Visualize Your Finances, Ouch!

Visualize Your Finances, Ouch!

Apparently a lot of Swedish households are having difficulties paying their bills so designer Hampus Edström created the Budget Tool to make even Suze Orman happy. His research brings some hilarity as he concludes the main problem is Swedes rarely respond to a situation unless it’s visually appealing. Hey, I’d agree with that!

0 Designer: Hampus Edström

Phone Support For Beauty

Phone Support For Beauty

You got to agree that the skeletal system is a genius of design; it protects the delicate organs inside while giving support to our lustrous skin. If we were to apply the same design for our mobile phones then it’s quite possible to wipe out the peripheral “phone covers and cases” industry. I’m talking about the LG Exo Smartphone Concept. The key feature in this concept is a high strength polymer exoskeleton for protecting the delicate internal components while supporting its external rubber skin.

0 Designer: Benjamin Lotte

Wet then Dry - Rack and Roll

Wet then Dry – Rack and Roll

Adaptation – that’s what this project is about. Designer Keith Xianrong Zheng presents “Diator Rack,” a research project based on the book: “Thoughtless Acts” by Jane Fulton Suri and IDEO. This is one of those fantastic senior projects that design students do, this one from Zheng, a student at Central Saint Martins – smart, well thought out, well executed. This one’s a rack which is super simple, sturdy, and heats up your clothing as it hangs up on the rack. Toasty!

0 Designer: Keith Xianrong Zheng

Automotive Yellow Power

Automotive Yellow Power

This car right here goes by the name “AMV-R”, an acronym which stands for Automotive Visual Racing. And it’s fantastic. Your eyeballs are going to explode when you peek at the images in this post’s gallery, if you haven’t already. But then again, if you had already, you wouldn’t have eyes. Designer Alexei Mikhailov presents a spectacular vision that mixes Italian and German styling with an “exotic” and precise surface flow.

0 Designer: Alexei Mikhailov

Skeletal Electrics on Two Wheels!

Skeletal Electrics on Two Wheels!

Oh my goodness, this is a shiny, sharp looking triad of motorcycle vehicles. Before you get down too far in the description, take note that the red and the black are diesel/electric engines while the gray is an electric only, working with the battery. Then below that in this project post’s gallery you’ll see the “shared” battery station, which is quite the looker and something I’d sure like to see in the real world for real. Designer Paolo De Giusti presents three Naked bikes.

0 Designer: Paolo De Giusti

Lady Gaga, This One Is Because Of You

Lady Gaga, This One Is Because Of You

If you have a bone to pick with regards to the designing of the Hydra Piano, you better fight Lady Gaga then. Apostol Tnokovski was enjoying one of her performances on the telly, when he realized that the old, boxy piano was a misfit on her stage! Aghast, he took to the drawing board and came up with this unique, some-what flowing concept that looks stunning in pure glossy white or black. To make matters complicated, the inspiration also comes from the mythological sea monster “Hydra”. Wonder who would perform better on stage shows…monster Hydra Lady Gaga or the piano!

0 Designer: Apostol Tnokovski

Bedazzled By The Charming Phone

Bedazzled By The Charming Phone

Smashing to look at, you’d be surprised to know what specs this beauty called Lightpool Phone posses. Designed by Hironao Tsuboi, the bedazzler features TFT Liquid Crystal display and 8.08 megapixels / CMOS camera. Crafted with a unique expressive edge, the phone comes to life with colorful lights that shimmer in sync with your tunes. The black and white version reminds me of the quaint cottages I saw on my last trip to Europe. If I were to pick, I’d go with the pink version…which one would you choose?

0 Designer: Hironao Tsuboi for IIDA

Clippy Custom Moustaches!

Clippy Custom Moustaches!

The newest in false mustache technology! What you’re about to look at are clips for those with face-hair envy, these are “Old Thomas” mustache clips by Pavel Sidorenko! In this project is the potential for a better world. As a mustache haver myself, I must say, if you havn’t tried wearing one, you haven’t lived. And here’s your newest and best opportunity. Clip one on!

0 Designer: Pavel Sidorenko

Winged Faucets of Love

Winged Faucets of Love

This project goes by the name “Wings”, a faucet system that contains and distributes that lovely liquid on bird’s pride-like handles. Designer Kobi Kor presents a faucet with a lovely head. A new head, for a new world! A new world in the bathroom at least. The main mission for the Kor here was to enhance the pleasure of water, and thusly, with such lovely forms, Kor does just that. Uniqueness and a definite “looking at you” form produce a fabulous experience for any water lover.

0 Designer: Kobi Kor

Hooray for Cardboard!

Hooray for Cardboard!

This project has a fabulous title: “Can Cardboard Cut It?” That question mark means the whole project is a question for the consumer to answer. My answer, without even sitting on it, is a definite maybe. It’s a hundred percent recyclable, so that’s definitely a good start. Then it all fits together, the stool inside the chair. Two plusses in one! Then What a wonderful feature – it’s finished! Yes, there’s a lovely clear varnish painted over the entire two bits of furniture to enhance and protect.

0 Designer: Tim May

GE EV Charger Actually Looks Good

GE EV Charger Actually Looks Good

Lookie here, Yves Behar of Fuseproject designed GE’s Wattstation –  a smart grid ready Level 2 charging station which means a 240 volt power supply that can be rapidly charged. The modular design makes each station future proof, allowing customers to easily upgrade as more options become available. This allows customers to stay current with the latest technology, while providing the ability for commercial property owners to qualify for LEED points.

0 Designer: GE Ecoimagination and Yves Behar for Fuseproject

Jello Cup, For Real

Jello Cup, For Real

On June 26th, the Gowanus Studio Space hosted the 2nd annual Jell-O Mold competition in Brooklyn, New York. The competition encouraged artists, designers, chefs, and lovers of Jell–O to use gelatin in new and unexpected ways. A company called The Way We See The World won for sculptural/structural integrity with Jelloware – a set of delicious, squishy, colorful glasses.

0 Designer: The Way We See The World

My Toy Guardian

My Toy Guardian

Teach those little rug rats to pick up after themselves by giving a simple toy chest an anthropomorphic identity. Toy Guardian is monster on wheels, hungry and ready to eat up all your toys but don’t worry, he’ll only keep them until you need them again. What a great way to teach kids (and adults like me) some important life skills. Not to mention this thing is uber cute and I want one!

0 Designer: Tzung-Yu Lu