Donut Power Strip

Donut Power Strip

Wait, it’s not really a power strip if it’s a donut right? Ugh, what a conundrum! I digress. The Donut “Powerstrip” by Ramei Keum solves some of my biggest annoyances with most power strips today, namely not accommodating the huge power bricks that come with many of our electric appliances. Each outlet can spin inside its socket for the best fit. The donut shape also helps to keep cabling organized.

0 Designer: Ramei Keum

Wanna Eat Food off my Naked Body?

Wanna Eat Food off my Naked Body?

Bodylicious is inspired by Nyotaimori, a rather controversial Japanese tradition which consists of presenting Sushi on a naked woman, using her body as a tray. This was a highly appreciated act often experienced at luxurious parties and other social events. Conversely, when presenting Sushi (Sashimi) on the naked body of a man, it’s called Nantaimori. I’m not a huge fan of eating raw fish and I honestly can’t say eating it off a naked person is going to change that. Meh, to each his own.

0 Designer: Hiroshi Tsunoda

Rotary Style Music Navigation

Rotary Style Music Navigation

A small circle inside a pendant style MP3 player. You stick your finger thru the wheel key and spin it to control all audio functions from selecting modes to adjust volume. It’s the analogue version of Apple’s scroll wheel but this one somehow seems more charming. The entire pendant’s surface has an embedded LCD display that can change colors to match your outfit too! 

0 Designer: Hansoon Jeong

Leave the Children at Home; this is Adult Business

Leave the Children at Home; this is Adult Business

Kids, you have to stay here: your father and I are going to the park to play on the adult playground …?! “Big Kidz” athletic environment is made for adults who want to get active in a stimulating playground setting. Equipped with slides, recycled rubber playing area, goal space, benches for snacks, and sports equipment that can be unlocked from below.

0 Designer: Marc Nardangeli

Living in 129 Square Feet, Sovhus 4:12

Living in 129 Square Feet, Sovhus 4:12

The Sovhus 4:12 , measuring in at a tiny 129 square feet (12 square meters), is small in all dimensions. But its design power is undiminished by its tiny volume: the entire end of the cabin is a seamless glass door that hinges out, creating a space entirely open to the surrounding forest.

0 Designer: Johan Leufstadius

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