Starck Reality Contrast

Starck Reality Contrast

Just a few months ago Philippe Starck was announcing the death of design. Never one to be taken too seriously, Philippe Starck is set to contradict himself once again and launch a new reality television show. Produced by the BBC and scheduled to air on BBC 2 next year, Philippe Starck’s “School of Design” will feature ten aspiring product designers that will be given the opportunity to work alongside Starck and his design team over a period of several months.

Make Sens Phone

Make Sens Phone

Seeing is not always believing as mobile phones go. It’s all about the screen and how much info can be managed through the screen. But for the blind or mostly blind of the world, little thought has gone into making a phone that helps them in their journey through life. The “Sens” phone by Takumi Yoshida is a great idea who’s time has come. For the nearly blind, this phone features lighted sides that help convey different alert messages.

0 Designer: Takumi Yoshida

Music a la mode...

Music a la mode…

Gadgets as fashion…don’t want it, don’t try it, can’t stand it… oh wait, unless of course it is done as well as this MP3 player just announced by INNO Design. It’s called the “INNO-B0″ in the Korean market, and takes the form of a pendant or button design. Emblazoned with the Taegeuk pattern, the INNO-B0 comes in fashion colors (ugh, did they really have to say that?) including hot pink, cacao black, white, orange and brown. My Shuffle just got a little passé.

0 Designer: INNO Design

Cylons Love This Chair

Cylons Love This Chair

SIX is an architecturally inspired side chair manufactured from specially produced honeycomb composite and 4mm steel wire. The design pays homage to the striking aesthetic born from the functional design of industrial structures (think Eiffel tower) and light and space. Shown here in chrome with clear panels, a wide variety of color options for the frame and a selection of standard and metallic tints for the panels. The chair also features a detachable light that illuminates the honeycomb seat (Cylons!), creating a funky and unique lighting effect.

0 Designer: Ian Giles Mason

Enlighten Lights

Enlighten Lights

The halo is one of the most mysterious artistic elements in cultures all over the world. Always depicting an “enlightened one”, the halo seems to be internationally recognized as a sign of great power or knowledge. Designer Sander Mulder has created this Halo Light that attempts to capture some of that mystery by cleverly hiding the light source in the stainless steel housing.

0 Designer: Sander Mulder

Pullight Dynamo

Pullight Dynamo

The Pullight Dynamo looks to be nothing more than a flashlight powered by stored kinetic energy built up from pulling a string. Inside the dynamo is a 3 phase motor to deliver more power from very little kinetic energy. What’s more, the dynamo can charge other devices like a mobile phone or iPod. It’s splash proof and perfect for emergency situations.

0 Designer: Sebastien Sauvage

Fabric Stretch Over Frame

Fabric Stretch Over Frame

Abraham is a rocking chair that delivers the ultimate in comfort. The idea was to create a piece of relaxing furniture that would look as good as it feels – a rocking chair with flowing lines and an inherent sense of harmony. To achieve this, designer Patrick Frey covered a contoured tubular steel frame with stretch fabric.

0 Designer: Patrick Frey

Mixed Music Medium

Mixed Music Medium

Making a mixed tape for someone you fancied was my generations version of writing poetry or a love letter. Not only did we focus on selecting just the right tracks to include and try to time it to the second, we also focused hours of creative energy in illustrating the mix tape cover with heart felt doodles and clever visual references.

0 Designer: SUCK UK Studio

Origami for Superheroes

Origami for Superheroes

If wearing bullet proof tights and bending steel with your fingers is no big feat for you, you may be into this pencil sharpener that is literally ‘folded’ out of a single sheet of stainless steel. Designed by Donn Koh, this “Origami Sharpener” design captures the spirit of origami with folds that create volumes for ergonomic handling and also form the channel walls to guide pencils into place; the grinded edge forms the shaving blade.

0 Designer: Donn Koh

Flexible Learning

Flexible Learning

Adaptive learning has been the new “it” word among educators for some time now but the tools of the trade haven’t really met the needs. Flexible Learning by designer Lena Edman addresses those issues with a tool kit consisting of a UMPC (ultra mobile PC), a PMP (portable multimedia player), and 60 mini e-ink screens.

0 Designer: Lena Edman

This Little Seedling

This Little Seedling

Somebody should have thought of this a long time ago because it’s brilliant. Seedling by Brett Duncan is a biodegradable pot you can layer into larger ones when the plant out grows it. It’s less mess since you don’t have to re-pot and less stress on the plant ensuring a healthy transition.

0 Designer: Brett Duncan

Design Digest Vol.14

Design Digest Vol.14

It’s that time of the week again so get those limited attention spans ready. It is time for the YD Design Digest; A compendium of easily digestible design delights from around the inter-webs. Sleeves are the new skins when it comes to keeping your computers cozy, this “F84 Mac Air Sleeve” by Freitag fits like a glove.

Lights, Camera, Glass...Action!

Lights, Camera, Glass…Action!

Glass surface inputting is the new hotness for almost every gadget maker today. From from the iPhone to Microsoft’s Surface technology, flat is where it’s at. Introducing the flattest full size QWERTY keyboard to date, “No-key Keyboard” by Kong Fanwen. Consisting of just a glass surface, camera and lighting, this alternative keyboard concept will use the latest motion capture technology to watch your fingers nervously select just the perfect smiley for your online bantering.

0 Designer: Kong Fanwen