Digitize That Stack of Business Cards

Digitize That Stack of Business Cards

Business cards have become less of a way to disseminate contact information and more about brand extension, so it makes no sense to spend so much money on them only to be thrown out after someone transcribes all the relevant information into an address book. The B-Scanner helps with both aspects.

0 Designer: Sungwoo Park & Bongkun Shin

Can't Get Fresher Than This

Can’t Get Fresher Than This

Eco Box is a concept to change the way we ripen, harvest, and deliver fresh fruit. The box is “packaged” around a fruit with plenty of holes for air circulation. The fruit is allowed to ripen this way reaching its full sweet potential. The box protects the fruit from insects and when it’s ready, picked and ready to be sold.

0 Designer: Jung Hyuk

Little Satan

Little Satan

These Shetanis, or ‘little Satan’s’ have been individually hand carved from ebony by the Makonde tribe in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, who have been making similar figures for about 1500 years.

0 Designer: Muungano Studio

Aura Light or World's Loudest Windchime

Aura Light or World’s Loudest Windchime

If you’re ever in need of a giant hanging glass snowball, you might try Manuel Vivian’s Aura suspension light.  Composed of hand twisted strips of glass individually hung from a ceiling plate, the fixture would give any room the artsy sculptural look.  For full effect, add equal parts Eames lounge chair, fine cognac and attractive model.

0 Designer: Manuel Vivian

Welcome to the Wine, Wine West

Welcome to the Wine, Wine West

Like the designer, I’m sure, I’ve broken my share of wine glasses, and I don’t even really like wine! I usually put whiskey and coke in there, then I don’t find the whole glass until spring cleaning. For the wine enthusiast (or drunk) with short shelves or clumsy tendencies, it’s untrained designer Sherwood Forlee to the rescue!

0 Designer: Sherwood Forlee

BRAZO Table Lamp Review. LEDs for Days

BRAZO Table Lamp Review. LEDs for Days

I had the good fortune to review the BRAZO table lamp by Pablo Designs commissioned by Haworth, winner of a 2008 IDEA award. The BRAZO is a high performance LED task light offering effortless adjustability, calibrated light focus (more on that later), and brightness control all wrapped in a sleek aluminum body. Intrigued? Read on.

0 Designer: Pablo Designs

Too Weak to Open Caps. Need a U-Cap

Too Weak to Open Caps. Need a U-Cap

Plastic caps were designed to keep liquids in. Then at the last minute somebody realized people actually have to remove them to get to the liquid so they threw on some groves around the cap for grip and called it a day. Bah I say! I will admit sometimes I can’t do it! That cap just won’t let go. Maybe I need a U-Cap.

0 Designer: Jeong Hoon Cha

Zune Phone Finally, Okay Maybe

Zune Phone Finally, Okay Maybe

I know a lot of you out there are just waiting for the Zune phone – Microsoft’s answer to the current king of multitouch telephonic devices. Until they actually confirm, check out the Zune Contact concept by Adam Huffman. He’s revamped the interface, made the body madly thin, slapped on a 5 MP camera and went all touchscreeny. Sure it’s just pie-in-the-sky now but who knows, something similar may come from Redmond Washington. Oh BTW, that big white button at the bottom is really a soft cushy thumb rest. . . yeah.

0 Designer: Adam Huffman

I Want an Avatar!

I Want an Avatar!

As many of you have noticed, we now support Gravatars which are globally recognized avatars. All you have to do is sign up. The next time you comment, your Gravatar will appear.

Sit Down and Relax

Sit Down and Relax

Mention rocking chairs and thoughts of summer evenings on the porch and cold Mint Juleps might come to mind.  This rocking chair and loveseat from Wilson Scott, however, throws together polyurethane mesh, a cutout spherical shell and curved steel piping for a distinctly modern feel.  Don’t know about you, but I could definitely see getting down on one of these and grinding out 10 hours on Xbox Live.

0 Designer: Scott Wilson

Mother Nature's Got Nothin' on This Light

Mother Nature’s Got Nothin’ on This Light

It is just terrible when the sun is going down and I am still working and I get a headache because I was using the sun for light but it isn’t there anymore! Chris Natt has designed a device that will keep the light level constant! And it looks wild…

0 Designer: Chris Natt

Design for Poverty International Contest

Design for Poverty International Contest

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Deadline: October 10, 2008

Design for Poverty International Contest hosted by Yanko Design in collaboration with Blog Action Day. Participation is open to applicants from every country in the world; professionals, students, and design enthusiasts.

Like Peas in a Pod

Like Peas in a Pod

The Pea Speaker system is bound to be costly, incurring damages from being tossed around, but that’s what designer Lu Le wants – a playful way to share music. Each pod holds 7 wireless bluetooth speakers. Only one possesses the one ring to rule them all because it controls global volume. Each sphere is powered by a lithium ion rechargeable via induction when placed in the pod. The system doesn’t do surround sound since it can’t separate channels, but it’s a good way to fill a large area with a mixed stereo track. Snazzy!

0 Designer: Lu Le