Getting Up While Getting Down

Getting Up While Getting Down

You new punk rockers and your graffiti skateboards! New wave, you say? No way. This skateboard is a strait up wild-style NYC modernist skateboard design. It’s an art-board, inspired by New York City “Wild Style” graffiti, but it’s also functional. Its unique shape provides lots of gawkers along with new bends, twists, and banks you’ve never broken your neck with before.

0 Designer: Loren Kulesus

Yanko Design Partners With Bunkspeed

Yanko Design Partners With Bunkspeed

We don’t often make announcements but this one certainly deserves its own entry. Yanko Design is partnering with Bunkspeed, purveyors of the excellent HyperShot rendering software. Those of you who have written us have testified to HyperShot’s amazing renders. We were especially smitten with its speed – honestly the fastest renderer we have ever used and it’s multi-platform, so that’s a win-win in our book.

0 Best Renderer: Bunkspeed HyperShot

Look Ma, No Hands!

Look Ma, No Hands!

The Cherry produces no pollution, has all electric drive, plug-in battery, adjustable driving positions, collapses for storage and could be the next generation in personal transportation… maybe. The gel padded seat hides the plug-in battery and cushions your bum. Steering is controlled by leaning – motorcycle style. Those arm rests control braking and the entire drive engine sits inside the massive front wheel. The reduced number of parts saves money and makes it easy to customize. I’ll take a Hello Kitty one please.

0 Designer: Alican Yılmaz

Peel Off Light

Peel Off Light

Grid mosaic lamps are nothing new but custom ones unique to each person are. The Peel Off Light by Sehwan Oh enables each person to take home a mass produced lamp that can be customized by peeling off the pre-scored tiles. Your mosaic can reflect your design aesthetic and/or how much illumination you want. Will we see more of these customizable mass produced products? They seem to make a comeback every year before disappearing to the dead trends wastebasket.

0 Designer: Sehwan Oh

Bottoms Up! It's Tap Water

Bottoms Up! It’s Tap Water

Many of us are finicky about the source of our drinking water; the privileged lot downs Kona Nigari or Evian while the rest of us are happy with any odd brand. Although countries like U.S. and U.K. assure safe water from the kitchen tap, not everyone consumes it. One of the reasons we should be looking at this source is, the amount of waste generated from the bottled water. Efforts have to be made to adopt concepts like the Aqua Mineralis, to sustain and protect our environment.

0 Designer: Jenny Lundgren

Folded Note Launch de Picasso

Folded Note Launch de Picasso

Welcome back, I.D. fans, to this newest installment of “Do-Want” for artists and nerds! Today’s product is made by a designer who’s been published by Yanko more than once: Cedric Ragot! Ragot brings a simple wooden Moleskine modification kit the likes of which Matisse and Hemingway would love to shoot love letters with all the live-long day: the Love Messenger!

0 Designer: Cedric Ragot

Fat Before a Visit to the Loo, Skinny After

Fat Before a Visit to the Loo, Skinny After

You know they say you’re a few pounds lighter after a seated visit to the loo, it’s true. Designer Haikun Deng designed a toilet seat with a built-in digital scale but her rationale behind its conception is a bit counter productive. It’s designed for women who are constantly monitoring their weight. The need to feel skinny is satisfied every time they finish the “doo.”

0 Designer: Haikun Deng

Condom Protects You From Viruses!

Condom Protects You From Viruses!

Ding ding, yes it’s true. Condoms can significantly reduce the likelihood of you catching some nasty virus except this condom is designed for the digital kind. Computer viruses are just as virulent as the biological variety, just as insidious, and just as detrimental. The Condom USB is a device that acts as a stopgap between any USB enabled device and your computer.

0 Designer: Ko Yang

The Finest Books Read While Seated

The Finest Books Read While Seated

Certainly not an early runner for this years Most Complicated Design Award, Studio KG brings us what’s called the “Read-In-Peace.” A deadly title, yes? This book stand stands for sitters, quite simply. While most book stands are made for those who inspect them standing up, the RIP allows the reader to sit nicely.

0 Designer: Studio Kawamura Ganjavian

I Am Not of the Bottle, but the Glass!

I Am Not of the Bottle, but the Glass!

Your no-wino-am-I-oh-me-oh-my-oh worries are over, Heidi! The glass is now the bottle. As the designer, Mister Edouard Larmaraud, (a Frenchmen, of course,) says: the gesture of “drinking straight from the bottle” become less vulgar when the bottle is made for the drinking. Add this to the Industrial Design shelf of things that everyone wants but noone would dare use.

0 Designer: Edouard Larmaraud

Be Online Together Outside, Kids!

Be Online Together Outside, Kids!

Are your children addicted to online video games? Don’t worry! They soon will be. Designer Tamer Nakisci’s “Smartground” is a playground connected to the internet. Once a child steps onto the playing field, they are in the online battleground with every other child on the planet. Fighting for their lives! Or just points.

0 Designer: Tamer Nakisci

All Terrain Robot Goes Where No Man Dares

All Terrain Robot Goes Where No Man Dares

Let me give this to you straight…. not all of us are Edmund Hillary to climb high mountains and neither are we adept enough to traverse every nook and crevice to gather data for research. Carbon Emissions and greenhouse gases are environmental issues that keep hounding us. We need to monitor our glaciers in order to predict our eco-future. Tribot offers a safe alternative to keeping a tab on them and researchers can catch the action from a secure distance.

0 Designers: Jonathan Herrle, Josef Niedermeier & Ralf Kittmann

My Home's Umbrella is Better Than Yours

My Home’s Umbrella is Better Than Yours

Designer and Architect Andreas Angelidakis released a couple renders on his New Menir house, which I call an island rock. Nevermind the interior or geologic design, check out the rooftop! This “floral umbrella” opens up to capture the suns free energy but when it becomes windy or when night falls, turns into a wind turbine. How adorable!

0 Designer: Andreas Angelidakis