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Monthly Archives: March 2014

1. PullClean

This product shows real consideration for the lifestyle of doctors. The combination of steps that were previously contradictory (sanitizing hand, then opening door handle) into one cohesive and logical movement is quite genius. The aesthetic of the piece reflect a soft sterility that is nearly inviting, due to its blue teardrop accent that explains the presence of something else within the door handle.

2. Superbambi Chair

Holy cow, what a nice design. First off, it is highly functional and transforms the way we look at a simple chair. Second, the connections within this piece are just dreamy. Its adaptability is desirable, the colors clearly indicate a change or diversion from the whole, and each form within the form was given great consideration. Love this.

3. Ta Te Ti

Again, a beautiful reconsideration for traditional furniture design. This design allows facilitates far more interaction and rids us of the passivity we feel towards most furniture, especially benches. The design is balanced, simple, and inviting.

4. Flower Petal Sony Ad

As designers, we’re always stressing the importance of material choice. I find it interesting that in this Sony ad, the photographer also stressed that same importance. In order to show off the high definition of the product while also creating an interesting marketing campaign, the photographer decided to have thousands of flower petals exploded into the air. Interesting take on photographing seemingly boring images otherwise!

5. The Bottled Walkman

Wow. First of all, great product for such a niche market. A waterproof, wireless walkman with internal memory. What is even more impressive, though, is their marketing campaign. Want people to think your product is waterproof? I mean, really waterproof? Sell it in a bottle of water! Better yet, sell it where they’ll always see it but never expect to…a vending machine! Mind blown.

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1. 3D Knitted Fabric

This product is unique because it joins two different worlds by utilizing a previously untouched process in the fabric industry. Though fabrics are considered 3-dimensional in nature, we often view them as 2-dimensional prints. By using 3D printing, these designers have opened the door to, potentially, a whole new sect of fabric design.

2. Laser Engraved Skateboard Decks

To this product I just have to say, “Finally.” Skateboarders are far past the color-popped graphics that tainted the underside of the beautifully crafted wooden decks. These designers realized the material had a lot more to offer and decided to display that beauty through laser engraving. Brilliant.

3. Korean Bent Walnut Furniture

The rhythm and flow of this product is what really catches the observers eye. The graceful lines capture the viewer’s attention and lead our eyes all around the product. The most impressive aspect of this design is the way functionality, art, and material work together. The product functions well as a seating unit, looks almost sculptural at first glance, and is made completely of bent walnut strips which defy the norm to create an aesthetically appealing installation.

4. Basalt Benches

The goal many designers have in mind when beginning a project is to design a product that defies the norm. If I could give an award for just that, this designer would have it in a minute. Gone are the days of coated metal benches. No longer to benches have to pollute the area they inhabit. Perhaps, one day, all benches could possess this same rugged yet refined sculptural balance and functional form.

5. Lumio Light

This designer must have thought, “Lanterns are pretty hard to stuff in your backpack” and gone forth from that. Through repeated page-like forms, this designer produced a “light book” that unfurls to create a pod shape that nearly mimics the bulb shape we are all familiar with. The really interesting thing about this product is its flexibility of form. The shape is somewhat deceptive, but this light can unfold completely, lay flat, press into a corner, etc. to change both its appearance and the user’s experience.

1. Primeknit

With this product, I appreciate the consideration for the process and the simplification of that process that Adidas sought to achieve. The combination of, basically, a tall sock, and the traditional football cleat makes for a one-of-a-kind fitted football boot. It’s a wonder this was never invented before.

2. Dyed Fish

This concept is astounding in that, like most carefully designed things, it allows us to gain an alternative perspective or insight that we would not have had otherwise. The dye reveals the beauty, intricacy, and often symmetry of living organisms. The idea is quite novel and perhaps even useful because it could allow for simpler observation of the internal makeup.

3. XchangE

This design advances the futuristic notion that we may someday have autonomous cars. The design gives surprising consideration to the details of human comfort and satisfaction, including swiveling chairs with a reclined position for relaxing and watching the televisions that are placed in the interior of the car. Though the technology is not quite there yet, the design proposes a sleek, futuristic car that would be quite desirable in reality.

4. Inhabit Hamster Wheel

This architectural installation gives a brand new meaning to the phrase “the daily cycle.” The balance and symmetry of the implied spaces works to create a fun and functional component to this oversized hamster wheel. It really makes me wonder if there is a functional future in this kind of living style.

5. Nomadic Interiors

The combination of wood and beige cloth effectively communicates the nomadic mindset that these designs sprung out of. The designs are functional and considerate of human factors while also being cozy, inviting, and stylistic. Their simplicity matches the minimalist theme found in a nomadic lifestyle.

Attached are photographs of the final model, which was done with chipboard that was cut and engraved using the laser cutter.

Attached are photographs of my process work in creating my take-away packaging.

To create my take-away packaging, I employed the creative thinking technique of free association. I did this with a couple of different words, but the word that generated the most creative thinking was “bottle.” From bottle, I eventually arrived at the word drip, and from drip, shower. There I began brainstorming possible ways to include the idea of a drip/shower into my design.

1. NASA Robot

NASA constructed a creative “rover” by challenging the assumption that a rover has to have four wheels and run like a car. This solution is perhaps not the most aesthetically pleasing one but it displays a certain depth of analytical thought and an attempt at innovation that can be appreciated.

2. String Table

The design is unique in that the piece is quite cohesive, unified by a single string which holds the structure together. It functions and it is simple. The linear string accentuates the theme of sharp edges throughout the table, only adding to the uniformity of the design.

3. SEESAW

Though not very practical, the SEESAW is quite ingenious. The “eye” of the product is awfully intelligent. With a simple, kinetic design the product communicates anything from stock fluctuation to energy consumption through motion and color change. Definitely a noteworthy product.

4. Sink and Shower

This product begs the question: why has this not been created earlier? Their purposes are nearly the same and the most notable difference is solely in the elevation and pressure of the water they project. This integrated tipping system appears quite industrial, rigid, and even rudimentary, but upon further scrutiny the ingenuity of the product is revealed.

5. TiPi Shelving

This unit is just fantastic. The balanced relationship between thin sticks and wide planes is elegant, simple, and surprising. The piece is functional, serving its purpose as both a shelving unit and a simple structure that can be easily installed for the nomadic lifestyle.