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

A Cellphone for Women and Men with Manbags

A Cellphone for Women and Men with Manbags

I agree with designer Paz Brouk that women who tend to keep their cellphones in their purse find it a nightmare to retrieve before a call goes to voicemail. To overcome this little problem, she’s designed the Gabler, a folding phone that can be hung over the edge of a purse. The phone folds in a diagonal line in the middle thanks to the flexible screen and flexible outer shell and includes all standard features found in modern-day phones. My only problem with having it all exposed is the invitation for would be kleptos.

0 Designer: Paz Brouk

Don't Touch the Furniture

Don’t Touch the Furniture

The early years of my life were filled with memories of plastic covered remote controls and couches. Yes, my parents were THOSE people. I was incredibly embarrassed by it but the reality is it wasn’t a cultural anomaly. People do it all over the world. Droog Design is a stool encased inside acrylic – an exaggerated homage to all those kids who grew up with plastic covered furniture.

0 Designer: Ohad Basson

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