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Product Design: Sled™

Product Design: Sled™

We can't say that we don't appreciate when creatives decided to work with their hands at making products and also with a background in design. We experience as much the daily routine and some of us will ask the question: "What if" I am to make that "thing/idea" to make my life or process better. From the sketches, concepts, prototypes, strategy and how can others can benefit from my product. There's a lot of obstacles to encounter and it's never easy. We would love to share this great product called: Sled™. A versatile and portable laptop stand, made from pinewood with love and care for people and nature. - On a different angle (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Video About Sled™ A portable and versatile laptop stand made from a solid pine wood block, with a striped pattern crafted through the years by nature. Precisely cut and hand finished with respect for people and the environment. For more information or support them, check out their Indiegogo page.

Recommended UX Articles for Product Designers

Recommended UX Articles for Product Designers

As part of my daily routine with all the extensions, links, newsletters and everything else. I'll bookmark a lot of links for my offline-to-be-read-later reading and I thought it would be nice to share my recent bookmarks about  UX. There's really good subjects/articles out there to dig into the matter and it's great to easily get updated on the latest trends and practices. Hope you will enjoy so I'll make more similar articles for you guys. 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing Micro-interactions by Issara WillenskomerThis article is going over what seems to be a trend/movement with designing "micro-interactions". Well-written and quite informative. 5 How Product Design Decisions are Made by Tanner ChristensenThis article is some thoughts about the hate big brands have to deal with redesigns. I do agree with Tanner's article that there's more involved in a rebrand that we all think. UX: Infinite Scrolling vs. Pagination by Nick BabichI really enjoy articles by Nick and comparing Infinite Scrolling and Pagination with thoughts and good practices are always welcomed. UX Design: Drop-Downs in Forms by Nick BabichNick's thoughts about the Do and Don't on Dropdown in forms. It's amazing the round of examples shown for overall such a little interaction and it's useful. Persuasive UX Design: How To Get Users To Do Stuff (Part 1) by Beckii AdelI really love this article by a friend of mine, she's really going in-depth with the psychology on how to get users to interact with your site. Super well-written and looking forward to Part 2. How To Be More Organized While Designing UI by Marek MinorThis article is just visually attractive on how you should be organized while designing UI. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Designing UX Login Form and Process by Nick BabichAgain, Nick is going in-depth at the BTS at designing an efficient UX login form and process. Even though they are not the best practice for your users but there's ways to simplify things. UX is Not Design by UsabillaThere's something about this article as a reality check on designers that think UX is all about what's visual more than what's functional. How does it affect your UX and etc. Animation in Mobile UX Design by Nick BabichAttention to each every detail including animations, we all should thoughtfully design with care. Guiding Principles for Design by Jason PamentalThoughts on the "Why" behind how we design and the things that should guide us. Using Card-Based Design To Enhance UX by Nick BabichThe reasons why "Cards" designs are the way to go for moving forward and the good reasons "Why", especially on Mobile. Button UX Design: Best Practices, Types and States by Nick BabichSuperb article on the best practices on types and states. It's a great roundup with what's good with great examples.

Product Design: Google Live Cases

Product Design: Google Live Cases

Phone Cases is not a novelty concept but  Live Cases?! Well, Google just released a new series of phone cases exclusively for Nexus phone. What's innovative about is that you can customize it just like the way you want and it's not a plastic case. For starters, you'll have an animated wallpaper in companion to the case AND you can setup a "One Touch" access that can launch your favorite or a specific app in particular like a shortcut. Only at the price point of 35$ (shipping not included), I think it's worth to give it a look and try. Disclaimer: We do NOT own the images, they are the property of Google. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Video Check out the Live Cases Studio: https://store.google.com/category/nexus_live_case

Design Approach : AllBird's Wool Runners

Design Approach: Allbirds Wool Runners

We had the great honor of sitting down with Allbirds cofounder Tim Brown - a New Zealand native with a vision to build a brand and business that makes better products in a better way - to learn more about the inspiration and design approach of his newly launched, and might I confirm, insanely comfortable, wool runners. Besides the passion for design and comfortable shoes, we found out that we had another thing in common, the passion for soccer and to my surprise, I learned that Tim played for New Zealand in the 2010 World Cup held in South Africa. Tim let us in on the impetus for developing and successfully designing the "most comfortable shoe imaginable." "I think I started for a few reasons. One, I felt it was really hard to find really simple shoes. My perspective was that many shoes were over designed, overly colourful, overly logo-ed and that there was the opportunity to create something that focused on form and was extremely disciplined in its execution. I also felt a lot of those types of classic simple sneakers were really uncomfortable and could be designed to be more so. The use of premium natural materials (rather than synthetics) was the final leg of this that was a way to solve the comfort problem and also fulfill a really clear goal for me to make shoes in a more sustainable way." We were also super curious to learn about the challenges Tim and co-founder Joey Zwillinger encountered along the way, most specifically with the design process... "A shoe is such a simple thing but a really hard thing to make well. It has to fit, it is worn in different ways, people have different preferences. We – Jamie and I – boiled everything down to focus on simplicity of firm, of materials, and tried to maintain a singular focus on creating what in effect is almost a piece of anti-design. Everything detail on the shoe – and there are few – has a reason. There is as few seams as possible to help the comfort. It is in some ways naked because of that and it took an extremely long time to get the form right. We literally went through hundreds of tweaks and adjustments to get the whole thing to work." Peek some sketches of the Wool Runners by the talented New Zealand based product designer Jamie McLellan. Here are some photos: For more information check out http://www.allbirds.com/

BAIK - Bicycle Design

BAIK - Bicycle Design

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

Reinventing the RV

Reinventing the RV

Being able to travel, homestay and work on the road. Isn't it a beautiful dream or a possible dream to everyone? As companies and big societies slowly start shifting their mindset/philosophy to allow their employees to "Work from Home" or "remotely", this concept of living abroad is not something unrealistic anymore. It's quite possible and see it for yourself while we feature the reinvented RV by Escape Traveler. About Escape Traveler Traveler is hand-crafted in our own RVIA Certified plant and is designed for extreme climates including heavy snow, brutal cold and searing heat. The design magically blends the best of Tiny Homes into an RV providing you a small, energy-efficient space. For more information check out http://www.escapetraveler.net

 Product Design: Normal Headphones

Product Design: Normal Headphones

I am always intrigued by what makers/inventors do make to re-invent our everyday life things. We don't think these items can ever be re-invented but somebody will always do. Same thoughts with the Normal Headphones, they are introducing the first wireless headphones with an integrated USB so you can completely remove wires from your headphone experience. After 8 hours of playtime, simply plug-in to charge directly to a computer, battery or wall wart. Based on our learning of thousands of individual ears, New Normals will come in over 30 different sizes for an even more perfect fit. The New Normals are not just customized for your ears, they are designed for your lifestyle. Video   Available for pre-order today are two versions of the New Normal: The Suit Edition ($149) is made of hand stitched natural or charcoal Napa leather and precision machined metal to add to your super stylish look. The Sweat Edition ($99), made of black or red stretchy silicone can be soaked while you run. For more information check out http://newnrml.com

Nike Lunar Relic Concept

Nike Lunar Relic Concept

Thomas Le is a designer from Boston who came up with this amazing concept for nike. Basically an exploration of modern upper technology (Flywire/Magwire) and how that could be interpreted with old methods of making such as weaving/braiding leather lace on a leather upper. For more from Thomas Le visit behance.net/toomasle.

Urbanoasis Product Design by Andrea Mangone

Urbanoasis Product Design by Andrea Mangone

I really enjoy seeing projects that bring nature closer to us at some level. Kids these days are all about smartphones, gaming and indoor fun, and there is simply no time spent outside. Thinking about that, Bantum, an American product consulting firm, has asked Italian designer Andrea Mangone to come up with a way to reconnect people with nature. Meet Urbanoasis: By 2050, 6 billion people worldwide will be living in urbanised areas. Urbanoasis wants to reconnect people with nature in the urban environment by making growing vegetables on your balcony a fun, educative and engaging experience. The package includes a pot, dried soil+fertiliser, gardening tools, seeds and a watering can. The pot, with its modern and minimal look, was designed to fit perfectly both on a balcony or indoor. Urbanoasis is fun and it promotes a positive message. The product is an example of eco-sustainability using materials such as bamboo and rice hull fibres composite, cork agglomerate, recycled cardboard and natural wood. For more Urbanoasis information, please visit Andrea's portfolio at Behance. I hope you enjoy this! Cheers. ;)

Eatwell Product Design

Eatwell Product Design

Gotta love when designers aim to make someone's life easier through good, well thought design. Sha Yao, a designer from California has thoughtfully designed a dining set for her grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. The results are pretty outstanding and should be an inspiration for all. Here's more about the project in Yao's own words: I was inspired by my late grandmother who had Alzheimer’s disease. As her caregiver, I know the role of caregiving is not a simple one. Once people get Alzheimer’s, they will need all kinds of assistance in their daily lives. As the disease progresses and worsens for people with Alzheimer’s, the load the caregivers have to carry becomes heavier. Every time I looked at my grandmother, I wish I could have done something to help her. I believe there are many ways to improve the quality of life of our loved ones with progressive Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the lives of their caregivers. To better understand this disease, I volunteered in adult day care centers. From exploring the daily activities through observation and talking with caregivers, I found that daily activities related to the everyday lives of people with Alzheimer's can be frustrating for their caregivers. I discovered that eating was one of the most challenging daily activities. Eating should be a simple task for most people. However, the cognitive and various sensory impairments of Alzheimer’s may result in a variety of eating problems. I realized there were many people who have the same problems as my grandma. They often ate less than they should, and accidents with spilled food and tipped cups were common. For many families, meals are a time for sharing and reconnecting, and enjoying each other’s company. When the disease affects one member of a family, the mealtime experience can become stressful and challenges are created for both caregivers and their loved ones. What’s more, once the patients stop eating or have general problems eating enough, their health condition often rapidly worsens. That’s the reason I created Eatwell, a tableware set with a very user-centered design that helps to increase food intake and maintain dignity for its users, while also helping to alleviate caring burdens by making the process of eating as easy as possible. For more information about the Eatwell set, please visit the official website and support Sha Yao at IndieGoGo!

Product Design: AARK Collective

Product Design: AARK Collective

AARK Collective is a brand that makes totally beautiful and minimalistic watches based in Melbourne, Australia. Built for the love of design, this team of only 4 people have created something I would wear not only because of the style but also its primary feature. Giving me the time. Our influences are diverse but we share a desire to make objects that are lasting and unique. We're focused on simple forms, obsessed with tiny details and inspired by the challenge of balancing function and beauty in wearable design. Most of all, we love sharing our work with likeminded people. All Rights by AARK Collective All Rights by AARK Collective All Rights by AARK Collective All Rights by AARK Collective All Rights by AARK Collective All Rights by AARK Collective All Rights by AARK Collective All Rights by AARK Collective All Rights by AARK Collective All Rights by AARK Collective All Rights by AARK Collective All Rights by AARK Collective Links More info about AARK Collective: https://aarkcollective.com Follow AARK Collective on Instagram: https://instagram.com/aark_collective

X-Pop Bluetooth Speakers by Radim Malinic

X-Pop Bluetooth Speakers by Radim Malinic

The X-Pop Bluetooth Speakers are a powerful medium with handsfree calling, built-in noise filter microphone, cristal clear sound and many more. Designed by our friend Radim Malinic, an award-winning art director, illustrator and graphic designer based in London, UK. With themes like LOVE, PLAY and MOVE; you sure won't go unrecognized. All Rights to Radim Malinic All Rights to Radim Malinic All Rights to Radim Malinic All Rights to Radim Malinic All Rights to Radim Malinic All Rights to Radim Malinic All Rights to Radim Malinic All Rights to Radim Malinic All Rights to Radim Malinic Links More about Radim Malinic: http://www.brandnu.co.uk/work/ Follow Radim Malinic on Twitter: https://twitter.com/brand_nu

Armstrong Light Trap

Armstrong Light Trap

I am a fan of industrial design, especially for small objects and in particular lamps or anything related to lighting and lighting effects. I don't know why but it's just the contrast between bright and dark, the shadows the reflections... Armstrong is a project that epitomizes just this and is in a word, beautiful. Check out "light trap" here. Below you can see some images of this beautiful piece of design. It was conceived by Constantin Bolimond and Maxin Ali. For more information check out their Behance profile at https://www.behance.net/bolimond and https://www.behance.net/alimki The lamp turns on when taking out the cork and off when it is back in its place.

SP3.6 Headphones

SP3.6 Headphones

We tent to feature a lot of illustration, photography, app and UX design. The reason for that might be because it's what most designers and digital artists share and pursue, however we are fans of industrial design. My background is in industrial design and despite the fact I always felt inclined to visual design I am an admirer of ID projects like the SP3.6 Headphones that Simeon Lescanne shared on is Behance profile. Simeon is a product designer student from Paris, France. For more information about him check out his Behance profile at https://www.behance.net/simeonlescanne

Functional and visual redesign of Google News

Functional and visual redesign of Google News

I believe most of you guys have seen the Google News personal project that George Kvasnikov put together. In my opinion, it was a great exercise on how to apply the Material Design concepts to a real product. These kinds of projects always give us freedom to do what we think is right, however we don't have the constraints of the real world. But as a personal project the outcome is amazing and so is the presentation. It's a great example we should all follow in the presentation of our own UX projects. Making of Google News Redesign Concept from George Kvasnikov on Vimeo. Images Since the user needs and what is needed for the successful redesign of Google News were realized, it’s time to create a site map. The main goal is to simplify the site map, as much as possible, and minimize the number of steps the user needs to do to complete the task. After a long preparation period, I’ve focused on design. It took about 5 weeks to create designs for each page, settings, and each interactive element separately. The design is fully responsive and represents a well-thought-out UX. Check out the whole process at http://googlenews.gkvasnikov.com/ For more information about George Kvasnikov check out his website at http://www.gkvasnikov.com/

Desk Concept by Agnieszka Graczykowska

Desk Concept by Agnieszka Graczykowska

Agnieszka Graczykowska is an Interior Designer and Product Designer based in Wroclaw, Poland. With a wide range of skills from CGI Visualization to the process of a construction, Agnieszka has created this beautiful workspace for those who work at home. With an ergonomic approach, this desk concept is to make things easier and help your organize your workflow. All Rights to Agnieszka Graczykowska All Rights to Agnieszka Graczykowska All Rights to Agnieszka Graczykowska All Rights to Agnieszka Graczykowska All Rights to Agnieszka Graczykowska All Rights to Agnieszka Graczykowska All Rights to Agnieszka Graczykowska All Rights to Agnieszka Graczykowska All Rights to Agnieszka Graczykowska All Rights to Agnieszka Graczykowska All Rights to Agnieszka Graczykowska Links More info about Agnieszka: https://www.behance.net/agagraczykowska Via Behance

Case Study: Messenger Bag by Ugmonk

Case Study: Messenger Bag by Ugmonk

2 years in the making, Ugmonk by Jeff Sheldon recently introduced a Waxed Canvas Messenger Bag to his shop. Based in Philadelphia USA, Jeff has being making truly beautiful products for our lifestyle. With the Messenger Bag, Jeff is sharing his whole creative process, from the concept sketches to the final product. Very impressive and totally inspiring, please enjoy! Ugmonk has always been about making products that I wanted to exist. Yes, there are thousands of different bags on the market to choose from, but I wanted to design a bag completely from scratch based around my wants while incorporating the Ugmonk aesthetic. The original idea for the bag started over 2 years ago but it was a long process to finally see the finished product through. Each new product is a learning process and brings on new challenges, but in the end it’s worth the work. In Jeff's Words All Rights to Ugmonk All Rights to Ugmonk All Rights to Ugmonk All Rights to Ugmonk Digital Mockup I don’t have any sewing or pattern-making experience, but I knew it would be helpful to draw the bag digitally to get a more precise mockup to send to manufacturers. This also helped me figure out the dimensions and proportions for each part of the bag. Though some parts of the bag were altered during the actual prototyping process, this gave me a solid idea to work from. All Rights to Ugmonk All Rights to Ugmonk All Rights to Ugmonk All Rights to Ugmonk All Rights to Ugmonk All Rights to Ugmonk All Rights to Ugmonk Early Prototypes It’s hard to know exactly how the sketches will translate until creating the first physical prototype. After I had the first prototype bag in hand I noticed a number of things that needed to be modified and improved. For example, the original canvas that I chose was too thin and didn’t have enough structure making the bag feel too flimsy. Since I only had a sample swatch of the canvas it was hard to know that it wouldn’t work well for a whole bag, but that’s why it’s important to build out the whole product before proceeding with the full run. We also tweaked a number of other things like the length of the front flap, extending the back leather strip to help cinch the sides closed, and using more streamlined hardware. All Rights to Ugmonk All Rights to Ugmonk All Rights to Ugmonk All Rights to Ugmonk All Rights to Ugmonk Product Photography It was an amazing feeling to finally have the finished bags in hand. The bags looked and felt incredible in person but I wanted to make sure that the same quality and detail really came through in the product photography. Too many people overlook this part when selling online and skimp on photography. This is the only interaction a potential customer will have with the bag and it’s vital that the photos reflect the quality of the product. I spent several days shooting the bags and designing the product page layout and flow. All Rights to Ugmonk All Rights to Ugmonk All Rights to Ugmonk All Rights to Ugmonk Links More info about Ugmonk and his shop: http://shop.ugmonk.com Follow Ugmonk on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ugmonk Follow Ugmonk on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ugmonk Read more about the Messenger Bag Process: http://www.ugmonk.com/2014/07/06/messenger-bag-processfrom-sketch-to-fi…