The Pets of our Future Robot Overlords

The Pets of our Future Robot Overlords

I know not everyone is a fan of our eventual submission to a robot army, but I know I’ll be psyched about all the cool robot versions of things we’ll see. Apocalypses aside, these adorable book stands that light up when the dog’s tail cord is pulled could just as fashionably fit a child’s playroom as a designer’s atelier. Designed by Charles Kalpakian, they are in fact his favorite objects out of his wide collection of really striking designs.

0 Designer: Charles Kalpakian

E-note, Don't Call it a Digital Post-it

E-note, Don’t Call it a Digital Post-it

From the minds at Sequoia Studio, E-note is a conceptual project that explores the future of Post-its (insert legal copyright here). E-note uses tactile and flexible electronic paper technology, powered by a solar captor. E-note can be stuck, and unstuck easily using special “Gecko” glue, inspired by biomimicry. It even has a visual alarm/organizing function, changing from 1 of 8 colors. I need this on my desk NOW!

0 Designer: Sequoia Studio

Hot Jet-Ski Action with No Environmental Reaction

Hot Jet-Ski Action with No Environmental Reaction

I can ski above the water with an electrically charged motor? Sign me up! The Foiljet MR1 provides a speedy water motorcycle experience while supposedly causing minimal wake in the water and relatively no noise when in operation. Mermaids better keep their heads down for this one.

0 Designer: Matt De Bellefeuille & Robert Vandenham

Useful Tools in a Designer's Arsenal

Useful Tools in a Designer’s Arsenal

As a practicing architect, one of the difficulties I face is the pearl that is the English system of measurement that persists in the United States construction industry. It makes international projects difficult to jump to. It means you need scale measuring tools that have lots of weird markings on it, and are useless abroad. And it makes adding on a calculator impossible. Lucky for us inchcalc comes to the rescue.

0 Designer: inchCALC

Quick, Forward this to Jamie Oliver!

Quick, Forward this to Jamie Oliver!

We’ve all seen the food pyramid before. You know, that thing that hangs on the wall of the dentist we try to convince we’ve been brushing 3 times a day? Considering all the rhetoric out there on healthy eating it seems amazing that no one has thought of this before. The Pyramid lunch box by Li Jianye categorizes your lunch according to the food groups with the intention to guide the user to a healthier lifestyle through a balanced diet.

0 Designer: Li Jianye

Double Pane LCD Screens

Double Pane LCD Screens

Now why didn’t I think of that? Sure, there are companies working on “3D-ish” screens but the technology is ridiculously expensive. Why not take a more literal approach and layer two glass LCDs together. This creates a sense of depth when graphics are overlayed. The technology could be expanded to other devices too like interactive maps and slider mobile phones. Pipe dreams but I like the way Mac Funamizu thinks – boundless and limitless.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Don't Die Mac Mini Don't Die!

Don’t Die Mac Mini Don’t Die!

The rumormill is full of reports about Apple supposedly killing off the Mac Mini due to lackluster sales. Earlier last week, those rumors were confounded by new rumors about Apple only updating the Mac Mini which explains why the old model can’t be found in stock. Whatever the truth may be, that didn’t stop designers like Mac Funamizu from dreaming up a new Mac Mini, more inline with Apple’s current offerings.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Not Your Average Party Boat

Not Your Average Party Boat

If by chance there is a scuba diving scene in the upcoming James Bond flick, then I can only imagine his government issued yacht would look something like this. With its lines and form inspired by orca whales, “Nav” feels like a breaching whale ready to fall back into the depths. The designer, Charles Kalpakian, likes to think of his work as dreams that inspire briefly but allow us to endure on. Considering the amount of good work that will never get to production, that’s probably a solid philosophy for a lot of the designers on YD.

0 Designer: Charles Kalpakian

A Paint Palette with a Modern Twist

A Paint Palette with a Modern Twist

Have you ever heard someone say that they would love to learn to paint and create beautiful art, but have no clue about mixing colors or what brush creates which effect? Maybe you are one of those people who would like to get more in touch with your inner artist. Canadian designer Yana Kilmava has developed a conceptual product that would help the novice artist have more confidence in learning how to paint.

0 Designer: Yana Klimava

Slot Cars for the Post-Gasoline Generation

Slot Cars for the Post-Gasoline Generation

When I was a wee lad, I had all the energy I wanted. Not any more! Energy costs money. And it’s running out (fuel AND money!) “Go Go Electro” is a toy for children who will make make Earth a post-fuel and totally post-worry planet.

0 Designer: Morna Gamblin

A Very Shiny MacBook Pro Review, Quickstyle

A Very Shiny MacBook Pro Review, Quickstyle

Apple’s top of the line professional, portable workhorse was finally updated. Gone is the all aluminum, silver keyed lappie that set that standard for so many companies to follow. Enter a new design carrying over Apple’s current design aesthetic – silver, black, and glass. Because there are already 101+ reviews about the new Apple MacBook Pro, I’ll keep ours succinct. Here’s the Yanko Design MPB (as I’ll refer to it from now on) review, quickstyle.

0 Designer: Jonathan Ive, Apple

For Butt Lovers Who Are Afraid of The Dark

For Butt Lovers Who Are Afraid of The Dark

Butt-On (button, get it? hehe) is a fun filled way to look at (so-called) zero watt night lamps. Butt-On is a low wattage night light with an integrated switch. Pinch the Butt-On to turn on the light and give it another squeeze to turn it off. The material is made from soft translucent silicon based rubber for a better tactile feel. Natch! Ladies, if you walked into a man’s apartment with; A. a night light, and B. shaped like a butt; would you really stay the night?

0 Designer: Ashish Chaudhary

Musical Teacup

Musical Teacup

The Drip with Song concept is probably the only concept I’d actually buy that uses CDs. I’ve totally transitioned to digital downloads but this just looks too precious. The saucer is actually a CD player with built-in speakers. The cup, when docked controls volume by turning it on the saucer. And just for kicks, it’s white with touch controls. How very 2008. Who am I kidding? I totally want one!

0 Designer: Jongmin Kim