Custom Nooka Zub Zirc YD Giveaway

Custom Nooka Zub Zirc YD Giveaway

Hey kids, hope you had a wonderful weekend, but don’t let Mondays get you down because we’ve been hard at work with the awesome elves at Nooka to bring you this custom Nooka Zub Zirc watch monogrammed with the YD logo. There are only FIVE in the world and here’s your chance to win one. All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me which Nooka watch and color is your favorite. You have until Friday the 15th.

0 Sponsor: Nooka, Contest ends 07/15

A Little Control Can Boost Imagination

A Little Control Can Boost Imagination

The latest collection from designer Emily Gunning, MonsterMake, MetaMorphasuit, and Mothershape, aims to discourage obsolescence and maintain their appeal to the child over a prolonged period of time. The designer’s research found that children are more likely to maintain satisfaction with their toys if they have some level of control over what that toy becomes. This encourages them to keep the product longer while helping them tap into their innate affinity for using their imagination.

0 Designer: Emily Gunning

The red dot gala Wrap Up!

The red dot gala Wrap Up!

We’re baaaa-aaaack!! Thanks for following our live feeds on Facebook & Twitter on July 4th as we reported directly from the 2011 red dot product design awards ceremony and Designers’ Night after party in Essen, Germany. We had a blast this year and hope you did too! Ah, now what other juicy info can we give you about this year’s red dot awards!?

Making A Big Deal Out of Lights & Trash

Making A Big Deal Out of Lights & Trash

Solar power and waste disposal is always a winning combination with the green brigade, but unlike some loft concepts, the City Context is a very practical and utilitarian design. It’s the combo of solar powered streetlamps with color-coded dustbins within the shaft of the lamp. Icons on the bin indicate its use and help in garbage segregation in its first level itself.

0 Designers: Various

My Next Coffee Machine

My Next Coffee Machine

I am totally smitten by this simple exploration of basic shapes like rectangle, cylinder and hole. The resulting coffee machine is a stunning design that is bare-minimal and intuitive. The only thing different is the operations; the brew is made by pressing the cylinder inside. Hope Nespresso likes the concept too!

0 Designer: Danna Kazir

Dentistry Gone Mobile

Dentistry Gone Mobile

The Dentris mobile dental treatment system ensures that bed-ridden patients & others unable to visit the clinic are able to receive the dental treatment they need by providing a way for dentists to bring care to their patients’ homes. The complete dentist station is packed into a lightweight, robust case that includes all the necessary tools for cleanings, fillings, & other operations. Not just for immobile patients, Dentris also offers a solution to those who have a phobia of the dentist’s office. Sign me up!

0 Designer: Clemens Auer

Watch Encourages Play

Watch Encourages Play

The Moosh Watch is a response to the global decline in children’s physical activity & the increase in the percentage of overweight and obese children worldwide. The solution aims to encourage exercise & interaction by providing a way for kids to reflect on daily activities by simply by doing what they do best- playing. The watch measures the type, duration, & other members involved in an activity & links this information to a social networking site where they earn badges based & can compare their scores.

0 Designer: Martin Spurway

Lamp or String Theory?

Lamp or String Theory?

Totally intrigued by the Hydralamp. It has a unique cooling system that extends the LED bulb lifetime to 50,000 hours. The lamp is also an energy saver. It produces the same luminous power as a 20W halogen bulb but consumes only 4W. The lamp casing is made of anodized aluminum and tempered glass totalling 900mm high.

0 Designer: Balint Tamasi

Yet Another iPhone 5 Concept

Yet Another iPhone 5 Concept

Considering the fact that iPhone 5 isn’t out as yet, the iPhone 6 rumors just make me smirk at our Apple obsession! In case you haven’t heard, 6 is rumored to have inductive charging, sleek compact body and 3.7” screen, amongst other things. So tell me Antoine Brieux, do you think your vision of the 5, sans LED Panel, stereo jack moved to the top of the phone, single aluminum anodized body with several color options, hold a candle to these rumors? Get back to the drawing board my man, and let’s see what iPhone 6 looks to you!

0 Designer: Antoine Brieux of NAK Studio

Put A Smile on the Plaster

Put A Smile on the Plaster

The only time I had an urge to splurge on Band-Aid was when I came across Cynthia Rowley’s blinged brigade called Dress-Up Band-Aid. No doubt the price tab for crystal and sequins encrusted plaster hurts more than the wound. So I reckon I’m going to please myself with the Smile Band Aid instead. Not rocket science, but cute as a button, it’s the kinda of emoticon I’d rather settle with, to ease my pain!

0 Designer: Da Wei Xing

In Line With the Socket

In Line With the Socket

The Furrow is a simple intuitive design for the socket plate that has furrows in either horizontal or diagonal positioning. These positions correspond with the orientation of the plug-socket. It comes handy for those spots where the plugs are far from reach (like beneath your desk) or below the eye-level. Ah, the woman in the picture says it all!

0 Designers: Kim Min Seok & Taehak Kwon

Urban Diversity in Motion

Urban Diversity in Motion

This MA degree project at the Royal College of Art, MONOFORM addresses the automotive industry’s lack of cultural relevance. It stands as a point of view towards progressive mobility experiences that connect with the emerging philosophies of the 21st century and speaks directly to those who feel alienated by the conservative symbolism applied in modern automotive design.

0 Designer: Fernando Ocaña

Cap Sipper

Cap Sipper

Now here is a curious idea, what we have is the plastic screw-on cap of a bottle and in that cap is the sealing strip as well. When you rip put the seal, it unfurls to open up as a straw. Now I don’t know how practical this design can get, but I think it can build on to bigger, better things. It’s not the first time we are seeing lids being used as alternate functional tools. If we put our heads together, I’m sure this can be an awesome practical design.

0 Designer: Young-ye Cho