OLED Display Keeps The Insulin Pumping

OLED Display Keeps The Insulin Pumping

When a new technology comes to market, a ripple effect can cause all sorts of product categories to benefit. To wit, insulin pumps have lagged behind the industry of personal gadget design with poor battery life and clunky design. Jiri Bukvald attempts to assuage these problems with his Bachelor project Insulin Pump by utilizing new OLED technology. With the increased efficiency of the OLED display, diabetes sufferers can relax their constant battery swapping and gain just a bit more independence from their affliction.

0 Designer: Jiri Bukvald

My Entire House be Rearranging Itself, Grid-wise

My Entire House be Rearranging Itself, Grid-wise

I just saw an episode of Futurama where instead of the elevator moving though the building, the entire building moved when the button was pressed. This is the SAME THING – except the screaming is for joy, not terror. Let us together usher in this new age of change with the Grid House.

0 Designer: Moto Design Shop

Best of October 2008

Best of October 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 October 2008.

Light Under My Bottom, Light Under My Drink

Light Under My Bottom, Light Under My Drink

In an ideal world, we can touch any object in our environment to activate its inner-light. This will allow those of us who are night-owls to live in a well-lit workplace (or playplace) with light above us, below us, or all around us. When this day comes, it will be a magically all-lit fairyland of glee and friendship. Today we are one step closer to that dream with this light-seat-or-table from a mister Gilles Rivière, who names his light-tribution “Ti.Galet!”

0 Designer: Gilles Rivière and partners

100% Design Tokyo 2008, Huge Photo Gallery!

100% Design Tokyo 2008, Huge Photo Gallery!

While most of you are busy recovering from sugar highs (did you get good candy?) we were busy at 100% Design Tokyo. This year drew an even larger crowd, both exhibitors and installations had some amazing eye candy. Some ideas were oldies but goodies, some were improvements on things we’ve seen before, and some were just plain out of this world. Hit the jump for the huge gallery of pictures!

0 Exhibition: 100% Design Tokyo 2008

Fireworks Help Find Your Car

Fireworks Help Find Your Car

Every time I get out of a car I yell to my friends the exact floor, side, and column it’s located on. Two hours later we’re all wandering around trying to find it. Constantly clicking the remote keyless entry doesn’t help unless you’re within audible distance. I need something bigger, something I can’t miss. How about fireworks?

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Miesian Rocking

Miesian Rocking

Over the years we have been fascinated by the alternate takes on Mies Van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair. It never gets old, although it’s sometimes overused. It’s been too often “softened” by professional furniture designers who create safe versions for safe modern interiors. These we ignore. We are interested in the non-safe iterations.

0 Buy it Here: Opulent Items

Oh Little Bonsai, You Like My Music?

Oh Little Bonsai, You Like My Music?

This week is an orgy of the hottest and latest concepts and products coming out of Japan. We’ll be at 100% Tokyo but over at Tokyo Designer’s Week, JVC is showing off their Sound Garden concept. In an effort to show – you can be green while having a bad ass sound system, JVC created modular multi-directional speakers and subwoofer powered by an internal amplifier. It’s also made of totally renewable, sustainable materials as summarily represented by the cute little bonsai.

0 Designer: JVC

My Wind Chime is Smarter than Yours

My Wind Chime is Smarter than Yours

Ah wind chimes. They can be so relaxing or excruciatingly irritating. It wouldn’t be so bad if they served a functional purpose but thanks to some innovative Korean designers, tomorrow’s wind chimes will ring for a purpose. It’s called Tinkling, an slick ultra-modern wind chime that rings whenever you receive a digital message (email, voicemail, text).

0 Designer: Lufdesign

Proper Tea Anyone?

Proper Tea Anyone?

TeaFix, the quintessential British-ness kit offers all the comfort one needs on a long journey. Like one of those plastic tear sheets found in model making, each set comes with a China cup/sauce, utensils, tea bag, and 3 lumps of sugar. But WAIT! It’s not a proper cuppa tea without a doily!

0 Designer: Iain Jones

My Legs Don't Match

My Legs Don’t Match

It’s one part modern and 2 parts whimsical. The Flaque Table technically only has 3 legs, all with different shapes. It’s a bit kitsch but he sleek lines and elegant wooden table top brings it back on the side of modern. However just as it’s trying to look all serious in your room, “X” marks the spot in one of the corners, as if there’s treasure buried in that leg. Hmm, I wonder. . .

0 Designer: Luis Porem

8 Cups? No Problem

8 Cups? No Problem

I’m always amazed at the dexterity some servers are gifted with; 2 plates of food and 8 cups of drinks all delivered without a hitch. I can barely get out the door with 3 cups of coffee so I usually force a co-worker to come with me. Pick-Cups have uniquely designed handles that make them easy to hold 4 in each hand. Just slip a finger into each slot and like a boiling ball pinch to keep them all snug for transport.

0 Designer: Jung-Woo Baik

Design for Poverty Winners

Design for Poverty Winners

We received entries from all over the world. Poverty is a difficult problem to diagnose let alone solve but nonetheless as designers we can address different aspects of poverty and hope by dealing with each point in the problem, we can begin to collapse the systemic process and give back the dignity every person deserves. We judged based on concept, cost to implement, and deployment. Thank you to all the entrants for your hard work. Hit the jump to see the winners.