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.

2011 has been a significant year in terms of historical uprisings, financial stability, nature’s rebuke and the loss of visionaries. However the silver lining to the gloom is the perseverance of our belief that the best is yet to come.

As a tribute to the great visionaries of 2011, who dared to think different and follow their inner guidance, Yanko Design presents the Best of 2011, Top 50 Designs that were most read and appreciated by our readers from the world over.

50) Complete Me, Please! by Hsiang Wang | Permalink Hits: 70521

49) Samsung Galaxy Skin Concept Phone by Haeyon You | Permalink Hits: 76004

48) Racer Bike by Allen Chester G. Zhang | Permalink Hits: 76149

47) The Magic Spoon by Ivan Erkic | Permalink Hits: 76823

46) Biz Café by Youri Hong, Moonhwan Park & Hyoshin Kim | Permalink Hits: 77940

45) Switch Plug by Gonglue Jiang | Permalink Hits: 83241

44) Charge Battery by Yeon Kyeong Hwang & Mieong Ho Kang | Permalink Hits: 84896

43) Double U USB Port by Ma Yi Xuan | Permalink Hits: 86359

42) Secondary Growth by Omer Deutsch | Permalink Hits: 90324

41) Rapunzel Escape Device by Sin Sun Ho | Permalink Hits: 94658

40) Plug Cup by Dong Hun Seo, Geun Hyuk Yoo, Ki Sang Yoon & Yune Jae Bang | Permalink Hits: 96231

39) Ferrari Millenio by Marko Petrovic | Permalink Hits: 100393

38) Bottle Cap Sharpner by Yuchen Liu | Permalink Hits: 101115

37) Bell Tweeter by Samohvalov Sergey | Permalink Hits: 105604

36) Flexbook by Hao-Chun Huang | Permalink Hits: 108121

35) Finder by Chu Wang, Qiujin Kou, Qian Yin & Yonghua Zhang | Permalink Hits: 110755

34) Bairim Luxury-yacht by designer Timon Sager | Permalink Hits: 111562

33) The USB Watch by Yoon-jin Gon, Yoon-tae Myoung & Kim Sung Hun | Permalink Hits: 111787

32) Flip Phone by Kristian Ulrich Larsen | Permalink Hits: 111941

31) The BMW Ghost by Marko Petrovic | Permalink Hits: 124753

30) T&T Pen-ink Chamber by Han Chi-hoon, Kim Yeon-soo, Park Byong-gon & Kim Sung-geun | Permalink Hits: 139706

29) Villa Amanzi by Adrian McCarroll, Waiman Cheung & Jamie Jamieson | Permalink Hits: 149514

28) Gaming Pod Concept by Alan Li | Permalink Hits: 155531

27) Ashcraft Aria Headphones by Britt Ashcraft | Permalink: 156711

26) Twin One Knife & Fork Chopstick by DesignWright | Permalink Hits: 159565

25) Headphone or Speaker by Lu Chieh Hua | Permalink Hits: 161934

24) The Wool Ball Charger by Yuchen Liu | Permalink Hits: 163455

23) Collector USB Flash Drive by Fang-Chun Tsai | Permalink Hits: 165089

22) Paraplegic Scuba System by Emil Orman | Permalink Hits: 165856

21) Apple Universal Dock Tray by Hekseskudd | Permalink Hits: 176389

20) Floor Plan Switch by Taewon Hwang | Permalink: 176932

19) Engrain Tactile Keyboard by Michael Roopenian | Permalink Hits: 178895

18) Chalkeeper by Yonggu Do and Eunha Seo | Permalink Hits: 208347

17) Hyper Touch Guitar by Max Battaglia | Permalink Hits: 213075

16) Network Tube by Son Kijo, Joon Hyoung Seo, Uhm Hyung Woo, Choi JinYoung & Kim Junpyo | Permalink Hits: 237465

15) Writable by Tianyu Xiao | Permalink Hits: 239402

14) Digimo Camera Concept by Sangik Lee | Permalink Hits: 241186

13) Log Chop Bench by David Long & Antoine Morris | Permalink Hits: 248682

12) Tea-time by Pengtao Yu | Permalink Hits: 253020

11) The Cradle by Richard Clarkson, Grace Emmanual, Kalivia Russel, Eamon Moore, Brodie Cambell, Jeremy Brooker and Joya Boerrigter | Permalink Hits: 258234

10) Easy Drink by Hsu Hsiang-Min, Liu Nai-Wen & Chen Yu-Hsin | Permalink Hits: 279608

9) Lamborghini Yacht by Mauro Lecchi | Permalink Hits: 294807

8 ) Voronoi – Yacht by Hyun-Seok Kim | Permalink Hits: 303805

7) iQ Alarm Clock by Oliver Sha | Permalink Hits: 305305

6) Smile Alarm Clock by Kim Jungwoo, Ju Yongjun, Lee Jongmoo & Kim Taehwan | Permalink Hits: 320198

5) 1ℓimit Faucet by Yonggu Do, Dohyung Kim & Sewon Oh | Permalink Hits: 406690

4) Bento by René Woo-Ram Lee | Permalink Hits: 778658

3) Hug Chair by Ilian Milinov | Permalink Hits: 857165

2) Continuance by Haimo Bao, Hailong Piao, Yuancheng Liu & Xiameng Hu | Permalink Hits: 949425

1) TetraBox Lamp by Ed Chew | Permalink Hits: 973797


  • Joseph Dumary says:

    Congrats deserve it all..Here we go for the next year..

  • Rawwhale says:

    “Form Over Function” is right, this is clearly a site that values slick renderings over design skills and common sense.

  • MrTechpathi says:

    I really love yankodesign posts…amazing collection …all the best for your coming year and will expect great posts from YD.

  • Speechless.. Especially that T&T Pen-ink chamber! I had that idea in my mind for years!! I am glad they have made my visions into reality.

  • Great ideas guys! Shared it on Google+! I find it really worth sharing.

  • carl says:

    felt tip fairies. 99.9% will never see the market and why?

  • Web Page says:

    It is amazing what people are capable of. I am waiting for the flying cars from the old “future” movies.

  • shiverbrains says:

    There are flying cars now (check out the M400 Skycar) but I’m assuming you mean replacing cars with flying machines. I dont think it will ever happen in a post-9/11 world.

    The sky above most cities are restricted airspace (as well as the moving restricted airspace around commercial and military planes) and small planes can only really fly in perfect weather so forget traveling on a windy, rainy or snowy day. Not to mention mechanical failure will lead to almost certain death. Flying cars would be disaster, and like almost everything on this list…. it will never happen.

  • Muhammad says:

    Thanks your share article here….good job..

  • quocdung13 says:


  • All the design you have share is just awesome. It looks like modern time gadgets, I specially like the Yacht design that was looks so cool for summer vacation. Thanks for this awesome collection sharing.

  • solar says:

    Congrats and thanks guys! happy new year!!

  • H Peltan says:

    I like these products a lot, the retail world needs interesting and quirky design.

  • Awesome designs by Esslinger. He thought one of the greatest guiding principle I’ve ever heard: form follows emotion.

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