Top 20 Red Dot Awards: Product Design – Best of Best Winners for 2014

Top 20 Red Dot Awards: Product Design – Best of Best Winners for 2014

We love compiling lists because they bring upon elements of reflection and contemplation. For example, to create this list of Top 20 Best of Best Winners for 2014 from the Red Dot Awards: Product Design list, we had to factor in the YD audience, our experience with Good Design and resonance of what YD stands for. In short, it has to be the perfect marriage between YD’s pick and audience expectations. To see if we are on the same page…browse through the list below and let us know.

0 Designers: Various

Sculpture Meets Cycling Machine

Sculpture Meets Cycling Machine

The Vito cycling system dares to be different! As much of an art piece as it is a fitness machine, its unique shape is unlike any other. Complete with an epicycloid transmission system (fancy words for rotational gearing), responsive LED performance lighting as well as mobile/tablet integration, it aims to encourage regular exercise. The longer it’s gone unused, the brighter its red LEDs glow. With its retractable saddle and handlebars, it can be easily tucked away or left out as a sculptural design element in your gym or other workout space.

0 Designer: Rob Melville

Stay Dry in a Jiffy

Stay Dry in a Jiffy

Funnel Eject|Wear are revolutionary backpack designs that keep you and your belongings dry during unexpected rainstorms. Whether you’re on a motorcycle or just out for a walk, time is valuable when you’re about to get drenched, so a quick and easy mechanism allows the wearer to pull out a built-in waterproof jacket all without taking off the backpack. When not in use, it covers the pack for added protection that keeps everything from your laptop to your clothes safe from water damage. Watch it in action after the jump!

0 Designer: MITH - Make IT Happen

The Modern Man's Moka Pot

The Modern Man’s Moka Pot

Peter Dudas’ slimOKA gives you the rich, authentic coffee taste of the classic moka pot with the convenience of a modern coffee maker. In black or silver anodized aluminum or steel, its aesthetic is also a modern twist on the classic. At the heart of the design is an electronic system that steam heats coffee with the press of a button, alerts the user with an audible tone when finished, and automatically lowers temperature to keep coffee warm without burning it. Unlike stovetop moka pots which you have to keep an eye on, you can set it and forget it!

0 Designer: Peter Dudas

Always Take The Weather With You

Always Take The Weather With You

Love the song and the deep meaning of taking the weather with you, albeit only if it’s sunshine and cheery! The thing with weather predictions in most countries is that it’s the most unreliable news relayed on the TV Channels. For example, in my hometown if the station predicts a sunny day, be assured it’s going to rain heavy! To remove this ambiguity about the weather, we have here the StormTag – your personalized weather station.

0 Available At: StormTag [ Buy it Here ]

New Parents' Best Friend

New Parents’ Best Friend

After almost losing their minds trying and failing to figure out how to operate a baby monitor to keep an eye on their first-born, designers Satu Niemelä and Erasmus van Niekerk vowed to create an easy-to-use monitoring solution with even greater functionality to use with their upcoming set of twins. The result is a monitor that not only provides live video and audio, but tracks vital signs, records developmental milestones and even lets distant family members tap into the feed to be closer to baby! They call it Onni, their 4th child!

0 Designer: SEP Solutions

The multi-tool must-have.

The multi-tool must-have.

Forget your heavy, bulky, ugly tools and check out the Tool Pen! No larger than a stylus, it’s the all-in-one, slim and sleek alternative to cumbersome screwdriver sets. Designed to use on the go, its sleek shell houses a variety of bits in one easy-to-access unit. Lightweight, inconspicuous and compact, you can throw it in a bag or even carry it in your pocket for those unexpected moments when things need a little tightening. Check out its many uses —>

0 Designer: mininch

Cleaning By Deception

Cleaning By Deception

The Dustrap is based on the design of the age-old fish trap, where a wide, open mouth lures in the fish and entraps it. Similarly, the wide mouth sucks in the dirt, bacteria and other yucky goop, and keeping it contained till you need to dispose it. Let’s call it the new-age dust buster!

0 Designer: Kyumin Ha

Pick A Ball

Pick A Ball

Wimbledon fever has barely subsided and we have this interesting concept for you: The Tennis Picker. Don’t strain your back to bend and pick the tennis ball, simply stick on some “Tennis Picker” to the rim of your racket and get going.

0 Designers: Kim Seunghyun and Yu Yunjo

2014 Taiwan International Student Design Competition

2014 Taiwan International Student Design Competition

Someone rightly said, “There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit.” Rarely do we get a chance to be both those people at one go. The 2014 Taiwan International Student Design Competition, is one of those rare opportunities where you get a chance to shine by showcasing your talents and take credit in the form of a $13,000 cash prize, amongst a host of other glam things. Hit the jump to know more.

0 Registration: Free [ Deadline - August 15th, 2014 ]

Air Purifying Drone

Air Purifying Drone

The city is our home! Based on this premise is the UrbanCONE – a personalized drone that aims to keep your surrounding environment pollution-free. Inspired by jellyfish, this floating device stays afloat thanks to the air fans. As a part of the Semi-finalist concepts of the 2014 Electrolux Design Lab competition, it will be intriguing to see if this urban mass air purifier makes it to the finalist list this year. More details here.

0 Designer: Michał Pośpiech

Mixing Moss With Humidity

Mixing Moss With Humidity

Love this eccentric mix of a humidifier and moss, both co-dependent and beautifully juxtaposition with each other. Natural and artificial elements placed as functional pieces giving birth to a hybrid device.

0 Designed: Giha Woo

The Forest Fire Alarm

The Forest Fire Alarm

The Forest Wizard is a device that is designed to prevent the forest fire from spreading out rapidly. It has a three-goal system that allows the firefighters to detect the source and the direction of the fire in a speedy manner. The accompanying video explains the system and makes us understand how it can become a path-breaking technology for the future. Have a look….

0 Designer: Hsiang-Han Hsu