Traditional Camera Shapes are Wrong

Traditional Camera Shapes are Wrong

Listen to designer Jean-michel Bonnemoy and he’ll have you believe traditional camera form factors were dictated by the need to hold a roll of film in the back. Now that we’re all digital, why are still maintaining that archaism? He maintains the new form factor should be a cylinder – ergonomically better for the hand. The D-CAN concept significantly reduces volume while still providing all the finite controls professional photographers are used to. Hit the jump for the “specs”.

0 Designer: Jean-michel Bonnemoy

Modular Paint Brush

Modular Paint Brush

It’s a standard 4″ paint brush but the width can be varied by removing or adding 1/2 modular bristles. The synthetic hairs are attached to a stainless steel ferrule that mounts onto a spring steel handle. This actually look like it might work although it begs the question, why wouldn’t you just buy a good disposable brush in the first place?

0 Designer: Virang Akhiyaniya

The Easy Plug Switch

The Easy Plug Switch

Switch Socket has multiple useful facets all in one go. The design makes it easy for you to glide in the plug, and the rotary switch ensures that you exercise the good sense of switching off a plugged appliance, when not in use. This saves you the trouble of yanking out a plug! LED lights round the socket passively remind you that you can save energy. What I like most about the lock and rotate feature is that it kinda makes it a child-safe socket, unless your kid is over smart and work his way around this one too!

0 Designer: Liang Li-Hsin

Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in Bed

hotspot / breakfast is an excellent way to pamper yourself or a loved one. The setup is a fully functional breakfast tray with components like a toaster, a kettle and an espresso pot; all designed with a classic touch. Too bad it didn’t hit the market during this past Valentine’s week. It sure would have made many of us ladies happy…. being served breakfast in bed!

0 Designer: Stefan Otzelberger

The Djokovic Watch

The Djokovic Watch

The N1 watch is a tribute to everyone’s favorite tennis pro, the top ranked (and totally shaggable) Novak Djokovic. The inspiration from the sport’s signature racket pattern is reflected on the inner surface in the form of a net that provides a delicate touch in contrast with its other bold, masculine features, including the No.1 insignia- a nod to Djokovic.

0 Designer: Marko Petrovic

Neat Pizza Fingers

Neat Pizza Fingers

I love the Paper Dish concept and hope that Dominos or Pizza Hut take up on this idea ASAP. The thang is only a well-cut paper with appropriate perforations, that allow you to slice and devour a pizza slice, without getting your hands messy. The idea is very clever, more like a makeshift paper plate, but worth including in my next box of hot takeaway!

0 Designers: Yu Kyung Ha, Won Min Jung & Kwon Young Hee

Ken Koo & red dot design concept 2012

Ken Koo & red dot design concept 2012

This can easily be one of those regular ‘call for entries’, urging you to participate in the most coveted design award of ‘em all. But I’m on this swing to do things differently; so instead of a subtle reminder that February 29th is when the Early Birds registrations close, I’m going to tell you why Ken Koo, red dot design award Asia President, feels that designers need to be 20% Business-minded and think less like artists. And one more thing, if you miss the early bird be sure to register by 27th June 2012; that is the absolute last date.

MacPad!

MacPad!

The evolution of the MacBook Pro, as imagined by designer Jules Moretti, is this hybrid design, the MacPad Pro, that integrates the touchscreen functionality of the iPad into both the keyboard and primary display. In other words, you basically have two super-iPads hinged together that work in tandem! Simply rotate the lightweight unit in a “spine up” position to read it like a book.

0 Designer: Jules Moretti

Rockin Socket

Rockin Socket

Earlier today I was tearing apart my office looking for an extension cord (unsuccessfully). If only I had this wall socket design by Nguyen Tuan Anh. The primary feature is an integrated extension cord that allows the user to easily pull and return the plug to the wall. This unique universal socket caters to travelers, gadget-lovers, and home owners alike, making power conversion easier, intuitive and definitely more convenient. This is thinking outside the box at its best!

0 Designer: Nguyen Tuan Anh

Romance Inspired Tea

Romance Inspired Tea

Designer Paul Hoover’s exploration into the rituals, senses and environments surrounding tea yielded the realization that sharing tea is generally a ceremonious act between two people. The resulting design’s cups and pot represent this bond as they nestle into their holding tray, aiming to enhance and inspire a romantic experience that two people can share.

0 Designer: Paul Hoover

Light of Distinction

Light of Distinction

Drawing inspiration from Brasa, we have here an exceptionally slim and innovative rear light for cycles. The design optimizes the use of Light Line Technology (LLT), where the technique and optics clearly offset the single string of lights from the rest of the body, giving the impression that a red line is floating in the air. An easily accessible switch and simple battery removal, make it very practical and efficient light.

0 Designers: Mathis Heller & WeLL Design with Spanninga

Trendy Braille Eyewear

Trendy Braille Eyewear

The Braille Sight concept is simple and fashioned as trendy eyewear. The system captures images using the glasses frames (Frame of Sight) and then syncs it to the lenses (Braille Pad) as tactile images in Braille. The wearer can comfortably “see” their surroundings, in spite of being sight impaired. The only issue I can think about here, is the response that the tactile system has to the ever changing landscape. What do you say?

0 Designers: Seungwoo Kim & Harim Lee

Manly Modern Timepiece

Manly Modern Timepiece

I like my watches like I like my lovers- on time and looking good! Seriously though, I prefer a sleek, minimal yet masculine design that will achieve those two simple things. The Lepidus collection is for the purist who knows what they want. In carbon, steel and platinum finishes, this is a modern man’s watch through and through. Just look at this hunk wearing it!

0 Designer: Adrián Castro