusive video that Premiers here on Yanko Design, be inspired and submit your entries latest by June 1st.

0 Deadline: 1st June 2012, 23:59 CET

Primping Up the Lamps

Primping Up the Lamps

Unless you live in a vibrant city like Kula Lumpur, where you have such ornate streetlamps, chances are that you are stuck with drab energy draining streetlamps. Parasite is a Photovoltaic Lamp that parasitically hooks onto existing lamps and scaffoldings, primping the old. The PV cell system is modeled on the system designed by Spectrolab.

0 Designer: Mark Beccaloni

Swiss Animal Knife

Swiss Animal Knife

More of an entertaining accent than a truly useful tool, the Animal Pocket Knife is for adults who still like their toys! Similar to a Swiss army knife, a variety of stainless steel heads, tails and legs fold out to reveal some of Africa’s native wildlife like the giraffe, antelope and rhinoceros. Perfect for storytelling!

0 Designer: David Suhami

The Modern Jukebox

The Modern Jukebox

The Social Jukebox offers a clever way of sharing music between friends that’s reminiscent of the interactive experience of using an old school juke. Users can load their favorite tunes on wearable, wooden “tokens” that easily attach to clothing, jewelry or keychains. No more switching out iPods at parties- simply place the wooden pieces into the jukebox’s slots to mix and share! Check the vid to see how it works!

0 Designer: Andrew Pairman

The Purist's Table

The Purist’s Table

The minimal TANTAL table is composed of just two parts: a sleek, rounded top surface and an open, chromed-out base. No seams, no joints, no complicated instructions- just pure simplicity at its finest!

0 Designer: Andrej Čverha

It’s Zero Wherever You Like

It’s Zero Wherever You Like

My designer friends are going to appreciate the ‘0 Point Ruler’, one that gives you the flexibility to start point zero from wherever you like. The ruler is basically a pressure-sensitive touchscreen strip that has digital markings. It tanks up juice via a few good swirls around your finger and is easy to use. I love it for its innovative streak and peaceful marriage of technology.

0 Designers: Various

Sterile Sip

Sterile Sip

A Clean Label is a low cost protective label that prevents you from drinking from a contaminated soda can. If we take the user scenario seriously, I agree with the notion that we tend to take swig from the can, without even cleaning it. It’s a subconscious act and yes, we are filthy…me included! This simple can-clip redesign adds a cleaning filament that swipes the can-surface clean in a jiffy. Cheers to a germ-free drink!

0 Designers: Meixian Su, Fengming Chen & Yujie Chen

Sound Ray

Sound Ray

This unique ceiling installation by Studio Bernal aims to create ever-so-subtle changes in a room’s acoustic and visual atmospheres by making articulated changes in the form of its surface. Inspired the the animal of the same name, the Manta makes adjustments in position through multi-modal input including sound, stereoscopic vision, touch, and even brainwaves, changing according to the actions of the people around it.

0 Designer: Studio Bernal

Personal Flotation Device

Personal Flotation Device

The PFD by Sanu K R is designed to be almost unrecognizable as a life preserver. The device looks more like a stylish bag strap or necklace but inflate it and you’ve got a functional floaty that holds the wearer upright in the water to facilitate proper breathing. To inflate, simply pull the chain the break the lock- if you do wear it as a necklace just be careful not to snag it on anything!

0 Designer: Sanu K R

Meditation Chair

Meditation Chair

The ZenCircus chair is a twist on the latest trend of fitness-minded furniture that makes it possible for the user to do a long list of alternative exercises like yoga positions, trapeze and balance. The hammock-style chair cradles the user in the desired position using extendable fabric that molds to the shape of the body. Use it as a hardcore workout to make you sweat or find some peace of mind in your favorite stretching pose!

0 Designers: Various

Double - No Trouble!

Double – No Trouble!

Duo is an innovative tap mixer with two functional spouts. The downward pour is ideal for hand washing and the upward stream, for brushing teeth. I can even squeeze in washing face and gulping a sip of water to the list but that’s about it. What I really like is the flexibility offered without adding confusion to how the tap operates. Hot, cold, up and down…all done intuitively.

0 Designer: Daniel So