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.
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.
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
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.
One thing we do appreciate on Abduzeedo are products/concepts that have more purposes than just a simple product to own. Meaning? That was multiples purposes whatever it is for fun, education and just being inventive with your surroundings. One thing for sure, this Kickstarter project just rings them all. Let us introduce this project called: Mogees Play, a little device that turns the World around you into an ingenious interface for playing games, creating music and much more. Mogees Play turns the world around you into an ingenious interface for playing games, creating music and much more. See it in Action About Mogees Play Mogees Play is an ingenious smart sensor that attaches to a phone or tablet and turns the world around you into an interface for playing games, creating music and much more. Check out the project on Kickstarter.
Whenever it is a concept or not, this is a really an interesting/amazing product design that can really revolutionize the journey of a parent for all the Moms and Dads out there. Being through that process a little while ago, there's a lot of unknown and a great load of paperwork/books to go through. Quite frankly it wasn't that friendly at all and pretty boring. Seeing this updated process got me pretty interested to try and see it will work in an actual situation. Hope you will enjoy this product from the app to the product itself. When every parents have their first baby, they feel not only joy also worry about prenatal education. Existing things were one way education lacking interaction, thread is a new way of prenatal education that whole family can communion for 38weeks. Prenatal education through thread would be new way to communion with fetus for joy novice husband and wife. Credits Eirene Sheen jiseung Song More on the project via 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.
Following up on previous product design feature, we would like to share another product that genuinely combines safety and playfulness for children. I am just so fascinated that we live in an era where we can to witness so many innovative products that can actually change lives and for this case save lives. Let's take a closer look at the Lifesaver Backpack, adding to its feature of being an everyday backpack fitted for kids but it's also a lifesaver vest. How amazing is that? Recently that initiative won many awards from Canne Lions and we just can't imagine why not! In this project, I was able to participate doing the product design and creating two characters for the backpacks: the crab and the crocodile. Video About Carlos Sanabria Carlos an Art Director and Visual Artist from Bogota, Colombia. He has been working with brands like: Johnson & Johnson, Pedigree, VISA and more. Just to name a few. Credits Advertising Agency: J. Walter Thompson Colombia V.P.C: Rodolfo Borrel Executive Creative Directors: Miguel Norato – Claudia Murillo Creative Directors: Diego Contreras – Diana Triana Account Director: Andres Sanmartin Copywriter: Camilo Mateus Art Director: Carolina Parra product design: Carlos Sanabria - Carolina Parra character design: Carlos Sanabria Industrial Designers: Juan Sebastian Sanches More on the project via Behance.
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
As a brand, it's never easy to introduce a new identity to your users. So the thing is people never ever like change. To commit your users to a new logo is committing them to new behaviors, vision and etc. It is quite a challenge and will take time to adapt. Some brands play it safe and some go completely overboard. We would love to share the latest work from Jeff Sheldon over at Ugmonk that introduced us a whole new identity. We've been a fan of Jeff's work for a long time and look ahead for his future (kickass) endeavors. The original Ugmonk logo has held up well over the past 7 years, but as we have evolved from a few T-shirts to a much bigger lifestyle brand, the logo has started to feel out of place. So, over the last year, I’ve been playing and experimenting with an update. Our new logo reflects Ugmonk’s high-quality and minimalist aesthetic, and still reflects the quirkiness and personality that separates us. It’s light, breathable, and simply geometric—just like everything we make. Each product is a peek into my head, and sharing the stories behind them has always been as important as the products themselves. It’s been awesome to connect directly with you and to build the brand slowly through those stories, one person at a time. A Year in the Making About Ugmonk Coming from Downington, USA; Jeff Sheldon is the face behind the brand Ugmonk. What started as a passion and still, now running a brand with hundred of loyal happy customers worldwide. But not as a corporation but instead being accessible and transparent as possible. For more information: http://ugmonk.com.
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
The more and more I dig projects and research about Product Design, the more it all started with a problem. With a problem always comes with a solution, this is where it usually begins. Some products aren't born from a problem but with a concept of a lifestyle inspired by the past. Well, let us introduce the The Super 73 by Lithium Cycles that made an electric bike. A rad inspiration from the iconic Moped. Check out their Kickstarter! The idea started in 2015 while our co-founder Jon Akers was finishing his Masters of Engineering at Lehigh University. We love bikes and our goal was to create a new kind of electric bike with cutting edge technology while looking at the past for design inspiration. Motorcycles, mopeds and mini bikes of the 1970's drew our attention as durable, fun and timeless. Now located in Southern California, we've got a 4000 sq ft manufacturing space of our very own and are ready to crank out the Super 73', our ebike inspired by the 70's. Video About Lithium Cycles A team of four people who have worked with Honda, Yahoo, P&G and various bike and scooter startups as well as electronic companies. Currently based in Southern California, USA. Check out their Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/782844499/the-super-73.