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

It’s Summer But Some Still Need Heaters

It’s Summer But Some Still Need Heaters

It’s so damn hot where I live that I can’t think of anything else but an air conditioner at the moment. But since we have readers from across the globe, this one’s especially for those who experience snow in summers. LASKO Home Innovations commissioned a space heater, and this is what they got. It’s a special one that sucks in air from the perforated silver piece on the bottom. The internal oscillation varies from 90 degrees, 170 degrees to a full 360 degrees, thereby making it convenient to place centrally in a room.

0 Designer: Matthew Catrino

I Just Don’t See The Time

I Just Don’t See The Time

Let’s call this a Swiss Watchmaker’s worst nightmare, a clock where you can barely see the time. We are so caught up in our own time-warps that we rarely get an excuse to pause and ponder. The Soft Clock here is best described as “an incessantly twisting art-object than a proper instrument for time measurement.” For those who want constant reminders of the persistent tick-tok, get a real clock. Let this Soft one be for us dreamers……

0 Designer: Egor Myznik

Self-Stirring Pot

Self-Stirring Pot

The kind of pot you put sauce in. And self-stirring in that it’s got its own mechanism built in to the pot. You put your sauce in there, start to heat it up, put the cover on, and turn the crank. Turn the crank and laugh! Laugh at the industrial genius of this mechanism! Ah haaa! Yes! Sauce! Sauce forever!

0 Designer: Cem Tutuncuoglu

Future of ID

Future of ID

Pratt students are making their mark at the “Design for a Dollar” exhibition, International Contemporary Furniture Fair. However I’m here to showcase how enterprising their ID students can be. Three projects: Grind by Dana de Vega, Loop End Table by Carla Franciose and Array Series by Jason Pfaeffle; reflect how simple thinking and industrious application can prove to be winning designs. Take a look at them after the jump.

0 Designers: Dana de Vega, Carla Franciose and Jason Pfaeffle

Interview with Jon Kolko of Frog Design

Interview with Jon Kolko of Frog Design

Having met Jon Kolko at the Bounce IDSA conference I was pleased as punch to get him to sit down for an exclusive YD interview.  Acting as Senior Design Analyst at Frog Design in Austin and Editor-in-Chief of Interactions Magazine, Jon brings dizzying insights to the worlds of interaction design and its ramifications to industrial design and research.  Click through to our interview after the jump, but also check out some of his excellent talks like the recent Austin Creative Confab or his presentation on design synthesis.

0 Designer: Jon Kolko

10 Unique And Creative MP3 Players

10 Unique And Creative MP3 Players

The wires are abuzz with the Zune HD News, and many are wondering what Jobs has in store for the iPod this summer. However, the thread that ties both these MP3 players together is their form. Besides the obvious rectangle shape, very few people like Sony have ventured into a daring cylindrical shape for the MP3. Here’s a look at the adventurous folks who broke away from the mold and gave us Unique And Creative MP3 Players

0 Designers: Various

Buried Treasure For Real

Buried Treasure For Real

One sorry soul has to always stay back ashore to take care of our belongings, while rest of the family is out there having fun on the surf and sand. Beach thefts are a reality and it’s not just about losing your valuables, but about the violation of trust in mankind. Gigga Clam is a water proof safe that kinds tries to ease your day on the beach. Ergonomically designed, the Clam is meant to be pushed under the sand’s surface for safekeeping and has some pretty cool high-tech features.

0 Designer: Chris Stratton