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

Oracle Watch

Oracle Watch

Based on the ancient Chinese I Ching philosophy, the Oracle Watch helps you identify the order of chance events by way 64 digital hexagrams. Press the button 6 times to generate a hexagram correlating to your future beholds. Oh man, this would have been so handy this morning when I couldn’t decide between Coco Puffs or Honey Nut Cheerios. Book of Changes for the win!

0 Designer: Andy Kurovets

Introducing Yanko Design Job Board

Introducing Yanko Design Job Board

OK Yanko Design friends, after much research and planning, and because we want to give back to you, our readers who are so very important to us, we are now ready to officially launch Yanko Design Job Board. The new Job Board is available now, and already has some high quality listings for job seekers. For companies interested in posting to our Job Board and having access to some of the most talented individuals on the planet, please contact me for a special introductory offer.

What's Black and White and Read All Over?

What’s Black and White and Read All Over?

The obvious answer is concept cell phones with E ink displays. Despite their lamentable lack of color range, E ink mobiles are just all the rage these days. This concept from Anthony Reed stays a bit more inside the box with simplistic grid styling that keeps everything well within the gray scale range of the display.  When all you have to work with is black and white, maybe its best to embrace it fully instead of covering it up in flashy case graphics.

Bends to Cushion Your Bum

Bends to Cushion Your Bum

The chair uses an molded aluminium frame to hold a stretchable fabric across the sitting surface, defined by injection molded plastic rims to sculpt the form. The fabric gives to the weight and shape of the person sitting to allow maximum comfort, hence doing away with upholstery to achieve a higher level of cushioning. The semi-transparent nature gives it visual interest. Of course that stiletto support in the rear is questionable. Still, it’s an interesting take on modern furniture design.

0 Designer: Abhijeet Kumar

This iPod is Full of Air

This iPod is Full of Air

It really is! Hear me out. The iBangle is Gopinath Prasana’s vision of a future iPod where the devices have become darn close to becoming jewelry. If you factor in inflation and the cost of Apple products today – might as well call it jewelry because it’ll cost as much. I digress, the iBangle is a thin piece of aluminum (of course) with a multi-touch track pad. To achieve the perfect fit, a cushion inside the ring inflates to keep itself taught against your wrist. Unisex? Maybe.

0 Designer: Gopinath Prasana

To Shoppy with a Shoppy

To Shoppy with a Shoppy

Any good industrial designer with a mind for helping out his or her society has a list of things that haven’t been improved upon lately. Next on Junji Kawabe’s list is the shopping cart. With a hot orange color scheme and his sights set on a super cute name ready for tagging [Shoppy!], Kawabe’s well on his way!

0 Designer: Junji Kawabe