2012 Taiwan International Student Design Competition – Amazing Prizes to be Won!

2012 Taiwan International Student Design Competition – Amazing Prizes to be Won!

One of the good things about participating in competitions is that you get to challenge yourself and push yourself to the limits. Like Yves Behar told me when I spoke with him, “winning awards and competitions is like an icing on the cake called hard work.” He should know better, he and fuseproject have won so many of them! For now, we have one big opportunity coming up with the 2012 Taiwan International Student Design Competition. Submissions are welcome in Product Design, Visual Design and Digital Animation categories. Check out the details inside.

0 Submissions Close: 15th August 2012, 2:00 am PST

Camouflaging a Bandage

Camouflaging a Bandage

The only time I’ve been so obsessed with bandages was when I spied the jewel encrusted Cynthia Rowley’s Limited Edition. This Chameleon Bandage takes the concept of band-aid protection a notch higher by becoming literally invisible. I suppose there must be some chemical elements to it. However the designers have not clarified it as yet. Imagine how cool will it be to sport a bandage that blends with your skin tone, especially for those awkward places on your chin or cheek! Me wants one now!

0 Designers: Various

The Elegance in Making Tea

The Elegance in Making Tea

Be it the elegance of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Chado or the exuberance of Gongfu cha followed by the Chinese; tea drinking and its brewing is an artform that not many can replicate. The Chai-Set by Mahsa Haddad gives you the liberty of creating your own tea ceremony. A style that can be exclusive and distinct to you alone! The elements consist of a beautiful stainless steel tea tray that doubles up as a warming platform. An elegant china teapot, with tea strainer and holder, cups, sugar bowl, milk jug, and a ceramic container for ancillaries like candles for the tea-warmer.

0 Designer: Mahsa Haddad

Wild Transforming Chairs

Wild Transforming Chairs

Words almost can’t describe my affection for these stunning zoomorphic seating designs! Inspired by the mythologies of parahumans, the Hybrid series of chairs playfully merges with the seated person to create a visually captivating scene. It’s a clever and unique approach that’s sure to be a conversation starter in any room.

0 Designer: Merve Kahraman

Beautiful Mess

Beautiful Mess

Though it might seem random, the Mess Lamp is actually a representation of the systematic “chaos” in the complicated geometric shapes of leaves. Starting from the top and moving downward, the “petals” are placed in a system similar to others found in nature, and perfectly camouflage the supporting structure and light source without totally obstructing the glow.

0 Designer: Vasiliy Butenko

All-In-One Videography Tool

All-In-One Videography Tool

As DSLR cameras have expanded their use beyond still photography to high definition videography, so has the need for accessories that allow for a variety of movement when recording. The Indieshot DSLR incorporates a steadicam, boom camera mount for high shots, glide track for pan and push shots, shoulder mount, and tripod all into one compact, low production cost peripheral. It’s a one-stop solution for dynamic recording.

0 Designer: Grant Parrinello

Naked Electrocycle

Naked Electrocycle

The BOLT concept motorbike is a beautiful combination of  the polished and sophisticated features of naked-style sports tourers and the streetfighter stance of supersports. The minimal aesthetic is somewhat deceiving as dual electric motors put out around 80kw, launching the bike with an amazing amount of torque. Other features like a clear digital display and stunning LED lighting effects leave little to be desired.

0 Designer: Springtime

A Gripping Camera!

A Gripping Camera!

The EasyGrab is specially designed for the silver generation, making photography and easy task rather than a challenge. The design language is pretty traditional with a few exceptions; for example the shutter button is not on top of the camera, instead it is a leaver placed in the front of the camera. The camera is easy to hold with either hands and has two scrolls that control the zoom. Interestingly the zoom has access from both the front and the back of the camera.

0 Designer: Arttu-Matti Immonen

The Future is… in Boston : IDSA’s 2012 International Conference

The Future is… in Boston : IDSA’s 2012 International Conference

Most designers I know are gearing up for the 2012 International Conference hosted by IDSA. The little snippet of surprise this year is the poster competition being held on the sidelines. The winner gets one complimentary registration; 4-night’s paid accommodation and a brand new iPad! Sweet deal, considering the well-acclaimed Syd Mead will be delivering the keynote address.

0 Early Registrations Close: 15th July midnight EST

Inside-out Printer

Inside-out Printer

Thanks to concept design, our perception of a printer has stretched from a circular body to over-the-edge box. The idea is to break conventional norms and do something radically different yet respecting the boundaries of ‘form beyond function’. The Eclipse-dual Printer is a step in this direction and it aims at revealing the process of printing and scanning, rather than concealing it.

0 Designer: Han S. Hong

Visual Headphones

Visual Headphones

Keeping with the late trend of bold headphone designs, the Amazing Headphone features an added visual element on one side. Now the music can be “seen” by others through a full-color display that can be customized to the user’s liking. A color spectrum sound graph, light wave, and sequenced flares are just a few of the options that will move to the sound of your jams.

0 Designer: ChanHyun Park & SeJi Kim

Doodle Desk

Doodle Desk

I hate to admit it, but my desk is littered with post-it notes and random scribbles on pieces of paper. Until I fully utilize the capability of my digital calendar I could really use a desk design like this. “My Desk” by Miguel Mestre is more like a giant notepad on 4 legs! A thick tablet of 100cm X 70cm sheets of paper acts as the surface- each sheet is completely at your disposal to write all your thoughts and memos on! Genius!

0 Designer: Miguel Mestre

For a Change It’s HTC!

For a Change It’s HTC!

We have seen very few HTC concepts being dished out, so this HTC Droid Incredible 3 Concept is a refreshing change. It soothes our senses with some strong angles and refined sleek looks. In Cesar’s words, “The story behind my concept is that in this version, the Droid Incredible has grown so powerful thanks to its internal components, such as quad-core processors and 4G LTE connectivity, that the hardware cannot ‘restrain’ this power anymore, hence the ‘broken’ back plate and front panel.”

0 Designer: Cesar Corral Castilla