Design Digest Vol.12

Design Digest Vol.12

Good news everyone! Yanko Design just had a Pause Button installed on our forward looking crystal ball. We are usually looking so far into the future we barely realize our present. So to balance our karmic design energies, we present you this weeks Yanko Design Digest. A compendium of easily digestible design delights from around the globe.

The Sound Of Music

The Sound Of Music

The Sound From Wind is hands down the most innovative if not frivolous bicycle accessory to date. What you get are a pair of flutes that attach to either sides of the handle bar. As you ride you bike, air rushes thru chambers producing sounds similar to an ocarina. You manipulate those sounds by pressing keys on both flutes and if you want a fuller, richer sound – ride faster!

0 Designer: Joseph Kim

Plants Tell You What They Want

Plants Tell You What They Want

Growing plants would be a lot easier if plants could express what it is they need from you. Fret not because that’s what the Pet Plant by Junyi Heo does. The very sleek looking pot measures soil conditions, temperature, humidity, and water – calculates those variables based on the need of said plant, and expresses its condition via a series of pictograms on an LCD display.

0 Designer: Junyi Heo

Cup of Java Script

Cup of Java Script

Technology and scaled down computers are finding their ways into more and more ubiquitous items in our lives. From RFID clothing tags and eBooks (Kindle) to running monitors (Nike/iPod) and even cars that respond to your voice (Ford Sync). Why not get a daily does of information stimulation while you have your morning brew? That’s what the designers of “The Cup” have in mind.

0 Designer: Hyuh-Jin Lee

Bridge to Photosynthia

Bridge to Photosynthia

Oh how the Brits love their bridges. Well, we here at Yanko Design also love bridges and this “Tree Top Walkway” bridge by Marks Barfield Architects is certainly one for our books. Overlooking The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, this bridge is 18m high and 200m long, giving you a bird’s eye view of Kew and the opportunity to discover the rich biodiversity of the forest canopy.

0 Architect: Marks Barfield

MINI is so last year... Meet TINY!

MINI is so last year… Meet TINY!

If an Adidas running shoe and a drop of rain wanted to design a lightweight, eco-friendly urban vehicle, what would that look like? The M-112 is an urban concept car prototype design by Ignacio Garcia might be a good start. As part of the EcoCustom Team that took part in the last Shell Eco Marathon 2008 in France, the Spanish designer set out to prove that super-duper small car design does not have to be comical or embarrassing.

0 Designer: Ignacio Garcia

Put Those Power Hungry Applicances On A Timer

Put Those Power Hungry Applicances On A Timer

Even when electrical appliances are “turned off” they’re actually still drawing small amounts of energy. You’d be amazed how much energy is wasted in this low power state. JustDrawIt is sort of a home timer for anything that can be totally powered down without affecting functionality. Lamps, microwaves, toasters are some of the most common low power hogs. You have a visual queue as to how much time you have left until power down via a row of LED lights.

0 Designer: Henry Huang

Rise And Shine It's Wake Up Time

Rise And Shine It’s Wake Up Time

REMY could be Linus’ wet dream. It’s a biometric blanket that tracks your sleep patterns. While sleeping a distant camera records body movements and when the appropriate time arrives, renders light patterns within the blanket simulating dawn. Never mind that the camera looks like a mini-boogie man in the dark.

0 Designer: Dasha Anokhina

Rox Bench

Rox Bench

For those of you who live in houses with restricted gardens where space saving furniture is paramount the Rox bench could be the solution for you. In the winter the unit collapses down into a storage unit where you can keep garden tools, children’s toys, etc. In the summer it opens out into a 3 seater bench and has two accompanying tables. Another feature is the built in solar lights, creating a cool night time effect.

0 Designer: David Andrew Bottom

Button Down Tunes

Button Down Tunes

Plenty of designers have attempted to fuse fashion with gadgets. Most have been unsuccessful with often designs that were either complicated, cumbersome or just plain ugly. Here is an item that is simplicity at its best. The “Wire Button” by Jaehyung Hong untangles your headphone cables for your listening pleasure and looks subtle enough to avoid being branded a gadget geek.

0 Designer: Jaehyung Hong

Pimp my QWERTY

Pimp my QWERTY

With the tech blogs getting all hot and bothered over Art Lebedev’s Optimus Maximus keyboard and it’s customizable OLED keys, we thought we would show off a slightly more analog version of the same concept. At no where near the Optimus Maximus price of nearly $2,000 USDs, this $30 version called “Keyboard Shortcut Skins” by Photojojo serves essentially the exact same function.

Green Green House

Green Green House

Daniel Schipper has come up with this “Folding Greenhouse” design for city dwellers that need to spread their botanical love. This light-weight, flexible and modular greenhouse is perfect for small spaces and unfolds faster than you can say origami. The Folding Greenhouse’s frameless folding construction is made entirely out of recyclable plastic. Making this the greenest green house we have seen so far.

0 Designer: Daniel Schipper

Fold Your Lamp

Fold Your Lamp

Here’s an interesting way to manufacture, pack, and assemble a lamp. The aptly named Folding Lamp is made from a 0.8mm sheet of stainless steel pre-scored so all you have to do is fold along the dotted lines. In what order you choose to fold is entirely up to you making each piece a unique item.

0 Designer: Thomas Hick