Steamy Cuppa!

Steamy Cuppa!

The Steam Mug is a cute little humidifier that uses up the leftover water from your drinking mug, to humidify the room. Its efficient enough to work with the small quantities left in and is cool enough to hang out with your desk-stuff. As far as looks and styling go, it’s very similar to the The Cup. And I think that’s what makes it awesome!

0 Designer: Young-Suk Kim

Our Picks from the 2011 red dot awards!

Our Picks from the 2011 red dot awards!

Nearly 4500 entries were submitted for the 2011 red dot judges to review! After a meticulous, hands-on study of each submitted product they finally narrowed it down to 793 winners of the “red dot” award, 154 “honourable mention” award winners, as well as 59 “best of the best” awards reserved for well… the best of the best! We’re impressed that the judges tackled 4500 original entries when we could barely keep our hands off all 900+ winning designs! We did, however, manage to narrow it down to 10 that we just couldn’t keep our eyes off of…

Amazing Rock Drill, Still Loud Though

Amazing Rock Drill, Still Loud Though

ROC C1 is a compact rock drill solution for jobs where flexibility and maneuverability are key. It can be folded together and transported in a 10 foot container. Four independently controllable tracks are suitable for any terrain. The articulating arm enables free sideways and upwards motions. With a semi-autonomous solution the operator can work alongside the rig or at a distance.

0 Designer: Erik Borg with Atlas Copco

Chinese Herbal Shower

Chinese Herbal Shower

I think the Medical Shower is a brilliant concept. Basically what it does, is it gives you a refreshing herbal bath, thanks to the use of Chinese Herbs in a teabag-esque sachet. Not all of us have the luxury of taking a soak in essential oils and aromatherapies. I have 6 bathrooms in my house but none of it with a bathtub! So this shower is the next best thing I can have for some self-pampering! Love the clever showerhead design too! Kinda like a filter to hold in the herbs.

0 Designers: Various

Color Me Music

Color Me Music

“Colorme” is a hypothetical brand created by Ivan Jaddou, which is inspired by the sensory phenomenon of synesthesia and the ambiguity of international color symbolism. The project explores in unconventional methods of prolonging the experience of music, reaching beyond the realms of sound and into colors, emotions, and activities.

0 Designer: Ivan Jaddou

Travelogue with Total Recall

Travelogue with Total Recall

I have this keen sense of attaching places with certain smells, especially when I’m on vacations. For example, whenever I wear this Armani perfume of mine, it triggers of memories of my trip to Japan, because I used that fragrance on my trip. Likewise, many people associate different images and sounds with their travels. SEED is like a total recall agent that captures the essence of your travels (sights, sounds and smells) so that you can share them with loved ones.

0 Designers: Moonhwan Lee, Nakamura Shohei &YoungWook Jung

Ten Amazing Cellphone Concepts on Yanko Design

Ten Amazing Cellphone Concepts on Yanko Design

I often reason with my children that we survived the 80’s without the cellphone, here in India. We grew up to be safe and sound and managed to get home the message that we’d be late for dinner! I don’t blame the technology; it’s just that the user interface, product designing and features in today’s phones are so awesome, that they become a natural extension of our wrist! Here are Ten Amazing Cellphone Concepts that I have rounded up for you, ten reasons to look forward to new arm candy.

0 Designers: Various

Micro Four Thirds Camera Brings Cinema Quality

Micro Four Thirds Camera Brings Cinema Quality

Shift is a hybrid digital camera system for the ambitious filmmaker. Based on the Micro Four Thirds standard, it combines superior image quality with an intuitive operating concept. Individualized control functions and film effects can be integrated into the host and are triggered live. A sophisticated housing provides a swiveling touch screen and an ergonomic handle extension. For unusual perspectives, the control unit can be removed, and the camera operated wirelessly.

0 Designer: Daniel Spönemann

Braille by Hand

Braille by Hand

I’m sure you recollect seeing Braille staplers and dispensers here on YD. What we have today is the Braille Tape; I think it’s the simplest and most functional of them all. It’s just a sticky tape with parallel dots that you can hand punch to write a Braille message. Label bottles or mark out the danger zone, do it in a jiffy.

0 Designers: Kukil Han, Yongju Kwak, Young-Seok Kim & Dongbin Shin

The Graceful Spout!

The Graceful Spout!

Roofers are specially designed lids for jugs, thermos and teapot with the purpose of making liquid pouring an easy experience. When we pour from a regular spout the liquid tends to drip and settle around the spout opening, resulting in limescale formation. The graceful redesign solves the issue plus keeps the bottle completely covered.

0 Designer: Shota Aoyagi

Faux Pen

Faux Pen

Designed to look like a thick pen, the Lepen Solder System is probably the sleekest of solder irons I have ever seen. The design is not all about looks though it addresses key issues like ergonomics, smoke absorption, safety and charging. The solder pen docks into the holder for charging, which also doubles up as a smoke absorber. Moonhwan points out that the Soldering Pen helps users to feed, melt, and desolder solder in an easy and comfortable way. I think I agree!

0 Designer: Moonhwan Lee

Mono Chair

Mono Chair

Love this simple, geometric Mono Chair from niafdesign. This is world’s apart from the dining chairs I grew up with. You know the type; big cushions, tall backs – your parent’s parents kind of chair. The Mono Chair is much more my style. Eating is probably when I’m most happiest and the sheer exuberance in this design expresses that happiness well.

0 Designer: Efecan Gürbüz & Onur Besen

YD is Your Ticket to the red dot gala!

YD is Your Ticket to the red dot gala!

It’s that time of year again! That’s right, the 2011 red dot design awards gala is just around the corner! Awww, can’t make it? We’ll miss you… but don’t worry! As a red dot media partner, Yanko Design will be covering the event, the who’s who, and all the happenings LIVE just for YOU!

Stay tuned in to the YD homepage, Facebook, and Twitter on July 4th as we provide recaps of everything from the live entertainment to the tear-jerking acceptance speeches directly from the Aalto Theater in Essen, Germany.

0 reddot Gala 2011, 4 July 2011 8:30 pm CET