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Diabetes Management is essential to a patient, but the process can be confusing and inconvenient, as well as being another item for them to have to carry around with them. Like the majority of healthcare related products, the aesthetic that they carry is medical and unattractive, and they certainly don’t reflect the personality of the patient accurately.

Glucosio is a phone case that has a glucose meter seamlessly integrated into the design. It connects to the patient’s phone using Bluetooth and by using the dedicated app they are able to track their data. The application also offers the capability of meal logging, keeping all their data in one place!

At first glance you would be forgiven for thinking that the case is just another power bank; all of the unattractive qualities of a medical product have been completely removed, in their place is a sleek and inconspicuous design with a monochromatic color scheme.

Designer: Dousan Miao

Studio Mango and Princess Traveller are the most recent recipients of a Red Dot Design Award for their Safety luggage collection that offers some simple yet innovative solutions to give travelers peace of mind. The inspiration came from one of the designer’s own experiences in an airport when he witnessed a mom of 2 with her arms full struggle to pick up documents she dropped while holding her children. As he assisted her in gathering the belongings, he thought “there’s got to be a design solution for this!” and voila! Here it is!

The all new carry-on features a hidden compartment for storing their passport, travel tickets and other important travel documents. Not just a deterrent for thieves, it’s also a clever addition that makes accessing these necessities quick, easy and convenient. Incorporated neatly into the handle, the compartment is only revealed when the user pulls it out after the handle is extended. Great for paperwork. Even better for sneaking on snacks!

Designer: Studio Mango and Princess Traveller

Determined to be more than just a trophy and a name, the A’ Design Award and Competition wants to be the international standard for good design and innovative and creative work. Judging thousands of entries over a wide variety of categories, the A’ Design Award 2018 saw a jury of 212 members of the international design community get together to award design projects across a myriad of categories for their exemplary work, and that’s not all. The A’ Design Awards and Competition, as I’ve said before, not only recognizes good design, but gives it the good exposure it needs and deserves. Their mission statement has always been to provide growth and support to not just the designer, but to the design itself too.

We’ve hand-picked fifteen of our favorites from this year’s list of winners spanning categories such as Product Design, Lighting Design, Architecture, Furniture, Medical, and Social Design. Scroll down below to have a look at what’s making the waves this year in the design circuit! And don’t forget to register below to participate in the Competition next year to kickstart your design journey!

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YD Handpicks: 15 Winning Designs from A’ Design Awards 2017-18

01. Meditation Seat by Gao Fenglin

Gao Fenglin’s Meditation Seat can only be sat on in a certain way, directing the user’s behavior and encouraging a seating position that keeps your...

Electronic music making can be hard the first time. You either start off extremely basic, or lose yourself in a whirlwind of tutorials as you try and figure out the intricacies of the complex software most professionals use. It takes a lot of willpower getting past step 1, and Colin Hearon wants to change that. The Tone Lab isn’t too basic or complex. It’s more of an experimental music tool that teaches you how synthesizers are constructed. With layered modules that you place one on top of the other, the Tone Lab feels a lot like working with real synths and modules that get connected in sequence to create more complex sounds. Take a waveform, layer it with an arpeggiator to make complex tunes, and then with effects to give it a certain flavor. Step two is actual melody building. Add chord modules to the sliding rails and slide them up or down to craft basic melodies, experimenting and switching things up by sliding them up and down, or swapping their places.

The Tone Lab’s idea isn’t to be an expert tool but rather an empowering one. Giving novices the means to create ‘good’ music through the power of good design thinking and the use of human intuition, the Tone Lab lets you take that first leap of faith into making electronic music!

Designer: Colin Hearon

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Wanting to literally be the only thing you carry to the beach, Sondre Travel’s Voyage Chair is nothing short of marvelous. Matt Benedetto’s latest design is a beach chair + backpack hybrid, allowing you to carry it around on shoulder straps and assemble it on site with a literal flick of your wrist. Much more than a chair, the Voyage is a backpack of sorts too, letting you carry all your beach paraphernalia to and from the beach in a series of compartments sensibly designed to be accessible without being a hindrance. Built with an aluminum tube construction, the beach chair folds open and closed pretty easily, and can recline at five different angles. Wooden armrests give your hands a flat, comfortable surface to rest on (without heating up like the metal).

Built with a tropical fabric that’s eye-catching yet breathable, the Voyage Chair genuinely looks like a good backpack and chair, allowing you to spot it from the distance among all the other flat-colored beach chairs. The chair comes with a breathable mesh base that lets you dry off fast after a dip in the water, and even allows sand to pass through, so you don’t take the beach back with you on your way home! With no shortage of compartments, the Voyage Chair has two insulated pockets on the back that are large enough to fit 6 cans of chilled beverages, along with...

I love playful design, and this product definitely fits into this category! KÖLLEN TRYK is a wall hanger with a difference; by adding an interactive element, into what is conventionally a simple and unobtrusive product, the user is able to create a multitude of different compositions to suit their needs.

A series of oversized, wooden buttons sit flush against the contrasting white color of the body, this is until they are pressed, when they suddenly protrude out of the wooden construction to create a useful hanger that can be used to hold bags, coats and other belongings.

This visually interesting design makes for an intriguing feature on the wall and certainly draws more attention than your standard wall hanger. Its humble wooden construction also creates a lovely shelf that can hold potted plants or keys, making KÖLLEN TRYK a beautiful yet functional addition to any home.

Designer: Paula Terra Bosch of Köllen Design

As technology advances the dimensions of products can often be reduced, and this is the case when it comes to digital cameras. Compact digital cameras are great, they are easy to store, carry around and they make for excellent travel companions, but this doesn’t necessarily make for an ergonomic device.

This re-design of the Sigma dpQ takes into account the hand-held comfort while still retaining the iconic shape of the body. The extended section on the right-hand side of the device is reminiscent of that of the modern DSLRs; the user can position their fingers around the front of the device, therefore holding the device more securely!

The addition of the textured rubber increases the comfort and grip for the user, while also adding to the utilitarian and professional aesthetic of the dpQ. The extended section also solves another issue with the dpQ, its battery life; due to the increased size, a larger battery can be used, meaning you can take stunning photographs, for longer!

Designer: SY Wang

What a time to live in when your charger, that brick and wire duo that give life to your phone but are either too bulky or too entangle-prone to carry around, that charger of yours, becomes worthy of the EDC category. Touted as the smallest phone charger in the world, the Chargerito is literally the size of a car key-fob, and transforms swiftly and smoothly into two prongs and connector that you can plug into a socket and charge your phone. The connector comes with a hinge that folds inwards when not in use (as do the prongs), and swivels outwards to turn into a charging stand for your phone as it rests against the wall, making it stable so that it doesn’t fall.

Created by a bunch of entrepreneurs who sought to make the phone’s most important accessory as accessible as everything else, the Chargerito uses the smallest components available on the market and comes in Lightning, USB-C, and MicroUSB variants. What’s cooler is that it even integrates a bottle opener into the design to sweeten the deal. With its handy size, the Chargerito puts the power to charge any and every device you own in your own palms… and it comes with a delightfully sassy tagline… “Our competitors are giants”!

Designers: Alex Andon, Nick Velander & Drew Hauck.

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Don’t be fooled by its skinny silhouette, the PLUSminus lamp is actually more versatile than most. Named for the “+” and “-” shapes formed by two of its primary body sections, one serves as a housing for the light source while the other allows for adjustment in multiple ways. Its position can be adjusted with the touch of a finger thanks to this unique, smooth sliding mechanism. Let go and it will lock instantly. Finished in black or coral detailing and a Carrara marble base, it’s a stylish and highly functional light source that creative professionals like architects and designers will love.

Designer: Matej Štefanac

Watching a video on your phone is not only extremely uncomfortable, but it can also be seriously damaging to your retinas. Avoiding such harm to your eyes isn’t at all difficult, but ‘Milk’ makes it even simpler.

Milk is a portable projector that carries a design that is so cute, you’ll want to show it off everywhere! It very conveniently connects wirelessly to the user’s phone, allowing them to project the video they are watching onto any wall and therefore making the activity far more sociable.

The form of Milk composes of two main bodies that seamlessly join using magnets; this method of connecting the two bodies together allows for unlimited adjustment of the viewing angle, making the perfect viewing angle easy to achieve! A singular button is located on the main body to turn the projector on, a surrounding light gently glows while the user becomes immersed in their video.

Designer: Ludwig Rensch

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MSTR’s Linx ensures that interchanging keys between keychains will never be a headache again. Linx’s rather creative key-swapping approach isn’t time-consuming, requiring you to slide out a key by wedging your thumbnail into the keyring and rotating the key for minutes before it comes out, only to repeat the process, in reverse, for putting the key back in. Relying on a system that uses positive and negative shapes (think: jigsaw puzzle, or key and keyhole), Linx allows you to simply slide the keyring in and out of its holder by matching shapes (seen below), and sliding the keyring in or out in a manner that’s just extremely soothing to look at!

The Linx quick release system comes made in titanium, letting it have a usage cycle that probably runs for centuries, never wearing out, and providing perfectly microscopic tolerances and a smooth sliding action every single time. Available in three models, the Mini Linx connects to your keys, and slides into the Medium Linx or the Carabiner Linx, ready to be strung, hung, or just stored in your pocket. Sliding the keys in or out takes mere seconds, and can be only done through concentrated human participation. Its design, construction, and tolerance mean your keyrings will literally never slide out by accident… and swapping keys is a literal breeze!

Designers: Justin Heister and Jonah King (MSTRMND Collective)

Designed for sophisticated settings and stubborn environments, the Arc’teryx V80 Duffle is your trusty, duffle bag with an armor and wheels of its own. Made for the outdoors, but without compromising on the indoor experience, the soft duffle comes with a metallic bumper around its periphery, that houses wheels, making it easy to wheel around, and an extendable handle, for tugging along at the airport, while you fly to your nondescript travel vacay.

The duffle’s flexible design makes it great for storing all sorts of things, and lots of them. Providing the ease-of-motion of wheeled luggage, but the accommodable approach of a duffle, the V80 (with an 80 liter capacity), can store all your items within it, protecting it from the elements with its water-proof nylon fabric and zippers, its abrasion resistant base, and the anodized aluminum bumper that forms a nice outline around the bag. With easy-access pockets both on the outside and inside, and compartments and pouches within to help segregate your stuff, the Duffle is functional, flexible (accommodating to your needs), and flat-packs too, when not in use!

Designer: Arc’teryx

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Following UberAir’s electric flying taxi announcement at this year’s Elevate summit, Uber also announced it’s search for the three cities across the world to help kickstart UberAir. With Dallas and Los Angeles partnering, Uber aims at reaching an agreement with a third city, outside the USA.

They’ve even given us a taste at what UberAir’s Skyports will look like, lavish buildings with the appearance of a 5-star resort, but with eVTOL airships constantly making entries and exits. Partnering with some of the world’s best architectural firms, UberAir has given us a preview of a few choices for skyports, and needless to say, they look majestic. Lavishly designed, with multiple levels, the skyports will occupy much less land than conventional airports, thanks to their vertical-takeoff air-taxis not requiring lengthy runways. The buildings will feature multiple helipads and hangars, carrying patrons over long distances (albeit within the city), shaving off hours of commute… quite like the Hyperloop of intra-city traveling. Brace yourselves for 2023, people!

Designer: Uber

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Machined from a single billet of titanium, Warren Simpson’s Fine Grater combines the virtually indestructible properties of titanium with the experience gathered from his past four Kickstarter campaigns. Small, and unstoppable, the fine grater moves along the surface of hard cheeses (parmesan or gouda) or even citrus peels, carving out fine shavings of it for your dishes. The titanium blade is food-grade, rust-proof, and has the high strength to weight ratio that makes it glide across the surface, grating things with the buttery ease that’s difficult to come by with punched and stamped sheet metal graters, but matching their weight.

The Fine Grater is made completely from a single block of titanium, giving it a unified single-material look while making sure the entire grater is rigid and unbreakable and doesn’t have any parting lines or crevasses where food or dirt could get trapped. It even comes in a variant that sports a blade on it, allowing you to cut shavings of parmesan or chocolate. Available in both left and right-handed variants, Simpson’s Fine Graters have the same dimensions of a dessert spoon, but functionality and durability beyond compare. Non-toxic, rust-proof, and dishwasher safe, the Fine Grater and Fine Grater with Blade will outlive all your traditional stainless steel and plastic cutlery and kitchen tools by not one, but multiple centuries.

Designer: Warren Simpson

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One-bedroom apartments and small terrace houses can be very limited when it comes to space, so making the most of every possible square foot is vital. For this reason, a large and bulky appliance such as a laundry machine isn’t an appropriate use of the space, and on top of that a large washing machine possibly isn’t efficient for just the one person!

The Drawasher could be the product to solve these issues! Its compact design disguises itself as a set of draws, leading to a design that doesn’t look at all out of place in any room. The intuitive touchscreen interface that is positioned on the face of the draw allows for confusion-free operation.

The dirty laundry is placed into the area which, in conventional set of draws, would hold the clean laundry and the empty space below lends itself to the drying and storage of the laundry. It’s just such an efficient use of space!

Designer: Ji Seung Kim

The latest in the intermediate car/moto crossover category is this bad boy. It’s called Knight and would be the first of its type from Chevy. It differs from other models in that it sports a hollow body space that reduces the orthographic projection area. Simply put, it hugs the road… hard.

As a motorcyclist, these 2×1 moto-trike options are hard for me to get behind. It’s like all the downsides of a motorcycle and car rolled up into one: exposure to the elements, dangerous, inability to circumnavigate traffic and so on. Still, if it came to running one on salt flats in an effort to reach top speed, I might be more inclined to ride one of these than its two wheeled counterpart just for the stability.

Designer: Wenchang Du

WoollyLab’s new wallet-building platform will ensure that your wallet is unique as you are! Bringing back the hand-crafted, heartfelt appeal to leather wallets, WoollyLab’s Half Wallet is powered by a web-based platform that lets you build your own wallet, by selecting colors, patterns, and personalizing it with your own name. Unlike the wallets you simply order online or buy off the shelf, the Half-Wallet is made to order, and has a part of you, the consumer, in it, since you get to design the wallet of your choice.

WoollyLab’s Half Wallet is simple and sophisticated. With a card-shaped footprint and two slots on either side, the Half-Wallet lets you choose and store the cards and bills that matter to you, letting your wallet remain slim, rather than bulk up and look ugly with bills, receipts, and cards galore. If you’re the kind who definitely can’t live without a bifold, WoolyLab offers a limited edition landscape or portrait passport wallet, in collaboration with Portland Gear too. The wallets are made of individual layers of leather, stitched together, and laser etched with patterns, logos, and customized names. The wallet-building happens via a web-app that lets users construct their wallet online, choosing every aspect of the wallet’s design, and have their designs shipped to them.

Making the customer a part of the wallet’s design process allows each Woolly wallet to be literally one of a kind. You get to choose leather colors for pretty much every part of...

They say that we’ve explored more in space than we have in our own oceans on earth. The RealDive concept aims to change all that with 3D-mapping meets immersive virtual reality tech. At the heart of the system is a deployable drone hub with high definition cameras and a myriad of sensors that detect and record movement in the depths of the sea.

Each is equipped with a smaller, highly maneuverable orb-style drone that can navigate away from the central hub to capture focused images on sea life subjects. The feed is then delivered in real time to users who can experience the underwater happenings from the comfort and safety of land. Either holographically projected or lived in via immersive VR, it links humankind to nature in an entirely new and technologically awesome way.

Designer: Hsiang-Fei Yu & Po-Cheng Chen

“What we experience, and what we remember about what we’ve experienced are two totally different things. Most product design efforts are directed only towards the former.” – Jeremy Finch

Designer Jinsop Lee’s TED Talks remains one of my evergreen favorites, for focusing on a design tool that not only uplifts a product’s experience, but makes it much more desirable and memorable. Talking about designing for multiple senses, Jinsop introduces us to a technique for uplifting product experiences, drawing from examples of the past, and references that only strengthen his point. The 5 senses graph (shown in the video and available to download below) is a handy way of relooking at products, services, activities, and broadly at categories, to make them much more engaging to users… because they engage more senses. I highly recommend watching the video above, and using the 5 Senses graph right at the bottom of the article to evaluate your products. Designing for multiple senses, however, doesn’t guarantee a product will be more successful. Scoring high on the graph isn’t indicative of great design, it’s indicative of innovative thinking, which always needs to be backed by logic. Let’s take a look at some unique products and how they feature on the 5 senses graph!

The first example pulled from Jinsop’s video. The act of riding a motorcycle. The motorcycle experience is thrilling, filled with adrenaline, and...

Designed to work both like a helicopter and a plane, Uber’s new Elevate eCRM air taxis are designed for a vertical takeoff, and jet-like flight… and what’s incredible is that they’re still projected to run on electricity rather than fuel!

Using Electric propulsion, a technology spearheaded by NASA veteran and Uber’s Director of Aviation Engineering, Mark Moore, the UberAir service is all set to come to fruition by as soon as 2023! With three different designs (two shown below), the eCRM smoothly transitions between vertical take-off/landing and forward flight by the way of propeller modules that rotate to face upwards or forwards. The ridesharing company is working alongside NASA and the U.S. Military to develop the technology in a $1 million partnership that is said to benefit all its partners with a technology that may expand into more discreet, unmanned aircrafts in the future. All that aside, we can finally say that flying cars will most certainly be here soon! Cue in the Jetsons soundtrack!

Designer: Uber