This week industrial designer Eric Strebel's got a sketching video up. "I recently visited Norfolk, Virginia and was inspired by all the military hardware on display in the area," he writes. "You can see some of the amazing ships in the beginning of the video. This got me to thinking about why today's military hardware is not electric or even hybrid.
"I decided to sketch up a light infantry concept vehicle for the brave men and women of the Armed Forces. It's a sketching tutorial as well. I rough in the form of the vehicle with a 10% grey marker to work out the proportions, then switch to a Hi-Tec C pen to flesh out the details of the tank. Finally I use a series of darker values to add more form to the craft."
Last month at the DMV, I was switching my driver's license over to my new state of residence. The clerk showed me a screen where I could double-check my data, and I saw that she had accidentally listed my gender as female. "Can you backspace over that," I asked, "or do I have to get the operation?"
Aside from said operation, I think the biggest hassle of switching from male to female would be adjusting to women's clothes. Especially the lack of carrying space. The notion that female should be bereft of usable pocket space and forced to carry a dedicated, expensive storage object--whose fashionableness is meant to invite judgment from others--seems crazy to me.
"There are few things more frustrating than collecting your belongings only to realize that the pockets in your pants are too small to hold them," writes designer Jan Diehm and journalist-engineer Amber Thomas. "Or worse, the fabric designed to look like a pocket is merely for decoration and doesn't open at all." The pair decided to get to the bottom of shallow women's pockets using data: "[We found] complaints and anecdotes galore but little data illustrating just how inferior women's pockets really are to men's. So, we went there."
In an article in The Pudding, Diehm and Thomas created visualizations based on studying pockets from men and women's pants from 20 popular-in-America brands. By overlaying the pocket shapes of 80 pairs of jeans,...
Hong-Kong-based Design firm Lofree came out of nowhere last year, quickly racking up three six-figure crowdfunding successes: $744,199 for their Dot Keyboard, $183,618 for their Four Seasons Keyboard and $185,499 for their Poison Speaker. In this age of hard-looking glass rectangles, the company's tactile, geometric, soft-radii-sporting retro-styled objects seem to have struck a chord with consumers.
Their new crowdfunding campaign is for the Lofree Digit, a "Retro Mechanical Calculator:"
Though there's still 29 days left in the campaign, the Digit has already reached critical mass, garnering $17,764 in pledges on a $1,273 goal. Buy-in starts at $29, and the device is expected to retail for $49 when it comes out later this year.
With their Mobile Power Pack, Honda's got a brilliant plan to make renewable, zero-emissions energy super-convenient. To see if their plan will work, the company is beginning trials this year in heavily-populated, heavily-polluted Indonesia, the world's third largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
Indonesia is the world's third largest market for motorcycles, most of which run on gasoline. So this December Honda will be trialing electric motorcycles there, powered by their Mobile Power Packs, which resemble electric jerrycans.
The idea is that rather than having to plug in and wait while their bikes top off, end users can simply stop at a Honda charging facility, pull a nearly-empty battery out of their bike and swap it for a freshly-charged one.
These Mobile Battery Packs would be charged from four different renewable energy sources: Solar, wind, water power or biomass.
Should the trials show promise, it's not difficult to imagine these battery packs replacing gasoline generators as emergency domestic power backup sources, in addition to powering small vehicles. Everyone from motorcyclists to disaster preppers to campers could benefit from...
This interview is part of a series featuring the presenters participating in this year's Core77 Conference, "Now What? Launching & Growing Your Creative Business" , a one-day event aimed to equip attendees with tangible skills and toolkits to help produce and promote their products or services.
Throughout his professional career, seasoned industrial designer Michael DiTullo has put an emphasis on designing everything instead of pigeonholing himself into a single category. This mentality has not only led him to work for companies like Nike, Frog and Sound United, but it has also exposed him to exciting side projects, like designing custom cars with ICON Motors. Michael has also been a key member of the Core77 community since the very beginning, moderating our discussion boards, contributing articles and even producing sketching tutorials to help our audience learn and grow as designers. In 2017, Michael took a leap he's been waiting to take for years by opening his own design studio, Micheal DiTullo LLC, where he is already hard at work on a variety of exciting opportunities.
We sat down with Michael, who will be leading a workshop at the 2018 Core77 Conference called "The 20 Year Plan", to learn more about how...
Since we introduced Ray Iles's draw borepins last fall, we've gotten a ton of questions about why real ones such as these work better than concentric tapered pins - that is, pins that are sometimes misconstrued as drawbore pins but really are just tapered drift pins. Drift pins are just tapered rods, which from any angle look like cones.
Traditional drawbore pins, on the other hand, look like drift pins in one dimension, but if you rotated the pin 90 degrees, one side would becomes straight and the other more tapered. A section of the drawbore pin at any point is a circle, but geometrically the shape is what's known as an "oblique cone."
Now, why is this shape better? When you put a drawbore pin into a partially assembled mortise, it will contact the joint at some point shown in the first drawing. Where the point of contact would be exactly would depend on the taper, the thickness of the joint, etc., but the pin will engage somewhere. If it engages with the joint with the vertical side of the cone touching the left side of the joint (as the joint is drawn in Fig 1) and isn't symmetrical, turning the drawbore pin and letting it sink down will make it go deeper into the joint. At some point it will be engaged, and then when you turn it, the oblique part of the taper forces the joint tighter. You can...
I'm a big fan of Klein Tools for their clever Katapult Wire Stripper, and I'm happy to see the company has applied their design talents to tool bags as well. Their Tradesman Pro Tool Master Backpack has a host of great features that show the designers have studied how tools are hauled and used in the field.
It's got a beefy handle supported by aircraft cable; a molded plastic compartment up top to protect breakable items like safety glasses and smartphones; a molded plastic base so that the bag remains upright when placed down, and keeps it up off of standing water; an integrated hook so the bag can be hung in place and used like a locker; a removable tool caddy that can also be hung; and tons more features.
- Backpack with 48 total pockets to easily keep everything organized
- Orange interior...
While Core77's bosses typically spend their evenings wearing tuxedos, us lowly folk in editorial have the luxury of wearing whatever we want. Which is a good thing; when acquaintances of mine inconsiderately die or get married, forcing me to attend their funerals or weddings, I've found transporting a suit in a garment bag to be a big pain in the neck.
Kikkerland's effort to solve the unwieldiness of a garment bag is to do away with it altogether. Their Compact Suit Folder lets you minimize that monkey suit into a manageable rectangle of fabric.
So the next time one of my friends kicks the bucket or ties the knot, I'll fold the suit.
I've lived in both Western and Eastern locales, and here's what's great about the former: No one knows how bad your feet smell. Sealed within your sneakers, your stinky secret is safe. But live in a place like eastern Asia, where you take your shoes off every time you enter someone's home, and your malodorous cover's blown.
So perhaps it makes sense that this device comes from Japan. Panasonic's sexily-named MS-DS100 is an electronic shoe deodorizer that apparently uses science to de-funkify your kicks.
One of the common causes of unpleasant shoe odors is isovaleric acid, an odorous substance produced by foot sweat and bacteria. According to a survey(*3) Panasonic conducted with sneaker wearers, about 62% of those surveyed take some measures to remove shoe odors, but about half of them are not satisfied with the deodorizing methods they use.
The MS-DS100 utilizes Panasonic's original ion particles, "nanoe X," to dissolve and eliminate unpleasant shoe odors(*1). When the product is set in shoes and the switch turned on, "nanoe X" is generated and spreads from six outlets to every corner of the shoes to remove odors(*1) in the entire interior of the shoes from the...
Take a trip to virtually any region of Japan and you'll see plenty of mamachari; translated as "mom's bike," mamachari are no-frills utility bicycles with a handy basket used as grocery getters, kiddie haulers and commuter vehicles.
The Cero One is a cargo bike that takes its inspiration from the mamachari. It doesn't look like a cargo bike; the only giveaway is the extra-large rear wheel. But kitted out with a series of modular baskets and rackets, the Cero One offers a 12-way modular cargo system--and an electric motor, giving you up to 93 miles of range.
"Our goal was to design and build a modern version of the Japanese 'Mamachari,' a practical utility bike that could be used by almost anyone as a replacement for a car in their daily lives," said Kiyoshi Iwai, founder of CERO.
"The CERO One allows urban dwellers to do almost anything they'd do in...
Designing something as complicated as a car can take years. Even though CAD and rendering technology have improved tremendously over the past two decades, there is one major time sink in the automotive design process that there's been no way to get around: The "review" step that occurs throughout the process, whereby the designers must evaluate whether the latest iteration meets their goals.
In order to conduct this review, designers—who are sometimes scattered across different continents—need a physical model that can show them, in a way a flat rendering or even a 3D CAD model cannot, how the contours and transitions of the car look and feel in 3D space. And if changes need to be made, as they so often do during the design process, creating another physical model can take weeks.
Fortunately for car designers, VR technology is finally advancing to the point where it can significantly reduce the design and development time. Unreal Engine is a robust, high-performance, real-time C++ engine that can deliver complex scenes with high frame rates. Coupled with NVIDIA's Holodeck, a you've-got-to-see-it-to-believe-it VR environment, designers from multiple locations can remotely convene in a virtual studio and collaborate on designs in real time.
Ken Pimentel, Senior Product Manager at Epic Games, says "Experiencing a design before the first surface is molded or the first wall goes up, has been the dream of many of our customers. With Unreal Engine and Unreal Studio,...
Human Interface Jewellery's ethos is to design products in a more environmentally and socially responsible way. We make only what is needed by using the latest metal manufacturing technology—3D printing. Designs are user tested and voted on by an engaged community to ensure people get the products they want and love. The first range is dedicated to women in tech, with software inspired designs in titanium, silver and gold, giving a new spin to "wearable tech".View the full project here
This morning, the Reebok Future team launched the NPC UK Cotton sneakers, the first product from their "Cotton + Corn" sustainable products initiative, which was announced last year. The Cotton + Corn program aims to produce footwear with "things that grow"instead of materials like petroleum and synthetic rubber. The NPC UK Cotton sneakers feature an upper made of 100% cotton, a corn-based sole, insoles that are derived from castor bean oil and 100% recycled packaging.
"Most athletic footwear is made using petroleum to create synthetic rubber and foam cushioning systems. With 20 billion pairs of shoes made every year, this is not a sustainable way of making footwear. At Reebok, we thought 'what if we start with materials that grow, and use plants rather than oil-based materials?' By using sustainable resources as our foundation, and then through ongoing testing and development, we were able to create a plant-based sneaker that performs and feels like any other shoe.
The NPC UK Cotton + Corn is the only footwear product on the market that has been certified as containing 75% USDA certified biobased content, and this is just the start for us. We are on an ongoing path to create a different type of footwear–so that you can feel good about what you're wearing and where it came from." —Bill McInnis, Head of Reebok Future
Work & Co (work.co) defines and launches the world's most successful digital products and services. In just five years, we’ve become the go-to partner for Apple, Target, Marriott, Lyft, Etsy, American Express, LVMH, Planned Parenthood and more. As Fast Company noted, our engineering and design teams are “routinely entrusted withView the full design job here
To us, nothing can beat the elegant complexity of cabinetmaker David Roentgen's ingenious pieces from the 18th Century. But that doesn't stop people from trying. Here, San-Diego-based furnituremaker Craig Thibodeau tries to out-Roentgen Roentgen, with this incredibly complex Wisteria Puzzle Cabinet, created in collaboration with puzzle designer Robert Yarger:
Say goodbye to putting baking soda and air freshness in your smelly sneakers because Panasonic recently announced, "There's a machine for that." The Japanese electronics company's new MS-DS100 is a shoe deodorizer device that works overnight for up to 7 hours to freshen those smelly, nasty, gross, dank sneakers you've been wearing everyday for the past year.
Below is a closer look at the device's design. It's bulky, but its body rests vertically in the shoe, taking up less space than expected. MS-DS100 isn't wireless, which is slightly strange. The targeted outlets at the bottom release "nanoe X" into the shoe, which we'll get to unpacking in a moment.
To use MS-DS100, simply place the device in your shoes, press the power switch and let that baby run overnight for 5-7 hours.
Panasonic states that the device is successful due to the use of "nanoe X". The mysterious "nanoe X" term refers to an electrostatic atomized water particle Panasonic developed back in 2016, which purifies air and eliminates odor better than typical "nanoe" inclusive products on the market. You can learn more about nanoe X here, but the diagram below explains what happens when the MS-DS100 releases nanoe X...
Aircis a beautiful and smart air solution / A 360-degree air cleaning device and smart system.An air cleaning device is indispensable for purifying the air in your living space. Many air purifiers are bulky and noisy. We are designing a new air cleaning product that is more more efficient and quietly blends into any environment. The work of the air product is invisible yet significant and unremitting. The clean air it freshens enhances the vibe, the smell of the place, and provides people with a higher quality of breathing.
Airc is talented at its functions yet humble, and it is designed to be discerned as aesthetic furniture or sculpture blended into its surroundings. Inspired by vortex and air circulation, we found the relationship between airflow and the form of the product. We designed a 360-degree purification air cleaner with the shape which increases air circulation in the place.View the full project here
A Wellington, New-Zealand-based hunter named Matt Bircham captured the astonishing footage you see below. Upon encountering a sheep farm in Marlborough, Bircham sent his drone up to a distance of 180 meters to capture the sheep dogs doing their herding work, then sped the footage up:
"They were moving 3500 ewes into the yard," Bircham told NZ Farmer, "so we thought we would film it and see what it looked like, sped it up and it looks like schooling fish to me."
This vaguely insectoid plastic contraption from Japan was created to wash dishes, bowls and even utensils.
No, it's not a gag. It's real and can be purchased for just 8,800 yen! (That's about eighty bucks.) Of course, there's no telling as to whether it actually works on dirty dishes.