Somehow with time, I began to be more and more fascinated with Industrial Design and Product Design. Taking something that we use everyday, rip it apart to discover what can be improved and create something entirely new and innovative are part of an accomplishment. For example, there is many kitchen hardware available, it’s not because you’ve been using tool for X amount of time would mean that is the best way to do it. The folks over Youmeus Design have been approached by the known brand Joseph Joseph to extend their brand into a new category, microwave cookware. They decided to research on the whole process on rice making. Let’s take a look and I need to mention that I like the idea of and I quote: a multi-purpose rice paddle that doubles up as both a lock for the lid and a carry handle. We were approached by Joseph Joseph to help them extend their brand into a new category, microwave cookware. We spent a lot of time talking to customers and took a deep dive into the world of microwave cooking, combining both consumer insight with ethnographic research. The microwave has hardly changed since the 60’s but our attitudes to food, cooking and how we work and live has. Our research identified that while 80 percent of households own a microwave, they are rarely used for anything beyond reheating leftovers, cooking ready-made meals and defrosting. Our aim was to try and change that perception with a product range that would go further and allow people to prepare meals or cook a wider range of food types using their microwave. We researched the whole process of rice making, which led to several new ideas and innovations for this rice and grain cooker, including the multi-purpose rice paddle that doubles up as both a lock for the lid and a carry handle. This resulted in a product that functions beautifully from packet to table. More Information via Behance.
We love concepts and ideas over at Abduzeedo, we are even more intrigued when it’s actually functioning and live for the World to see. Let’s take a look at this amazing work from Rafael Dymek who has multiple roles as a Marketing guy, Designer and Web Developer currently based in New York, NY. He created a fully functioning smart touchscreen mirror based on Apple’s iOS 10 and it’s looking great! I would see this concept really working well in the bathroom for example while you’re prepping yourself for the beginning of the day. It is literally something you’ll see in a movie set in the future and how things like this concept comes to live to make your life a little more productive and even sweeter! Created a fully functioning smart touchscreen mirror based on Apple’s iOS 10. Design includes the time and date in the upper right hand corner and weather in the top left. All apps can be moved around and placed anywhere on the mirror. After 45 seconds of inactivity the mirror goes to sleep (appears as any ordinary mirror), simply tap anywhere to wake back up and resume use. Some useful things you can do with this mirror: Request an Uber, watch Netflix, read the news, control smart thermostat / light bulbs, control Sonos speaker system and more. Watch the Video More Information: http://www.rafaeldymek.com.
As you may have heard, we are celebrating something special on Abduzeedo, before we get to that we would like to share our congratulations to Mujjo for their 5th Anniversary. What is Mujjo? It’s a brand that has been crafting leather goods from premium quality materials. In their words, their guiding principle is that we design to our own taste – if we don’t love it and feel proud to use it. For the big celebration, Mujjo has made a limited edition wooden case for your Macbook (13 in) that you can get your hands on. Made by hand in Greece, the material used is an American Walnut veneer taken through a very careful process. Seeing the process in the images below, you can see how this case has been through several steps and the final result is just as innovative. Celebrating our 5th anniversary, we’ve collaborated to create something truly special: a limited edition Wooden Case for Macbook. We’ve produced a limited run of 50 cases – with 10 representing each year of Mujjo. More Information: http://www.mujjo.com.
With the technology capacity these days, it’s just amazing the things people can make and create. Some of them are reinventing the wheel of really simple things but somehow can enhance your daily life. We are taking a look at the work from Layer, a industrial design agency based in London, UK. They are leading their work across strategy, industrial design and UX/UI. And let’s take at their project about a minimal Apple Watch band called LABB (Loopless and Buckleless Band) that doesn’t come together like your typical watch band. In their words, it’s an injection-moulded strap and its design is based on an innovative, self-gripping fixing system in which the two halves of the strap intuitively connect along their entire surface, negating the need for additional buckles and loops. Would you wear one? I would intrigued to try one of these! LABB re-thinks a long-established typology to provide a new, simple and engaging approach to functionality for future generations of smart products. More Information: http://layerdesign.com/projects/labb/.
I just love going through students projects, they are so creative and some of them really show such craftsmanship to the idea and execution. And I also love the fact of reinventing something that lived through the ages and put it back in time with our new mindset and technology. Some of us might disagree but I do believe on reinventing the wheel. Let’s take a look at the work of Steve Bae who is a student and industrial designer based in Seoul, Korea. He decided to redesign the famous cigar pipe from Peterson of Dublin, the same cigar pipe from one iconic fictional character and it’s Sherlock Holmes. One thing to point out is Steve also refined the main functionality for the next generation and the cigar is in fact a vaporizer. What do you think of this redesign? The Peterson of Dublin is an irish cigar pipe company famous for their craftsmanship. The company celebrated their 150th anniversary in year 2015. As an industrial designer I started this project to commend the heritage of their craftsmanship and history, The company is well known and loved by pipe smokers for their Sherlock Holmes Series established on 1987. This project focuses on proposing the next generation of Sherlock Holmes Series as a vaporizer of today's needs to honor the original model they started in 1987. More information via Behance.
Coming back from a short trip to Berlin, you can’t deny how beautiful this city is and how it is full of history and architecture to go through. Something I’ve noticed as well is how proud they are of what’s from and what’s made in Germany. I’ll share a series of pictures I took during my short trip but for now let’s take a closer look at the work of Roman Geviuk and the stunning work he designed for . Under the name of GM Design Group that is based in Cecina, Italy, Roman designed a 430sq Exhbition Stand where you’ll get to see these exotic cars in a very edgy perspective and making it bold impression for their visitors. Design of exhibition stand "Mercedes-Benz", 430sq.m. Germany, design by Roman Geviuk "GM design group" More information via Behance.
Changing process does apply to all kinds of careers and work environments, it doesn’t imply entirely to design. Let’s take real estate for example, I don’t know if you’ve ever been in the process of buying a house or a condo. There’s the first meet, sharing a few options, visiting the potential candidates, catch-ups and a lot of back and forth from the seller to the buyer. It’s a big process and today we would like to a product that will ease-up that process. We are featuring a product called TOOR.today, a tool that will help real estate agents to access properties easier by the reach from their phone through an app. From the product design to the user flow from the site, we are definitely getting the care to every single details to the product and brand itself. It’s really well done! TOOR Today is a new age scheduling tool and lockbox that interact to seamlessly connect buyers, sellers, and agents all in one place. In an industry often known for subpar customer satisfaction, TOOR seeks to change that perception. The TOOR lockbox enhances the real estate experience, by introducing a new way to tour properties, sell properties and show properties in any market. TOOR’s sleek silhouette and cutting-edge design provides a solution to the lockbox and real estate industries that have been rip and overdue for modernisation. Part of what makes our lockbox unique is the Bluetooth and cellular capabilities that interact with our customized app. Have a sense of security knowing approved users can only gain access to the lockbox during scheduled showing times. No need to install obtrusive keypads or clunky smart locks. Simply place this device on a door, shed, rail, or another desired secure location. We’d love to see what other uses you come up with! Credits Ronald Gijezen Robbert Schefman Rob Smittenaar More information via Behance.
BLOSSOM is an industrial design project for a concept product for the product brand LEXON. It is a portable Bluetooth speaker with 360 degrees listening experience, in the form of a beautifully blossomed flower that's been simplified into geometric shapes of a cone and a cylinder. Those are the words from the designers behind it and what I love the most about it is how important industrial design has become. To a point that a speaker has design principles and clear source of inspiration. Product description The audio produced from the bottom-up is projected in all directions by the cone shape. This example of using design as a function, rather than relying on complex engineering and technology, is best fit for the product brand LEXON. BLOSSOM’s iconic shape becomes a beautiful addition to an interior design, and it has been designed with LEXON's brand identity in mind. - Behance Industrial Design The audio-dispersing cone can be nested into the main cylinder body for portability, while also serving as a protective shell for the delicate speaker cover. The cover itself is a flexible spandex material that joins the product's two main geometries together, while giving the surreal illusion of the cone balancing itself at the smallest point. - Behance This project was originally shared by Soohun Jung, Rich Park and BEBOP Designers on Behance. For more information check out the project at https://www.behance.net/gallery/43581107/Blossom-360-Speaker
Between the announcement of the iPhone 7 and the most (not-so) outrageous removal of the headphone jack. I would say that what surprised me the most was the announcement of the new product called: Airpods. In my opinion, It’s not a design for everyone and it comes to a pretty expensive price. With a little search, you can find very affordable wireless headphones out there. That comes to what we would like to feature the work of Mauricio Romano and his AUXILIARY project. What is it? It’s a collaboration exploration with his community of Instagram at creating/making a conceptual headphone with a designed-wear mindset and detachable earbuds just in case you need to replace the broken one. From the sketches and doodles, you’ll get to follow his process from the piece of paper to the final render that he did his earbuds and headphones. Definitely worth checking out. AUXILIARY is a new kind of project for me. It was a design exploration with a small community of followers on Instagram. It was a journey in which we explored new forms and sparked new ideas. More information: http://mauromano.com/auxiliary.
Heinz Bloody Mary is a personal project, I believe shared by Constantin Bolimond. The reasons I don't know for sure if it's personal is because the project is simply beautiful done. The quality of the renders gave me the impression it was the real product. In the end I saw that was done in Cinema 4D and VRay. Anyways, this 3D packaging project is a great example that today there's no excuses for designers to not execute and showcase their work well. The tools are available, it's easy to learn online. It's all about the designer. For those out there who have no idea what a Bloody Mary is: A Bloody Mary is a cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice, and combinations of other spices and flavorings including Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, piri piri sauce, beef consommé or bouillon, horseradish, celery, olives, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and/or celery salt. It has been called "the world's most complex cocktail" - Wikipedia Packaging design Constantin is a designer from Minsk, Belarus focused on packaging design and industrial design. For more information make sure to check out his website at http://bolimond.com/
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.