Little Birdy is Quite a Help!

Little Birdy is Quite a Help!

Helping the elderly climb stairs is such a noble thing to do, however they may not find a helping hand every time they need it. The Companion Bird is a cute and functional solution. It hooks onto the rails of a staircase, offering an ergonomic grip that is steady and secure; providing help when needed. Plus it adds a bit of color.

0 Designers: Kim Bo-kyung & Baek Eun-ha

Your Bus is Here

Your Bus is Here

When buses queue up one behind the other at a stop, it’s quite difficult to read the bus-numbers. Folding Plate, as the name suggests, is a route indicator that pops out when the door of the bus opens. It’s positioned right above the door and is easy to spot and read. It even has LED settings to make the route number visible at night.

0 Designers: Chae-woo Park & Tae-eun Kim

Yet Another Traffic Light!

Yet Another Traffic Light!

We’ve seen some really cool Traffic Lights Concepts and going to the list is the Mobius Strip Lamp. It’s a one-in-all installation that features vehicle signals, pedestrian signals and a street lamp. The main idea is to reduce the visual mish-mash of lights and get them composed into one neat strip. The signal values are standard, meaning green, yellow, and red light.

0 Designer: Kisung Lee

Trees of Frozen Material

Trees of Frozen Material

Although technically it’s basically as far before Christmas in the year as it’s ever going to be since it JUST happened a few days ago, we here at Yanko like to celebrate every day as a holiday – and what better way to do it than with a fun DIY design? The following creations are Christmas tree lanterns designed and executed by Hugon Kowalski, and you can make one yourself! Take a peek at the materials and methods and go for it!

0 Designer: Hugon Kowalski

To Award a Vandal

To Award a Vandal

Does it make sense to hold a graffiti awards show? Some say no way, the whole idea of vandalism is to do your thing and never get caught! The rest say sure, why not? Have some fun, eat some snacks. Who doesn’t love snacks? Thusly, there are the Artaq Awards in both Paris and Berlin. Below you’ll find lists of artists involved in this years’ shows as well as a bigger view of one the artists involved: Matox – with live laser graffiti!

0 Designers: Various

For Writers Who Cannot Paper Enough

For Writers Who Cannot Paper Enough

This design comes from the traditional Chinese form of calligraphy and painting – the scroll. It takes this scroll and uses the Involute curves to create a chair seat that provides both good elasticity and support. The seat piece is made of stainless steel or carbon fibre and extruded PC. This chair can be placed and used both indoors and outdoors, whichever you do so desire. Comes in a variety of colors (once it ends up being produced) – but for now, just two!

0 Designer: XU Gongwei

Setting Sail with Bloom

Setting Sail with Bloom

Bloom is a yacht concept that earns its eco-friendly chops by including a wind driven power source and solar panels. We know alternative fuels like hydrogen are being used but a neater idea would be to make sure all building materials come from recycled and sustainable resources. Now rich people don’t have to feel guilty (do they ever?) about wasting petrol cruising around.

0 Designer: Xiang Yu

The Red Cross Needs This

The Red Cross Needs This

Easy access to water during a fire in the subway is next to impossible. The interim solution is to hold a soaked rag to your face. The Crack Mask is a set of emergency masks you crack open, breaking the water capsule inside. Hold the soaked mask to your face and proceed with the evacuation.

0 Designers: Han Chi-hoon & Kim Yeon-soo

Cook The Food and They Will Come

Cook The Food and They Will Come

Presented here are two projects by Sandra Haak that envisage future technologies like Polytronik to help develop her concepts. The first project is 101° Degree, which is a water boiler and the second project is GUADO, a cooking and tableware set consisting of a hibachi and unique bowls with flatware. Check out the finger-tongs that allow you to pickup bite-sized nibbles without getting your fingers dirty. So kitsch!

0 Designer: Sandra Haak

Lines of Light on Wheels of Speed

Lines of Light on Wheels of Speed

Devour if you will this escape from urbanization, the XSCAPE is from a time and place unknown to us as of yet, a concept car for 2030. Daily commuting is what this lady is for, flexible and narrow for the condensed spaces of the future. Flexible materials are mixed with solids for a safe ride and trip – this car can also extend horizontally to accommodate more than one rider.

0 Designer: Shengjie Wang

A New Grip, A New Steam

A New Grip, A New Steam

What many beginning designers, especially those with big dreams and aspirations, don’t realize that it’s the little things, the littlest parts of things, that matter the most. When you take a tiny piece of something and improve it immeasurably, that’s when you’ve made a magnificent difference in the world. If you’re able to work inside the system and change it from the inside out, you’ve just created a pathway. That’s what this Steam Machine has done with its handle.

0 Designer: Yuree S Lim

Flashlight for Open Air

Flashlight for Open Air

This project asks the question – why do we hide all of our objects? Why do we keep away our possessions in cupboards, drawers, and the like, when these objects are so beautifully crafted, so useful on the instant? This is a flashlight that deserves its own special out in the open place as its attractiveness cannot be shut away from its light! This is the Handlight Project, a flashlight sitting on a base, what the designer calls a green project just waiting to be held.

0 Designer: Raphael Morais

Reading Material, Predictable Magic

Reading Material, Predictable Magic

We love the tangible side of ID, but the majority of designs will never move beyond concept because there’s a dark area in ID everyone hates to wrestle with – the business side. Predictable Magic empowers you to face the challenge, to make you a better leader and business owner. It’s full of examples of how one creates products that resonate with consumers by making emotional connections. $19 on Amazon but US Kindle owners can download it for free. Exp January 15.

0 Authors: Deepa Prahalad, Ravi Sawhney (Buy it on Amazon)