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

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