Funky New Office Toy

Funky New Office Toy

Did you see all the cool stuff Google has installed in its office for the benefit of its employees? I’m sure most of us don’t even get a fraction of what those guys have. Without being envious, I think its time we spoke to our bosses and at least got some funky looking gadgets on our desks! Like this Conference System that looks like an odd UFO or something. I’m sure if we look into its specs, we’ll find something to rave about it to THE BOSS.

0 Designer: Guillaume Bordas

My Wrist Bling

My Wrist Bling

I bet my wrist is jealous. It hasn’t seen an accessory adorn its graceful neck in years thanks to the advent of mobile phones. Tho there have been several attempts by designers and companies to integrate the two, they’ve never been successful. The On Time Headset System seems to be a much better marriage between them and one I could see myself using.

0 Designer: Pedro Gomes

Cooking Plates

Cooking Plates

Lotus is a wireless cooking system that offers an elegant alternative to the conventional static hob. Each piece is specifically designed for various cooking styles and meal types. There is a tepan yaki plate, a wok hob (the bowl like piece), a grill plate and induction plates. The pieces are powered using resonant induction. There are transmission coils hidden beneath the counter top and receiving coils in each of the pieces. Power can be transferred to one or all of the pieces at any one time.

0 Designers: David Barry & Laurence Finnegan

Take ME With You This Weekend

Take ME With You This Weekend

Airlines really know how to ruin your vacations and I’m not just talking about flight delays. On my last trip Down Under they managed to screw up not one, but two of my luggage pieces. Thankfully they DID replace both of them, but to be fair for some part my suitcases were to be blamed as well. They were definitely not as sturdy as this Alliance Modular luggage that we see here.

0 Designers: Stephanie Bellanger, Pierre Parmentier & Sophie Martraire

Does This Dip Taste Any Different?

Does This Dip Taste Any Different?

I don’t know if you fellow YD’ers are aware of the fact that my co-writer Long Tran is rumored to be an awesome cook. Rumored I say, coz I haven’t sampled his cooking yet! Anyways, the point here is that I would like to see how LT (that’s what I call him) tackles a Guacamole dip. Traditionally people like to use molcajete and tejolote (mortar and pestle) but if I give him this electric Elahuaca Guacamole Mixer, will it make any difference to his recipe?

0 Designer: Charles Crawford

The Biggest J in the World

The Biggest J in the World

From the expansive designer mind of Meryem Ozturkoglu comes this structure which will one day sit on the SE side (NY side) of the Hudson River, and will also stand as base for a giant walkbridge that connects Central Park and Hudson Park. This design, dubbed CITY-PARK, aims to create a pattern of parks in the city, as visible and as essential to the identity of the city as its skyline of business-oriented towers.

0 Designer: Meryem Ozturkoglu

You'll Need the Exoskeleton to Stop Poor People

You’ll Need the Exoskeleton to Stop Poor People

Because poor people will be throwing their milkshakes at you when you drive this bad mother down the street. It’s called the “Lamborghini Insecta Concept,” and it’s got no real defense against strawberry or vanilla flavoring. The coloring has some sort of nice relationship with mint though, don’t you think? It’s length is the same as a Lamborghini Gallardo, it’s 1k mm tall and 2k mm wide, and it’s got a 2,650 mm wheelbase. Made for super fast power creepin’.

0 Designer: Iulian Bumbu

Thirsty Plants Demand Attention

Thirsty Plants Demand Attention

What would you do if I sang out of tune? Nothing! What would you do if I talked to you? Grow Well! What would you do if I didn’t water you? Remind Me! How? Coz you are a plant, and we don’t live in futuristic times where plants can talk…HOW? Ah…now I get it, you’re housed in that MonPot thingie that has a reminder of sorts. How forgetful of me!

0 Designer: Julien Bergignat

Tools Of The Trade, 3Dconnexion SpaceExplorer Review

Tools Of The Trade, 3Dconnexion SpaceExplorer Review

3Dconnexion is synonymous with tools designed for 3D graphics so I thought a review on their IF DESIGN awarding winning SpaceExplorer was in order. When I started learning 3D graphics (not going to mention how many moons ago that was) 3-button mice were mandatory unless you were proficient with numerous keyboard commands and shortcuts. Designed to make life easier and more efficient, does the SpaceExplorer deliver on its promises?

0 Designer: 3Dconnexion [ Buy it Here ]

An Unhealthy Bond With An Xbox (future!)

An Unhealthy Bond With An Xbox (future!)

Once upon a time the complete technological infancy of our game consoles made starting, playing and maintaining a video game a ritualistic feat. Who doesn’t remember inserting, reinserting and if that don’t work, blowing the cartridge before inserting a game? Yes I’m spoiled cuz all I have to do is press the start button on my wireless controller but the Xbox Portal eschews all that in the name on “bonding.” Sounds dirty don’t it?

0 Designer: Taylor Phillips-Hungerford

Boomerang That’s Got An Identity Crisis

Boomerang That’s Got An Identity Crisis

Mid-life crisis, financial crisis, relationship crisis…ah! there are too many crises in this world! Add to this list a Boomerang that thinks it’s a camera: IDENTITY CRISIS!

Don’t mistake Glare for your run-of–the–mill summer time toy, it’s a proper gadget with a functional, eject-able camera. You know the drill of a boomerang don’t ya. Fly it out in the open and let it swish back to you.

0 Designer: Christopher A. Gregory

20 Tips for Designers to Beat the Recession

20 Tips for Designers to Beat the Recession

It is all around us, talk of Doom, gloom, job cuts, job losses and recession etc. This is not what a young designer, fresh out of school, wants to hear. It is also not what an employed designer wants to hear. However it is not the end of the road, and as long as the Earth keeps turning, there will be a tomorrow. Personally, I like to believe a recession is a time of great opportunity for everyone. Particularly for forward looking designers who have the right skills and are well placed to take advantage of a recovering economy.

Recycle Kitchen Waste For The Sake Of Your Plants

Recycle Kitchen Waste For The Sake Of Your Plants

It took me my son’s science project on recycling to realize that we can really do something constructive out of the waste we generate from our kitchen. Before you turn up your noses and crank about the “Rotting Veggie Odors + Recycling”, let me explain the pros of the Terraviva Domestic Composter. This is a device that sits neatly on your counter top, as stylish as any other appliance that you own. It simply makes a mish-mash of all the veggie waste into something palatable for the plants.

0 Designer: Ravel Casela