In The Mood For Some Candles

In The Mood For Some Candles

Dimmers be damned; nothing quite sets the mood for some romance than candles. Setting them up safely is another big question. Ah, solution-time: Candle.amp Mood Lights, of course. A heat resistant casing, dense material base, bottom heavy design (lowering the centre of gravity thus giving stability), polished stainless steel interior heat reflector and sustainable candles made from 100% soy bean complete this tidy package. Prop them over the place and enjoy a romantic evening….

0 Designer: Simon Enever

Future of Personal Mobile Communication Lies In Your Imagination

Future of Personal Mobile Communication Lies In Your Imagination

UPDATE: Closed.

Self-help is the best help, the sooner you imbibe this rule in your life, the faster you will find success. I’m not trying to be preachy here, but this is a fact that most biggies in the industry live by.

If you want to own the best possible mobile phone in this world, my dear friend you’re gonna have to design it yourself, because you know what’s best for you.

0 Competition: LG Design the Future Competition

Overhead Gaming Revolution

Overhead Gaming Revolution

Whoa a revolution! Total revolution. For people who bring their giant computers all to one spot and give the party that ensues a name: LAN. Local Area Networks with 1,000 cables no more! Here it is in one machine. Each console can handle up to 16 players. This machine, the “Iris,” is a computer, router, switch, and projector. And! And! And! it costs around the price of a single home computer. Now with updates from the man himself!

0 Designer: David Jones

Emotional LEDs

Emotional LEDs

It’s a sorry situation that we need to resort to gimmicks to help resolve our inner emotions. ILLUMIO here is an abstract model of how we currently feel and are reacting towards relationships and the environment. Honestly I’d rather arrange my face to be a grumpy frown if I’m upset. Going by Robert Plutchik’s psychoevolutionary theory of emotion there are basically eight primary emotions: anger, fear, sadness, disgust, surprise, curiosity, acceptance and joy. Arrangements and colors of the LEDs on the ILLUMIO reflect these effectively.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Split Snowboard Binding Backs

Split Snowboard Binding Backs

Snowboard bindings? What! It’s getting into summer when I’m posting this, so it’s a bit strange to even think about snow – but hay! Like a good Minnesotan, in summer I wish for winter, and in winter I wish for summer! These bindings are split down the back, adjusting the cant of the high back for “greater support and control.” Better for your ankles? Better for your mind. But you can’t be too furry! It’ll get caught in there.

0 Designer: Joshua Benjamin Harris

TWIST & SHOUT (about forgetting the code!)

TWIST & SHOUT (about forgetting the code!)

Yet another “twist” on something we twist everyday. Designer Jess Han has re-imagined the simple door handle with a DaVinci Code style lock that denies entry for all but the chosen few (cue: dramatic music). This intuitive door handle dubbed the “NUMLOCK HANDLE” features a numbered dial-lock that re-shuffles and locks itself after every successful entry. Get the code incorrect and Tom Hanks gets punched in the gut by an albino assassin.  The numbers can be replaced or supplemented with braille for that extra level of mystery.

0 Designer: Jaeseok Han

How Smart A Chef Are You?

How Smart A Chef Are You?

Really Smart eh? Can you recall all your recipes by heart; tell me exactly how many calories are there in the dish that you are preparing; the amount of protein, cholesterol in it; are the ingredients fresh enough? NO!! NO!! You’re not a SMART Chef then. Actually you never can be, coz then you’d be this computer with an intelligent cutting board and integrated scale. The wise guy here can connect with local farmers and farmer’s markets to help you procure the seasonal produce.

0 Designer: Kaiju Studios

French People, This is Your Car Circa 2037

French People, This is Your Car Circa 2037

If you think urban density is bad now, wait until 2037. 70% of the French population will inhabit urban metropolises. That’s a whole ‘lotta people so one future automotive trend are vehicles that provide a sense of escapism; to find one’s zen by momentarily moving away from the hustle and bustle of city living. The Nervastella concept looks like it’s coming and going at the same time. Just you in the cockpit enjoying life with just enough space behind you for luggage.

0 Designer: Adil Benwadih

Speaker Rings

Speaker Rings

Well here is a novel concept. The Expansion Loudspeakers are a set or rings docked to a base station connected to a computer via USB. Each ring contains its own power source enabling you to take them anywhere. The idea isn’t exactly new. There are several wireless speaker docks on the market but none with cuff-like wearability. Knowing me, I’d probably wear all of them to become a human boom box. FYI, I do not think putting one around your cat would be wise. Hit the jump to see what I mean.

0 Designer: Miriam Liébana Yeste

Best of May 2009

Best of May 2009

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 May 2009.

Royalty Free HDRI Stock

Royalty Free HDRI Stock

Advance computer rendered imagery have become sort of a double-edge sword for us designers. On the one hand it enables visual comps with unparalleled realism. On the other hand the technical mastery of such imagery is a challenge – that is until you throw in the advent of high dynamic range lighting provided you can find good sources. Bunkspeed just launched a ginaormous library of royalty free HDRI images for all your rendering needs. Sign up, buy some credits, download, and watch your creative work take a giant step forward.

0 Resources: Bunkspeed HDRI Library

Bluelounge CableDrop

Bluelounge CableDrop

Look around you computer. You probably have one too many cables strung about and a few more dangling off your desk. Some of us have come up with creative ways to keep them in place but for a measly $9.95, you can keep them in check without resorting to tape or ugly twist ties. The Bluelounge CableDrop comes in multi-colored packs of 6 with adhesive backs. They are uniquely shaped to hold everything from cables to pens. Skies the limit really.

0 Designer: Bluelounge

Time Is So Orbital

Time Is So Orbital

It’s a good thing you learnt about planets in school; otherwise this Torbit Time-Orbit Watch Concept would have gone over your head. Apparently its been totally inspired by the fascinating movents of planets in their orbit. “The digital numbers on the annular panel display indicates time while moving clockwise around the circumference of the display; also corresponding to the position of where the hands on a traditional watch would have been.” For me, it’s just a cool looking watch that craves for a SWATCH branding.

0 Designer: Evan Yiwei Ma