Timbercalls

Timbercalls

It is probably the single most touched item in your daily arsenal. Our mobile phones are our lifelines and the closest thing to an adult security blanket we have. With all this daily interaction with a device, mobile phone makers are constantly looking for new ways of creating an even tighter emotional bond with your phone. One of the first things we think of (mostly subconsciously) when picking out a new mobile phone, is how it feels in your hands.

0 Designer: Hyun Jin Yoon

Feeling hot hot hot

Feeling hot hot hot

We all remember that little home invader/burglar Goldilocks and her serious issues with gauging temperature. “Too hot, too cold….” blah blah blah, shut it you delinquent! Designer Kai Chen has invented a little what’s hot/what’s not meter that takes all the guess work out of getting into your bathtub.

0 Designer: Kai Chen

Want To Write For Yanko Design?

Thanks to readers like you Yanko Design is growing fast. If you’ve ever wanted to write for us now is the time because YD is looking to expand its staff. Connected to the student base? That’s even better. Part of working on an innovative ID editorial team means research and today’s innovations usually come from students.

You must possess the ability to translate loquacious and long winded descriptions into meaningful, clever, humorous laymen’s terms. You should be able to find or create your own content. Got an opinion on the ID industry? Speak your mind. That’s the kind of stuff we want to read. You’re probably used to YD only writing about concepts but as we grow, we want to expand. That includes concepts, product reviews, industry news coverage, and opinionated editorial pieces.

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Air Purifier For Any Size Space

Air Purifier For Any Size Space

Air purifiers have experienced a massive revival in the last 5 years but one thing they all have in common is the inability to dynamically scale to different size spaces. The Daan (Korean for column) is a small disk sized unit powerful enough to purify a small room. You stack more units together to clean a bigger area. You can even detach one unit and take it for travel.

0 Designer: Joseph Kim

Decked out decks

Decked out decks

I remember when I was just a young lad, my skateboard was practically fused to my feet. It was seriously a part of my body and would often skate from my bedroom to my kitchen just to get a bowl of Coco Puffs. A skateboard is a very personal possession and I would go to great lengths to “customize” it to death with stickers and colorful wheels. Well the days of limited customizability are gone forever with these jaw dropping skateboard design by Corbus Boards.

Rabbit Hand Mixer, Why Not?

Rabbit Hand Mixer, Why Not?

Hand mixers are pretty boring to look at but this RabMixer by Ming Tong transforms the auspicious cake making requisite into a cute bunny just inviting you to make oodles of yummy foods. It comes with a number of presets for milkshakes and cakes and like any other hand mixer, speed and power are also adjustable.

0 Designer: Ming Tong

Best of July 2008

Best of July 2008

Every month we take a look around and select some of the most interesting designs that was showcased here. Below you’ll find the most popular designs we’ve tracked over the last 30 days – an overview of designs you shouldn’t have missed in July 2008.

Yanko Design Goes Retro Future

Yanko Design Goes Retro Future

After World War II General Motors let their designers pretty much go hog wild with automotive concepts. They featured these futuristic designs in a series of eight auto shows called GM Motorama, punctuating the new feeling of prosperity and optimism sweeping through the USA at that time. The result was an absolutely mind blowing collection of some of the greatest and strangest concept vehicle designs ever created. Enjoy this peek into your grandparents future that never was.

Save the Studs

Save the Studs

No we are not talking about saving horny horses or Richard Gere circa 1980. “Cleatskins” are basically Crocs with a friggin’ purpose other than to offend those with taste. Intended as a quick slip on protector for athletic shoes used in football, futball, baseball and golf. Greatly extending the lifespan of the spikes, cleats or studs found on the bottom of all these shoes.

0 Designer: Rick Kay

Wheel of Fortune Telling

Wheel of Fortune Telling

Straight off the desk of George W. Bush comes the “decision maker”. Great for deciding foreign policy blunders, words other than “recession” to use while describing the US economy, and most importantly, what’s for lunch. Designed by Pu Tai, the “Decision-Making Compass Kit” is a fun little concept that takes the guess work out of most annoying choices in life.

0 Designer: Pu Tai

The Nature of Caravaning

The Nature of Caravaning

I hate caravans. In all seriousness, the only good caravan is one that’s on fire. I hate driving behind them, I hate seeing pictures of them. I hate the smell of them, and I hate the cramped confines inside them. To sum up I find them offensive to pretty much all five senses and wouldn’t be caught dead in or around one. With one exception…

0 Designer: Kevin VanBraak

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Smells Like Teen Spirit

What better way to realize if a song stinks than sniffing out the proof with this MP3/aroma therapy entertainment pod that not only plays sweet sweet tunes for your ears, it also blows sweet sweet scents for your nose. Just pop off the end cap, load up a selected scent tablet and a wave of odors are delivered right to your nose by your earphones. Yup, your earphones.

0 Designer: Yangwoo Kim

A Fem-bot that Reads Ancient Novels ...smashing baby!

A Fem-bot that Reads Ancient Novels “…smashing baby!”

Whether its Princess Amidala-bot or a Murasaki-bot, depending on what you are into, this is one of the coolest useless robot functions ever. Like me, you may also enjoy a good Japanese audio version of an ancient Japanese Novel. Also like me, you may have the deep desire to have Japanese female-ish robots read you your ancient Japanese Novels. Well your dream has arrived.

0 Designer: Takahashi Tomotaka