A'Design Awards – Your Claim To Fame!

A’Design Awards – Your Claim To Fame!

UPDATE: 7 Days Left!

Steve Jobs said “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, everything else is secondary.” Finding the correct channels to promote our creativity or even get them recognized are very limited. Design Competitions are a good medium, but is recognition from peers and prize money the only push you need? The A’Design Award and Competition fills the void by highlighting, advertising and advocating good design, designers and design oriented companies.

0 Submissions Close: 29th February 2012

Wind Chime for Better Illuminations

Wind Chime for Better Illuminations

I have a soft spot for wind chimes and love the subtle music they play. On a spiritual level they are supposed to keep negativity away and increase the good vibrations. A bunch of designers have upped their karmic good by designing a lamp based on the principles of the chimes. The only difference is that the wind movement causes the lamp to harness energy to power the lamp rather than sound the soothing “clinks”.

0 Designers: Various

Magic MacBook Pro with iRemote

Magic MacBook Pro with iRemote

We are swamped with many iPad 3 rumors and with the numerous ‘leaks’ in the media, I’m sure March is worth waiting for! On a side note, we have here the Magic MacBook Pro vying for attention. The concept features a sliding trackpad that holds an iRemote within. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled device acts as function buff, allowing you to manage your music, media and “computer stuff” in a streamlined way.

0 Designer: Enrico Penello

Pill Box for Alzheimer Patients

Pill Box for Alzheimer Patients

Memo is a portable Pill box for alzheimer patients to remind them when and how many pills to take, thanks to an ingenious use of LEDs. A light with a specific color indicates the color of the box the patient has to take from. Traditionally, medications are divided up using standard trays separated by days but even some advanced patients have a hard time remember what day it is. Made of soft touch rubber, aluminum, a small circuit board, battery and LED lights. It would only cost $20. Good idea?

0 Designer: Jules Toulemonde

It Only Looks Precarious

It Only Looks Precarious

Co-existence is a project by Ryan Jongwoo Choi exploring the “oneness” between man and nature. The beautifully cut ash frames appear to be balancing on an unsteady center point but it’s really solid granite. There’s something very modern about the execution even though it’s supposed to be a nostalgic study. I like it.

0 Designer: Ryan Jongwoo Choi

Lock With No Key

Lock With No Key

You may find this funny, but I carry a separate coin purse in my handbag, exclusively for the keys to the locks of my travel bags. One lost key, a busted zipper and an expensive broken lock later, I decided not to take the risk of misplacing the keys ever again! Lockeeper hopes to remedy such situations and I really hope that the concept of a self locking zipper (with a Braille option) is the answer to my prayers.

0 Designer: Youngdo Choi

New Age Noah’s Ark

New Age Noah’s Ark

Do you ever think about how Noah’s Ark will look like in this modern age? Don’t think too much, because I have it right here for you: The Neo Noah; a modern structure with all amenities and facilities to sustain a whole township, should a natural calamity arise. Taken into consideration are open spaces, eco living and hydropower supply. The architecture is flamboyant and keeping in line with the new-age syndrome, however the efficiency can only be judged once the concept leaves the paper, manifests and is used under the predictable dire circumstances.

0 Designer: Cha Eunjin

Driving in 2030

Driving in 2030

E-Vul is an electric-powered inter-city concept car, designed for the year 2030. Changing environmental issues, living status and the impact of new energy technologies have been taken into consideration while developing this concept. Deriving inspiration from the networking and transportation techniques used by ants, E-Vul Car is proposed to work as a public booking and payment transportation system.

0 Designers: Chao Chin-Wei & Huang Wan-Ting

Seesaw Tub!

Seesaw Tub!

One of the reasons why my mother can never use the tub for a bath is that her acute arthritis and four lower limb joint replacements restrict her movement. With the Flume Tub I’m sure she will be able to just walk into the bath and use it confidently. The tub works on the principles of a seesaw and is built keeping the safety of people with restricted movements in mind. Awesome!

0 Designers: Kim Jung Su, Yoon Ji Soo & Kim Dong Hwan

The Ultimate Braille Phone

The Ultimate Braille Phone

DrawBraille Mobile Phone is one of the most compelling concepts that focus on making mobile phones easy-to-use for the blind. The entire UI and input keys are in Braille and even the touch panel reflects this system. The design and approach have a surreal finish to it and I am quite sure that Shikun Sun is on to something big with this!

0 Designer: Shikun Sun

Electrolux & YD Present : Electrolux Design Lab LOGO Competition

Electrolux & YD Present : Electrolux Design Lab LOGO Competition

UPDATE: Closed.

Electrolux Design Lab is no longer just a design competition where students compete for the coveted internship and prize money. It has grown to become an institution that symbolizes pioneering innovation, adaptability and a design process that empowers futuristic thinking. Entering its tenth year, 2012 marks a new chapter in the story.

0 Submissions Close: 9 March, 2012 - midnight PST

Poopy Problem in U.S. Landfills

Poopy Problem in U.S. Landfills

Commonly used disposable diapers are a huge sustainability problem in the United States. Even before they reach landfills, the energy and resources used in their production is very intensive. On top of that, the economic burden of disposable diapers on low income families is extremely high. The solution? Go back to using cloth diapers, but what about the increased loads of laundry? Isn’t that bad for the environment too? Hit the jump. Moms know!

0 Designer: Iven Dieterle

That's a Light Switch?

That’s a Light Switch?

Yes it is. Remork Design Studio worked with Belgian Switch company Lithoss to come up with a series of unique switches for what normally is considered a trivial element in interior design. Ultimately they ended up with a frameless switch called the Piano. Clean, sober and simple. Hit the jump to see some of the other design projects. We’ll keep an eye out as these are supposed to launch next month.

0 Designer: Remork Design Studio