An Illuminating Idea

An Illuminating Idea

The Book Light is made from a solid translucent plastic body with integrated LEDs and doubles as a bookmark. You can recharge it and set the illumination intensity using touch controls. Like any polite night owl, partake in joy of reading without disturbing others.

0 Designer: Mikhail Stawsky

A Twisted Outlet Extension

A Twisted Outlet Extension

Plug too big? Just flip it. AC adapter don’t fit? Just flip it. No idea what I’m talking about? I’m talking about the Flipi, an outlet extension with three sockets that pivot at a press of a button. Attach glowing stickers too so you know what’s actually plugged into each socket.

0 Designer: Shlomi Platzman

Backpack of the Future

Backpack of the Future

In the future, our electronic devices will be more than just rectangular screens in our pockets. They will be bolder and more integrated into the fabric of our lives – literally. The Androcell backpack is an electronic communication device designed with a “Cradle to Cradle” approach.

0 Designer: Karan Singh Gandhi

Providing the Third Basic Need

Providing the Third Basic Need

Shelter is one of the three basic necessities — this is why this project exists, and this is why if it doesn’t work, something eventually must. Quoting UN Habitat, the designer of the project notes that the number of people living in slums is currently at 1 billion, and is likely to grow to 2 billion by 2030. Blocks House is an shelter project made to create houses of any size to accommodate a family. Blocks Houses are made of recycled Polyethylene, Polypropylene and can protect people from the elements at a low cost.

0 Designer: Altamash Jiwani

Bicycle VS Predator

Bicycle VS Predator

The following bike is inspired by one of your humble narrator’s favorite films: Alien [1979 Ridley Scott]. I would say it should be more directed at the man who designed the alien itself [HR Giger] but it has a lot to do with the environment and the spaceship interiors, everything all encapsulated in one aggressive bike designed be Richard Malachowski and mechanically engineered by Cannondale. This is the exoskeleton loveliness of the Demon Downhill Bicycle.

0 Designer: Richard Malachowski

LED Array for Telling Time

LED Array for Telling Time

Yesterday the design community basically flipped its collective lid for the other Jonathan Frey watch we posted, one with E-Ink for a display. I imagine the response for this one won’t be QUITE as wacky since LEDs are cool, but E-Ink? That’s wild. But hear me out – you like colors? This one has that. You like fabulously simple time telling, so simple there’s not even any numbers on the face of your watch? You’re in luck.

0 Designer: Jonathan Frey

Picture Perfect Shot

Picture Perfect Shot

REC is a delightful camera that gives the subject an equal opportunity to view his pose as the camera clicks the picture. A rotating display at the back of the camera slides out to show what’s being captured in the frame. It may sound like a silly idea but I’ve had many good shots ruined because I trusted the photography skills of complete strangers. REC, you get my thumbs up!

0 Designer: Dongyeon Kim

King of the Cephalopods

King of the Cephalopods

Besides being editor of YD, I’m also a unicorn herder and recent crowned King of the Cephalopods, but a king ain’t a king without a throne. In 2010 a minion of mine by the name of Maximo Riera cast a series of chairs inspired by different species called The Animal Chairs – one of which is a black octopus. It’s over-the-top and beautifully executed. In fact, it was the most time consuming and production intensive from the series. Now that I have a proper throne, BOW TO YOUR OVERLORD.

0 Designer: Maximo Riera

Every Drop Goes Into the Flowerpot

Every Drop Goes Into the Flowerpot

Sometimes it takes a simple re-design to add functionality and solve a problem. For example the Cavity Flowerpot – it’s designed with four receptacles to hold wet umbrellas. Excess water drains off and collects into a dish whereby plants absorb into their root system. Good idea.

0 Designer: Merve Sarışın

The Power Train

The Power Train

The Chain Power Strip caters so well to our plug-ing needs that I’m completely sold on the idea! The strip is like a chain link so it can fit different sizes of plugs plus one of the modular fittings accommodates USB hook up. Now isn’t that clever!

0 Designer: Deng Kai

Shoes for Weightlessness

Shoes for Weightlessness

Nay, these are not Air Jordans. They do not make you fly. They help you when you’re already flying. This project is a footwear design made for NASA airmen flying around in zero gravity. What would they do with specialized footwear? Why, attach to things, of course! They’d have an extra appendage to pick things up (of course, if they had big toes like your humble narrator, they’d need no such thing,) and a sassy design across the whole!

0 Designer: Edward L Howell

E-Ink for Time Telling

E-Ink for Time Telling

Let’s have a glance at a watch that employs the now-famous and awesome E-Ink technology made famous by, if I’m not mistaken, the Amazon Kindle eReader. This watch is a double-down in that it uses E-ink to for both form and function, allowing the bold and radical lines to make the watch beautiful and very readily visible. This watch is made of glossy black metal, embellished with small chrome parts.

0 Designer: Jonathan Frey

Bulges of Research Unto The Sky

Bulges of Research Unto The Sky

This is one bubbly research station, made to be unique and futuristic but also one with the wealth of flora and fauna in the areas in which it will travel. This project is aimed at a museum by the name of Wilanow which aims to preserve as well as strengthen knowledge about protected natural areas – this natural world researched and appreciated from this, a science research vehicle capable of moving across the landscape in larger form or by breaking off into a smaller pod.

0 Designer: Mikołaj Ścibisz