Cassettes PMP Are So Retro And Cool!

Cassettes PMP Are So Retro And Cool!

Debating with a colleague of mine on what inspires designers, we concluded that since 90 to 95 % of designs (in any field) have already been created, inspiration comes from the ones that already exist. Like I know for a fact that many of you readers come to Yanko Design to be inspired, and during those Random Searches, the Cassette Tape inspired an idea thus the eTape born! Whatever the reason behind it, I love the refinements and in-sync designing. It’s the era of touchscreen and detailing, both of which are reflected in the product.

0 Designer: Song Han Xin

Bottles Sound So Sweet

Bottles Sound So Sweet

When the aim is to design something that is eco-friendly with minimum resources and the end product should not be some fancy faff but a real working device; the challenge becomes really tough. Liteon Awards usually have this premise for designers to build upon and this year is no different. Let’s look at the Green’s Voice, a speaker that is powered by paper battery and uses an empty recycled PET bottle for its functioning. An amusing idea that reduces the use of material plus resources and looks equally neat.

0 Designers: Various

A Cell Without Speaking

A Cell Without Speaking

This is the Compass Phone, a device which both asks serious questions of the modern day cell phone and answers with an elegant alternative: itself. This project asks weather mobiles are surveillance tools, digital leashes if you will – definitely a scary thought. In a poetic manner, the Compass Phone acts as a tether to another, using its GPS function to point you in the direction of the person you wish to be near with a compass. On the top, the amount of time it’ll take you and them to meet is displayed.

0 Designer: Hayeon Yoo

Beats by Eames

Beats by Eames

This right here is a wireless speaker system inspired by the works of Charles and Ray Eames. Specifically, it uses the “Eames Quadraflex Speakers” system as a drawing board to create this DIY project. Designer Joel Pirela built a wooden box with an access door in the back, jammed (with care) a bunch of amazing speaker components in there, and created an opening for sound at the front, covered with a black aluminum grill. Painted all in an off-white shade for that “vintage look” and set it right up in Pirela’s house.

0 Designer: Joel Pirela

Designing an Entire Campus

Designing an Entire Campus

That’s what A.M.O.S. Design and A Plus are all about, yes! Designing an entire campus is something I’m sure many architects would dream of. With architecture by A PLUS a.s. Brno and Corian realizations in interiors by AMOS Design s.r.o., Masaryk University Campus was bound to be spectacular! This project spans back over 10 years, being set up and 2000 and the first bit complete in 2005. And now, in 2010, the last parts of this gigantic high-tech building are near completion.

0 Designer: A.M.O.S. DESIGN s.r.o.

Scratching Beneath the Surface

Scratching Beneath the Surface

Hip hop is a rich culture that has deep meaning to those who live it. By interviewing DJs, MCs, B-boys and Graffiti artists involved in the hip hop community, designer Vanessa Chew create a series of table pieces called Scratching Beneath The Surface. It’s energetic and expressive, modern and emotive, just like hip hop.

0 Designer: Vanessa Chew

Suitcase-blade At The Airport!

Suitcase-blade At The Airport!

Airport terminals pride themselves at being these huge structures, that commuting from one end to the other can be time consuming and tiring; especially with a heavy suitcase. If the fun-element in you has not yet died and are up for the quirk, how about suitcase-blading (think rollerblade and scooters) the concourse? Here’s the TITAN High-roller Suitcase, which turns into a kickbike when you pull out the footrest. I think it would be funny to see head-honchos of big companies ride their suitcases for a match, and if I were to pick 2 I’d pick Steve jobs and Bill Gates….who do you think would win?

0 Designer: Sindre Klepp

Smart Plus - Not As Confusing As A Tech Movie

Smart Plus – Not As Confusing As A Tech Movie

The working mechanics of tech gadgets in futuristic movies can really stump me at times, so for my sake, I’m going to try and keep this as simple as I can. The Smart Plus is a combination of a laptop case, projector keyboard and a Smartphone. There is no screen or a dedicated hardrive involved in the setup; the Smartphone itself is the “brains” in this combo. The inside of the case doubles up as a screen and the projector beams images to it or any other surface you desire. All of it together can be used as a laptop, gaming console or a phone.

0 Designer: Eunggyu Lee

This UFO Stays Grounded

This UFO Stays Grounded

Have you ever had a set of those gigantic box speakers, the kind your mom or dad had hooked up to their turntable or radio tapedeck, the ones that had heads as big as yours? Did you ever decide that because you totally hated them, you’d get them good by turning the speakers downward, blasting the floor with sound? If you have, you know you get quite a unique sound depending on the materials and density of the surface under your feet. Designer Jm.Jo (Jeongmin Jo) found this out too, and thusly created and brought forth the UFO bluetooth speaker.

0 Designer: Jm.Jo (Jeongmin Jo)

My Pet Espresso Maker

My Pet Espresso Maker

It’s the most helpful thing on four legs in your whole house! The puppy dog comes in a close second, losing only because the rolled-up paper you’ve been given is covered in slobber. The project we’re talking about right here goes by the name “Espresso on Four Legs.” And that’s just what it is, a maker up on all fours. It’s a cylinder that appears to float horizontally above your coffee cup. One side has a door for water, the other side has a door for a coffee capsule. On top, a button for short or long.

0 Designer: Dror Goldblum

Hang Your Clothes Here

Hang Your Clothes Here

Conventional clothing racks and hooks all have the same problem. They’re not visually appealing and almost always leave annoying marks and indentations on clothing. The TRUform clothing rack distributes load evenly while supporting clothing leaving knits, jackets, and t-shirts completely unmarred. I like the modern simplicity of the design.

0 Designer: Vishaal Verma for Novo Design

Kill That Annoying Noise!

Kill That Annoying Noise!

Noise cancellation earphones eliminate ambient noises so that you can listen to music clearly or sleep peacefully in the drone. But how about the time that you want to filter out the electronic noises of machines etc. in your environment, and hold a conversation with your co-worker? The Kill Noise earplug suits this purpose and realizes noise reduction by electronic filtering, which can make people communicate easily in the noisy environments. The bright-orange polyester buds have an adjustment knob to set the filters and a built-in battery that lasts long.

0 Designer: Xiao-bin

Microbes Free Kitchen Thingies

Microbes Free Kitchen Thingies

So what is your cleaning routine for dishcloths and kitchen cutting boards? Mine is this: for the cutting board, I scrub it clean with an ordinary dish-soap and every now and then I boil the dishcloth in soap + disinfectant water. I follow this routine for the lack of “sterilizing aids” in India, plus we are the lazy sorts…we have house helps to do most of this stuff. But on this global forum, I’m becoming more aware of the hazards of not having a good sanitizing routine. If I were to pick one, I’d use this convenient Pure System that sanitizes the cloth and board; in one go.

0 Designer: Chang Shin Gwak