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LYFE Zero-gravity

LYFE Zero-gravity

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

Product Design: The Super 73

Product Design: The Super 73

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.

Product Design Trends 2016

Product Design Trends 2016

The great lads from Invision has been taking the industry today by sharing their first  Product Design Trends Report where they collected insights from over 1,650 creatives worldwide. The respondants provided their thoughts about their education, career path, roles, compensation ranges, tool preferences, income variables, purchasing habits and more. It's really an interesting document to dive into and we just can't help to be amazed by all the numbers. If you're part of our design industry, you really should give it a look. Design plays a leading role at 38 percent of the world's largest organizations. At startups, it's even higher with 65 percent leading with design. 87 percent of designers prototype during their design process to visualize, communicate their ideas, and explore solutions, with 76 percent using rapid prototyping tools. Only 2 in 5 designers are involved in code development. Some Stats Design's influence in business is growing. This report will help business leaders make more educated decisions about which design tools and specialities they should cultivate at their organizations in order to remain competitive," said Clark Valberg, InVision CEO. "We hope to help designers and their larger teams better understand their position, their market share, and their competition. For more information and download the report: https://www.invisionapp.com/product-design-industry-report-2016.

Beautiful Products by Grovemade

Beautiful Products by Grovemade

When we talk about product design, especially now with mobile apps, we most of the time think about digital products. I believe one of the reasons might be due to the reach of these virtual products, the distribution is global and almost instantaneously. But there's also the real/physical products, those in my opinion are much more niche and they really showcase the craftsmanship and attention to details the most of the designers look for. Grovemade has a good portfolio of beautiful products that are definitely worth the feature here on ABDZ. Grovemade is a small team dedicated to crafting exceptional accessories for the home, office, EDC, and Apple products in Portland, OR. For more information check out their website at http://www.grovemade.com/ When it comes down to it, it’s more than just designing and making products. It’s about the people behind the process and all of you throughout the world who share the same values. We're on an adventure and hope you'll join us. We believe our goods are meaningful because of the thoughtfulness of the people behind them.

Product Design: VINTA Backpack

Product Design: VINTA Backpack

As of late, we've been seeing a lot of independent makers, designers and artists creating/making really cool products to change our way of living. From any use possible, it seems like we are trying hard to make things or tools that would simply make our lives a little bit more easier and more sweeter. We are taking a look at the You can also have: -Fit full-frame DSLR camera, along with 3-5 lenses -Removable lens pouch -Leather details & magnetic snaps -Light-weight and durable poly fabric -Water resistant interior -Gun metal details -Removable inserts About VINTA VINTA is a company/startup that make authentic travel bags & camera bags designed for the modern explorer. Give them a follow on Instagram. For more information: http://www.vinta.co/home.

TRU- Far East inspired cookware

TRU- Far East inspired cookware

We post a lot of product design projects but the majority of them are digital products like apps or web apps. There are some instances that we feature industrial design projects which tend to be always very inspiring. For this post I'd like to share the TRU- Far East inspired cookware project. It's the final project for Levai Levente and it's an awesome example of beautiful industrial design. Hello! This is my degree project. I'm in love with the east culture and I want to create a special and unique cookware. I really enjoyed making it and I hope you enjoyed as much as I do

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