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1. Robotic Bricklayers 

These robotic bricklayers work like termites to create structures. This is an example of an innovate process, though still in the developmental stages, because it exemplifies the combination of two unexpected concepts. The designers took hints from the biological world and translated those processes into ones that we can use.

2. Modern Farmhouse

Though not necessarily an innovative product, I love the idea that the designers displayed here. The architects understood that the client wanted “the best of both worlds.” They were able to develop a home that exhibited a modest, farm feel with a simple, modern interior. The design was successful, as the two seemingly conflicting concepts combine to form a beautiful piece of architecture.

3. Nuzzle Shelters

This is just a fun product. By replicating a novelty from most every childhood, these designers were able to create an eye-catching, intriguing installation. The overlooked aspect of this piece, though, is that it is surprisingly useful. The size of the whimsical, flimsy toys actually work to insulate the children that so eagerly nuzzled their way into them.

4. Stitched Wood Furniture

The combination of the unforeseen is what makes this design so appealing. We have a predisposed notion that the art of sewing can only be applied to soft goods, but these designers challenged that assumption and created a beautiful line of wood sewn furniture pieces. The attention to detail and their retention of the integrity of the wood only heighten the sophistication of this design.

5. The Perfect Design”

This study really intrigues me. First, and most obviously, it is interesting to know what humans generally prefer with regards to aesthetic quality. However, what I found to be more interesting was the fact that the researchers asked their subjects what they liked before scanning their brains. Either people don’t truly know what they like best or they simply respond with more “socially impressive” answers, but regardless it is interesting to note that the responses differed dramatically from the actual results of the study.

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1. Alarm Clock

I was pleased with the advertising as well as the product in this case. As Deiter Rams said, a good product should have as little design as possible. I think this clock is a great example. It has a straightforward shape and an obvious function. I also love the labeling of “ON” and “OFF.” The type actually creates a nice finishing touch to the overall function and design.

2. Folding Door

This is a product that creates a refined solution to a problem consumers hardly notice. The way this door folds slightly and turns in on itself is both entertaining and aesthetically appealing, with its clean lines and uniform shape. The design consideration and implementation is what makes this product innovative and exciting.

3. Insects as Food

I found this graphic design series to be intriguing because I saw the effect it had on me. The way the designer was able to unify the insects with other “normal” foods was superb. The way the barbecue sauce was draped over recognizable foods and the grasshopper showed a sense of uniformity, so much so that I hardly noticed the insect sitting in the middle. That is both excellent marketing and design consideration.

4. Neurocam

This is an innovative invention, however I think the marketers may struggle to get this thing off the shelves. The idea is there; humans want to capture big moments. This makes it easier for us to do so. However, the overall design aesthetic is quite clunky and draws away from the excellence of the product.

5. Isabelle Olsson

I enjoyed Isabelle Olsson’s design philosophy and the way that she only employed designers to solve the problems that Google Glass faced. Not a single person on the team had a technology background, which proves just how influential design can be on its own. Also, all of the designing for Google Glass was done primarily through hand-sketching, which I appreciate.

1. One Second Video

The man in the link above takes a one second video everywhere he goes. I thought this was a novel concept because we assume that one second is hardly any time at all, and that one second of footage certainly couldn’t communicate much about a foreign country. He proves us wrong.

2. Soft + Cold

Dichotomy is ever-present in this design, yet the form would not feel right without it. The contrast between the cold, glossy base and the soft, gentle knit rim is terribly appealing. The integration of material through weaving gives this design a finished look.

3. Picnic Pants

This product is too comical not to post. Talk about form follows function. The idea is novel to say the least, though I think it solved a problem that was created more by the designers than by consumers. Nonetheless, an eye-catching product.

4. Bloom

With this lamp, I found the concept perhaps more intriguing than the execution. The idea that a lamp should change with the light it protrudes is a fantastic way to integrate the seen and unseen, the mechanical with the organic (in this case, the wooden lamp).

5. THIS Toothbrush

I found the THIS Toothbrush to be intriguing in the sense that it begs the question, “How do we market this?” It has all of the perks that our eco-friendly generation loves, but that doesn’t change the face of the product. I will be anxious to see how this company will advertise such a product.