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1. Modular Jacket

The question these designers asked was, “Can the same jacket be a different for everyone?” This is really powerful because if more designers thought that way, we could begin radically simplifying our lives. Also, I admire the level of inquisitiveness it must have taken to look at a jacket and wonder what could be done about it, seeing as a jacket is a seemingly simple, established object.

2. TinkerBots

This product combines the age-old concept of building blocks with the brand new technology of wireless electronics. In essence, these designers created a better building block, or at least one with infinitely more capabilities. I would be interested to see where this product could be implemented in a more real-world setting aside from the child’s play setting for which it was made.

3. CNC Whiskey on the Rocks

Though this is not necessarily a product, I found the unique application of the CNC process to be quite creative. Also, I found the exploration of material (i.e. ice) to be equally creative and exciting. I never would have experimented with ice and a laser, but I’m awfully glad these designers did. The outcome is novel, intriguing, and pleasurable. It sure would be fun to have in a glass, too!

4. Spritz

This software is so interesting to me. It begs so many questions. Will the world prefer this type of reading? How did they discover that the red letter method was more efficient? Would this be implemented in companies so that employees would waste less company time and therefore be more efficient while on paid time? Are there any negative cognitive effects that this software could have on the human brain?

5. Eco Tourism Cabin

The concept is perhaps the most creative aspect of this cabin. The idea is to have a small getaway that can be placed on any site and removed without any land disruption. In addition, the cabin offers add-on parts for more space if, say, the visitor would be staying for an extended period of time. The cabin also has four metal legs which are the only contact points between the cabin and the ground, making it suitable for rugged terrains if desired.

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1. Star Wars with Staples

The material choice is the novel aspect of this design. I came to the realization that the designers took 3-dimensional objects and created a virtually 2-dimensional work of art. Also, the additive use of metal is something that is not normally seen, which makes this series intriguing.

2. Grillo Portable

This product seems simultaneously affordable and high-quality by the designers material choice and basic shape. The grill takes the form of a fold up lawn chair and an umbrella, both of which are readily available household items. The form also proposes a more exciting way of doing a normally mundane task. It also adds flair and accessibility to the previously bulky metal grills.

3. Simple Desk

I will be outright and say that I absolutely love this desk. This object goes to prove once and for all that all of the “things” we produce do not need to be overridden with gadgets and gizmos. Simplicity lends itself to the utmost functionality, if properly achieved. One material, simple cuts, a few hardware additions, and that’s it. Beautiful.

4. Beautiful School Furniture

I think I enjoy this line of products simply because I am, to this day, disgusted by much of the cheap school furniture I encounter so often. The furniture proposed in this product line is unobtrusive and maintains the same qualities that we “require” from our school furniture (stackability, mobility, functionality, ease of manufacturing, low cost, etc).

5. Simpler Faucet

The designers dematerialized the standard faucet and finally revealed the beautiful process that all faucets hide. Here, the designers revealed the pressurized water and allow us, the consumer, to witness the poetic process of watching the water breach the barrier and spill out into the sink. This product resembles a water spout, perhaps from a spring, well up out of the ground and spilling over abundantly.

1. Magnetic Bike Hubs

This product/idea is an example of a way that creativity can be instituted in areas other than aesthetic design. Creativity can be implemented in engineering and mechanical problem solving. This concept proves that creativity can be achieved by simply looking at a problem from a different perspective and applying a dissimilar concept to the problem at hand.

2. Solar-Powered Parasol

The designers of this product described their inspiration by saying that they did not want to create a piece that simply inhabited its environment, but one that reacted to what was happening around it. Though I struggle to accept the form as the pinnacle of what they could achieve, the technology and intent behind the design is certainly interesting and, in my opinion, should be applied more often.

3. School Lunch Case Study

I love that creative problem-solving methods are spilling into previously unchartered territories. In this case study, a group of designers are practicing empathy in order to better relate to the students and faculty they are designing a solution for. This is also worth a read because they break down the ways they applied their creativity and how those methods can be universally applied.

4. Modular, Shaped Shelving

Negative space. Oh yeah. This shelving unit can stand alone comfortably, and I think that is a challenge for all product designers: design something that needs not be put to use to be beautiful. Even when the purpose of this shelving unit is not fulfilled, it is interesting, intriguing, and aesthetically pleasing. Aside from that, though, it is modular…which is every nomad’s dream.

5. Latthammer

Again, an example of empathetic design that addresses a real issue. The hammer, which has nearly kept its original design for hundreds of years, was perhaps not in need of improvement. However, these designers found a way to refine the hammer in order to make it more user friendly (for a niche market of users). What they came up with is quite brilliant.

1. Dome Home

Built in 6 weeks with only $9,000, this home is one for the books (whoops, I used a cliché on a creativity blog…). The bulbous, playful shape paired with the vibrant colors, curvilinear rooms, and a multitude of window space, this house stands out as a creative piece of art. The unity of the interior finishes and the exterior landscaping complement the house itself well, giving a sense of unification and continuity to the whole plot.

2. Renovation with Concrete Pipes

This piece is creative in the way that the architects thought to use concrete pipes for a use unrelated to their intended purpose. Through repetition we are able to see a certain beauty about them that goes unnoticed when they are shoved underground. Regardless, these tubes create the perfect space for a window seat and a book, and appear to offer a certain warm, encompassing feeling to the inhabitant.

3. Nomadic Radiator

This is just fun. The bulbous form makes this nomadic, mobile radiator seem almost like a warm house pet. It’s about time to stray from those ugly, industrial, immovable radiators. This product feels almost interactive and invites you to grasp the wooden handle, spin the radiator around, and set it up right next to your cozy bed.

4. Surfboards & Marine Animals

I love the poetry in this collection. The designer unifies man and animal in the way he links the form of the marine animals and the human body. While simplifying the shapes of these marine animals, who gracefully pass through the water, he is considering the shape of the man aboard these surfboards whose purpose is to travel smoothly through the water. The linkage of purposes appears to be a previously unnoticed connection.

5. Balloon Chair

Balance, balance, balance. And a little bit of magic, it appears! The delicate balance of color and form is contested only by the levitating chair attached to the beautiful bouquet of balloons. The curves of the chair mirror the curves of the balloons that uphold it, which gives the piece an interesting, almost paradoxical unity. Usually, the feet of the chair uphold the seating unit and, traditionally, tend to be far more geometric than the actually seating area/cushion.