A couple days ago, we stumbled across an image while putting together a Daily Design Inspiration for you guys. It pinged our curiosity and after a little research, we discovered it was a new product from Grovemade and it's called the Maple Speakers made entirely of wood and metal components. A collaboration with Joey Roth who is quite a "connaisseur" when it come to speakers. Assembled in Portland, Oregon, the team at Grovemade produced a beautiful product that is authentic in material that will age in a variation of colour and wood grain. Also comes with a sound of a back-loaded horn to reinforce the speaker's bass response. This speaker is a mixture of an experienced craftsmanship with what would come out best of wood. We collaborated with industrial designer Joey Roth to create a speaker system that could only exist with our unique approach to product and his experience in audio design. Usually when I do my audio simulations I have to compromise to make it buildable. But working with the Grovemade guys, the simulations became the final geometry. - Joey Roth More on the product: https://grovemade.com/product/maple-wood-speakers.
Today, smartphones are more popular than computers, at least more people have these amazing phones than computers. It's incredible to think that the iPhone was released less than 10 years ago. We now have a plethora of options, different screen sizes, software themes and of course, industrial design. Apple definitely set the tone, and still does, defining some of the trends in terms of materials and style, however we see Samsung and other manufacturers really pushing the boundaries. Sony has really good phones however they still haven't blown us away and I think that was what drove Steel Drake to come up with a concept for a Sony smartphone design, which he named Sony Zeus. Adding some originality and special features, Sony smartphones could become more appealing to the publicFor this post I'd like to share a project that Steel Drake shared on his Behance page. It's a personal industrial project and we can see he borrows some design ideas from Samsung with the curved glass. I don't know or see how useful that curved glass is in terms of adding more real estate to the phone screen, but it sure looks nice. I like the look and feel of his renders and would definitely consider having a Sony smartphone if it looked like that. Sony is an iconic company with a great history. With its legendary products, the company has made a name in the minds of everyone. Talking about Sony smartphones, the design of their smartphones is good, however, quite simplistic. Adding some originality and special features, Sony smartphones could become more appealing to the public. I have tried to change completely the exterior design of Sony smartphone showing how they could look like. - Behance Industrial Design Steel Drake is a designer generalist from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. For more information check out his website at http://www.steeldrake.com/
The last time we've featured Andrew Kim was back in 2011 with some pretty Innovative Minimal Concepts that took our blog with lots of surprises with inspiring and creative ideas that was so well-executed. Well, things have changed since for Andrew that is now working at Microsoft as their visual and product designer. One of his first projects was the XBOX One S. Reinventing the game console with a different approach to make it more friendly and universal. Let's take a closer look as we dive into this beautiful result of a strong teamwork and their dedication at making the best logical, accessible product for us, dearly gamers. This was the first project assigned to me after joining Microsoft. After the launch of Xbox One, the design team began investigating a new approach to game console design. For Xbox One S, we wanted to create a more friendly and universal product that doesn't evoke traditional "gaming" cues. We also wanted to simplify the hardware to align with the new Windows 10 design language that was being developed in unison. This simplification started with implementing a unibody construction that reduces the external shell count to just three parts. We also dramatically reduced the size of the device and removed the bulky external power supply. The final design is architectural, logical and easily accessible thanks to its surprisingly low price point. More information: http://www.minimallyminimal.com.
There's a beauty about creating products that you'll know that most people will find a utility for either for any of their needs. Giving to your end users a product that will change their everyday habit is totally a game changer. On Abduzeedo, we just love to feature them. We are taking a closer look at the awesome folks from Peak Design believes in crowdfunding and recently had their major breakthrough when they launched their Capture Camera Clip on Kickstarter. Now they are back with the The Everyday Backpack, Tote, and Sling. A backpack, tote bag and a sling bag all in its innovative concept and beautifully engineered (Almost crossing the 3 Million mark). We design gear that lets creative, adventurous people follow their passions. Watch the Video Everyday Sling Everyday Tote Everyday Backpack More information and support their Kickstarter: https://www.peakdesign.com.
All great products starts with a problem that could be related to work, life and anything basically. The thing is, do you really see it as a problem? We usually don't since we are so busy with our lives but some of us just take a step back to look at things differently. It could be little things like a paintbrush?! Yes, a paintbrush! We all have used one and we pretty know what are the pros and cons (mostly) of using a paintbrush. Let's take a look at Christopher Crowley's take of what he called the ONLY Paintbrush ONLY Paintbrush is a new take on a classic tool. It features a built in cap that doubles as it's handle. It's bristles are cast into a silicone band that holds the cap in place. The bristles can fan out when you squeeze the sides of the silicon making the brush super simple to clean. It will be the ONLY paintbrush you ever have to buy. About Christopher Crowley Christopher is a student in Industrial Design at the Virginia Tech based in Blacksburg, VA, USA. Learning in product design, industrial design and illustration; we shall look forward to see more of his work in the future. More information via: Behance.
As technology grows so fast, almost every single piece of "tech" has to be reachable either from your mobile device or wearable. This is where we are leaning towards to and whatever we like it or not. As our lives are moving fast, there's always a gadget that can add to our lives to make it easier and be part of it. For the parents out there or those who want an extra security at home, there's a monitoring camera for the home called: Oco and it's not your conventional camera. The team behind this product really thought about every single aspect at engineering a real tool for your home. 2 weeks project: (design phase). Oco2 Home Monitoring Camera with SD Card and Cloud. Next generation FullHD camera with local and cloud storage. About Etienne Bougeot Etienne is a design lead over at Aeris Cleantec, a small startup operating in health. Etienne focuses his work in Industrial Design, Product Design and Graphic Design. More information via Behance.
I truly believe that designers are taking a huge space in the development and continuity of technology all around. I am not trying to make us feel like superheroes because we are definitely far away from being that. That being said, I do support, believe and encourage designers that have a forward thinking at making/creating products that can definitely change our everyday life and even the World. We would love to present the work of Lim Loren and his splendid product that are objects for one handed usage in the kitchen, check it out! Amptuees, people born with one arm, patients suffering from stroke and temporary injuries often face difficulties when using with daily objects due to the limitations of one functioning hand. Kitchenware is one of the most common ranges of products that they faced challenges with due to the frequency of usage. About Lim Loren Lim is an industrial designer at the National University of Singapore. Having a mindset to invest his efforts at making projects that enable others to accomplish themselves which is in the end totally fulfilling. Credits Collaborators: Disabled People's Association (Singapore) and SGenable, Ms Jorain Ng, Mr Muhammad Afiq, Mr Michael Tay and Tommye-K. Mayer Thesis Supervisor: Song Kee Hong All NUS DID Lecturers and Class of 2016 More information via Behance.
To follow up from yesterday's project by a student/designer-in-the-making, we are featuring another project in product design concept. It's about a fire extinguisher with an automatic system with a thermal sensor for safe fire-fighting and you can also a lantern to escape from the smoggy fire. This concept has won 2016 K-DESIGN Awards and it's just incredible concept that can actually save lives if it was actively functional. Beautiful execution as well, props to Jae for his work! This product helpful to the fire suppression by anyone, and also evacuation was designed. By using this method, users can suppres fire without getting close to the fire, and also evacuate at the same time. About Jae Young Kim Jae Young Kim is a student in Product Design currently located in Seoul, Republic of Korea. We surely do look forward to see more from him. More information via his Behance.
Smartwatches have been around for almost two years I believe and despite all the efforts I feel that they haven't really taken off. I believe the main reason is that wristwatches are more than a gadget, they are an aesthetic piece that represents you and your style. We can see the huge amount of styles you can find, digital, analog, big, small, metal, plastic you name it and we are not even talking about colors. A few weeks ago I got a Huawei Smartwatch just to learn how to create watch faces, the first one I did was the Braun watch, you can see a photo on my Instagram. Now I am looking for more references and I want to share some of what I found. I have been looking for super minimal analog watches, rounded ones because my smartwatch is round. I love the dark models as you can see the images below, however the light color ones have always a nice depth because of the light and shadow. Anyway, I am still thinking about which one I might try to recreate, meanwhile, if you have any suggestion let me know via Twitter.
We love interesting products here on Abduzeedo and this one definitely has the cool factor all over. I remember the days where we used to have pads, helmet and shoes gently swiping the floor as a use of transportation through the city. Now it's electric?! With a remote?! If you're a fan of Casey Neistat, you must have seen it in action. This seems to be like a fun gadget to have if once in the past, you were a skater. A high-density city, campus or neighborhood is a great place to live and work, but it can be a frustrating place to get around. From congestion to limited space to bike thieves, many factors make transportation slower, more expensive and less fun. Video About Boosted Boards The world's most powerful and portable electric longboards, now with extended range. For more information: https://boostedboards.com.
We live with our smartphones and now smartwatches always within reach, that gives easy access to a lot of information, from news to weather and time. They also sort of replace simple things like the need for a wall clock unless its design make it much more than useful, it becomes a statement of style and almost a piece of art. That is the case of the Circadian Clock by Dan Taylor. The Circadian Clock is a clock face concept that displays the 24 hour cycle using light and dark sections. The E-paper clock display allows the viewer to intuitively distinguish the passage of time even in locations without windows. The face displays the time in a similar way to an analog clock, with a shaded area that expands as it gets later. For more information about Dan, check out his website at https://www.behance.net/dantaylr
I know I might be a bit late in the game showing this product, but for some reason I missed it and man it looks cool. I am talking about LYFE, a levitating vase for plants that rotate. If there are one thing that calls my attention is levitation or anything that tries to defy gravity. Now add to that a bit of polygonal surface and boom, you have a winner. If you are interested to know more about it, check out their Kickstarter campaign and reserve yours. LYFE is a zero-gravity growing system allowing you to cultivate your favorite plants in the air. LYFE consists of a planter that hovers over an oak base via magnetic levitation. Designed to gently rotate during suspension, LYFE nourishes life with 360 degrees of sunlight exposure, 365 days a year. For more information check out https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/flyte/lyfe-set-your-plants-free
When we talk about product design, especially now with mobile apps, we most of the time think about digital products. I believe one of the reasons might be due to the reach of these virtual products, the distribution is global and almost instantaneously. But there's also the real/physical products, those in my opinion are much more niche and they really showcase the craftsmanship and attention to details the most of the designers look for. Grovemade has a good portfolio of beautiful products that are definitely worth the feature here on ABDZ. Grovemade is a small team dedicated to crafting exceptional accessories for the home, office, EDC, and Apple products in Portland, OR. For more information check out their website at http://www.grovemade.com/ When it comes down to it, it’s more than just designing and making products. It’s about the people behind the process and all of you throughout the world who share the same values. We're on an adventure and hope you'll join us. We believe our goods are meaningful because of the thoughtfulness of the people behind them.
We post a lot of product design projects but the majority of them are digital products like apps or web apps. There are some instances that we feature industrial design projects which tend to be always very inspiring. For this post I'd like to share the TRU- Far East inspired cookware project. It's the final project for Levai Levente and it's an awesome example of beautiful industrial design. Hello! This is my degree project. I'm in love with the east culture and I want to create a special and unique cookware. I really enjoyed making it and I hope you enjoyed as much as I do
Last week we saw Elon Musk unveil the new Tesla Model 3 and an incredible number of pre-orders. I followed the event via Twitter and other social media tools and I was amazed by the reactions. It reminded me of the Steve Jobs' Apple Events. Also the fact that people pay a thousand dollars for a reservation for a car that won't be available till 2018 is a testament that people love electric cars, especially well designed ones. Because of that in this post I will share some awesome car design concepts by Alexander Imnadze. Alexander Imnadze is a 26 years old and curious about automotive design & art in general, he has already worked in some of the world most-wide recognized design studios such as Alfa romeo - Maserati, Design house Bertone & now Ford motor company. Since childhood he was always passionate about cars robots & sculpture, "this affected my life a lot" - he says. He went thru art school/musical, to architecture, computer game industry as a sci-fi concept artist to automotive design. During his journey he was always trying to push himself forward and keeping his mind open. Bellow a few of Alexander's work. For more information check out http://alexanderimnadze.blogspot.com.tr
I haven't posted about industrial design in a while and it's always good to look for some inspiration away from the digital world. For this post I want to share this incredible project by Ion Lucin and Colorsponge titled Baik. The idea was to create a bicycle design with little elements as possible. The result is an amazing minimalist piece of art. BAIK A minimal bicycle design by Ion Lucin. The idea was to create a bicycle design, with as little elements and lines as possible. With the help of symmetrical lines and angles, it was possible to create a frame, which would blend with the rims of the bicycle, in the same angle, thus even further eliminating the lines that were present. The minimal design goes even further, in the way the color is applied, to express more with less.From a side view of the bicycle, you see that the bicycle is just mate black, and only from an angle view you can appreciate all the color that it has.The bicycle also has a bike bag, which is a part of the product branding. The branding follows the minimal idea, in form and color, and as with the bicycle, from a top view you can see it in complete black tone color only, and in color from an angle. For the logo of the bicycle, and the branding, a custom typeface was created, following the project ideology. Video Ion Lucin - concept, design, industrial design, graphic design, motion design, branding, typography, 3D modeling, 3D animation, final image editing, presentation Colorsponge - 3D texturing, 3D lighting, V-ray rendering, image editing Clark Rhee – sound design http://soundcloud.com/clarkrhee - http://clarkrhee.com For more information check out https://www.behance.net/gallery/25630449/BAIK
It's been a long time since the last post about industrial design, which by the way, is my background. I sucked at industrial design, but I learned a lot about materials, budgeting and prototyping. I love seeing projects about the topic, especially car design. The BMW Vision NEXT 100 is one of this projects that makes wonder about the cars we will see in the future. It's a concept but gives a glimpse of what's coming and that's why it deserves a feature here on ABDZ Video