Top 10 of Green Design

Top 10 of Green Design

Never one to let a trend pass without jumping on the bandwagon ourselves, here is Yanko Design’s top 10 list of the most impactful green designs of recent memory. Given so many criteria available to judge the concepts, ordering the list was tough, but in the end we shot from the hip as well as flipped a lot of coins. Without further ado, hit the jump for your daily dose of feeling good about Mother Earth.

A New Way to Bike

A New Way to Bike

That cushy padded seat on your bike is a fitness hinderance, preventing the toned legs Lance Armstrong would envy, and keeping your back unnaturally aligned. The TAURUS bike eschews the seat for a unique cab forward design. Designed specifically for children, you stand leaning forward enabling correct posture while making the largest muscles in your body work harder. The pedaling action is more akin to stair stepping. You’ll be fit and tone in no time.

0 Designer: Julia Meyer

I Got a Knuckle Duster For Ya

I Got a Knuckle Duster For Ya

For serious tho, isn’t this the sweetest mug you’ve ever seen?!?! It’s aptly called MUG! by the lads at Thabto. I saw a picture of it somewhere and tracked down the company for a review. They graciously sent me one and I’ve been drinking knuckle duster teas and staring daggers at everyone in my office. Thankfully people find it amusing and it’s become quite the conversation piece.

0 Designers: James Wosiek, Steven Smith [ Buy it here ]

Ecsotype for the Modern Urbanite

Ecsotype for the Modern Urbanite

We featured them last year and if you didn’t love them then, you’ve got to love them now because their new line of bags and soft goods epitomize modern luxury. There’s a sense of unabashed utility which I love because many bags in this price range ($200+) seem frivolous. I especially love the new Presse laptop bag. It’s masculine with just enough hardware to easily transition from work to a gallery exhibition at night. I have a phrase for bags like these – “quiet luxury”, deceptively difficult to pull off. This is what I call quiet luxury.

0 Designer: Ecsotype

Design for Poverty Shortlist & Prizes Announced

Design for Poverty Shortlist & Prizes Announced

Please give yourselves a pat on the back. I know the deadline was tight but you guys managed to pull thru and put together some amazing ideas full of imagination, ingenuity, and hope. Poverty is a cyclical system that cannot be solved by one idea and you all did an amazing job addressing every aspect.  I also want to thank our sponsors, Herman Miller, Steelcase, Haworth, and Pure Digital. Hit the jump for the shortlist!

0 Sponsors: Herman Miller, Steelcase, Haworth, Pure Digital

Win a Lubix Bluetooth Headset! (UPDATE)

Win a Lubix Bluetooth Headset! (UPDATE)

Enter the Yanko Design Pumpkin Carving Contest brought to you by Lubix. We have 5 10, yes count them 5 10 Lubix stereo bluetooth headsets with custom Yanko Design branding to give away.

CONTEST CLOSED

Updated with all 10 winners. Happy Halloween!

0 Sponsor: Lubix

Da-Bloom Baby!

Da-Bloom Baby!

Multifunctional furniture is where it’s at. Something that can be used in several different functional ways to simplify or organize our lives and bring out the best in our imagination. Da-Bloom is by Korean designer Jin-Young Lee and imitates the motion of a blooming flower. Made from plywood and plastic, the table can be customized to your liking with just a few simple twists and turns. Use it as a chair and table or for the children to create an imaginary hide-out.

0 Designer: Jin-Young Lee

KRANK It Up!

KRANK It Up!

In a time of moving towards becoming more eco-conscious, and the need for the world to do their part in preserving our earth, we look for new designs that are full of style and functionality. I was made aware of a design concept by Efrain E. Velez – KRANK. With a few cranks of the handle which is quite similar to an old-fashioned hand drill, you can have anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes of bright light using the process of magnetic induction.

0 Designer: Efrain E. Velez

Hard Drives as Easy to Install as Ink Cartridges

Hard Drives as Easy to Install as Ink Cartridges

You love plug-and-play, yes? You also enjoy modifying your computer, right? Too much effort? Vas Obeyesekere of Point Innovation says: no way! The Evolve Modular CPU takes the soldering out of CPU enhancement, and makes it green in the process! You love green.

0 Designer: Vas Obeyesekere of Point Innovation

The Shape of Things to Call...

The Shape of Things to Call…

Yes yes we know, home phones are nearly a thing of the past. With more and more of us opting for our mobile phones as our sole means of telecommunications, the home phone has almost gone the way of the VCR. Designer Zinc Chan believes the home phone still has life in it and has concocted this fun and beautiful means to communicate.

0 Designer: Zinc Chan

A Halo of Light to Save You

A Halo of Light to Save You

As the flames get hotter you stumble in panic looking for your way out of the maze of hallways that seem so familiar yet alien at the moment. Smoke stings your eyes as you desperately search for any signs of escape. Follow the Halo, it will guide you.

0 Designer: Foo Wei Zen

PSP 2 Makes Pocket Bulges Almost R-rated

PSP 2 Makes Pocket Bulges Almost R-rated

Sony just barely updated the PSP but designer Tai Chiem is already thinking about the next iteration. His design calls for a flexible OLED display that can be conveniently rolled. An electric charge powering the display stiffens it while providing near bezeless prime real estate for gaming. Stereo speakers on either side double as a jog wheel and camera control. He also envisages Sony finally implementing two joysticks. Pipe dream or not, it’s sexy and lives up to its name; it don’t get any more portable than this.

0 Designer: Tai Chiem

So You Want to Plug it Up, Do You?

So You Want to Plug it Up, Do You?

Don’t let your bath water take over your life like the monster that it is. Water in the bathtub can be a real slippery mother; own it with the cutest plug ever: Easy Plug. One plug, a connecting plastic wire, and another plug that floats. Simple enough?

0 Designer: Maja Ganszyniec