Abandoning its favorite material might be the best way for Apple to fix its design flaw.
The iPhone 6 is Apple's thinnest iPhone ever. But as people are discovering, it's also the bendiest, with many customers complaining that the frame of the iPhone 6 can be permanently bent just by sitting on it when it's in your back pocket or putting it in a tight pair of jeans.
the scheme's restrained and inviting architecture allows the reading material to take prominence, with a diverse range of spaces spread across the building's four storeys.
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the two functional sculptures stand as a revisualization of the domestic, quotidian objects that surround us.
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in paris, france, the software company's design incubator is working at the crossroads of contemporary fashion and the virtual world.
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The Calientamigos is quite a clever showering system that uses minimum input and delivers maximum output. Allow me to explain, not all can afford the luxury of a warm bath. In essence they don’t have hot running water to heat and pressurize water for bathing, cooking and cleaning. To solve this problem we have here the three modular components: Bomba, a safe, portable electric water heater that heats 5 gallons of water to 110 degrees F in 15 minutes. Corazon, a simple to use foot pump that pressurizes the warm water; and Gota, a multi-purpose faucet head.
The whole system is capable of easily providing a good shower for 2 adults or 3 children.
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the scheme's interiors feature bold splashes of color alongside sinuous forms that represent an abstract interpretation of arboreal vegetation.
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design office re-do studio, with collaboration by ricardo carneiro and antoine monnet, has produced a customized engine block as well as a short film set in a possible future reality.
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designed for italian workshop brand BOZU, 'plumber' is an object that reinterprets the common water pipe connector.
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hung in a purposely unordered arrangement, light pulses through the hanging orbs in a seemingly random manner.
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As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we're pleased to be media partners with Beijing Design Week for the fourth year running, since its inception in 2011. The ever-expanding celebration of Chinese design kicked off last night in Dashilar, which endures as the cynosure of the nine-day event even as it evolves as a design-hub-cum-historic-district.
Last night saw the grand opening of the Dashilar Guild House exhibition space, adjacent to the extant area, at the Quanyechang 'department store'—originally built in 1906 and reopened last month following a three-year restoration process—where dozens of projects are on view across four stories of the skylit main hall. As the story goes, the organizers secured the space only after presenting Beijing Design Week at the Venice Biennale this summer, and a follow-up to that exhibition is on view at the Guild House (concurrently with the Biennale, which runs until November).
This year also saw the debut of a one-night-only pop-up in Dashilar's farmer's market, where the local community was invited to celebrate alongside international guests for a colorful launch party.(more...)
the 77m sloop represents the future of eco-sustainability for yacht design and is not only the fourth member of the silver series but is also the most environmentally advanced.
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the drop-top roadster is paired with a 4.5 litre naturally aspirated engine, the most performance driven car ever built by ferrari.
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Design students often need to carry lots of art supplies: pencils, markers, pastels, paints, brushes, sketch pads and more. ArtBin has been serving students for years, and now has quite a collection of products—so there's likely to be something to meet most needs.
Some of the products are designed to hold specific items, such as this brush box, which will hold up to 20 brushes. It has foam inserts to keep the brushes in place, and vent holes at each end to help the brushes dry.
The utensil box is perfect for pencils, with the foam padding to protect the points, although it can also be used for things such as pens, brushes and cutting tools. However, some users have complained that the box, which is 12.38 inches long, is much longer than their pencils. One user says the only drawback is that "Even with new, unsharpened pencils (Palomino Blackwings—which are very long) there is just too much room and it is unnecessary."
For those who want to carry a range of sketching tools, there's the Sketch Pak. As with the utensil box, the Sketch Pak has foam in the pencil wells. Those dividers aren't movable, though, and some find the four smallest sections to be rather useless.
But another user raves: "I have instant access to a sharpener, a few types of eraser, blending stumps, Conte crayons, a few pastels, vine and compressed charcoal sticks, graphite sticks, an ArtGraf carbon tablet and graphite tin, dip pen and nibs, bamboo pen, water brushes, brush pens, a fountain pen, a small vial of walnut drawing ink and around 20 pencils of various types! I did break the Conte crayons and pastels into half-size sticks to be able to fit more colors."
Adjustable dividers are always a nice feature, making a storage box more likely to fit each user's specific (and changing) needs. The Solutions 6-compartment box has movable dividers that allow those compartments to be subdivided; there are five evenly-spaced positions for the dividers. One user notes that each slot can hold "four medium Posca paint markers, 10 Hi-Tech-C Maica pens, or up to 14 Gelli pens."(more...)
the structure originates from the structural rigidity and delicate contours of seashells.
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Inside the meteoric rise of the new social network.
When Paul Budnitz was designing Ello, a new social network, with six other people, he had three posters on the wall. "Dieter Rams: less but better. No nested menus. How simple can we make this to make it work," Budnitz tells Fast Company, "Other picture: Captain Kirk. We just loved how with Star Trek technology you just talk, you don't press a bunch of buttons. And Kurt Cobain, because who the fuck says we can't."
If you were a fan of KK Studio's Uncomfortable Series—you know, the one where the took everyday products and made them impossible to use with irritating design bugs features—this will also be right up your alley. Weng Xinyu has devised "Good Medicine Tastes Bitter," a speculative series of four familiar household objects that quite literally have their own agenda.
This lamp's name says it all: "Angry Lamp - The Lamp That Turns Off If It's Not Needed." If it senses that another lamp is already on or if it's too bright in a room, it'll turn itself off by pulling down on its own chain with an arm-like extension. If you somehow manage to leave the room without remembering to turn it off yourself, it'll shut itself down.
The "Time Killer - The Clock That Tries to Kill Itself" is probably my favorite of the bunch. Morbid though it may sound, it comes off as almost cartoon-y in its function: When there's no one in the area, the clock's saw sinks into the wood and starts sawing. Once someone comes in to the room, it stops. Weng says that, "as the blade sinks deeper and deeper with time, the passage of time now becomes a vivid scenario which lead us to endless contemplation," but I'd liken it more to something that Wile E. Coyote would attempt.(more...)
the furniture design draws its influences from the ‘golden era’ of classic long-distance racing bicycles manufactured by the master 'constructeurs' of the 1940s.
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If only all industrial designers paid as much attention to ergonomics as this engineer.
Michigan-based Michael Chou is a dad who loves ice cream, and has scooped a lot of it out for his kids. Here's the thing: He likes the ice cream when it's frozen solid, not partially melted, and found that he couldn't effectively get it out of the container using a conventional ice cream scoop.
An aerospace engineer by training, Chou examined the problem and found the standard ice cream scoop was at fault. "Current ice cream scoops are designed in a way that forces you to use weak wrist joints to scoop ice cream," he writes. "When you are scooping ice cream with standard ice cream scoops, you are doing a prying motion. This prying motion puts tremendous amounts of stress on your weak wrist joints. Your brain then tries to save your wrists by not letting you pry very hard—thus making scooping ice cream very difficult."
Using his "engineer's understanding of ergonomic design and mechanical force," Chou hit the drawing board to create a better scoop. Give it up to the man--it took him three years and some 38 prototypes before he perfected his design, and as most of it was worked on after-hours, he calls it the Midnight Scoop.[With the Midnight Scoop], you're not using the small weak muscles located inside the wrist. Instead, you hold the curved end with the palm of your hand and "push" into the ice cream. This allows you to keep your wrists straight and protected while you use large muscles like your arms and chest—which are significantly stronger than your wrist. ...The handle is also long enough to help you reach all parts of a giant container of ice cream yet narrow enough to fit inside small pint size containers just as well. ...The front scoop section is thin enough to cut through ice cream like butter, and thick enough to last. The base of the scoop design forces ice cream to curl into that appealing ice-cream-advertisement look, every time. (more...)
NIKE has introduced a bit of local rivalry to training in mexico city by asking runners to represent their neighborhood clan.