Industrial design has definitely become a differentiator. We see that everywhere, from phones, computers, cars, pretty much every product tries to separate itself through a well-crafted industrial design. In the tech world that is even more visible, as the technology itself has, I dare say, been commoditized, what can add value is design. Back to hardware, for this post I'd like to share a bit about the new keyboard that Logitech has created and Bengt Brummer shared on his Behance profile. It's the Craft wireless keyboard Craft is complete creative control at the desk — with a premium typing experience, remarkably solid build, and a versatile input dial that gives you instant access to the tools you need, the moment you need it -says Bengt on his Behance post. And it's interesting to see all these explorations in the keyboard field. Apple with the TouchBar, Microsoft with the fabric finish to their keyboards and the futuristic Surface Dial and Logitech now it a similar input dial. I remember back in mid 2000, there was a Russian keyboard that all keys were supposed to be LCD screens which would be completely configurable depending on the application you are running. Maybe they were too ahead but I can see a future where we will see a lot more of design innovation in this field. Industrial Design Promo video About Bengt Brummer After training and working as a chef in various countries in Europe and the US and earning a BFA in the Culinary Arts from Örebro University in Sweden, Bengt attended Parsons School of Design in NYC. In 2011 he graduated with an MFA in Industrial Design from Konstfack. Projects that cross disciplines - consumer electronics, branding, culinary arts and home decor - have been and continue to be the work that hold the most meaning for him. "I consider myself a global citizen and have worked in professional studios in Europe as well as the US within both the fields of Culinary Arts as well as Industrial Design." - says Bengt. For more information check out: http://www.bengtbrummer.com/
Let's take a look at the latest from Fitbit, called the Ionic (Love the name!). It's packed with many features including personalized guidance & insights, built-in GPS, stores music, heart rate, 4+ days battery life and more. Currently, for pre-ordering, you will be able to accessorize it with bands for different aspects of your everyday routine from sport, leather and classic. I'll be very curious to see it live and test it for every situation. From what we are seeing today from its industrial design, this may be the potential Apple Watch killer, wouldn't you agree? Fitbit is a brand that is located all over the World with the goal to emphasize and empower to live a healthier, more active life. They design products and experiences that fit seamlessly into your life so you can achieve your health and fitness goals, whatever they may be. Product Gallery More Links Learn more about Fitbit Ionic at fitbit.com Pre-Order yours at the Fitbit Store
We have to say that Nintendo is always trying to innovate or at least be different. They saw the shift of how people play games, more and more on mobile devices, and created the Nintendo Switch. The biggest question for me is, will that be enough to stop the smartphone game revolution? One of the biggest issues with mobile games is the controllers. Touch screen is not as accurate or intuitive as physical controllers. For multiple button games it gets tricky because you never know exactly where your fingers are, causing the user to miss firing the right button. The solution could be games will evolve to touch screen controllers, requiring less buttons or the industry will create peripherals allowing mobile phones to have physical buttons. Clippad is an industrial design project that takes the second approach. It is a bluetooth controller that you connect to your smartphone and it gives you a directional and 4 buttons. It was created and shared by Giacomo Zangani on his Behance profile. Clippad is a bluetooth universal gamepad composed by two splittable controllers for clip every smartphone Giacomo Zangani is an industrial design student from Florence, Italy. For more information about this work and to check out his full portfolio visit https://www.behance.net/giacomozangani Industrial Design
As of late, I've been watching a lot of reality shows like Dragon's Den and Shark Tank. Some of us have this drive to someday create a product that is useful to actually upgrade your daily life. Like the one we are featuring today that involves Industrial Design, it's called Leaf and it's a pet water dispenser. For those who have pets, we all have been through the situation of feeding your animal water. We know the process and the mighty folks from DesignLibero actually found quite a simple and yet interesting solution. Let's take a look. DesignLibero is a team of people that works mainly in Interior, Product, Temporary and Graphic Designs. For the Leaf particularly, it was designed by Libero Rutilo & Ekaterina Shchetina. Leaf is a nature – inspired portable & reversible water dispenser designed to keep your pet supplied with fresh water while on-the-go. Project Gallery More Links More about DesignLibero's Work: designlibero.com Get yourself a Leaf at: unitedpets.it
We are featuring this superb industrial design & product design of a wallet named Kin. This wallet stands out from what's on the market for one particular reason, its coin management. Depending what type of a waller user that you are, I think we all have been through a situation where coins just bring you misery when comes to checkout your items at the store. In additional to its unique feature, the material used is also water resistant, even though things are going slowly but surely card-less; let's just say that it's never to late to refine our good old wallet. Kin is the World's first wallet that just sort your coins like magic. You really gotta watch the video to actually believe it. The wallet offers a simple solution to manage your coins just like magic and we understand why people went totally buzzed about it. Video 4746 happy Kickstarter customers and $280,000 in sales within the first 30 days. KIN is now officially in mass-production, and we're taking new orders. Photo Gallery More Links Purchase yours today: kinstudio.sg Make sure to follow their latest on Instagram
And yet another very cool project that blends perfectly industrial design with architecture in goals to reduce homelessness with one the many most densely populated cities in the World with 27,000 people living per square mile. The folks at Framlab came up with a concept that would use the framework that already exists in the city - scaffolding. Built hexagon-shaped housing modules that would be designed to connect to the scaffolding structure to create a second, active layer on top of the empty wall. It's a very interesting approach, what do you think? Framlab is a creative agency with offices in Oslo and New York City, they would focus their work into product-system design, urbanism, and architecture. As I quote, their motto is: "Fueled by technology and optimism, we create objects and spaces for better futures." Homed is a project that sets out to eradicate homelessness in New York City, by utilizing idle building facades, scaffolding, and 3D-printed spatial modules. Links Learn more about Homed: welcomehomed.com Check out the Framlab's site: framlab.com
A project where I feel that industrial design shines for its right purposes and cause. We are checking out this design by Seoul-based designer HaYoung Lee for a foldable desk made of cardboard paper. This effort came up while HaYoung has been traveling to India and noticed some kids taking notes and studying without a proper desk and a chair. So he made a design that was cheap to make, easy to assemble and transportable. Check it out! HaYoung Lee is an industrial design student currently based in Seoul, Korea. Studying in industrial, product and interior design; we look forward to see more of his work in the near future. Make sure to follow him on Behance. Universal design. foldable paper desk for the India street kids. Links Follow HaYoung Lee on Behance
I really do take a great joy featuring projects that use design to help others. It is the very case with Eatsy, adaptive tableware for the visually impaired designed by Jexter Lim. I really would suggest that you guys take a look at Jexter's extensive process via his Behance. I mean we follow his design process and journey from the sketching, prototyping, 3d prototyping, comparison testing and what's close to be the final product. What I loved the most was the introduction of the user testing where you can clearly see after several users, what works the best compared to what they would normally do on their everyday life. Jexter Lim is a industrial designer that recently graduated from the National University of Singapore. With the motto that "the key is the right connection", Jexter is gaining his experience through sketching, brainstorming and creating projects that are unique and one of a kind. For the visually impaired, they cannot gauge the amount of food picked up with a spoon, and much uneaten food is usually left scattered around the plate. Furthermore, misalignment of the spout to the cup while pouring water and cutleries falling into a hot bowl of soup are the worst experiences to deal with without proper vision. Follow Jexter Lim on Behance
Just in time for Father's Day here in the U.S., if the Dad in your life is in the market for a new set of beautifully crafted chef's knives look no further than Misen, a new brand of chef's knives with three simple mandates in mind: quality, thoughtful design at an honest price. The folks over at Misen were kind enough to let us test drive their Misen Essentials Set and we were immediately wooed by the supreme quality (Japanese steel) and functionality (sloped bolster and hybrid blade) of these beautiful knives. With those terms I may sound like a gastronomist but I'm somewhat of a hurricane in the kitchen. When it came to putting these guys to work I'll admit I felt a bit more professional. The name comes from ‘mise en place’ and if you're anything of a culinary buff you know what that means. If you are like me you google the term and discover this fancy French lingo means “to put in place.” Apparently, chefs use the term to describe the process of setting up their stations before service. Something I could really learn to do better. The Misen brand pays homage to mise en place striving to inspire better cooking through proper preparation with quality tools. Made from premium Japanese steel and hand polished to a razor-sharp finish, our Chef’s Knife holds a keen edge for precise cuts dish after delicious dish. The Misen team is on to something special by bringing simplicity back to the art of cooking through a few simple techniques, a few quality tools, at prices that won't have you eating ramen. Oh and because we have a love affair with well-designed websites, be sure to appreciate their beautiful site after you've fallen in love with the knives. Chef's Knives Get it on Amazon
Introducing the Essential Phone. It has been making quite a buzz today so we needed to share its latest industrial design to you guys, it's launching this summer. And it will be $699 smartphone called Phone along with a hub for home simply called Home. What's interesting is the phone can be purchased with an accessory with a 360-degree camera that can be simply installed with a click that makes the phone cord-free. Pretty cool, I can't wait to hear more about Essential and hopefully I can my hands on one for ABDZ. Behind the product, we have the founder and CEO Andy Rubin who is quite known to be the creator of Android. He left Google back in 2014 and he is now back with the Essential Phone. To read more about his outstanding course via Wikipedia. Product Shots More Links Order yours now: essential.com/ Follow their latest news and updates: @essential
Halcyon is a concept industrial design project created by Mike George. It's a phone to escape the digital world. The idea is simple, we all know that smartphones have completely changed the way we live. The average person spends 3.6 hours a day on their smartphones on social media. The smartphones got as connected, and yet people have never felt more lonely. Mike's idea is to go back to simplicity and reduce the venues where people can fabricate personas and end up missing out on what's important. Halcyon is a flip-phone. A gorgeous one and it embraces the trend of 'digital detoxing.' Halcyon is an adjective denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful... Simple and intuitive, the handset is as stripped-back and minimal as possible - says Mike. He also adds that the "device takes you back to a simple time, before status and Whatsoever groups'. It's an incentive for people to go back to be social in the true sense of the word. There's a lot to love from this industrial design concept. From the simplicity of the form to the elegant look. I know it's a concept, but the way it folds does look awesome. I also know that it would be to much to ask, but a project like that deserves some real prototyping. Maybe in the future with the proliferation of 3D printing and Arduino, we might be able to make our own hardware. Till then let's enjoy beautiful concept projects like this one Industrial design Mike George is an industrial designer from Birmingham, United Kingdom - currently working at DCA Design International. For more information about his work make sure to check out his Behance profile at https://www.behance.net/mgproductd24a9
With the era of how technology has evolved, young kids have started to be pretty familiar with our smart devices and companies have started to build smaller and yet more interactive things. Well, Dualai Studio had another concept; setting aside our smart devices and introducing Mumu. Inspired by Taiwanese Cultural Lifestyle, it's a set of play toys to build their own little house structure with magnetic interchangeable parts by trigging their freedom and joy to simply play. Behind Mumu is the work from Dualai Studio. Dualai is a design studio based in Taipei, Taiwan, they have been focusing their work on multiple areas of design including: Industrial Design, Product Design, Interface Design and more. You should give them a follow via Behance. There is a tremendous variety of pretend play toys in Taiwan’s market, however, the customers are disappointed because of a lack of choice which demonstrates the Taiwanese lifestyle they are familiar with. The lifestyle in Taiwan has its own uniqueness, and it is worthy to be cherished. We aim to make mumu a hub which connects the collective memory of families through play.
Let's take a look at this colourful industrial design by Soo Mok of a really kid-friendly design of a camera for kids by Disney. The idea/concept behind this design is quite fitted for kids as I quote:"The Dream Camera aims to make kids’ get-a-way in Disneyland more ideal." It's a really cute MOD design where I can see kids using and looks pretty solid, wouldn't be worried if it would fell on the floor. What strikes me the most is the different colour scheme that would represent some of your favourite characters! Which is your favourite? Published on Behance, we are following the work of Soo Mok who is an industrial designer based in Seoul, Korea. It's nice to see Soo getting out of his comfort zone from his latest designs, definitely worth checking out his work. According to the veteran photographer, David Hurn, photography is a perfect tool for overcoming shyness. In this sense, if some kids feel shy or even afraid of uncomfortable circumstances, e.g., confronting characters, a camera could be a highly useful icebreaking tool to overcome barriers in their mind by letting children taking pictures. There is no need to pose Then when you come home they will still have a picture to remember meeting the characters but don’t have to pose for a photograph.
AE1 is a concept industrial design and product design project created and shared by Jun Semin on his Behance profile. The beauty of this project in my opinion, lies on the pursue of a classic and premium look resulting on a super clean product. It brings a lot of references in terms of style and aesthetics from Leica, as you can see from the images below. Jun even uses that as reference during his design process. Jun Semin is an industrial designer from Seoul, South Korea. His design work is a think tank wrapped in the “Idea” & “Story” with the simplicity and exclusivity as well as humor not seen in the conventional commercial design elements. Listening to user's story and learning from their experience is crucial that when designing a new product – not to mention that it’s very interesting and fun. Not only he provides you with a logical, reasonable and systematic approach, it also brings you the most eye-catching objects. AE1 have created the look of a hand-made premium film camera. The detailed finish and smooth lines look great with the interior decoration of every car. Classic black and mystic colors satisfy the sophisticated tastes of urban car drivers. Industrial Design
Barry is an industrial design concept for an imaginary product, which is nothing more than an external touch bar. The project was created and shared by Alex Pluda. I have been using the new MacBook Pro for the past 5 months and I got used to the Touch Bar. That doesn't mean that I think it is amazing, it works. I got a few misses when I try to tap delete. Maybe because I am a person that makes tons of mistakes. That aside, I think there are some interesting uses. Sketch and Photoshop are good examples for me. Barry is basically a touch bar you can use it as an external device. I really don't know how useful it is but it was interesting enough that I had to share it here with you. barry is a imaginary product that aims at helping any creative by speeding up their work. It is my first attempt to create a realistic and tangible product. Hope you will like it! Industrial Design Concept Alex Pluda is an interaction designer from London, UK. He is the lead designer at Avory. For more information make sure to check out his Behance profile at https://www.behance.net/alexpluda8447
Being on-the-go is something we all strive for and being able to be mobile for all occasions is an addition as well. Imagine having a portable screen? We are taking a look at industrial design of a monitor concept named: L-Rod. Coming with a minimal bezel and a curved display, this concept is aiming with a single USB-C cable to both be used as power and image data. It’s an interesting approach for an external screen, what do you think? Designed by Hyunsu Park, he is an industrial designer over at the Kookmin University, Seoul in Korea. Hyunsu focus his work also in product design and UI/UX. Let’s keep an eye on him for his future projects.
We would like to share this industrial design by Clement Dauchy about a cycling navigation called: Orion. What’s interesting about this project is that we get to follow his process from the sketching, industrial design, packaging and the UI/UX from the product. Impressive work I have to admit and I would love to see something like Orion in action and see how the UI will react in a live environment with cars and streets all around. Published on Behance is the work from Clement Dauchy who is an industrial/product designer based in San Francisco, USA. Currently working at Astro Studios, Clement works on personal concepts after finding problems in his daily life. Looking forward to see more of him in the future.