Speak-er

Speak-er

Designer Sherwood Forlee (love the name) has a sense a humor for stating the obvious. A speaker is a device that converts electrical energy into sound waves. It’s also someone who expresses in language. So if you combine those two definitions together to form some sort of iconic gesture to retain both aspects, you get the Speak-er. As Sherwood puts it, putting the “speak” in speakers.

0 Designer: Sherwood Forlee

Ringmarks Be Gone

Ringmarks Be Gone

Pilo Pilo ring is a finger ring with a mini cushion attached to it, designed to be both stylish and useful. I myself know I leave all kinds strange marks on my face as I ponder the genius bestowed upon me. I’m not really a ring wearer but I’ve had more impressions of my wrist watch than I care to admit. A cushion on a ring? Hey, I’ve seen stranger and this concept actually makes sense to me.

0 Designer: Sae Shigeto

Stereo Listening Rings - Two Rings to Rule Them All

Stereo Listening Rings – Two Rings to Rule Them All

Now here is a perfect example of concept design bettering the world in previously unimagined ways. The deaf of the world are not just being deprived of music, a sweet whisper and a simple phone call. They are also lacking the ability to be fairly warned of impending danger from out of sight sources. Designers Kwang-seok Jeong, Min-hee Kim and Hyun-joong Kim really deserve a round of silent applause for this inspired design.

0 Designer: Kwang-Seok Jeong

SpeakerBox, Just A Little Retro

SpeakerBox, Just A Little Retro

Most speaker related peripherals have a very modern or futuristic flare to their design. The SpeakerBox by Mark van Giessel eschews that trend for another – retro. It’s 50′s rounded curves and slick lacquer like finish are reminiscent of home appliances of yore. Don’t be fooled, underneath is a full array of USB ports and other whiz-bangs to interface with today’s MP3 players and mobile phones.

0 Designer: Mark van Giessel

Overtstuffed Bags Not A Problem

Overtstuffed Bags Not A Problem

The Kompressor Luggage is a concept that uses seatbelt like straps to compress its volume by nearly 40%. The space savings means you can take it as carry-on luggage, especially helpful since some airlines now charge for check-ins. The center dial does double duty by keeping your contents locked up and as a ninja star when needed. Okay so that last bit was a jest but surely that would be totally cool if true.

0 Designer: Gary Wilkinson

Anxiety free Musical Furniture

Anxiety free Musical Furniture

Here is a coffee table design that literally marches to the beat of a different drummer. Tor Clausen makes these musical coffee tables dubbed “Musical Rumba Series” in his studio in Olympia, Washington. Custom design your own personal drum table with interchangeable and rearrangeable percussion inserts that make any late night party, that much more special for your downstairs neighbor.

0 Designer: Tor Clausen

Time to Watch this Line

Time to Watch this Line

A watch for keeping time is becoming less and less a part of society. With many of us now looking at our mobile phones for the correct network calibrated time, the watch industry has seen a massive decline in sales over the past decade. Wearing a watch in 2008 is becoming more of a utilitarian fashion accessory, than a way to count the hours.

0 Designer: Denis Guidone

Best of May 2008

Best of May 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 May 2008.

A little LIGHT RAIN protection...

A little LIGHT RAIN protection…

Well the weekend is upon us and Yanko Design is happy to inspire another do-it-yourself design project. Spring time if filled with new life, new hope and usually tons of rain. This wonderful “Electric Umbrella” is a great way to make the best of a rainy night by taking long walks under your very own stars with that special someone. Simple, cheap and even comes with a dimmer for setting your own tone, this easy to follow DIY(do-it-yourself) project comes courtesy of instructables.com. Happy singing in the rain.

Lifesaving Design

Lifesaving Design

Availability of clean drinking water is massive problem all over the world. From natural disasters like 2004′s tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, to war torn areas of the word, countless lives are unnecessarily lost due to bacteria and virus filled wells, lakes and streams. LIFESAVER bottle is the world’s first all in one ultra filtration water bottle.

0 Designer: Michael Pritchard

Is It Stank By Your Computer?

Is It Stank By Your Computer?

Oh I know a lot of people who should get this thing ASAP. The Aroma USB has a scented fragrance strip that dispenses a nice does of freshness anytime the air gets a little stale around you. It does use a bit of power to heat up the strip and drive a small fan and I can forgive the fact it doesn’t have any memory even tho it’s so big because at the end of the day – stank is nasty and stank needs to be dealt with. Agree?

0 Designer: Ko Yiu Fai

For Ladies Who Lunch and Metrosexuals Too

For Ladies Who Lunch and Metrosexuals Too

I carry a man bag, murse, messenger bag or whatever else you wanna call it. I eat out a lot and it’s always a chore to find a space for my bag. Usually I just commondere a neighboring chair but that can get complicated if I’m with people whom all carry bags too. Thats why this Chair & Hanger concept is just aces.

0 Designer: Hyuh-Jin Lee

Yanko Design Profiles: GM's Designer in Chief

Yanko Design Profiles: GM’s Designer in Chief

As many working designers are well aware of: all industrial and automotive designers can thank their yearly salaries to General Motors and the concept known as “planned obsolescence.” For those of you that never heard of this business practice, planned obsolescence is the process of a product becoming obsolete and/or non-functional after a certain period or amount of use in a way that is designed and planned by the manufacturer.