Revolutionizing Design and Manufacturing: Autodesk's Commitment to AI-Powered Innovation

In the fast-evolving landscape of design and manufacturing, the demand for new ideas and products is accelerating. Autodesk recognizes the increasing pressure on its customers to deliver faster, more sustainable, cost-effective, and higher-quality solutions. In response, Autodesk … | Continue reading | 18 hours ago

A Supercut of Space-Saving Transforming Furniture Designs

Expand Furniture is a distributor of Italian-made space-saving furniture. We've looked at some of these designs individually before, but in this supercut of 20 transforming pieces, you're bound to spot something new. Here's three minutes of inspiration: While the company does not … | Continue reading | 22 hours ago

Core77 Weekly Roundup (11-20-23 to 11-24-23)

Here's what we looked at this week:An interesting design detail on this EDC tweezer multi-tool. Clothes Hingers: Simone Giertz's brilliant design for folding clothes hangers, allowing you to hang clothes in half the depth.This trippy, undulating DIY kinetic PC case is a one-o … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Industrial Design Case Study: A Hi-Tech Medical Cart

This case study of a hi-tech medical cart comes from Tactile, a Seattle-based product and UX design firm that also has their own in-house engineering. Seno ImagioEnhanced Imaging Accuracy To reduce unnecessary breast biopsies, Seno Medical Instruments, Inc. developed Opto-Acousti … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Industrial Designer Creates Off-Road Ambulance Trailer for Ukrainian Medics

Industrial designer Piotr Tluszcz, who's based in Cracow, Poland, co-founded a utility trailer company 11 years ago. More recently, as he watched the conflict unfold in neighboring Ukraine, he realized the terrain there provided a challenge for Ukrainian medics. Tluszcz then desi … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

An Insanely Thin Wristwatch, by Ferrari and Richard Mille

This insanely thin RM UP-01 wristwatch was created in collaboration between Ferrari and Swiss watchmaking brand Richard Mille.FIGHTING FOR THE LAST HUNDREDTHSWith the RM UP-01 Ferrari, Richard Mille is proud to present an ultra-flat watch just 1.75 millimetres thick. This mind-bl … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

A Tiny, Rectilinear Electric Van With Swappable Panels, Modular Interior

Tokyo-based startup HW Electro has unveiled Puzzle, their concept for an electric Kei van. The tiny, rectilinear vehicle is just over 11' long and just under 5' wide. Intended for both mobile vending and disaster relief, it features sockets, USB ports, a WiFi transmitter and a f … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

The Design Details on These Restaurant-Industry Food Storage Containers

These Camsquares Fresh Pro food storage vessels were designed for commercial kitchens. Though they appear to be simple, stackable plastic cubes, a fair amount of design has gone into these. Let's look at the details.Design 101: Easily-legible gradations, and color-coded lids, so … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

This Self-Powered Trailer Can be Hand-Guided to Your Truck

The established system of attaching a trailer to your truck is, you back the truck up to the trailer, getting the tow ball as close to the hitch as possible. Old hands do this with rearview mirrors and experience; newer trucks have backup cameras. But in the future, backing up to … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

This Week in Celebrity Furniture Designs — Robert Pattinson's Couch and Ringo Starr's Table

It isn't uncommon for the creative muse to call out from virgin territory, drawing artists across mediums and into new forms of expression. Let's take a look at two recent news items where artistic impulse found fruition in furniture design ...Photo by Ye Ren MokArchitectual Dige … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

A DIY Kinetic PC Case

Combining function with designey-ness, last year manufacturer CyberPower unveiled this PC case with automated cooling vents:This Kinetic Series concept never made production. But it did have an impact on a guy named Robert, the inventor behind Ideal Idea Creations, who was inspir … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Neom Announces Wild-Looking Beachside Skyscraper Complex in Saudi Arabia

With $500 billion in funding, Saudi Arabia's Neom, an urban development in the northwest of the country, can build whatever they want. In addition to their line-shaped city, they've recently announced this wild-looking Epicon complex of skyscrapers to be built near the Gulf of Aq … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

An Interesting Design Detail on This EDC Tweezer Multi-Tool

EDC product design is a combination of innovation, overkill, theoretical applications, paranoia, occasionally fun forms, and typically high-quality manufacturing. I find it such a fascinating and unique category.Here's the latest in the category to catch my eye. While most multit … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Crowdfunding Smash: Brilliant Design for Folding Clothes Hangers Lands $250K

Inventor Simone Giertz is back at it, this time tackling a space problem. The bedroom in Giertz's apartment is too small for a wardrobe or clothing rack, so she invented a way to hang clothes in half the depth: Giertz reveals it took 124 prototypes to get the design right, and sh … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Reader Submitted: Reader-Submitted Project: Scandinavian Innovation Firm Above and the "World's Most Repairable Smartphone"

Core77 is always happy to receive news of projects that realign a particular category or product to sustainable values, so we pass this along to you: "Above Agency is proud to announce its latest collaboration with the pioneers at Fairphone. Building on the legacy of ethical and … | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Core77 Weekly Roundup (11-13-23 to 11-17-23)

Here's what we looked at this week:Zip-Tites are cable ties with improved UX: No nippers required.This DX-1 robot picker uses giant chopsticks to handle packages. (Video at the link.)The Eco Six Pack Ring, made from fiber, is biodegradable and compostable.Here's a primitive desig … | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Industrial Design Case Study: A Dual-Fuel Oven, by Pulse Design Group

Los-Angeles-based Pulse Design Group did the latest redesign of this hybrid electric/gas oven and range.The BlueStar Dual Fuel Series Range is a hybrid electric and gas range top & commercial oven for your home. Pulse was given the opportunity to collaborate with BlueStar on thei … | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Fantastic Industrial Design Student Work: Rapidly Deployable Venue Seating

This is an incredible student project executed by Industrial Design students Savannah Black, Ken Kirtland and Chermia Mathis, along with Engineering students Erin O'Hanlon and Seth Thurmond, done at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Both the work and the documentation are top- … | Continue reading | 10 days ago

An Electric Motorcycle Built Around a Cargo Cavity

With the help of imaginative design, EV technology should allow established form factors to evolve. Take the motorcycle, which since its inception has been built around the motor. But this P2 electric motorcycle, with batteries at the bottom of the frame and an electric motor wit … | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Reader Submitted: Reader-Submitted Project: Anti-Angle Grinder Technology for Securing Your Ride

When your means of personal transportation is compact and relatively light, parking becomes a multi-part equation you solve and re-solve every time you move. Co-founders and designers John Abrahams and Ben Smith try to make that a bit easier with their company Hiplock. Below is a … | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Save The Date - The Core77 Design Awards 2024 Opens For Entry January 4, 2024

Mark you calendars everyone - the The Core77 Design Awards 2024 will open for entries beginning on Wednesday, January 4, 2024! With almost two dozen categories, including newcomers Gaming Accessories, Robotics and Emerging Technology, there is something for everyone. Take a look … | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Reader Submitted: Reader-Submitted Project: An Inspirational Design Experience for Dropbox in Austin

Core77 has a bit of experience in putting together conferences for creative-types so we particularly appreciate the challenges of engaging UX connoisseurs. OTHR Agency recently produced Dropbox's Craft Class of 2023 in Austin, TX — "two carefully curated days of art, inspiration, … | Continue reading | 11 days ago

An Impressive Concept Design for a Computer Inspired by Loki's Production Design

"I watched Loki," writes 3D modeler Jack Wang, "and I really liked [how the production design] combines retro and futuristic in the show, so I rendered a detailed enhanced version of a multifunctional computer." Loosely based on what you might see on a desk at the show's TVA, her … | Continue reading | 11 days ago

The Sets of Loki: Mad-Century Modernism

I found "Loki" to be a must-watch show for the production design. Largely set within a bureaucratic complex known as the TVA, the sets are mostly practical and contain an amazing mish-mash of everything you'd see in a History of 20th Century Design class. As the characters move f … | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Marc Newson's 021C Ford Concept Car has Aged Extremely Well

If you look at most concept cars designed a quarter-century ago, they look dated, a product of their times. One exception is the Ford 021C, designed in 1999 by Marc Newson. Auto reseller L'art de L'automobile spotted it on display at this year's Pebble Beach 17 Mile event: It loo … | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Indoor/Outdoor Chairs Inspired by Catamaran Trampolines

Catamarans consist of two hulls, and no deck between them. Instead, the two hulls are connected by netting known as a catamaran trampoline. Trampolines are used for four reasons: They save weight; they cannot take on water; they're strong enough to stand on; and they're comfortab … | Continue reading | 11 days ago

A 1982 Aftermarket Device for Switching Between Games on an Atari

Having been invented in the 1970s, the UX of the Atari 2600 videogame console wasn't great. Games were loaded via cartridge, and in order to switch games, you had to turn the machine off, pull the cartridge, blow out the new cartridge, insert it, then turn the machine back on. It … | Continue reading | 12 days ago

A Leather Genie Telephone

If you paid attention in your History of Industrial Design class, you'll remember that the iconic Genie telephone was designed by Henry Dreyfuss Associates in the 1970s. Designed for the American Telecommunications Corporation, it was meant to resemble a genie's lamp. The device … | Continue reading | 12 days ago

A Material in Need of Repurposing: Hot Air Balloon Fabric

For safety reasons, hot air balloons are only allowed 400-500 hours of total flight time. After that the balloon, which may begin to leak, is decommissioned; the basket must be attached to a freshly-made balloon.Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash That leaves a helluva lot of fabr … | Continue reading | 12 days ago

Design Gripes: Canoo's American Bulldog EV Pickup Concept

EV startup Canoo has revealed their American Bulldog, the company's second pickup truck concept. It's more utilitarian than their first pickup concept, perhaps because this one is derived from a military version they've been testing with the U.S. Army.Details from the press relea … | Continue reading | 12 days ago

An Aerating Bowl Designed for Natto or Beating Eggs

Natto, a traditional Japanese dish, consists of fermented soybeans suspended in a snot-like paste. The smell and texture grosses most Westerners out, but I love the stuff.This Natto Bee bowl was designed specifically for it. The interior of the bowl is ringed with small grooves. … | Continue reading | 13 days ago

A Wearable, Talking AI Personal Assistant That Projects Info Onto Your Hand

A startup called Humane is launching their Ai Pin, a wearable button that essentially contains an AI personal assistant, camera, speaker and projector. Eye-rolling aside, to the designers' credit the device confounds expectations; I always assumed digital assistants would evolve … | Continue reading | 13 days ago

Industrial Designer Stefan Diez's Prototyping Shots of the Fuld Nesting Chair

For their first foray into nesting chairs, Herman Miller turned to German industrial designer Stefan Diez. The result is the Fuld Nesting Chair, designed to save space when not needed: "Designed for practicality, it features flip-up seats and wall-saving legs that prevent the sea … | Continue reading | 13 days ago

IBM's Ingenious Solution for a Typewriter with Swappable Fonts

Smartphones are today's dominant communication device, and they come with default fonts. The iPhone uses San Francisco Pro, while Android phones use Roboto.The typewriter was a dominant communication device of the 20th century, and they too came with default fonts. The standardiz … | Continue reading | 13 days ago

A Primitive Design for a Cooling Chair from 1786

As we covered here, the wingback chair was designed for climate control, circa 1600s. It was meant to be sat in front of a fireplace. Fires consume oxygen, and as they use up what's in the room, they draw outside air into the house through whatever cracks exist. This draws an unp … | Continue reading | 14 days ago

The Eco Six Pack Ring

Reading how people lived hundreds of years ago is fun. It reminds you that being able to drink a cold beer created in another country is a miracle.When you think about how much effort it took to get that beer into your hands, it's funny which component draws the most scrutiny. It … | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Outside-the-Box Thinking: This Robot Picker Uses Giant Chopsticks to Handle Packages

Suction cups, claws, mechanical hands with opposing thumbs: We've seen multiple solutions for what a robot's arm should terminate in, in order to perform useful manual labor. But this solution, presumably dreamt up over a late-night Chinese takeout session, is a first. This DX-1 … | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Zip Ties with a UX Design Improvement

Aimed at professional installers, these Zip-Tite nylon ties eliminate the final step of the securing process. The installer does not need to use nippers to trim the tails. Instead, simply twisting the tail breaks it off at the nearest serration, leaving a clean—and non-sharp—edge … | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Core77 Weekly Roundup (11-6-23 to 11-9-23)

Here's what we looked at this week:Industrial Design student Jared Teiger's stunning Sapele Serenade chair won a 2023 SIT Furniture Design Award.A Wisconsin dairy operation has been packaging their milk in plastic pouches since 1973. This strange packaging has saved the day for s … | Continue reading | 18 days ago

Industrial Design Firm Whipsaw Tackles Wearable Hydration System

MXXY is a wearable hydration system, aimed specifically at dedicated athletes who carry two bottles: One for water, one for electrolytes. Why would someone do that? "Athletes need a different balance of electrolytes at one level of exertion versus another," the company explains." … | Continue reading | 18 days ago

Rethinking the Form Factor of the Wind Turbine

Wind turbines are like skyscrapers: We're just using engineering to make them bigger and bigger, and no one has re-thought the form factor with any concern for economics. Building a 500-foot tower and adding 400-foot blades can generate lots of megawatts, but they're incredibly e … | Continue reading | 18 days ago

How the Dutch Used Windmills for Passive Communication

The Dutch are known for maximizing the usefulness of resources. Historically they used windmills to pump seawater out of lowlands, allowing them to reclaim land. Windmills were also used to power sawmills and of course, to grind grain.Fascinatingly, the Dutch even found a way to … | Continue reading | 18 days ago

This Lamp Designed for Ships Looks Great on Land

This is the Skot lamp. It was originally developed by Denmark's LK (Lauritz Knudsen), an electrical products manufacturer, in the early 1900s for use on ships.A century later, Louis Poulsen produces the Skot for landlubber use. The die-cast aluminum frame holds an injection-molde … | Continue reading | 19 days ago

The Legs on This Folding, Nesting Student Table

I like this Fold table, because it speaks of modelmaking and mock-ups during the design phase. I feel that you'd never arrive at this form for the legs unless you were physically manipulating materials, playing around with armature wire at your desk.It's a rolling, folding and ve … | Continue reading | 19 days ago

De-Stijl-ian Auditorium Seating

This Mono auditorium seating is by Finnish industrial designer Philip Kronqvist."MONO chair appears as a rectangular case and opens up into a back, seat and armrests in only one movement of the hand. When closed, the chair is only 12 cm deep. The seat is spring-loaded, and return … | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Meditation Chairs, for Those Who Cannot Assume the Position on Their Own

This unusual meditation chair is by industrial designer Fenglin Gao. They allow folks with joint or postural issues to assume an approximation of the classical position.The chair can also be opened, for those who have no problem going full-Lotus. Gao also designed a shoes-on vari … | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Generatively-Designed Modular Furniture Connectors

This Plexus concept, by industrial designer Subinay Malhotra, combines generative design and a host of proposed production methods, from metal 3D printing to casting. The end products are meant to be connectors for dowels.Malhotra's laid out his thinking in detail:"Goal: Developi … | Continue reading | 20 days ago

Concept for a Minimalist Sideboard that Transforms Into an Office Desk

The SecretAir, by Belgian industrial designer Wouter Myny, is a concept for a sideboard that transforms into an office desk.As for how the transformation takes place: The initial opening step, which is meant to be done manually, appears it would be awkward. But I can see the appe … | Continue reading | 20 days ago