Christmas Gifts For Your Folks!

Christmas Gifts For Your Folks!

I came across this beautiful quote about how Christmas is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas. Tis’ the season of giving they say. What do you plan to gift your loved ones with this year? Here’s a list I’ve complied of some thoughtful items, maybe something from it will strike a cord and bring you and yours Christmas cheer .

0 Christmas Fever at the YD Store

Beauty Lies In A Hard Drive

Beauty Lies In A Hard Drive

Apple kinda kick-started the revolution behind gorgeous looking computers and peripherals and it’s fitting to find new-age designers striving to keep pace. The Octave is an artistically beautiful hard drive that incorporates a simple shape and airy architecture – digital information encapsulated in elegance.

0 Designer: Sequoia-studio

Magic Carp-pet

Magic Carp-pet

I love carp and optical illusions – just a little tidbit about yours truly. The Magic Carp-pet (ha!) is a rug when viewed through a specially designed glass coffee table displays carp majestically swimming across. The technical fx uses the moire phenomenon really effectively. The graphic apparition would fit beautifully in minimalist decor, front and center as it should. Seriously John Leung, can I have one? Speaking of fish, my telescope goldfish once leapt to his death but I never found the body. I blame the dog.

0 Designer: John Leung for ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects

Music In My Head

Music In My Head

Here’s a wild idea that takes creating music to another level! Imagine having a DAP that instinctively registers the beats of your finger-drumming, or translates your air-guitar antics to pleasurable music? Frostie, a concept by none other than Mac Funamizu, could be a revolutionary tool in making melodies from your hands. Listen to music or fashion your own remixes from your favorite artists and bands. Björk, Kanye, where y’all at!

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

In The Spotlight

In The Spotlight

My alter ego lives in the spotlight. He absolutely craves it. In fact if he had his own place, he’d probably buy something like the TOP SPOT designed by Cristiano of Note Design Studio for RYDENS Lighting. It’s clean, ultra modern and each light pivots to put the shine just in the right place. My alter ego is an aesthetic statement so my lights need to illuminate that lifestyle.

0 Designer: Note Design Studio for RYDENS

Interactive Electronic Jewelry

Interactive Electronic Jewelry

How would you like your bracelet display a bunch of text, the text you desire, the text you love? If Biju Neyyan is a designer who has some clout in the future, you can bet that this project, “eJOUX” will bring that functionality to your wrist and neck. This project consists of a Bluetooth device to which you upload your own specific design, animation, or functionality. One screen all around the band is what it is.

0 Designers: Biju Neyyan

Planting Paper Flowers

Planting Paper Flowers

How many times during the day in the dead of winter do you just sit there and think, gosh! I wish I could plant a flower right now! Well now we all can! Sandra Bautista’s designed a collection of flowers on paper that, with a bit of rolling and basically a simple cup or vase, you’ve got a loverly flower any time of the day!

0 Designer: Sandra Bautista for itunube

Advanced Walking

Advanced Walking

Welcome to the future of walking support, so says Andres Sebastian Sanchez. This is a multifunctional walking helper for moving side to side, forward, and backward, not to mention that super little seat for taking a rest. Folding down is meant to be simple, and multiple assembly configurations are possible. Different heights, positions, and etcetera, all in an attractive black, orange, and gray.

0 Designer: Andres Sebastian Sanchez

Throw The Perfect Christmas Party

Throw The Perfect Christmas Party

Is there a recipe to throwing the perfect Christmas Party? YES! You take a bunch of merry people, toss them with good tidings and garnish with loads of love & cheer. While most of the above ingredients are readily available, hosting in the perfect setting can get a bit tricky. Not to worry, because here are some ideas that’ll make your holiday shindig a success.

0 Christmas Fever at the YD Store

Book Reading Made Haptic And Easy For The Blind

Book Reading Made Haptic And Easy For The Blind

The Haptic Braille is a mouse-like device that’s capable of translating ordinary text into braille on its surface. This means that the blind can read virtually anything the sighted can. The technology uses optical character recognition. Simply skim it over any text and wait for the haptic feedback. I like how you can pocket and carry it over to the library. Just imagine how many books literally become available at your fingertips. Splendid!

0 Designer: Baek Kil Hyun

Favorite Mobile News Reader, The Flud

Favorite Mobile News Reader, The Flud

Its slick interface has the media gushing so we decided to give it a go. There’s a diverse collection of content already featured in the Flud ecosystem. Each one you subscribe to gets its own panel and regardless of said content’s CSS, the Flud app overrides it with its utilitarian, yet visually engaging interface. Want it? Act fast because it’s free to download both on the iPhone and iPad for a limited time. Android user? Don’t feel left out. Hit the jump and I’ll tell you a secret…

0 The Flud | @fludapp

Lamps and Geometry

Lamps and Geometry

Here’s a quick design tip. If all else fails, turn it 45 degrees. Try it with anything you do because it may just work. Lamp 45 by Jaren Goh is a simple, unpretentious desk lamp engineered from aluminum and steel mesh. Simply by turning the mesh cage and bulb socket 45 degrees, he’s created visual interest. My eye is drawn to things slightly askew in a world that demands uniformity. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I’m loving the raw geometry. If you hate it, turn your head 45 degrees then everything will balance out.

0 Designer: Jaren Goh for Munkii

Why Do So Many Designs or Products Look The Same?

Why Do So Many Designs or Products Look The Same?

Ever wonder why so many products look the same? On the surface, it may appear designers have found the ideal form factor so there’s no need to change anything, but there’s more than meets the eye. The reasons are deeply rooted and the key to breaking the mold is to first understand why. Hit the jump!

0 Contributing Editor: Brian Ling