Nimble Foot on the Scale

Nimble Foot on the Scale

I’m not BFF with weighing machines, so much so that I keep ignoring the one in my room everyday! An overwhelming sense of desperation engulfs me when I step on it, and often juggle my frame, in the hope that it may show just an ounce lesser than before. Resonating this sentiment of mine, Jinsik Kim has designed the artistic Salopsy Scale. Molded from either concrete or clay, the scale is the shape of two feet, when perched as tiptoe. I love it more for the emotional value that it aims to provide than its actual function.

0 Designer: Jinsik Kim

Best of Yanko Design 2011

Best of Yanko Design 2011

Steve Jobs hired designer Hartmut Esslinger as the modern-day Snow White for his projects code-named after the seven dwarfs. The vision was to infuse Apple products with “born-in-America gene” and DNA inspired by “Hollywood and music, a bit of rebellion and natural sex appeal.” Hartmut’s mantra was simple, “Form follows emotion,” a twist on the maxim that form follows function. Yanko Design respects both these aphorisms but believes that we should not limit creativity within the realms of form, function and emotions; thus we follow Form Beyond Function.

0 Designers: Various

Getting Wasted with Jeong Min Kim!

Getting Wasted with Jeong Min Kim!

It’s the “FOODOO!” In Korea, food waste cannot be tossed out with the rest of the garbage. The food must be collected in a separate bag, kept together until garbage day when it’s handed to the garbage people. During this time it gets YUCKY. And you know what happens when things yet YUCKY: things also get real SMELLY. What Jeong Min Kim has here is a device that both heats and dries the food waste into a solid block. Don’t put your puppy in there!

0 Designer: Jeong Min Kim

Yanko Design Top 50 - Best of 2013

Yanko Design Top 50 – Best of 2013

If we reflect upon the trends predicted for 2013, then some of the prophecies have come true. For example, Contextual Design is no longer a buzzword and neither is it just restricted to user application. With research tools at their easy disposal, a consumer is no longer taken in by marketing ploys. Authenticity in the design, value, emotional context and above all simplicity; designs that reflect these core ethics have made their place in the free market.

0 Designers: Various

Patch of Coffee Green

Patch of Coffee Green

Mugs aren’t just plain ceramic objects that hold beverages. They have grown to become something meaningful with sentimental value. A whole industry thrives by selling us zodiac related goods, love messages and what not. Adding to that list is “Grow Up”, a set of mugs with grassy bottoms. The concept is good, I just got a Message Bean, which I am nurturing, so a gifted mug/ grass patch is most welcome.

0 Designer: Jinsik Kim

Hanging Out With Sun

Hanging Out With Sun

Hanging out with the sun has many solar benefits; yep you can whip up a concept design that harnesses the solar energy and then juices up your gadgets. How does this Sunbox work then? It plays on this theory that on your way out to work, you hang out the device on your clothesline and when you get back in the evening, it’s all charged up. Latch it on to your TV, Music System, hairdryer; basically stuff that you use only when you’re back home!

0 Designer: Jinsik Kim

Wheels Of the Cycle Give Me Power…

Wheels Of the Cycle Give Me Power…

Power to juice up my gadgets, power to spike up my laptop! The idea behind re:energy concept is this: you ride the cycle and the wheels function as a generator to convert kinetic energy to power, and store the juice. When you run out of battery for your gadgets, recharge them by hooking them up to this unique cycle. A very do-able idea so you tech-specialists should have fun talking about this…on similar lines, we do have a pedal-driven washing machine invented!

0 Designers: Jinsik Kim and Boseung Seo

Cool Pocket by Baek Min Kim

Cool Pocket by Baek Min Kim

The product contains a metal net which stretches and expands smoothly. When combined with the handle, it adjusts temperature and preserves food inside fresh. This product enable the user to easily get out fresh food no matter where one is, both inside and outside of house.

0 Designer: Baek Min Kim

The Butterfly Cell Phone by Andrew Kim

The Butterfly Cell Phone by Andrew Kim

The Butterfly is a social networking device designed to give the optimal experience of being connected to an educational life-style for the teenage audience. There are 3 big factors of the Butterfly that make it a unique product: the design, connectivity and interaction.

0 Designer: Andrew Seunghyun Kim [ Via: Gizmodo ]

London Brick Ashtray by Tom Morgan & Kim Thome

London Brick Ashtray by Tom Morgan & Kim Thome

The exterior ashtray is a product that has been around for some time, yet the design of these products has been very much neglected. With the market of such products escalating due to government legislation, the styling and design led answer to the problem is necessary. London Ash is that answer, a premier product in the new styling of the outdoor social environment. London Ash is a wall-mounted ashtray intended for use in outdoor public spaces or indoor private areas.

0 Designer: Tom Morgan & Kim Thome [ Product Page ]

Arret a Porter - Wearable Design by Jimin Kim

Arret a Porter – Wearable Design by Jimin Kim

Arret a porter is an exploration into ways of combining functionality and fashion. The ‘hands-free handbag’ project is a body sensitive integration of bag and garment. A comment on today’s more active female lifestyles, Arret a Porter enables the user a greater sense of personal mobility.

0 Designer: Jimin Kim

Steaming Up Foul Language

Steaming Up Foul Language

It’s almost impossible to monitor the kind of abusive and foul language kids use in online chatrooms these days. So when the analogy of difference in temperatures steaming up a window was explored, designers Kim Hyerim, Chang Hanearl & Kim Junhoe came up with the Steamy Window application. The system basically auto-detects abusive and foul language used during chats and steams up the user’s display window.

0 Designers: Kim Hyerim, Chang Hanearl & Kim Junhoe

Ancient Beauty Meets Modern Sports Gear

Ancient Beauty Meets Modern Sports Gear

The Amulet Helmet by designers Kim Jungwoo & Kim Yoonsang takes influence from the Sun Ja Mun pattern, a traditional Korean symbol that you’ve probably seen before. It represents love, living, & luck. Whether it will bring you any of those things or not, there’s no denying that it’s one cool looking piece of headgear.

0 Designer: Kim Jungwoo, Kim Yoonsang & Park Eunsug

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