Don't Panic! But always have a towel

Don’t Panic! But always have a towel

Those of you familiar with Douglas Adams will always heed his immortal warning. I suppose designer Ran Shnaper (not a Hitchiker’s character) understood these words when designing his/her design the “Towel Dish Dryer”. Intended to be used when you run out dryer rack space, this design used a standard towel that drapes over a flexible/adjustable rack frame creating an instant extension to your current drip dry technique.

0 Designer: Ran Shnaper

A round of paper cuts on the house...

A round of paper cuts on the house…

It’s Monday and what better time to argue about “what is design and what isn’t” than today? Let me give you all some good ammunition to start with. This is called “One Drink Cup” by Mikhail Stawsky. This person has taken paper folding to new highs with this fold-it-yourself shot glass design. Get it “new highs”? “shot glass”?… yeah, I’m not laughing either. So is this design or just clever origami?

0 Designer: Mikhail Stawsky

Bluetooth Headset Happy. Jawbone II Review

Bluetooth Headset Happy. Jawbone II Review

Like many places, California implemented a new law prohibiting cellular use without a handsfree device while driving. Ironically that’s when Jawbone contacted me to do a review on their second generation bluetooth headset. Same aesthetic but significantly smaller, lighter, and improved sound quality. What more could one ask for?

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This Plastic Bottle Makes You Muscley

This Plastic Bottle Makes You Muscley

Okay we all know plastic bottles are evil. They consume massive amounts of energy to produce, statistically only spend 30 minutes in our hands before spending the next thousand years in a landfill. Gotta be a better way right?

0 Designer: Jin Le

The Softer Side of Hard Drives

The Softer Side of Hard Drives

Designing electronic gadgets specifically for women has always seemed like either an insult to their sensibilities or simple pink pandering. Either way, you run the risk of a ton of pink back stock or pissing them off. My advice, design gadgets for humans. Except when it is done to the high degree of slickness as this “Costume” Samsung 2.5″ Hard Drive by Joongoo Lee.

0 Designer: Joongoo Lee

Highway to the Danger Zone!

Highway to the Danger Zone!

When you think of Military Air Bases, what do you think about? Over- budgeted super secret spy planes by Bruce Wayne? Maverick and Iceman in a pissing contest, high five-ing each other to bad 80s music? Well that was the question put forth in the latest design contest by auto design site Localmotors.com. They want the undiscovered Top Guns of automotive design to step up and show their true grit.

0 Designer: Popa Lucian

Assemble and Sit

Assemble and Sit

Flat pack chairs aren’t anything new but this transparent plastic chair by Taiani Vincent uses no glue or nails. It’s just a matter of lining up notches from 3 separate pieces. Your body weight is the last component that adds stability to it. It may not be the most comfortable chair but a lot easier to haul around to activities like, waiting in line for the new iPhone.

0 Designer: Taiani Vincent

Hospitalism

Hospitalism

Pay a visit to any modern hospital and you’ll mostly like find a sterile, plain environment devoid of any human connection. The only comfort are the caring staff and family visits. UBIQ is a holographic dome that projects you and your family into the flexible dome in real time. It’s an important part of healing, to feel your loved ones nearby.

0 Designer: François Mestre

Sony gets a Sidekick

Sony gets a Sidekick

I said it before and I’ll say it again; design mash-ups are fun. Take this latest concept by Samuel Lau. He has blended together a Sidekick Mobile phone with a PSP Slim. Why? Because he can. Looks pretty decent and features a 3.2 megapixel cam round back, full frontal webcam action and the most notable aspect. a slide-up QWERTY keyboard!

0 Designer: Samuel Lau

A bit of the ole' in and out...

A bit of the ole’ in and out…

“Power Vampires” take the shape of all kinds of things; your mobile phone charger, digital camera charger, iPod charger, my mother….these items steal energy from you even when not being used for their intended purpose, like making me a sandwich. To combat this massive amount of wasted energy, designer Paulo Oh has come up with a simple plan; unplug them.

0 Designer: Paulo Oh

Time in a Crystal Bubble

Time in a Crystal Bubble

Marc Newson, world known and respected designer is no novice when it comes to designing time. Because of his love of design and his great interest in Jaeger-LeCoultres Atmos original clocks, Newson has redesigned the Atmos using his special talents and skills. Welcome Atmos 561, a special eightieth anniversary clock. The Atmos 561 resembles a clock for the future.

0 Designer: Marc Newson

Drinking From A Drop

Drinking From A Drop

DROPPA is a carafe designed to bridge the gap between form, function, and space. It expands the feeling of liquidity out of an object that looks like a water droplet frozen just at the moment of impact. It’s organic and extremely architectural. The top of the drop is actually the cup by where you invert the stem to pour water into. 

0 Designer: Ozgur Onal

Architectural Mood Lighting

Architectural Mood Lighting

The Penta lamp is probably one of the more striking designs I’ve seen. In a time when most modern lamps follow the molded poly road, this one uses structure to dynamically change its shape and ambient lighting. Its shape suggest rotary motion but the seemingly complex design is actually quite simple. Flat packed and made of recycled components, the Penta was designed by Luca Casarotto.

0 Designer: Coscadesign