Mobile Phone That Refuses To Go Obsolete

Mobile Phone That Refuses To Go Obsolete

I am that stage in my life where I couldn’t care a less about the make or model of the mobile phone I use. I simply want functionality and that’s it! However according to my son, if he doesn’t get the latest model, his social life will be dead and he probably will be an outcast for holding that hands-me-down number! Do I have to get him a new mobile, every time the fad changes? No, not if something like the Infinite Sustainable Mobile Phone pops up.

0 Designer: Will Orrock

Let The Hands Do The Talking

Let The Hands Do The Talking

Your hands are gesturing but I do not understand! Is it me or are your hands telling me something? Comprehending sign language is not an easy task, but should that be a hindrance for communication between you and a vocally challenged person? I guessed not, hence this Sign Language Translator will be the apt solution for you to transcend borders of gesture-based communication.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Self-sustaining Flower That Blooms At Dusk

Self-sustaining Flower That Blooms At Dusk

My mentor educated me that a good design also contributes toward a stable environment and does take into account its implications toward pollution and emissions. I call the Light Flower a good design, because it follows this norm to the T. If you must light your garden pathway, it may as well be with this illuminating flower. Autonomous and sensitive, it harnesses wind energy effectively to power itself.

0 Designer: Djordje Cukanovic

Sound Eggs Won't Roll Off Your Desk

Sound Eggs Won’t Roll Off Your Desk

Using a playful means of orienting and stabilizing otherwise impossibly round speakers, designer Ilshat Garipov turns our desktop into a kind of physics-based playground.  The off-center weighted bottom acts much like a tilting doll to keep the cones pointed right at the user with seemingly no support at all.  Purportedly communicating via bluetooth, they would make lovely companions to any mac based product or similarly colored PC laptop.

0 Designer: Ilshat Garipov

Like a Child's Legos, But 1000% More Dangerous

Like a Child’s Legos, But 1000% More Dangerous

This might not top the list of toddler-friendly socket adapters, but you can’t deny they’d be useful little pieces of injection molded plastic to have around. Designed to support 5 other connections, the power sockets can be stacked and built to work around the ungainly wall-warts our devices demand these days. They look about as effective as one of those PowerSquids but probably oodles cheaper to produce. Ionut get on these, I want my next scale model spaceship to have 220 volts running through it.

0 Designer: Ionut Predescu

Just a Lilly Tea for You

Just a Lilly Tea for You

Perhaps you have heard of this beautiful flower? It catches the eye, it enthralls the mind, it lies in the water existing only to be beautiful. All of these fancy qualities were necessary in order for designer Sait Alanyali to come up with this whimsical tea set. In the same way that the mind blooms on the refreshing taste combinations of the tea, the flower expands, open to welcome back the empty cup again – cradling it as you leave it once more in the bosom of the pedal bed.

0 Designer: Sait Alanyali

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.