This Bike Is Missing Some Tubes

This Bike Is Missing Some Tubes

Most bikes make use of two back to back triangles in what’s called a diamond frame to give structure and support to all the myriad elements of a bicycle. This Wire Bike from designer Ionut Predescu instead relies on tensegrity to leverage the tensile strength of Kevlar wire against the compression strength of but two carbon fiber tubes.  The end result is a theoretically lighter bicycle where the rider and his seat seems to float against the rest of the bike through the tension of the cables.

0 Designer: Ionut Predescu

Skate Like It's MCMXCIX

Skate Like It’s MCMXCIX

Those fun loving Greeks are at it again. First there was naked wrestling with invading Persians, now the Greek design team known as “GREECE IS FOR LOVERS” brings us this “Tougher Than Leather” skateboard design. Looking right at home riding rails along the Parthenon or down to your local gyro stand, this leather urban luge was originally designed for the “7ply Project” exhibition, organised by Propaganda Rolling Co, in May 2008.

0 Designer: Greece Is For Lovers Studio

Lean On Me

Lean On Me

This post comes to you straight from the heart, because I have been in a situation where I have had to care for my mother each time she had her joints replaced. I’m talking about 2 hips and 2 knee replacement surgeries! Professionals like nurses and physiotherapists or family members like me, who have to look after such patients need to take extra care (of themselves) else risk injury to back or muscles. Atlas is a support exoskeleton for the caregiver that reduces risk of injury.

0 Designer: Erik Ulises Lanuza

Suicidal Drama Queen!

Suicidal Drama Queen!

Looks like not being Chinese means missing out on a lot of fun, I don’t even know what Jiong is! Apparently its a Chinese character that sports a half-smiling and half-fainting face, and is very popular on Internet. People use its caricature as an emoticon to display shock and dramatize a situation. Designer Haikun Deng plans to make a drama queen out of Jiong cause she has fashioned it to “commit suicide” if you slam the door shut! SLAM and the bl@@dy door knob hits you hard in your hands!

0 Designer: Haikun Deng

WAR! WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? Good Lighting!

WAR! WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? Good Lighting!

As the story goes, shortly after being elected president of the United States in 1981, Ronald Reagan was shown around the Pentagon by his chief of staff, James Baker. At the end of the tour, Reagan asked why they hadn’t seen the “War Room”? Baker explained that it didn’t exist, except in a movie. The movie was Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 classic “Dr. Strangelove” and the designer was legendary set designer Sir Ken Adams. Ken’s creations are the inspiration behind the design of this “AIRFLITE” by designers KINZO for idee.design.licht.

0 Architect: Kinzo

Emergency Air Or Pretend You're A Dolphin

Emergency Air Or Pretend You’re A Dolphin

I’ve only been scuba diving once and the entire time I kept thinking, “what if I run out of air?” Silly question since I had a huge tank strapped to my back and an instructor tethered to me but that ‘sinking’ feeling kept nagging at me. Had I had the Phantom which sits on the chest plate of your wet suit, I may have felt more reassured. The simple device holds 5 minutes worth of air. Not sure if that’s enough but it’s the little things that count.

0 Designer: Ricardo Baiao

Mobile Phone That Refuses To Go Obsolete

Mobile Phone That Refuses To Go Obsolete

I am that stage in my life where I couldn’t care a less about the make or model of the mobile phone I use. I simply want functionality and that’s it! However according to my son, if he doesn’t get the latest model, his social life will be dead and he probably will be an outcast for holding that hands-me-down number! Do I have to get him a new mobile, every time the fad changes? No, not if something like the Infinite Sustainable Mobile Phone pops up.

0 Designer: Will Orrock

Let The Hands Do The Talking

Let The Hands Do The Talking

Your hands are gesturing but I do not understand! Is it me or are your hands telling me something? Comprehending sign language is not an easy task, but should that be a hindrance for communication between you and a vocally challenged person? I guessed not, hence this Sign Language Translator will be the apt solution for you to transcend borders of gesture-based communication.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

Self-sustaining Flower That Blooms At Dusk

Self-sustaining Flower That Blooms At Dusk

My mentor educated me that a good design also contributes toward a stable environment and does take into account its implications toward pollution and emissions. I call the Light Flower a good design, because it follows this norm to the T. If you must light your garden pathway, it may as well be with this illuminating flower. Autonomous and sensitive, it harnesses wind energy effectively to power itself.

0 Designer: Djordje Cukanovic

Sound Eggs Won't Roll Off Your Desk

Sound Eggs Won’t Roll Off Your Desk

Using a playful means of orienting and stabilizing otherwise impossibly round speakers, designer Ilshat Garipov turns our desktop into a kind of physics-based playground.  The off-center weighted bottom acts much like a tilting doll to keep the cones pointed right at the user with seemingly no support at all.  Purportedly communicating via bluetooth, they would make lovely companions to any mac based product or similarly colored PC laptop.

0 Designer: Ilshat Garipov

Like a Child's Legos, But 1000% More Dangerous

Like a Child’s Legos, But 1000% More Dangerous

This might not top the list of toddler-friendly socket adapters, but you can’t deny they’d be useful little pieces of injection molded plastic to have around. Designed to support 5 other connections, the power sockets can be stacked and built to work around the ungainly wall-warts our devices demand these days. They look about as effective as one of those PowerSquids but probably oodles cheaper to produce. Ionut get on these, I want my next scale model spaceship to have 220 volts running through it.

0 Designer: Ionut Predescu

Just a Lilly Tea for You

Just a Lilly Tea for You

Perhaps you have heard of this beautiful flower? It catches the eye, it enthralls the mind, it lies in the water existing only to be beautiful. All of these fancy qualities were necessary in order for designer Sait Alanyali to come up with this whimsical tea set. In the same way that the mind blooms on the refreshing taste combinations of the tea, the flower expands, open to welcome back the empty cup again – cradling it as you leave it once more in the bosom of the pedal bed.

0 Designer: Sait Alanyali

Welcome Brian Ling To The Team

Welcome Brian Ling To The Team

Hey YD’ers (ya-dee-ers), please help me welcome our newest member to the YD family, none of than Brian Ling. His name may seem familiar for the countless awards he’s won or you may have come across his blog Design Sojourn. He comes with years of experience in the industry working for some of the biggest names in electronics and his writing has been featured in numerous publications. He’s here to answer any of your questions regarding the ID industry. Hit the jump for his full bio.