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Stack Notebook - Design

Stack Notebook - Design

With my own experience, I am starting to think that with time having a notebook is always useful for many cases and situations. Even though we all aware of the rise of technology and all the great and useful apps out there to ease up our process. I still feel compelled to go back to these roots for the beneficial of taking notes. Let’s take a closer look at the work from ACRE design, a studio located with Singapore, Singapore. Working mainly in art direction, branding and graphic design, what I love about their work is their creative thinking across all projects from the branding to the photography. Hope you will like it! French philosopher Gaston Bachelard once said, “The blank page gives us the right to dream.” 
As designers, we know that nothing holds more promise than a fresh canvas, or a beautiful new page. We also know that having the right notebook can make a world of difference in the creative process – so we decided to create our own. Stack is an exploration of functional beauty, and a quiet celebration of colour and texture. The notebook’s sheets feature four subtle shades of peach-pink, which are set against a stately combination of silver endpapers and a textured navy blue cover. There are four kinds of pages: ruled, dotted, gridded, and blank, and they come together to lend themselves to helping you make sense of your thoughts – whatever they may be, and whatever shape they may take.   More Information: http://acre.sg/v3.

Mujjo Limited Edition Wooden Case

Mujjo Limited Edition Wooden Case

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.

LABB – Loopless and Buckleless Band

LABB – Loopless and Buckleless Band

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/.

Tinker Watches - Minimal Design

Tinker Watches - Minimal Design

With this week’s thanksgiving celebration and the holidays in almost a month, we are starting to get into the jingle season and it’s a lot of fun. That time of the year is all about giving back whenever it’s for your partner, sibling or a friend. Let’s open the floor with this brand we recently discovered and it’s the Tinker Watches. From their minimal brand approach, you are able to get your hands on fully customizable timepieces (from the size, strap colour and finish) made of the highest quality leather, 316L stainless steel, and sapphire crystal. Among the team that consists of Ian (Product Designer), Éva (previously at Everlane) and Celina/Grant (co-founders of OSSO); they are the face of a simplistic minded watch brand that doesn’t all loud with no giant logos and also very affordable. Totally worth check them out! You choose the size, strap color, and finish. This is Tinker. In Their Words  • An extra low carbon steel often used in surgical instruments and marine applications due to its high resistance to corrosion. • Known for its remarkable hardness nearly as hard as diamonds and scratch resistance. Also used by a certain fruit company in some of their mini wrist • Made from high-grade Australian leather with a soft nubuck lining for extra comfort. • Powered by the vibration of a quartz crystal (32,786 times per second under current to keep incredibly accurate time.   More Information: https://www.tinkerwatches.com.

Reinventing the Cigar Pipe

Reinventing the Cigar Pipe

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.

Stylish Furniture Design by Luis Branco

Stylish Furniture Design by Luis Branco

Luis Branco is a product and furniture designer from Viana do Castelo, Portugal. While checking Behance for some inspiration I ended up in his profile page and was amazed by his work, especially the consoles, sideboard and cabinets that share a beautiful and modern look. The Corbusier and Oslo are classic examples of this iconic modernist style. As a fan of product and industrial design, I had to share some of his work. I also started sketching some ideas for my sideboard project. Nothing more exciting than building a piece of furniture :) Back to basics, to the times where things were simple and timeless built to last. Craftsmanship, handled with knowledge and care. Furniture design For more information check out Luis Branco's Behance profile.

Keap the fire burning: Keap Candles Launches New Website and 'Scent-to-Home' Experience

Keap the fire burning: Keap Candles Launches New Website and 'Scent-to-Home' Experience

I happen to have an unhealthy obsession with candles that smell amazing so when we received a delivery from Keap Candles out of Brooklyn, NY my day was made. Upon opening the beautifully packaged discovery set of four tea light candles my olfactory senses were in heaven. Keap Candles smell amazing, are aesthetically awesome and you can also feel good about burning them because you're doing good too.  Co-founders Harry and Steve started Keap candles with a mission - to make a better, beautiful, cost conscious candle with an online consumer experience that is more personal while also pioneering a new model for social good. In the process of developing this innovative candle line featuring natural, slow-burning coconut wax in reusable glass tumblers they also discovered they could make a difference in our global community—by partnering with SolarAid to distribute solar lamps to people living outside of the electrical grid. Keap's new 'Scent-to-Home' package of four unique scents take you on a journey through some of life's great escapes. You'll find a scent to fit every mood from a walk in the woods, to warm happy days spent by the ocean, an uplifting spa experience, to roaming the green market on a bright, crisp spring day. You'll also dig the simple, elegant packaging reflecting Keap's reductive identity that will surely compliment just about any space. 'Scent-to-Home' is comprised of four tea lights that can be burned individually to experience each of Keap's signature fragrances. The set costs $15, which can then be applied to a discounted single candle or to Keap's monthly candle subscription.  “Scent is a deeply personal and subjective thing; words  and images can only give you  an approximate idea of what you’ll feel when you smell a scent,” says Harry.“ A candle combines a set of simple elements to remarkable effect,” notes Stephen.  The new website is simply gorgeous and super easy to navigate which makes your candle shopping that much more accessible. Peruse and purchase here: https://www.keapbk.com/pages/shop-collection.

BuddyGuard Home Security App - UI/UX

BuddyGuard Home Security App - UI/UX

BuddyGuard Home Security App is a UI/UX project designed and shared by Bureau Oberhaeuser. The goal of the app is to control a camera and security system called FLARE, a smart system that updates itself. There are lot of cool things about this project, but for me the main reason is the challenges of designing an app like that. What sometimes might seem trivial becomes a huge set of flows and edge cases. Product description FLARE is the world’s first security system that protects your home all by itself. It uses Artificial Intelligence to identify people and rapidly analyzes every situation before taking action. To control your FLARE we designed the BuddyGuard app to enable an intuitive communication with the device. The app guides you through the setup for installation and features like geolocation, face and voice recognition. Showing a live video and a stream of relevant events below you can always monitor your home, select other locations, change your device settings or invite friends to your security circle. UI/UX UI/UX in Motion BuddyGuard's FLARE® – Easy and intelligent home security from BuddyGuard on Vimeo.   Bureau Oberhaeuser Bureau Oberhaeuser is a design bureau focused on Information- and Interface Design. The Bureau was founded in 2011 in Hamburg by award-winning designer Martin Oberhäuser. Our work is inspired by our passion for complex data visualization and informationdesign. We believe that almost every challange can be solved with creativity and design thinking. For more information check out http://www.oberhaeuser.info/

Product Design: TOOR.today

Product Design: TOOR.today

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 - Industrial Design

BLOSSOM - Industrial Design

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

Nike: Shoes of Paradise

Nike: Shoes of Paradise

It has been pretty recent that I’ve been leaning towards the Nike brand. I just like how they market themselves to the masses by keeping a standard to their quality and style at the same time. I also like the fact that they take the time to work on collaborations with many worldwide artists on different projects to create products that are layered with many different styles. You have a little something for everyone. Well speaking of that, we are taking a close look at the work of Hussain Almossawi and the work he has done for Nike Basketball on different signature shoes and apparel for their stars like Lebron James, Kevin Durant and others. I was contracted by NIKE Basketball to create a floral seamless pattern made out of tropical plants which would be used on different signature shoes and apparel for their star athletes, such as Lebron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant. The pattern was created using 3D Max, and then retouched and enhanced in Photoshop where it was prepared to work as a seamless pattern.   More information: http://www.moxxawi.com.

Product Design: Mujjo iPhone 7/7Plus Case

Product Design: Mujjo iPhone 7/7Plus Case

We’ve been getting quite some buzz with our articles on iPhone 7, it’s just great to see how brands can come up with new technology at the door. What’s the first or the second thing that most of us think of getting right off the bat after purchasing a new iPhone. Cases! You’re in luck because the kind folks from Mujjo have recently released their latest model cases to fit the newly shiny iPhone 7/7Plus with a new design and crafted from full grain leather. You can get your hands on the model that is designed to hold your cards. Based in Netherlands, Mujjo has been making high quality leather goods from cases all the way to iPad sleeves. Let’s check it out! Mujjo cases come equipped with our highly acclaimed Moulded Edge Technology – introduced with the iPhone 6s case line-up – that is proven to toughen the edges at the phone’s weakest points and enables the case to withstand the wear and tear caused by friction against rough materials, such as jean pockets. Matching Mujjo’s innovativeness, and designed to make your daily life more convenient. The leather card pocket, marked by a slant line and stitched to the back of the case, provides an opening for you to conveniently store your essential cards conveniently in one sleek package.   More information: https://www.mujjo.com.

AUXILIARY Earbuds & Headphone Concept

AUXILIARY Earbuds & Headphone Concept

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.

Grovemade's Maple Speakers

Grovemade's Maple Speakers

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.

Designing the XBOX One S

Designing the XBOX One S

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.

Product Design: The Everyday Backpack, Tote, and Sling

Product Design: The Everyday Backpack, Tote, and Sling

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.

Insightful UX Articles for Designers

Insightful UX Articles for Designers

We previously share about our recommended UX articles for product designers and we are back with another list of articles about forms, UI minimalism, trends, hover and more. I do love taking the time to read through these articles, there is a lot of great people out there that doesn't mind sharing their knowledge out there so in the end, we can all create/make beautiful experiences together. It might sound a little cheesy but this is what's everything is about. UX is changing all the time, what's been done 6-12 months ago doesn't necessarily mean that is the best practice or experience for your users. Part of our jobs is to collect the data driven from the users and see what we can improve for the next update or stage. Hope you will find this list useful. Design Better Data Tables by Matthew Ström Fun insightful article on tables, how was it done in the past and what has changed ever since. Gotta love those numeric tables! UX Design: Checkbox and Toggle in Forms by Nick Babich Checkboxes and toggles, little details that we tend to neglect that usually add to affect your user experience. This article what are the best practices to enhance it. Design Better Forms by Andrew Coyle Following the checkboxes and toggles, we have forms. What are the good practices for the labels, optional fields and more. 5 Actual Web Designs Trends for 2016 by Nils Sköld With more than half a year gone, this article explore what are the latest actual web design trends for 2016. Pretty insteresting thoughts to keep your eyes on. The Art of Minimalism in Mobile App UI Design by Nick Babich Even though I find that everything related to UI is just plain minimalism but this article is going through the art of Minimalism in mobile UI, interesting thoughts! Motion in UX Design by Nick Babich What I really like about this article is that it explains that is not only about making a beautiful transition, it's also about what are the purposes behind each action. Stop the overuse of overflow menus by Daniel Burka Totally digging this article by David Burka who is talking about the overuse of overflow menus with clear examples of bad practices because there is better solutions to be considered. Hover is dead. Long live hover. by Jordan Staniscia Piercing the mysteries of the hover and what could be done to make a better user experience. Hover shouldn't be used to trigger a primary action, give it a read. Stop designing interfaces, Start designing experiences by DUVAL Nicolas What I like about this article is the real talk about it's not about making a pretty UI but making an overall experience for your users. Persuasive UX Design: How To Get Users To Do Stuff (Part 2) by Beckii Adel The second part of a very interesting article about how to engage with the users and what she learned through Susan Weinschenk’s workshop. Mobile First: Insights from going mobile only by Joe Toscano Mobile first always, a great article reminding us that we should always think mobile first when designing anything UI/UX. The reasons why and sharing some good practices as well. Remote workers share how they manage their work their work-life balance by Kristin Hillery It's not totally related to UX but I thought about sharing this great article about what our industry is slowly leaning towards to and what are the challenges/benefits. Designing Perfect Text Field: Clarity, Accessibility and User Effort by Nick Babich Little details that we tend to neglect while designing User Interfaces and it's great that we can see what we are doing wrong and where we can improve. Image Cover by Taduuda