I Got Steam

I Got Steam

Steam999 is a conceptual exhibition recognizing the by gone era of trains with approbatory glee. Before planes and cars, the locomotive dream was fulfilled by steam trains. They quickly evolved from their industrial workhorse roots to pieces of marvelous mechanical engineering. The exhibition calls for a real working train built in an ecological way servicing an exceptional geographic site. The twin stack machine is elegant and represents the pinnacle of  steam engine train design.

0 Designer: Loic Lautredou

Ten Innovative Designs To Help The Sight Impaired

Ten Innovative Designs To Help The Sight Impaired

Off late we have seen a flood of designs which bring out ways to make life easier for the sight impaired. A few good examples are the Braun Bell Mug, Touch Color Digital Braille Drawing Board, and The Universal Phone. These designs inspired me to compile a list from YD’s archives, dedicated to the Blind. Here’s a look at Ten Innovative Designs To Help The Sight Impaired.

0 Designers: Various

Truths about Creativity

Truths about Creativity

I have been thinking about the relationship between creativity vs. design vs. where it comes from. I have also thought and wondered why some people, not just designers, are more creative than others? Here are some thoughts on creativity that may help you understand what it is and how to get it going for you.

0 Editorial: Brian Ling

Let’s Play The Guessing Game

Let’s Play The Guessing Game

We have NEVER done this on YD before, but we’re gonna play the GUESSING GAME right now!

Just by looking at this Pre-Picture can you guess what the item is? The explanation is in the Permalink, but be honest with yourself and tell me what exactly did you think this was?

0 Sorry no prizes for guessing the right answer, this one’s just for FUN! :)

Funstackabletastic!

Funstackabletastic!

These lovely little stools are stackable. In fact, they are so stackable that they are FUNstackable. That’s what they’re called, too; Funstackable Stools. They’re made of wood (imagine that!) and only wood. Every stool has 11 holes drilled in at different angles. Several of those holes are reserved for the stools pegs, while the other several are for OTHER stools pegs. It’s basically all wood and holes.

0 Designer: Hafsteinn Juliusson

Coffee Cup Plant

Coffee Cup Plant

Y in Cup is a project that has good intentions. It wants you to re-use your disposable coffee cup (yes the Starbucks variety) to grow more plants. I mean tiny plants that can dot your home, office or wherever. A combo of seed and fertilizer disk comes attached to the bottom of the Y Cup; simply tear open the package and empty the contents in the rinsed out cup. Add some soil from your backyard and you’re good to go.

0 Designer: Joon Kim

Total Beach Bum!

Total Beach Bum!

I have a confession; I’m a total lost cause when it comes to recharging my phone, iPod and camera. Three gadgets I can’t leave my home without and somehow, I always leave it till the last moment for recharging! Needless to say, I manage just some amount of power on them and carry their wires with me, and plug them in the next available socket. Dandy, but what do I and others like me do, when we hit the beaches? Carry the Solar Tree of course!

0 Designers: Jun-Se Kim, Min-Goo Kim & Dong-Eon Kim

Vintage Nixie Tubes That Tell Time

Vintage Nixie Tubes That Tell Time

Scores of you are going to drool over this unique time-telling machine! Called the Nixie Concrete Clock, its full-on retro with shiny orange Nixie tubes in a reinforced rough concrete body and can be wall mounted as well. Inspired by the vintage Z560M Nixie tubes, used in former East-Germany, this one’s got 6 different tubes that keep you occupied with its shimmy looks and time telling techniques. Check out the movies on the Nixie Concrete website and learn more on this fully functioning prototype.

0 Designer: Daniel Kurth

Balance Mein Freunde

Balance Mein Freunde

What do you do with an unused hanger, early in the morning? This right here is the worlds newest reinvention of the clothing hanger. In a very basic swift move of the hand, our super friend Mac has created the possibility for installation art in every home in the modern world. It’d make Alexander Calder proud to see and experience what Mac calls the “Mobile Hanger.” Not for playing with, kitty!

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Mister Twister

Mister Twister

That’s the real deal name: “Mister Twister.” Designers Cate Hogdahl & Nelson Ruiz-Acal, aka Cate&Nelson, have come up with this fabulously chopped lamp for you all to gaze at and with. It appears to have been chopped twice precisely with a samurai sword which enables it to leak light in several “chinks” – more light in more places, that’s economy lamp-making.

0 Designer: Cate&Nelson

Blind And Deaf Communication

Blind And Deaf Communication

I really never gave it a thought before this, but how will a blind and a deaf person communicate with each other? One can’t hear the voices and the other can’t see the sign gestures! Both can’t learn each other’s special language; or can they? It may seem like a presumptuous situation, but something like the Sign Voice Language Translator (or SVLT) can offer a solution. The device acts like a translator, converting gestures in voice and voice into written text. I’d like to see a video of people testing this thing!

0 Designers: Han-na Lee & Sang Hyeon

Ten Necessities When Disaster Strikes

Ten Necessities When Disaster Strikes

Natural disasters and accidents happen with little or NO warnings. One of the best ways to deal with such situations is by being a bit prepared. By being prepared I mean more than just the First Aid Box; stuff like lights, shelter, tools, supplies, installations and kits that can help you deal with emergencies. Here’s a look at Ten Necessities When Disaster Strikes; a compilation of what we got on YD.

0 Designers: Various

SONEA Converts Sound to Energy

SONEA Converts Sound to Energy

That’s no boom box! That’s no ghetto blaster! That’s a Sonea unit! It’s basically a machine which protests the waste of perfectly good noise, converting it to energy we can use to do anything! Anything at all! But probably most often such things as lighting street lamps and such.

0 Designers: Jihoon Kim, Boyeon Kim, Myung-Suk Kim, and Da-Woon Chung