When MIT Engineers Design a Power Tool Accessory

Reekon Tools is a Boston-based company started by MIT engineers. Their inaugural product is the M1 Caliber, a measuring tool you're meant to clamp to a miter saw fence: Here's how they envision the tool being used: For repetitive cuts, I can't see this being | Continue reading


@core77.com | 2 days ago

A Clever German Toymaking Method of Making Non-Circular Objects--With a Lathe

"Who…would imagine for a moment that a wooden horse, elephant, or tiger, or any other member of the Noah's Ark family, could be turned in a lathe, like a ball, bowl, or bedpost?" wrote Charles Dickens in an 1865 issue of All the Year Round, the magazine he founded in | Continue reading


@core77.com | 2 days ago

There's a Town in Italy Shaped Like a Person

It's called Centuripe, and it looks like it's had too much to drink | Continue reading


@core77.com | 2 days ago

Hyundai Fulfills "No Visual Continuity" Promise, Rolls Out New IONIQ 5

Hyundai's new design strategy, which involves having no visual continuity across models, is officially reality. This week they unveiled their IONIQ 5, an all-electric CUV that no resemblance to any other Hyundai, and sticks surprisingly close to the 45 concept car it's based on: | Continue reading


@core77.com | 2 days ago

A 3D-Printed Mirror Holder to Make 3D Scanning with an iPhone Easier

The ScanMira is this little 3D-printed doodad that holds a mirror: Used in concert with an iPhone that has face recognition and your 3D scanning app of choice, the ScanMira is simply meant to make holding the phone a little easier while you circumnavigate the object. The | Continue reading


@core77.com | 3 days ago

Rent Nightly Tiny House Getaways in Nature, With Most Items Provided

For those curious about tiny house living, here's a way to test-drive it | Continue reading


@core77.com | 3 days ago

Amazon Co-Opts Crowdfunding Model to Launch "Smart" Sticky Note Printer

Crowdfunding platforms were originally intended to let broke creators attract funding. As they've grown, the model has been hijacked by already-established businesses and even rich corporations simply seeking to minimize their risk through pre-orders. Add Amazon to this list. Des … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 3 days ago

Yea or Nay? An Angled Whiteboard That Goes Between the Keyboard and Monitor

On my desk I keep some junk mail envelopes and a stack of printouts from recent freelance gigs. I jot notes, ideas or sketches on the back of these. It's hardly an elegant system--in fact it's a bit messy--but at least it extends the utility of the already-spent paper. A | Continue reading


@core77.com | 3 days ago

Cool Mechanical Jelly Donut Filling Device

I don't know if there's such a thing as a "standard" jelly donut filler, but if you look at restaurant supply websites, you'll see this one pop up: I'm sure it works fine, but I don't like the UI, where you have to stick the donut onto | Continue reading


@core77.com | 4 days ago

USPS Unveils their Next Generation Mail Truck Design

The last time we saw a proposed design for the U.S. Postal Service's NGDV (Next Generation Delivery Vehicle), it looked like this: That was in 2018, and the design was so all-over-the-place that industrial designer Michael DiTullo dedicated a sketch video to revising it. However, … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 4 days ago

A Company Called Dangerous Things Sells RFID Chips You Can Inject or Surgically "Install" in Your Body

A Seattle-based company called DangerousThings.com sells small NFC, RFID and NTAG chips that you can inject into your body, via a syringe and a big-ass 5mm-diameter needle that they also sell. They also offer this larger, programmable FlexMN Magic NTAG chip that can be "installed … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 4 days ago

Smart Design: Sustainable "Doormats" for Construction Truck Tires to Comply with Environmental Regulations

FODS' fully recyclable Trackout Control Mats keep the mess on the jobsite | Continue reading


@core77.com | 4 days ago

Need Inspiration? Check Out This New Visual Search Engine

Drop an image in, Same Energy feeds you thousands with the same "vibe" | Continue reading


@core77.com | 5 days ago

Old Carpenter's Trick: Using Steel Wool as a Stud Finder

Dominic Wilbrink reveals a clever trick for finding studs (assuming they're behind sheetrock) without needing a stud finder. The low-cost, no-marks-left method uses nothing more than steel wool: As luck would have it, the current DIY household project has me looking for studs...b … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 5 days ago

ID School Assignment: Design a Hideaway Laundry Drying Device That's Actually Attractive and Functional

ID professors, here's a potential assignment for your students that they can develop and test while still stuck at home. Urban Clotheslines is a website dedicated to selling hideaway laundry-drying contraptions. While it's kind of fun to browse through their offerings, just to se … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 5 days ago

Yet Another Set of Designey Drawing Tools Kills It on Kickstarter

I'd never have guessed that newfangled drawing tools would become a hit category for crowdfunding, but the $84 Stria folding ruler and $120 Iris circle drawing object have erased those doubts. Now there's a new entry, which seems every bit as silly to me: A set of hexagonal ruler … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 5 days ago

"Deconstructable Design:" Hodei's Monomaterial Sneakers Can Be User-Disassembled for Recycling

Modern footwear is multimaterial, with outsoles, midsoles and uppers glued and/or stitched together. Even if the individual materials are recyclable, there's no practical way to separate them at the product's end of life. "As a result, 95% of shoes produced today will end up inci … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 6 days ago

Rescue Beaver Instinctively Dams Doorways With Household Objects

Nancy Coyne is a New-York-based licensed wildlife rehabilitation expert. That means she typically takes in young animals whose parents have been killed, and who cannot yet fend for themselves. "Wildlife rehabbing is complete volunteer work," she writes on her website. "You DO NOT … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 6 days ago

Moducase's Modular Display Cases for Collectibles

Here's an idea for a product business with straightforward design requirements and a ready market: Modular display cases for collectibles. The collectible toy market in the U.S. alone does $1.8 billion a year, and the most passionate want to see their purchases at all times, desi … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 6 days ago

Jetson's Beautiful Form-Follows-Function Personal Flying Vehicle

Should be in the skies by 2022, runs 60 grand | Continue reading


@core77.com | 6 days ago

Vintage Radiators with Built-In Plate Warmers Sound Pretty Good Right Now

It's currently freezing where I am, but with many Texans still out of power, I'm not gonna complain. I will, however, pine for one of these old-school radiators: Yes, it seems that in Victorian times, manufacturers of cast-iron radiators offered models with built-in warming drawe … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 9 days ago

Incredible Lenticular Portraits: The Subject Ages Depending on the Viewing Angle

Ironworker Sergi Cadenas brings 3D skills to a 2D medium | Continue reading


@core77.com | 9 days ago

Screenshot of the Horrific UI Design That Led Citigroup to Accidentally Send $893 Million

There is a huge opportunity for UI designers to create better financial software | Continue reading


@core77.com | 9 days ago

Amidst Texas Blackout, Ford F-150 Hybrid Owners Able to Power Their Homes and Help Neighbors

After a lifetime in the city, what surprised me most about country life is that neighbors will share their most prized and expensive possessions. Down here everyone has a truck (and uses them like trucks), and when a neighbor's truck goes down, another neighbor lends them theirs. … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 9 days ago

Industrial Designer on What to Do After a Brainstorming Session to Keep a Project Moving Forward

Every creative has been in several brainstorming sessions where great ideas emerged--but for some reason or other, the follow-through just never happened. Why, and how can you avoid this? In this video, veteran industrial designer Michael DiTullo explains the intelligent system h … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 10 days ago

The Bora X Pure Downward-Extracting Induction Cooktop

You might never get used to seeing steam coming out of a cooking pot and streaming downwards, but you could surely get used to not having to clean a range hood. Check out the X Pure, the latest cooktop from German manufacturer Bora. The sleek, minimal, flush-mounted induction coo … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 10 days ago

This Company Makes Curved Doors

Linvisibile can do convex or concave, left- or right-hand, swing-in or -out | Continue reading


@core77.com | 10 days ago

Window-Based Clotheslines That Slide In and Out on a Track

In a space-tight apartment, the only space to hang-dry laundry might be on a rack mounted outside of your window. This introduces the problem of reach: How long are your arms? An Israeli company called Rav Hevel addresses this with their Easy Clothesline. It captures ten individu … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 10 days ago

Interesting Design for an Old-School Kitchen Knife Cleaning and Sharpening Object

The other night we were watching Gosford Park, a 2001 murder mystery set in an English country estate in the 1930s. There's a scene where a kitchen maid is tasked with collecting knives, and she pulls out a trio of knives that were sticking in this thing: I | Continue reading


@core77.com | 11 days ago

Handsome Wooden Pocket Door Handles and Hooks from Tirar

The raw, artist-constructed DUMBO loft I lived in in the '90s had a pocket door for the bathroom. The "handle" was simply a hole drilled completely through, and capped on either end with a small metal piece that looked like the smaller of these: That thimble-like piece was barely … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 11 days ago

Eco-Friendly, No-Socks-Needed Sneakers Made with No EVA or TPU

The Lono is made with "tree yarn," castor beans and algae | Continue reading


@core77.com | 11 days ago

Pop Chart's Wonderful Compendium of Objects Posters

Pop Chart is a company that gets commissioned to create infographics for the likes of The Today Show, The New York Times, Bloomberg and The Economist, to name a few. But their main business is creating and selling fantastic posters that document the forms of objects and structure … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 11 days ago

A Smart Design Entrepreneur: Justin Myers Creates Metal Sheathes for Multitools

Justin Myers is the owner, designer and engineer of R.A.E. Gear USA, an Illinois-based manufacturer that has moved thousands of units on Etsy. What Myers has correctly identified a market for, then designed and fabricated, is a series of metal sheaths for popular multitools made … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 12 days ago

Kevin Bethune Says Building a Brighter Design Future Means Taking a Hard Look at the Industry's Deepest Flaws

The dreams • design + life Founder & 2021 Core77 Design Awards Jury Captain | Continue reading


@core77.com | 12 days ago

Design Departure: Alpha EVs Resemble 1960s/'70s Euro/Japanese Coupes

Here are my names for some recent design trends in electric vehicles: "Used bar of soap with arbitrary swoopy surface changes" "Clay model was damaged during shipping" "Teutonic-Aggressive" "Draw what Techno music sounds like" "Draw what Techno music sounds like coming out of a p … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 12 days ago

How They Used to Clear Snowy Roads Before Snowplows and Trucks Were Invented

The snow roller was used right into the 20th century | Continue reading


@core77.com | 12 days ago

Air Transportation Futures

Embracing radical designs can reshape our ideas of what is possible | Continue reading


@core77.com | 12 days ago

Learn More About the Principles of Community Design February 17th on Core77's Instagram Live!

FLOX Studio Founder Sloan Leo will be sharing more about their "Community Design for Leaders" Summer Intensive at SVA on Wednesday, February 17th at 10:30 EST | Continue reading


@core77.com | 13 days ago

This Company Specializes in Creating Home Additions Shaped Like an Octagon

Topsider Homes reckons the shape is more efficient, without the hassles of a circle | Continue reading


@core77.com | 13 days ago

There are Sinks Designed Just for Vomiting Into

"German pubs used to have it all over the place back in the day" | Continue reading


@core77.com | 13 days ago

ID Student Work: Sam Sheckells' Sidekick System for Offloading Power Tool Weight

This is the kind of ID student work I love to see: It doesn't involve the IoT or smartphone apps, but tackles a real-world problem that's as widespread as it is unaddressed. Sam Sheckells hails from Baltimore, Maryland but is studying product design at the Royal College of Art | Continue reading


@core77.com | 13 days ago

Ikea Launches Furniture Line Designed for Gamers

Ikea reckons there are 2.5 billion gamers worldwide, and sees them as "a diverse group united by their love of e-sports and gaming – and by being an overlooked group from a life-at-home perspective." Eager to serve a market that large, the Swedish furniture giant has branched out … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 13 days ago

How a Battle With Cancer Led to High-Fashion Footwear That Heals

REDEN creator Nelli Kim cut her teeth at Anthropologie, Bergdorf Goodman, and Diane Von Furstenburg—until chemotherapy made designer shoes unbearable to wear. | Continue reading


@core77.com | 16 days ago

The Wondercutter S: A Handheld Ultrasonic Cutter That's Like a Power X-Acto Knife

You can't see/feel it vibrate, but it "breezes through an amazing array of materials" | Continue reading


@core77.com | 16 days ago

Pop-Up Prison Design with Open Cubicles and Touchscreens

The Hunter Correctional Centre in Australia had a problem: Too many prisoners coming in, not enough capacity. They could either overcrowd the cells, which would be inhumane and/or illegal, or they could build a new wing of cells, which would take years (and a budget) that they di … | Continue reading


@core77.com | 16 days ago

Maniac Replaces His Bicycle Wheels With Sawmill Blades for Frozen Lake Riding

The product-hacking content creator known as The Q, whose product hacks often involve bicycles, decided he wanted to ride a bike across a frozen lake. His solution was to replace the wheels with sawmill blades: If you don't want to watch the build, but want to see what | Continue reading


@core77.com | 16 days ago

West Coast Customs Realizes Rolls-Royce's "Floating" Concept Car

Rolls-Royce typically doesn't do concept cars, but four years ago they rolled out their first, the 1030EX Vision 100: Automotive customization shop West Coast Customs became enamored of the design. After producing a series of renderings… …and following "years of R&D, we created | Continue reading


@core77.com | 16 days ago

Thinking of Moving Out of the City? Check Out Cheap Old Houses

CheapOldHouses.com is a website that lists, well, guess. Targeted at folks on a budget who want to get out of the city and are willing to move to small towns across the country, the site finds listings that are under $100,000, though some of them have a catch, as you'll | Continue reading


@core77.com | 17 days ago