Got Dry Air? Crane DROP Humidifier Review

Got Dry Air? Crane DROP Humidifier Review

We’ve reviewed humidifiers before but if you’re looking for something smaller, you might like the DROP humidifier by Crane. You can pretty much find their humidifiers at many retail locations for under $50 so we always assumed it was another throw away item. Boy were we wrong! Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: Crane (Buy it here)

My Chair Is Alive

My Chair Is Alive

If this were a horror movie, it would give me the creeps to announce a chair that comes to life when touched. But this isn’t the movies and we are discussing innovative design! The Astonishing Jack is basically a stool that blooms into a chair when it comes into human contact. Weird? Nope just interactive thinking and loads of fun!

0 Designer: Arthur Bodolec

Asking People What They Want

Asking People What They Want

To answer what is good design is quite tough and has been debated upon quite a bit on the YD Facebook page. While some feel a good design creates desire to possess (regardless of need), others feel that a good design caters to what people want. The Crowdsourcing Headphone Project reflects to the latter, but the twist is that the designers did not conceptualize the headphones. They merely refined the feedback of some 1500 people, who responded to their request for crowd sourcing!

0 Designers: Stefan Kachaunov, Rudolf Stefanich & Martin Zopf

Tall Time Moves Up And Down The Sticks!

Tall Time Moves Up And Down The Sticks!

There’s a myth about time being fast or slow; however I want to shatter it by calling time Tall! Tall and moving vertical; how about that! verTICK is a whacky way to watch the numbers scroll up and down three sticks, with the central horizontal bar aligning the correct time in its frame. Wall mounted and looking chic in black, I reckon it’s ideal for people who like to add some fun element to their room.

0 Designer: Gavin Henderson

Meet My New Laptop Friends

Meet My New Laptop Friends

Allow me to introduce to you Monami, French for ‘my friend’; but here a project by the versatile Andrew Seunghyun Kim. The Monami set consists of Lacie’s pet: an external hard drive, an intuitive mouse and a mighty USB Stick…all packed into this desk-friendly device. The beauty about this project is that it’s quite do-able and simple. Jump ahead for the details.

0 Designer: Andrew Seunghyun Kim

Podcast Episode 4

Podcast Episode 4

We chat up James Owen of James Owen Design and discuss everything from his amazing Leo Cat Scratching Post, the Yakima Quickback, to the ins and outs of being an industrial designer. He offers some amazing insight on what it’s really like to work for big companies and why going on his own turned out to be one of the best things he ever did.

0 Episode 4: James Owen

Everlasting Dates

Everlasting Dates

Five months into the year, and I think it’s a tad too late to discuss calendars. Not unless it’s a perpetual thang that will never outgrow the current date. Reflecting into the past, we took fancy to the Living Concept, Napkins and the World’s First Camera Lens Calendar; so this PVC & methacrylate version called (In) Finito will surely find favors with those who don’t rely on their gadgets to tell them the date!

0 Designer: Denis Guidone

Most Buzzed Designs of April 2010

Most Buzzed Designs of April 2010

Every month we take a look around and select some of the most interesting designs that was showcased here. Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in April 2010.

0 Designers: Various

My Room Is Purposely Messy

My Room Is Purposely Messy

Siluet`s form suggests a sketched outline in play. It looks like a wire hanger on steroids but that’s part of the charm. If you’re a perpetual mess cat with clothes everywhere, why fight it? I say embrace it. If you’re gonna throw clothes around, why not make it look artful? Just make sure your friends don’t call Hoarders on you because I’ve seen that show. They make you get rid of everything, EVERYTHING!

0 Designer: Stephanie Estoppey

Salt And Pepper Me

Salt And Pepper Me

Fresh salt and pepper really do make the difference so the initial investment is totally worth it. Two chamber mills are a dime a dozen but the Y-Grinder by Joseph Joseph is particularly handsome. It’s made entirely of ceramic and guaranteed to be anti-corrosive up to 10 years. Now thats standing behind your product! Don’t you guys think it’s beautiful?

UPDATE: The case is made from polished acrylic. However, the grinder mechanisms are made from a hard ceramic (i.e. the working parts that actually grind the salt / pepper).

0 Designer: DesignWright for Joseph Joseph [ Buy it Here ]

Saved By The Jesus Cross

Saved By The Jesus Cross

It’s a wicked world out there on the internet and everyday a new virus keeps surfacing, ready to harm your system. What’s creepy is that new ways of spreading mayhem keep cropping up. If it’s not via files, then sharing disks and USBs cripple our computers. U + USB Hub and Disk Scanner works in tandem with popular virus protecting software to safeguard your hardware. Literally saved by the Cross!

0 Designer: Wu Jiang

That's No Record Player

That’s No Record Player

That’s a “Playlist Player,” made by designer Martin Skelly to bring the digital back to the roots of the tree, the vinyl record. I’m not going to sit here and tell you how much better vinyl sounds than other music, or how much more awesome records are than anything else. You already know that! What Martin Skelly is here to tell you is – listen to your music start to finish, in a record player setting, with the ability to spill beer on it. That is the gosh-honest truth, for real!

0 Designer: Martin Skelly

Like a Car Jet

Like a Car Jet

How much money you got? Enough to fix the grammar in that sentence? I thought so. You need a luxury aircraft. Let’s talk about not one, but two, here right now. The BMW company has a group called DesignworksUSA which designs fabulous aircraft like the “Embraer Phenom 100″ and 300. We’re about to talk about them right now. They’re little powerhouses that Tony Stark wouldn’t have a problem rolling out in. Check em out.

0 Designer: BMW Group DesignworksUSA