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Industrial Design: Introducing a few new things made by Google

Industrial Design: Introducing a few new things made by Google

Today Google has introduced us their second generation of hardware at their Made by Google Event. Did you watch it? What was your most exciting new hardware? 2017 lineup is packed with new stuff and we feel that they have covered all ends from the new Pixel phones, Google Home Mini and Max, new designed Pixelbook, Google Clips, Google Pixel Buds, and an updated Daydream View headset. It's a lot! And all powered with AI where Google Assistant will easily make your life easier. From squeezing your Pixel 2 to using the Pixelbook pen, Google Assistant will learn a lot from its cutting-edge AI. Where are we heading next? Made by Google Family Photo More Links Learn more about the products by Made by Google Today, we introduced our second generation family of consumer hardware products, all made by Google: new Pixel phones, Google Home Mini and Max, an all new Pixelbook, Google Clips hands-free camera, Google Pixel Buds, and an updated Daydream View headset. We see tremendous potential for devices to be helpful, make your life easier, and even get better over time when they’re created at the intersection of hardware, software and advanced artificial intelligence (AI). Mini and Max to the Google Home Google Home has been a tremendous success by bringing Google Assistant within your household. Now they are introducing a smaller version where they call it: Mini. With a sleek design, the Mini is about the size of a donut. I do love the integration of a 360-degree sound that comes into 3 different colours (chalk, charcoal and coral). Google is also introducing Max which is their first speaker with Smart Sound, a new audio experience powered by Google’s artificial intelligence, that can adjust the sound of its speaker depending your environment, your context, and your preferences.   Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL The announcement I was personally most excited about. Introducing the Pixel 2 with again the most highest-rated camera on the market right now. The Pixel 2 is also water-resistant with no headphone jack, which is kind of a standard in terms of smartphone nowadays. But the feature I was most intrigued about is "Google Lens" where it's an introduction of visual smarts where you will be able to look up landmarks, books, music albums, movies and artwork by clicking on the Lens icon in Google Photos, all around you. I was slightly disappointed that the camera is still the "same" hardware but it's all part of the software this year.   Google Pixelbook Combining the best parts of a laptop, a tablet, and a smartphone, all together into one. Pixelbook is a 12.3-inch high-resolution touchscreen that comes with premium hardware, speed, simplicity, security of Chrome OS, smarts of the Google Assistant; and all your favorite apps on Google Play. It's very neat to see how they have integrated "Google Assistant" like from a keyboard key for example. I would be interested to test it out as being the main tool of a design project.   Pixel Buds This announcement that took me by surprise and it's the intro of the Pixel Buds. A wireless headphones that help you do more within Google Assistant and the feature where I feel is the most exciting is the built-in Google Translate capabilities. Can you believe that it works with 40 languages? It would be interesting to see it used in the wild.   Video  

Mujjo on making the best case they have ever made for iPhone 8/8Plus/X

Mujjo on making the best case they have ever made for iPhone 8/8Plus/X

Whenever there is a new smartphone on the market, brands will work their magic to produce cases so you can protect your fancy and expensive devices. We are featuring today Mujjo which we've had before on ABDZ, they are back today with an introduction of cases for the iPhone 8 / 8Plus and the X. Please enjoy! Mujjo provide leather tech and travel accessories from Netherlands, Amsterdam. Co-Founded by Remy Nagelmaeker, they makes cases with the premium quality of the materials and design which is elegant and also protective for your everyday carry. To create what we feel are our best iPhone cases yet, we’ve fully wrapped them with premium quality full-grain leather. With a super-slim profile and clean silhouette following the contours of the device, the result is a well-balanced design that feels inherently right. More Links Learn more about Mujjo at mujjo.com Follow Mujjo on Facebook iPhone 8 / 8Plus   iPhone X  

Industrial Design: Samsung Dex Book Concept

Industrial Design: Samsung Dex Book Concept

We are sharing an industrial design project of a product that we wished it was real so we can see how it will actually work in real-life. Too bad it's just a concept but let's just say it's a pretty solid one. Introducing the Dex Book, a laptop to enhance your mobile experience using the Samsung S8/S8+. We have seen what the currently Dex Station from Samsung can do. You need a screen, a keyboard and a mouse to make it work but how about a laptop experience instead. Well, this is all this design is all about, I love the approach on docking the phone on a specific section of the keyboard and use it as an external screen. My only concern would be the size of the actual laptop screen but I understand the concept wanted to go along with the Samsung S8/S8+ specs. What do you think of that Apple? Kwanjun Ryu and Jaejin Bong are both a combination of industrial and product designers, both based in Seoul, Korea. You should check out the full project on Behance. Dex book allows to enlarge experience of your Mobile phone. Product Gallery   Credits Kwanjun Ryu Jaejin Bong More Links See the project live on Behance Learn more about Kwanjun Ryu Learn more about Jaejin Bong

Industrial Design: Tiller, a Minimal Device for tracking your time

Industrial Design: Tiller, a Minimal Device for tracking your time

We would like to share another project that is currently live on Kickstarter. For this case, it's a beautiful, minimal device for tracking your time. Introducing Tiller, approached with a clean industrial design. This product has been created to make time tracking straightforward, simple, and unnoticeable. Just one tap starts or stops a timer, and a small turn switches between items. It’s a significant reduction compared to other software-based products. Let's dive in. In their words We solve real problems by bringing good design and technology together. Like most professionals, our work stacks up, so we strived to find an easier way to track our time and get the most out of our work day. That's how Tiller was born. Take the time out of time tracking and get more work done. Product Gallery   Some Facts • Integrations with some of your favorite apps starting with Harvest, Toggl, WorkflowMax, and AND CO.  • Our software has been designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. The interface to track your time only pops up when you need it. More Links Support Tiller on Kickstarter Learn more about Joan at wearejoan.com

Introducing ZIPPELIN: a Travel Bag and Inflatable

Introducing ZIPPELIN: a Travel Bag and Inflatable

We would like to share this interesting product that is currently live on Kickstarter. Introducing ZIPPELIN, a one-of-a-kind travel bag that is inflatable! Hand-cut in Switzerland from recycled truck tarps. This is the first rolling travel bag that is spacious when you need it, compact when you don't. I love the fact that it's inflatable because you can easily store it AND use high-quality recycled material makes it even better. What a wonderful concept, check it out! In their words For 24 years, our team at FREITAG has been making robust, water-repellent bags out of used truck tarpaulins, discarded bicycle inner tubes, and car seat belts right here in Switzerland. Our extensive catalogue includes over seventy products, but there’s one item we've always wanted to make––a spacious, rolling travel bag. Introducing ZIPPELIN––the world's first inflatable travel bag that's spacious when you need it and compact when you don't. Product Gallery   Some Facts The bag has a capacity of 85 liters (5200 in3).  Each bag is a recycled individual product (R.I.P.), and our truck tarps are perfectly suited to create water-repellent, robust bags that––we are proud to say––could never be mistaken for anyone else's at baggage claim. More Links Support ZIPPELIN on Kickstarter Learn more about Freitag at freitag.ch

Beautiful Industrial Design - Logitech CRAFT

Beautiful Industrial Design - Logitech CRAFT

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/

Industrial Design: Introducing Fitbit Ionic

Industrial Design: Introducing Fitbit Ionic

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

Industrial Design: Leaf, a Pet Water Dispenser

Industrial Design: Leaf, a Pet Water Dispenser

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

Delicious Brand Identity and Packaging: Utopick Chocolate Bars

Delicious Brand Identity and Packaging: Utopick Chocolate Bars

If you happen to have a sweet tooth you may have noticed that chocolate bars are having a moment in the world of packaging design poising themselves as the perfect creative canvas for creative folk to have some fun when it comes to brand identity. It's a known fact that packaging has a true impact on how we discern taste and we're already salivating over the work by multidisciplinary design studio Lavernia & Cienfuegos for Utopick Chocolates. Brand Identity Paco Llopis is a Master Chocolatier. An ingenious Craftsman constantly searching for new discoveries in flavors, textures and filling techniques in the world of “bean-to-bar” chocolate making - an artisanal craft produced entirely under the makers control, in this case, using selected cocoa pods bought directly from local producers in Colombia and other Latin American countries. Llopis took his challenge of mustering a brand identity and packaging design that effectively conveys invention and creativity to the experts at Lavernia & Cienfuegos. The chocolate bars themselves were so beautiful so the "party needed to match the invite" from a brand identity standpoint. He already had a name for his product, Utopick: (a reference perhaps to the creators desire for unattainable perfection and, at the same time, a play on words “you to pick”). He also had a symbol, a ship embodying the spirit of adventure and representing the long voyage the cocoa pods make to reach the Chocolatier – this being the same route taken by Spanish Explorers when they set sail and first brought them back in the Sixteenth Century. Engaged in the task of how to package the beautiful bars themselves, Lavernia & Cienfuegos transformed the symbol into an origami boat, a moment that marked the birth of their solution. Utopick package their batches by hand a unique way of folding the paper to wrap the bars was born. This is a hands-on process which is pure and authentic, embracing the traditions of a skilled craft that is free from the restraints of automation. In an effort to make each bar feel personal to its owner, the paper folds to create two triangles on the front of the design, each with their own color and texture. The packaging opens and closes in a way that makes it easy to rewrap the chocolate making it appear untouched, a clutch design attribute catering to the closet chocoholics.  The end result, chocolate bars almost too beautiful to eat. Bon Appetit! 

Industrial Design: Kin, the Wallet that sort your coins like Magic

Industrial Design: Kin, the Wallet that sort your coins like Magic

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

Industrial Design: Foldable Desk made of Cardboard Paper

Industrial Design: Foldable Desk made of Cardboard Paper

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

Set Design: Phenomenal Basketball Court Design in Paris

Set Design: Phenomenal Basketball Court Design in Paris

I really love seeing this kind of artsy set design collaboration between us artists to bring art and people together. It's just beautiful! We are taking a look at this basketball court not like the others where colours and gradients come together in vibrancy and happiness. Behind this collaboration, we have Pigalle x Illstudio and Nike. They have been doing this initiative since 2009 and Illstudio jumped into the plot back in 2014. Let's sit back and enjoy this vanishing art piece. This is a collaboration between Pigalle (fashion brand) and Illstudio (design & photography studio based in Paris, France). This is not the first of their collab work together, this basketball court has been first decorated back in 2009. From us to the youth! Brand new court delivered by Pigalle & Ill-Studio with the love of Nike   Credits Collaboration Pigalle x Illstudio Photography by Sebastien Michelini Images via Dezeen

Industrial Design: Tableware for Visually Impaired People

Industrial Design: Tableware for Visually Impaired People

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

Packaging & Graphic Design for Christopher Nolan's Time X Space

Packaging & Graphic Design for Christopher Nolan's Time X Space

Packaging + Christopher Nolan, that's gonna be interesting right? Let's take a look at this cool packaging project by David Taehwan Lim on a DVD/Blu-ray Collection entitled: CN Time x Space where you'll get movies from his filmography: Interstellar, Inception and Momento. Knowing the mind blowing vision from Christopher Nolan, I loved how this project takes that very same approach with the colour, material and overall design concept. Taking us literally through time and space! David Taehwan Lim is a graphic designer from Stillwater, OK, USA. Originally from Seoul, Korea; he wants to focus his work in packaging, graphic design and product design. Check out his site for more of this work. Collection of movies by Christopher Nolan that deals with time and space Photo Gallery   More Links Check out David Taehwan Lim's Site: davidtaehwanlim.com Follow Mikael on Behance

Industrial Design: Introducing the Essential Phone

Industrial Design: Introducing the Essential Phone

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

Thoughts on: What should be my design title?

Thoughts on: What should be my design title?

What should be my design title? This is a different approach from our usual inspirational features, hope you will follow along. This question was brought up by a good buddy of mine on what should be his design title? It wasn’t a question of “Fake it till you make it” but mostly what are the industry standards nowadays in terms of what is my title and what are my roles? For this article, let’s go deeper for the case of what are the differences between a UI/UX Designer, an Interaction Designer, and a Product Designer. Shall we? I took this comparison's case because it has been brought up many times during the course of my career and the last few years with the popularity rising of the UX. Whatever if you are a beginner, professional and even if you’re a freelancer. Let’s be honestly, most of us who comes from a background of graphic design and we aren’t being called graphic designers anymore. I know some people who still hasn’t done this switch in their careers and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. As long as you love what you do, nothing else matters. One thing to remember though is there is no ultimate goal in our field, everything depends on what do you wanna do with your career. Image by Ruthson Zimmerman What is UI and UX? Here we go! In the simplest explanation, UI is about what you see and UX is all about what you feel as a user and user experience. This role means that you’re juggling between both what’s visual and the overall experience. It’s one big giant role to be in and some companies do in fact mixed it all up (between UI and UX) which is not always right. From creating your visual path for each screen, page or elements and by the same time following what has been done on the UX side of things. On top of that, you’ll be working at creating style guides and ensuring a design language across the board. Image by Andrew Welch What is an interaction? In my opinion, during the course of a project; this is usually worked near the end from the design process. It’s basically animating all the static design into a fluid transition across the product. Sometimes it can be done for a certain element in particular but overall it’s always been figured it out as we go along. For example, what happens the interface does after a user clicks on this button. How the content appears? What transition effects to use? Motion becomes the main part of the interface by providing visual guesses as to how to use the product. Image by Carl Heyerdahl> Product Design We often say that UI/UX designers do become Product Designers and why is that? In my opinion, it’s an all-inclusive term of being a designer who is involved in every step of the process including what you see and feels but also conducting user research, design UI interfaces and create UI assets. Their understanding of the user and the product itself goes beyond since they have the capabilities to select the problem and address it with either prototyping and even front-end coding. Their role involves also testing in generating solutions to problems. This is the role that we keep hearing about since companies tend to hire designers that understand the user experience, research and visual elements. Voilà! This is what these roles meant to our industry, hope these were helpful during the course of your research or growth perspective. One thing to remember though is there is no ultimate goal in our field, everything depends on what do you wanna do with your career. If your goal is to be that catch-all designer, then you have to step it out so you can understand every single compartment of a product or keep crafting your skills in your desired role. We are lucky to be in our growing community that is not shy to share knowledge or even skills. Hope you have enjoyed this read. More Links Follow my tweets @aoirostudio Follow my pictures on Instagram

Gather by Ugmonk: Minimal & Modular, your Next Desk Organizer

Gather by Ugmonk: Minimal & Modular, your Next Desk Organizer

Your desk, is it organized or just a cluttered mess? Most desk organizers on the market always on either ugly, badly designed or/and cheap-made. Well, our good friend Jeff Sheldon over Ugmonk is introducing Gather. A minimal, modular organizer that cuts clutter and it's amazing. We've been fans of Ugmonk for a long time, we always admire his avant garde entrepreneurship and his care of good design. This time, it's a beautiful and useful product design currently live on Kickstarter, we would like to congratulate Jeff on getting it funded in less than one hour. What a milestone of something that has been in the works for the last 3 years. Behind Gather, we have Ugmonk also known as Jeff Sheldon is the face behind the brand. A designer based in Downington, USA who has been creating products, moments and stories for the last 7 years. What is Gather? Your browser does not support the video tag. GIF Action   Why Gather? (In Jeff's Words) Clutter. You don't want to think about it, but it always creeps in over time, making it impossible to find things when you actually need them. As a designer, I spend most of the day working at my desk and reach for the same things over and over. I try to stay organized, but by the end of the day my desk is a complete, cluttered mess because there's no central place to put everything. I searched for a product to solve this problem, but all I found were ugly, cheaply-made organizers. What I wanted was a beautifully-designed, minimal organizer. Something to gather all of my essentials into one central place. So I designed Gather. Gather adapts to your workspace and workflow to make sure the tools you need are always within reach. Product Shots & Prototypes   For the past 3 years, I’ve worked through dozens of prototypes and sketches to dial in every detail. I went from chopping up rough foam models with a pocket knife all the way to working with industrial design engineers to produce 3D-models and technical drawings that are ready for mass manufacturing. More Links Support Gather on Kickstarter Follow Ugmonk on Twitter Follow Ugmonk's pictures/stories on Instagram