Quick, Forward this to Jamie Oliver!

Quick, Forward this to Jamie Oliver!

We’ve all seen the food pyramid before. You know, that thing that hangs on the wall of the dentist we try to convince we’ve been brushing 3 times a day? Considering all the rhetoric out there on healthy eating it seems amazing that no one has thought of this before. The Pyramid lunch box by Li Jianye categorizes your lunch according to the food groups with the intention to guide the user to a healthier lifestyle through a balanced diet.

0 Designer: Li Jianye

Double Pane LCD Screens

Double Pane LCD Screens

Now why didn’t I think of that? Sure, there are companies working on “3D-ish” screens but the technology is ridiculously expensive. Why not take a more literal approach and layer two glass LCDs together. This creates a sense of depth when graphics are overlayed. The technology could be expanded to other devices too like interactive maps and slider mobile phones. Pipe dreams but I like the way Mac Funamizu thinks – boundless and limitless.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Don't Die Mac Mini Don't Die!

Don’t Die Mac Mini Don’t Die!

The rumormill is full of reports about Apple supposedly killing off the Mac Mini due to lackluster sales. Earlier last week, those rumors were confounded by new rumors about Apple only updating the Mac Mini which explains why the old model can’t be found in stock. Whatever the truth may be, that didn’t stop designers like Mac Funamizu from dreaming up a new Mac Mini, more inline with Apple’s current offerings.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Not Your Average Party Boat

Not Your Average Party Boat

If by chance there is a scuba diving scene in the upcoming James Bond flick, then I can only imagine his government issued yacht would look something like this. With its lines and form inspired by orca whales, “Nav” feels like a breaching whale ready to fall back into the depths. The designer, Charles Kalpakian, likes to think of his work as dreams that inspire briefly but allow us to endure on. Considering the amount of good work that will never get to production, that’s probably a solid philosophy for a lot of the designers on YD.

0 Designer: Charles Kalpakian

A Paint Palette with a Modern Twist

A Paint Palette with a Modern Twist

Have you ever heard someone say that they would love to learn to paint and create beautiful art, but have no clue about mixing colors or what brush creates which effect? Maybe you are one of those people who would like to get more in touch with your inner artist. Canadian designer Yana Kilmava has developed a conceptual product that would help the novice artist have more confidence in learning how to paint.

0 Designer: Yana Klimava

Slot Cars for the Post-Gasoline Generation

Slot Cars for the Post-Gasoline Generation

When I was a wee lad, I had all the energy I wanted. Not any more! Energy costs money. And it’s running out (fuel AND money!) “Go Go Electro” is a toy for children who will make make Earth a post-fuel and totally post-worry planet.

0 Designer: Morna Gamblin

A Very Shiny MacBook Pro Review, Quickstyle

A Very Shiny MacBook Pro Review, Quickstyle

Apple’s top of the line professional, portable workhorse was finally updated. Gone is the all aluminum, silver keyed lappie that set that standard for so many companies to follow. Enter a new design carrying over Apple’s current design aesthetic – silver, black, and glass. Because there are already 101+ reviews about the new Apple MacBook Pro, I’ll keep ours succinct. Here’s the Yanko Design MPB (as I’ll refer to it from now on) review, quickstyle.

0 Designer: Jonathan Ive, Apple

For Butt Lovers Who Are Afraid of The Dark

For Butt Lovers Who Are Afraid of The Dark

Butt-On (button, get it? hehe) is a fun filled way to look at (so-called) zero watt night lamps. Butt-On is a low wattage night light with an integrated switch. Pinch the Butt-On to turn on the light and give it another squeeze to turn it off. The material is made from soft translucent silicon based rubber for a better tactile feel. Natch! Ladies, if you walked into a man’s apartment with; A. a night light, and B. shaped like a butt; would you really stay the night?

0 Designer: Ashish Chaudhary

Musical Teacup

Musical Teacup

The Drip with Song concept is probably the only concept I’d actually buy that uses CDs. I’ve totally transitioned to digital downloads but this just looks too precious. The saucer is actually a CD player with built-in speakers. The cup, when docked controls volume by turning it on the saucer. And just for kicks, it’s white with touch controls. How very 2008. Who am I kidding? I totally want one!

0 Designer: Jongmin Kim

Your Very Own Monolith

Your Very Own Monolith

Monolite is a lamp that combines light, sounds, distractions and evocations.  Say what? It’s an architectonic interactive organ that creates a spatial and emotive “elsewhere”. Porqué??? At random times during the day, it reduces ambient light and an electroluminescent fractal pattern is displayed through cubes on the upper half of the device.

0 Designer: Stefano Pertegato

The Kid with the Flower on his Head is Sick

The Kid with the Flower on his Head is Sick

When you think of thermometer, if you’ve ever had your temp taken, you think first of the places you’re going to have to stick it. Considering first of the children whose temperature is taken most often, Stefano Pertago’s designed a bud for the most active grasshoppers. Here’s the Thermoplay.

0 Designer: Stefano Pertegato

Nike Hindsight Gives You Unparalleled Vision

Nike Hindsight Gives You Unparalleled Vision

The urban jungle isn’t exactly the safest place for bicyclists. You need the right tools to keep you one step ahead of irresponsible motorists. The Nike Hindsight gives you superhuman like powers with extended peripheral vision so all those sneaky cars, beware.

0 Designer: Billy May

My Cutlery is More High Tech Than Yours

My Cutlery is More High Tech Than Yours

The IC3 concept consists of a computerized shaft with 3 interchangeable eating apparatuses; fork, spoon, and knife. The fork analyzes composition such as fat, protein, sugars. The spoon measures weight, and the knife takes temperature readings. Together this info creates a detailed report on what you’re eating, helpful to those with diabetes and nutritional sufficiencies. Gone are the days of lying to your doctor, “yes I ate my 5 servings of veggies.” The IC3 concept is currently on display at the Designparcours Munich 2008 exhibition.

0 Designer: Alex Schulz