Tit for Tat and Tweet

Tit for Tat and Tweet

When you need answers to specific questions, Google may be of some use but a dynamic collaborative environment demands instant answers from people with shared interests and valuable skill sets. Twitnictable is an wood table that reads any tweet with the hashtag #IDtable via LEDs embedded on the surface. The table becomes an interactive pool of knowledge where tweeted questions engage students in an interactive discussion.

0 Designers: Jeroen Coelen, Laurens Prins & Parizad Saremi

Red Dot Product Design Awards – Registrations Are Open

Red Dot Product Design Awards – Registrations Are Open

The Early Bird Registrations for the Red Dot Product Design Awards 2011 were closed on 3rd December 2010, however there’s time. Regular Registrations are still open for the procrastinators until 21st January 2011. I’d love for a YD reader to win the coveted Red Dot and we’ll celebrate together! After all we are Red Dot Design Awards’ Media Partners! Just so you know, all you designers are winners to us, so champys for everyone!

0 Regular Registrations Close on 21 January 2011

Cookie Spoon Delight!

Cookie Spoon Delight!

Instead of wasteful plastic and wooden stirrers, why not use an ecookie? Dense enough to keep a satisfying crunch when stirring yet scrumptiously delicious as that extra little treat.

0 Designer: Victor Lopes Mascarenhas & Rodrigo Maia

Collapsable Table, Great Drawers

Collapsable Table, Great Drawers

Take a peek at this, it’s called KanapËtko, and it’s no less than a convertible desk on wheels. It’s made for artists, designers, and all manner of creative people. It can close all the way up to take up little space when not in use, and folds out to be a comfortable working place, equipped with “all the things that a designer might need. The desk has three drawers on the main side, a drawer for a printer or scanner on the back side.

0 Designer: Krassi Dimitrov

Pretty Little Battery Bike of Wood

Pretty Little Battery Bike of Wood

Check the heck out this little bike that runs on batteries. Not only is it aesthetically MORE than pleasing, it’s made out of a bunch of wood (and a bit of metal and plastic of course) and runs on tiny batteries you can carry around with you in your pocket! This is the Biona and it’s designed by Jordi Poblet Pedrol, a fellow who wants to replace gasoline entirely in our urban vehicles. This project attempts to give the world a brand new perception of what an electric motorcycle is.

0 Designer: Jordi Poblet Pedrol

Living Weights

Living Weights

Wait, weights? Weights. For lifting and getting totally strong. That’s what this project is all about. This is the Flourish Activity Monitor, a set of weights for exercise experience for the elderly. Each of these weights mimics the growth of a living plant in order to provide positive visual feedback for the person using the weights. The more these weights are used, the more they grow.

0 Designer: Brad Mitchell

Phone with an Extra Squishy Surprise

Phone with an Extra Squishy Surprise

My generation (I’m 30′ish if you must know) will not understand the need to have a cool looking phone that allows you to browse the internet intuitively, but the millennial generation do and I suspect they would love the Trypoxy Phone. Looks like a smooth pebble but for the ultimate web browsing experience, the rear has a soft-gel-like grab extension that can pulled out. It fits snuggly in one hand and has built-in controls to pinch and squeeze your way through the internet with simulated buttons for scrolling and moving back/forth thru pages.

0 Designers: Miyazawa Tetsu & Ichimura Shigenori

Making Yearly Calendars Obsolete

Making Yearly Calendars Obsolete

I am totally impressed with the Puzzle Calendar! What an ingenious idea with an easy to follow system. You simply keep shifting the tiles each month to keep pace with the changing days! You can even jot down notes on the side using a whiteboard marker. I’m so going to replace my desk calendar once this hits the market.

0 Designer: Yan Yunyong

Mercedes-Benz Embraces Sculptural Experimentation

Mercedes-Benz Embraces Sculptural Experimentation

The designers at the big MB are pushing the limits of automotive design by embracing sculptural experimentation. It permeates every aspect of their design process, from collaborative sketches to workgroups. The resulting sculpture titled Aesthetics No. 2 is stunning – deceptively complex and being ingeniously organic. I can only image which future Mercedes-Benz interiors will benefit from this awesome workflow.

0 Designer: Mercedes-Benz

Don't Shred Your Paper - Disappear Your Ink!

Don’t Shred Your Paper – Disappear Your Ink!

Take a peek at this, paper shredder that doesn’t shred – this is the electromagnetic erasing system. The idea for this project came to the designer from observing the destructive effect of electromagnetic radiation on color pigments. Scary! This project aims directly at utilizing electromagnetic radiation in a fully controlled reaction inside a machine to break all bonds of color pigments that absorb only a particular range of the electromagnetic spectrum. What’s that mean? Maybe… reusable paper?

0 Designer: Mohsen Saleh

Electric No Seater on Two Wheels

Electric No Seater on Two Wheels

Behold one wacky bike for the further excellence of trick tracking across the X-Games world! The designer of this project has pulled out all the extras on this trick bike – even going so far as to remove the saddle seat! Because the designer recognizes that a bicycle is small enough to do some crazy tricks but limited by the power the rider can exert, while motorbikes have a bunch of power but are limited by their size, this project aims to cross the two.

0 Designer: Charles-Edouard BERCHE

The Tiniest Tron

The Tiniest Tron

So you like strips of bright light aside blackness, greenness, or grayness, yes? You must love the heck out of this Tron: Legacy wave of items coming out as of late! I know I love it. Not because all of them are good (excluding the one I’m about to show you, of course,) but because they’ve got that one singled-out limit that ties them all together. Let’s have a group show! Someday maybe. Now check this little thing out – it’s a Tron Ring!

0 Designer: James Thompson

Minimalist 3D Camera is All Smiles

Minimalist 3D Camera is All Smiles

If I came away with one one conclusion from this year’s CES, it’s 3D. For years companies have been talking about it but it seems 2011 is when it all comes to fruition and leading the initial wave are 3D cameras. The STEREOO concept gave us deja vu but this form factor and effervescent aesthetic is exactly what’ll get the general public excited about 3D. I love the minimalism and the humor of seeing a camera smiling back at you. The large display is capable of displaying 3D images and doubles as a touch interface. I want one now.

0 Designer: Michal Bonikowski from MINDSAILORS