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Killer Throwback 1960s Car Renderings by Geza LocziWhether you're specifically into auto design or not, if you aren't already following them you should definitely check out GM Design Center's Instagram. The company has steadily been posting everything from interior and exterior renderings to CMF studies, cabin mockups, clay models and archival images going all the way back
What Ziploc Closures Actually Look Like, MagnifiedWay back in 2010, Rob Cockerham of the Cockeyed blog was obsessed with his then-new Eyeclops Bionic Eye Camera, a sort of toy microscope that hooks up to a television set, providing extreme 200x macro images. He turned the Eyeclops onto the seals of Ziploc-style sandwich bags to reveal what
Industrial Design Students: Oskar Zieta's Ultraleggera Chair Presentation is a Good One to Learn FromSuperleggera In an effort to top Gio Ponti's Superleggera ("super lightweight") chair, Swiss designer Oskar Zieta used two production methods Ponti could never have dreamed of in 1957: Laser-cutting and FiDU. FiDU is a German acronym for Freie Innen Druck Umformung, "free internal pressure forming" in English. It's essentially hydroforming,
Covid-19: a crisis in creativity?There is nothing like a crisis to demonstrate the importance of creativity. To date Covid-19 has cost the global economy over $16 trillion, cost millions of jobs and lost working hours, killed at least 2.6 million people and restricted travel for everyone. Considering the enormous costs of the illness, how
Weird French Design for Wall-Mounted Bar Soap is Actually Kind of AwesomeIt looks pretty bizarre, but this idea for wall-mounted soap was apparently once in widespread usage, at least in France. "This was patented in 1950 and used widely in schools, public buildings and by France's state-run railways," writes the retailer. "The manufacturers claim you can wash your hands 1,000 times...1
Swiss "Tech Minimalist" Design: Edge Physically Connects Your Phone and Accessories to Your LaptopSwiss "tech minimalist" product design firm Rolling Square has an enormous hit on their hands: Edge, a "modular work from home kit" that allows you to attach your phone, a light (for videoconferencing) and a wireless charger to your laptop, tablet or monitor.
An Example of the Importance of Signage: When U.S. Drivers Don't Know How to Use a RoundaboutPlanning officials in Rowan County, Kentucky were faced with an unacceptable amount of car accidents at the intersection of Routes 60 and 801. "We're looking at a way to reduce the severity of crashes that this intersection has a history of," Allen Blair of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet told WKYT
The Best New Design from Apple's Event: The Siri RemoteThe most interesting new design I saw in yesterday's Apple presentation was not their new computing devices (thinner, faster, blah blah blah) but their redesigned Apple TV remote control. As a non-TV-owner, my experience with remote controls has been limited to (pre-pandemic) visits to friends' homes and hotel room stays.
Alternative Design for Tall Ladders: The Hasegawa Tripod LadderJapanese manufacturer Hasegawa produces crazy tall ladders (up to 15' in height) with an unusual design: They feature just three points of ground contact, not four, and the base of the step side is splayed like a certain French attraction. "The wide base, deep steps, telescopic back leg, as
Non-Destructively Disassembling a Timber Framed HouseIt's not that traditional timber-framed structures were designed for disassembly; but because they lack metal fasteners, modern adhesives and cementitious elements, their construction happens to be completely reversible. All of the components are made from wood that slots together, cleverly held in place with small wooden pegs. Remove these pegs,
Personable, Wearable Tents Now Adapted for Mosquito DutyPersonal tent company Under the Weather has adapted their products from rain protection in 2017 to COVID protection in 2020. To expand the line, in 2021 they're tackling bugs. UTW's WalkingPod Mesh tents ditch the transparent plastic for fine-gauge mesh, meant to keep
Inventive Off-Road Vehicle from Russia: The Tiny "Hamster"From the country that brought us the fun-looking off-road SHERP… ...comes another ridiculous-looking all-terrain vehicle that provokes a strong desire to try riding: Inventor Eduard Luzyanin calls it the Homyak (Russian for "hamster"). The vehicle is powered by a 150cc engine yanked out of a Chinese scooter,
Crowdfunding Smash: A Hi-Tech Measuring Device With Questionable BenefitsThe Meazor is a digital measuring tool that purports to let you "perform meticulous measuring" with both a roller for tracing, and a laser for scanning. This is how you're meant to use the object, which resembles something Motorola might have designed: The 360-degree laser scanning on a tripod
Open-Source Design for a Biodegradable Prescription Pill Bottle Made from PaperFor those taking prescription medications, plastic is likely the only vessel they come in--and some 90% of them are not recycled, according to Tikkun Olam Makers, an Israel-based collective dedicated to creating social impact solutions. Thus they've created the Prescription Paper Pill Bottle: "The Prescription Paper