New Play In The Playground

New Play In The Playground

Teewns is a very complex age-group; in my times there were just pre-teens and teens, but given the current scenario, damn shrinks have further broken down the age-groups! Getting back to the tweens (ages 6-14); the Playnetix Tumbler devised here is a full motion play structure meant for them. It’s an attempt to get the kids off their butt and lure them away from their videogames and TV. Besides providing tons of laughs, the play action indirectly results in core fitness and much-needed physical activity.

0 Designer: Clifford Couvillon

Podcast Episode 1

Podcast Episode 1

Our first podcast so be kind, rewind, play again. There’s a lot of good stuff in there, namely an interview with designer and engineer Mark Sanders. He’s the brains behind many products which by the way have sold in the tens of millions. Yep, you heard right. His latest bike, the IF Mode dominated the conversation and with good reason too. It’s the most gorgeous folding bike out there and an IF Gold winner. Hit the jump for the podcast and sketches! We love sketches!

0 Episode 1: Mark Sanders Interview

Smartbooks Are The Next Step

Smartbooks Are The Next Step

Yes. Is the start of my last jam. This project is right on. I’ve been thinking about, suggesting, pushing the idea that these tiny internet machines (ipod, blackberry, etc) need to be just a little bit bigger, but not quite as big as a laptop. Students at the Savannah College of Art & Design have mocked up a messa concepts for this very purpose. With the help of Freescale chip manufacturers, they’re bustin up the streets with a nice list here!

0 Designer: Students at SCAD

Phone, Ear-Phone, Phone

Phone, Ear-Phone, Phone

Don’t get so confused, the Kambala is a mobile phone that transforms to a earphone as well. Pop the center piece and the earpiece clip pings out; clip this to your ear, and you got a phone-earphone! Multilayered Polymer which hosts all the electronic components is used in its construction. A continuous flexi-screen with plenty of sensors makeup the surface and it has the ability to transmit the image on the inside of the phone to the outside. It even does a chameleon act by blending in with your skin tone when you clip it to your ear.

0 Designer: Ilshat Garipov

Magnificent Men And Their Flying Ferrari

Magnificent Men And Their Flying Ferrari

While designer Iman Maghsoudi gave us a Ferrari that was akin to operating a PC touching speeds of 200 km/h; designer Vincent Montreuil has a different vision for the speedster. Adding a third dimension to the pulsating sport, he envisions race tracks in the air, demarcated with levitating lines (or ropes; u get the drift); and a Flying Ferrari X-Racer in the forefront. Call him crazy or over-ambitious, but it’s not hard to imagine his concept taking shape…say 50 years from now!

0 Designer: Vincent Montreuil

ZINK Imaging Seeks New Innovative Solutions From The Design Community

ZINK Imaging Seeks New Innovative Solutions From The Design Community

UPDATE: Closed.

ZINK Imaging is asking the design community for new “solutions” and applications (not new form factors for existing products etc.) that enable and enhance printing with the ZINK Technology. Essentially, it’s about the whole design solution, not just the fit and finish. If you think you got it in you to provide a super solution; then enter ZINK Imaging’s Zero Boundaries Design Competition.

10 Creative Reasons To Take Up Sports And Get Fit

10 Creative Reasons To Take Up Sports And Get Fit

Couch potatoes and computer-addicts like me can’t just rely on the remote control or the keyboards to get us enough exercise. And sweets, walking to the fridge for refills or fingers flying over the keys don’t count! Since YD is all about inspiration, let’s showcase Ten Scintillating reasons for us to take up some sort of sporting activity, that will make us fit.

0 Designers: Various

Easter Moai Phone

Easter Moai Phone

Here’s a phone that’s intuitive, functional and sleek; people let’s scrutinize the Easter Moai. It wouldn’t be a futuristic phone, if it didn’t have a touchscreen LCD! For convenience, all the function keys are reserved to the slant edge, which I think is brilliant. The face has just the essentials slated to the corner edge, giving the much needed screen-space that most people demand these days. It sits pretty, on a slanted dock for recharging. And when it’s parked there, the phone doubles up as a music player with bombastic speakers.

0 Designer: Joongho Choi

Umbrella Chandeliers

Umbrella Chandeliers

As I’ve totally said before, the simplest combinations of two objects are often the most interesting industrial designs. This one is also quite pretty. What Shelly Sabel, lighting designer, has designed is the Umbrella Chandelier. It’s made up of some rather simple components: found umbrella pieces, aluminum, and porcelain sockets. And a dash of cuteness. They’re not yet made for mass production, but have been installed at two separate shows in 2009 already.

0 Designer: Shelly Sabel

Tulip Toaster Is Really Warm

Tulip Toaster Is Really Warm

I’m sure you will recollect the showcasing of Toasters we did on YD recently. While those were the flamboyant, futuristic sorts that bordered on unrealistic strategies, the Tulip Toaster we see here is quite contrary to the. It redefines the cold steel lines with ballistic black finishes that we see in the markets these days. The Tulip tries to break traditional norms by incorporating some warmth into the design. This is achieved by adding a wooden frame inspired by the namesake flower.

0 Designers: Sergej Kuckir, Hayley Powell, Katherine Whiting, Minas Patsalos & Varun Gujral

Surfaces, Surfaces, Surfaces

Surfaces, Surfaces, Surfaces

I’m sort of a nut job when it comes to minimalism. If I’m going to be a minimalist, I’m extreme. I like surfaces, surfaces, surfaces. Designer Emili Diaz understands my OCD-like vice so his Table 180 suits me to a tee. On the “surface” it looks all clean and unassuming but just underneath are a bevy of panels hiding compartments for every need be it dining or working. This is concept only but I’d like to have one.

0 Designer: Emili Manrique Diaz

ZINK Imaging Seeks New Innovative Solutions From The Design Community

ZINK Imaging Seeks New Innovative Solutions From The Design Community

UPDATE: June 8th is the LAST DAY for Submissions; 4 days left.

ZINK Imaging is asking the design community for new “solutions” and applications (not new form factors for existing products etc.) that enable and enhance printing with the ZINK Technology. Essentially, it’s about the whole design solution, not just the fit and finish. If you think you got it in you to provide a super solution; then enter ZINK Imaging’s Zero Boundaries Design Competition.

No More Racks For My Mag, Only Stands

No More Racks For My Mag, Only Stands

I simply adore the eccentric style of Fredrik Färg. This time around he’s ready to woo the crowds with is magazine stand named Skyscrape. It’s like he wants to recreate an “architectural forest” around the room. For a person who likes to keep books neatly stacked, it would be a fetish nightmare, but for the whimsical…a visual treat!

0 Designer: Fredrik Färg