Welcome Brian Ling To The Team

Welcome Brian Ling To The Team

Hey YD’ers (ya-dee-ers), please help me welcome our newest member to the YD family, none of than Brian Ling. His name may seem familiar for the countless awards he’s won or you may have come across his blog Design Sojourn. He comes with years of experience in the industry working for some of the biggest names in electronics and his writing has been featured in numerous publications. He’s here to answer any of your questions regarding the ID industry. Hit the jump for his full bio.

VJ's Could Probably Be DDR Champions With This

VJ’s Could Probably Be DDR Champions With This

Thru a tangible interface, Video Remix imbues vj’ing with fluidity and natural expression that’s currently lacking. The interface comprises of a hand controller and pressure sensitive floor. The hand controller handles video clip selection and floor mixes between three channels of video based upon applied pressure. It opens up a performative style of interaction that frees vj’ing from being chained to the mouse and keyboard. Encouraging a greater diversity of performers to the media.

0 Designer: Julian Faelli

Long Wall Clock

Long Wall Clock

There isn’t real need to change the mechanics of a circular analog clock. It’s efficient, compact and can scale to any size from a wrist watch to Big Ben. That didn’t stop Aleksey Belyalov tho. He believes are more functional way (and more aesthetically pleasing) is a clock that fills up with white/black to indicate time of day. Marks along this long clock give you precise readings but even a quick glance is enough to determine the time of day. Unnecessary?

0 Designer: Aleksey Belyalov

No, This Is Not An Elaborate Trashcan

No, This Is Not An Elaborate Trashcan

Rather it is a lovely self-assembled table lamp named Spelta that makes use of “interwoven transparencies stretched to create a soft and organic form.” The rectangular modules of polypropylene are interchangeable and can be swapped for different materials, colors and finishes, all at the user’s whim. Going by its name, I’m assuming it designer, Camillo Vanacore, drew on spelt wheat in weaving its form.

0 Designer: Camillo Vanacore

'Roll' Up With A Good Book... Get It?

‘Roll’ Up With A Good Book… Get It?

Puns aside, this interesting bookshelf/reading nook by designer Zhdanova Irina would make a statement in any home or child’s room. Functionally, it’s composed of seven elements; six sofa sections connect in a circle while the bookshelf structure can be blocked up for stability. Hit the jump to see the inner sofa sections separated and why this is probably a better chair storage solution than a bookshelf.

0 Designer: Zhdanova Irina

Hone Your Language Skills

Hone Your Language Skills

The biggest problem that we face in a foreign land is the language barrier. Resorting to sign language or using translation dictionaries is a cumbersome process especially if you are to temporarily relocate to that country. SOLA is a linguistic device that is fun and interactive and can come of some use in such situations. In fact it was developed by a bunch of students to communicate easily with the exchange students in Mandarin.

0 Designers: Hilary L Brosnihan, Esther Lai Wing Wai, Olivia Kwok Tak Lam & Ivy Chan Oi Ning

It’s All About The Crisp Toast

It’s All About The Crisp Toast

A kitchen appliance that has been taken for granted for such a long while is the humble toaster. So ignorant are we of its origins that till now it is unknown who invented the first electric bread toaster! No doubt evolved humans have been toasting a slice of bread for a long time now, but almost two centuries ago the deed was done over an open flame. The failed attempt of Crompton & Company in 1893 to commercialize it as Eclipse, led to General Electric’s D-12 claiming the title as the “first commercially successful electric toaster” in 1909.

Drammen on Down the Road to Car Island

Drammen on Down the Road to Car Island

Drammen is a city and municipality in Norway (look it up!) which is along the 1,890 km (1,174 mi) long European Route E18. The city of Drammen has been, of recent years, a relatively popular place for the cars; its city center having been burdened by heavy traffic until the installation of the E18 bridge. Designer Fredrik Haukeland plans to capitalize on this situation with an intuitive I.D. project: “a leisure park for car fanatics.”

Behold: “Drive-In Industries.”

0 Designer: Fredrik Haukeland

Bulbs Are No Longer Meant For Light

Bulbs Are No Longer Meant For Light

The SoundBulb that we saw some time back, stood for sound innovation with lights. The question is, how do you up the ante and dish out something even more pioneering? The designers at Koo Touch got their gray cells ticking and dished out this awesome De-light! An LED projector that supports the simple joys of life like group gaming, photo and video sharing via mobile, De-Light mini supports all the awesome goodness that a gadget-freak craves.

0 Designer: David Koo

Rolls Royce: Phantom (mini)Menace

Rolls Royce: Phantom (mini)Menace

Set to be introduced at this years Geneva Motor Show, BMW (parent company to Rolls Royce) is calling this the “200EX Concept”, not to be confused with Chrysler’s beautiful 200C Concept. Measuring in about 18 inches shorter than the obnoxiously large Phantom, this sleek cruiser shares many parts with its cousin the BMW 7 Series. Notice the inclusion of the classic “suicide doors” made popular by not only the Phantom but the mobster loving Lincoln Continental of the 1960s.

0 Design: Rolls-Royce

A Surfing Helmet To Negate The Entire Point of Surfing

A Surfing Helmet To Negate The Entire Point of Surfing

Do you remember in Point Break when Patrick Swayze put on his protective helmet before swimming out to ride that giant wave at the end? No you don’t, because wearing helmets is about as cool as riding a unicycle to work. To the designer’s credit, the entire project was about trying to make the helmet cooler and more acceptable to wear within our surfing cliques, but I think some things are beyond even the best of designers.

0 Designer: Tom Gaunt

Mo:Ben Heats Your Lunch, Doesn't Play iTunes

Mo:Ben Heats Your Lunch, Doesn’t Play iTunes

I should break it to you now, despite your first impression of this lunch box from Designer Alex Cheong, it does not include 8GB of music/video storage and a 5″ LCD. Rather, it does what a lunch box should do, more fully prepare and package your lunchtime experience by warming up your meal through an internal film heater. That said, I would stay away from storing beverages inside, unless you enjoy warm Coca Cola as much as I do.

0 Designer: Alex Cheong

Cook It Up With Silver

Cook It Up With Silver

Cooka takes away the theory that silver is only meant for cutlery and ornamental purposes. This unique tabletop electrical cooking device uses silver in its design quite generously. Banking on its thermal conductivity properties, the cooking plates use the metal effectively to heat up the utensils fast and cool down the unit even faster.

0 Designer: Maurizio Maiorana