Time to Watch this Line

Time to Watch this Line

A watch for keeping time is becoming less and less a part of society. With many of us now looking at our mobile phones for the correct network calibrated time, the watch industry has seen a massive decline in sales over the past decade. Wearing a watch in 2008 is becoming more of a utilitarian fashion accessory, than a way to count the hours.

0 Designer: Denis Guidone

Best of May 2008

Best of May 2008

Every month we take a look around and select some of the most interesting designs that was showcased here. Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in May 2008.

A little LIGHT RAIN protection...

A little LIGHT RAIN protection…

Well the weekend is upon us and Yanko Design is happy to inspire another do-it-yourself design project. Spring time if filled with new life, new hope and usually tons of rain. This wonderful “Electric Umbrella” is a great way to make the best of a rainy night by taking long walks under your very own stars with that special someone. Simple, cheap and even comes with a dimmer for setting your own tone, this easy to follow DIY(do-it-yourself) project comes courtesy of instructables.com. Happy singing in the rain.

Lifesaving Design

Lifesaving Design

Availability of clean drinking water is massive problem all over the world. From natural disasters like 2004′s tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, to war torn areas of the word, countless lives are unnecessarily lost due to bacteria and virus filled wells, lakes and streams. LIFESAVER bottle is the world’s first all in one ultra filtration water bottle.

0 Designer: Michael Pritchard

Is It Stank By Your Computer?

Is It Stank By Your Computer?

Oh I know a lot of people who should get this thing ASAP. The Aroma USB has a scented fragrance strip that dispenses a nice does of freshness anytime the air gets a little stale around you. It does use a bit of power to heat up the strip and drive a small fan and I can forgive the fact it doesn’t have any memory even tho it’s so big because at the end of the day – stank is nasty and stank needs to be dealt with. Agree?

0 Designer: Ko Yiu Fai

For Ladies Who Lunch and Metrosexuals Too

For Ladies Who Lunch and Metrosexuals Too

I carry a man bag, murse, messenger bag or whatever else you wanna call it. I eat out a lot and it’s always a chore to find a space for my bag. Usually I just commondere a neighboring chair but that can get complicated if I’m with people whom all carry bags too. Thats why this Chair & Hanger concept is just aces.

0 Designer: Hyuh-Jin Lee

Yanko Design Profiles: GM's Designer in Chief

Yanko Design Profiles: GM’s Designer in Chief

As many working designers are well aware of: all industrial and automotive designers can thank their yearly salaries to General Motors and the concept known as “planned obsolescence.” For those of you that never heard of this business practice, planned obsolescence is the process of a product becoming obsolete and/or non-functional after a certain period or amount of use in a way that is designed and planned by the manufacturer.

Tech that lets you connect with kids...

Tech that lets you connect with kids…

We have all seen the nature shows where the baby deer wanders too far from its mom and gets pounced on by some hidden predator. Well aside from opposable thumbs, moms have a new way to differentiate themselves from our mammalian brethren. The “Link” Child Locator is a device that takes a page from the movie Alien, in that it allows for the tracking of your spawn as they hide in the clothing racks at your local Gap store.

0 Designer: Continuum Studio

Think Stink!

Think Stink!

Where there once was a tree, there is now a coffee table.. take that nature! Paying homage to or simply mocking nature’s grandeur, the “Stink Tree” coffee table by Dylan Gold is a beautifully crafted furnishing inspired by the silhouette of the Tree-of-heaven, also known as ailanthus, Chinese sumac, stinking shumac or simply, the “Stink Tree.”

0 Designer: Dylan Gold

Get Inked....and some beer

Get Inked….and some beer

Are you a little burnt like me? Not necessarily from smoking anything, you just have a mind full of “more important” things than menial tasks like grocery shopping. Well for all you sub-genius’ out there, this next item up for bids is right up your grocery aisle. Don’t look like a crack-head and just write willy-nilly all over your body words like Melons, Coke or Tampons. Get organized and pick up some “To-Do Tattoos” by Andy Ward for Fred & Friends.

0 Designer: Andy Ward

Dandi Gentlemen Need Tech Too

Dandi Gentlemen Need Tech Too

The Cobalt is a response to the discerning public need for the next convergence device to blend elegance with simplicity and portability. The Cobalt’s round OLED touch screen allows easy access to all its features with a simple flick of the thumb left, right, up or down. The default screen shows time, date, temperature, and updates on voicemail, email and text.

0 Designer: Adam Huffman

Jacket Pillows, With Heads?

Jacket Pillows, With Heads?

Designer Ximena Orozco had an old wool jacket she hadn’t worn in years. Instead of throwing it away she thought, why not make a pillow out of it? She’s created a whole line of them, each with a story printed on a label inside. Some are childhood attachments, some were gifts from an ex. We love this idea. What a great way to reuse something you don’t wear but too attached to throw away.

0 Designer: Ximena Orozco

Steam Punk 101

Steam Punk 101

As you can imagine, we here at Yanko Design see just about every type of design the creative mind can conjure. Most of us were not there during the birth of such monumental movements like Bauhaus, Art Nouveau or even Post Modernism. Maybe once in a lifetime we are lucky enough to be there at the genesis of a whole new design movement. Until that day arrives, we would like to take a moment to highlight some interesting sub-genres of design we have been admiring with delight. One in particular is the era inspired, fanboy based “Steampunk” movement.