How Low Can You Cellphone Limbo?

How Low Can You Cellphone Limbo?

AKA how simple can you design a mobile phone? Pretty darn simple. Designer Andrew Kim had a qualm with the HTC group, that being the fact that there’s no real perfectly simple way to differentiate between lots of “lower-end” phones and “premium models”, especially in the HTC line. So what’s he do? He simplifies. Don’t you see, everyone, we’re in the age of simplicity! The age of graphic design perfection, where the Bauhaus school of design handed us down the square shapes, so perfect in proportions that it took us 50 years to accept it! Here’s the “HTC 1.”

0 Designer: Andrew Seunghyun Kim

Casting Shadows Of Love

Casting Shadows Of Love

One of YD’s team members is soon to tie the knot, and I’m sure he must have picked the ring already. But just in case he hasn’t I’d like to suggest the “Heart Of Love”, a symbolic expression of love. The ring and pendent design try and replicate the ever-popular image of a wedding ring on the bible with casted “love” shadow, and do a pretty good job of it. Call it trick photography or simply the play of lights; undoubtedly it can’t get mushier or romantic than this!

0 Designer: D.K. & Wei

Cutter Safe For Fingers

Cutter Safe For Fingers

Safety Cutter is a simple stationery project that looks at adding functionality to the ruler and taking care of your fingers at the same time. The cutter is integrated into the ruler for a reason…to locate it easily in your stationery stash, plus the rigid support will help you cut the sheet (or whatever it is that you were cutting) with confidence. Not a really dynamic project, but what I really found interesting was the way the blade gets a protective sheath. Look at 5th image to know what I am talking about.

0 Designer: Han Ji Yeon

Totally In Your Ears

Totally In Your Ears

Earbuds look neat in your ears but sometimes times they can be misfits. Either the buds are too big or you have exceptionally small holes! The Ocarina Earphones come with the solution and feature a T shaped systematic type design, so that it can take support of your of inner ears, earflaps and tragus, for perfect placement. And if for a moment you thought that the design similar to the ancient flute-like wind instrument – ocarina; you were thinking right.

0 Designers: Yong Lee, Geon il Lee & Seo hyun Baek of i-SOUND

Interview with Asher Clark of Terra Plana

Interview with Asher Clark of Terra Plana

Footwear company Terra Plana has always been on my radar for their ethical stance regarding the Earth and the impact of design. Their aesthetic is anatomic without any “green” pretension. Their latest product, the Evo, eschews the consensus of what a good running shoe should be by going back to basics; running barefoot. My interview with Terra Plana’s Head Designer Asher Clark grabs insight into this growing movement and sheds light into the mind of this wunderkind.

0 Designer: Asher Clark for Terra Plana

Big Sound From A Zeppelin Mini

Big Sound From A Zeppelin Mini

I reviewed the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin almost 2 years ago and even to this day, there are few iPod/iPhone speakers that can match its beautiful design and awesome sound. The latest incarnation of the Zeppelin is the Mini. Call it the little brother but don’t be fooled by its size. This is big sound in a little box. Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: Native Design for B&W (Buy it here $399.95)

Tube Your Wood

Tube Your Wood

If you’ve ever received a poster in the mail, you might know what a heavy-duty paper tube looks and feels like. It’s the same sort of tube that you find inside a roll of toilet paper or wrapping paper, but multiplied to the point of hardness. What designer Seongyong Lee is doing here is the same process but instead or with lots of layers of paper, with few layers of wood. These tubes, made, are then pieced together as furniture!

0 Designer: Seongyong Lee

Reusing Daylight

Reusing Daylight

Now this is one of those simple and simply brilliant designs. It doesn’t happen often that a design so simple as a lamp touches my heartbones, but check it out. It’s all in the description. In describing this project, the designers at Onø Design made the comment “sensibly reusing the daylight” as far as how this lamp is basically one giant solar-charged LED light. How lovely is that?

0 Designer: Onø Design for Bockia

A Bird-Shaped Camera

A Bird-Shaped Camera

When you think about a concept, there’s always a first use that comes to mind. When I think of a bird-shaped camera, I immediately think of it being used to collect photos of birds. Certainly birds would be more apt to get close to a camera that’s shaped like a bird, yes? They’re comfortable in the eyes of another bird, more than a human, anyway. Well how about this – what if those cameras were instead used to capture images of people disobeying traffic laws on the road?

0 Designer: Thomas Valcke

Turn Your TV Into An iPad

Turn Your TV Into An iPad

Russians are not to be left out of the iPad hype and until they get one, here’s an alternative I’m quite jealous of. It’s a set of plastic covers and decals to turn your flat screen into a giant iPad called the iTVPad. I want, no I MUST have this. If anything, it’ll be a great way to dress up an old flat screen I have sitting in the closet. Yes friends, it has a whopping 800×600 resolution, even less than the iPad.

0 Designer: DarkDesignGroup

Nomadic Sound Systems

Nomadic Sound Systems

Nomadic sound system is a family of objects formed from wireless, battery powered, portable speakers designed to explore new ways for sound to interact with people and space. The project borrows from the typology of a marching band with the pieces intended to be used together, each responsible for one part of the audible experience.

0 Designer: Benjamin Newland

Hermes Auto Feet

Hermes Auto Feet

The Hermes X is designed to be cross training shoes that will last you for a very long time. Its been conceptualized with body made out of Kevlar and the sole made out of natural and synthetic rubber. Although Kevlar has many applications ranging from bicycle tires and racing sails to body armor because of its high tensile strength-to-weight ratio, it’s the first time I’m hearing of it being considered for shoes. Moving on, the inner part is single unit injected foam, which can be replaced if necessary. Needless to say, Omer turned to the auto industry for his inspiration!

0 Designer: Omer Sagiv

Sealing With A Hinge

Sealing With A Hinge

So far you have been sealing your cartons with either duct tape or normal transparent scotch tape. If you were to have the option of the X-tape, I’m sure you would have used it. Design is not always about problem solving or functionality. Sometimes elements of surprise, like this optical illusion “hinge” tape gives creativity the fun-edge that it requires. Mr Lee & Mr Park, how about sealing it with a kiss next time?

0 Designers: Hyoungmin Park & Jeongmin Lee for mmiinn