product design

From Philippe Starck, the Ultimate Couch tor Working at Home

From Philippe Starck, the Ultimate Couch tor Working at Home

Say you work as a freelancer, or you’re taking a sick day and staying home. It’s raining outside, and your favorite coffee shop or workspace seems just too far ... »

NYC to Install Free Cellphone-Charging Stations

NYC to Install Free Cellphone-Charging Stations

Not so long ago, we featured a Pensa concept that we called a rest stop for the urban age–a system called Street Charge that could attach to any sign, the... »

How Cadillac Designed A Comeback

How Cadillac Designed A Comeback

Sixteen years ago, Cadillac was the top-selling U.S. luxury car brand. It seems impossible in retrospect, as its line of cars featured the soulless geometries o... »

A Tape Dispenser Designed for One-Handed Use

A Tape Dispenser Designed for One-Handed Use

Clenched teeth and curse words usually accompany the act of holding an overstuffed cardboard box together with one hand while futzing around with a roll of pack... »

Weird USB Drives Designed to Make Digital Data More Meaningful

Weird USB Drives Designed to Make Digital Data More Meaningful

With each passing year, our memories become increasingly intertwined with digital data. Snapshots get saved instantly as pixels rather than Polaroids; mementos ... »

An Ingenious Button-Down Shirt with a Hidden Microfiber Cloth

An Ingenious Button-Down Shirt with a Hidden Microfiber Cloth

In a world full of shiny surfaces, fingerprints are a small but persistent nuisance. They get stamped on our smartphones, our tablets, and most frustratingly on... »

This Chair Unfolds to Become a Chaise

This Chair Unfolds to Become a Chaise

It’s mankind’s oldest quest. Once we had the warmth of fire, we’ve been looking for the perfect seat to place around it–something that could be a casual c... »

A Spoon That Doubles As An iPad Stylus

A Spoon That Doubles As An iPad Stylus

              Sometimes it’s a fine line between genius and utter stupidity, and the iSpoon ($7) does somersaults on that lin... »

This Pointer Answers the Age-Old Question, “Where the Hell Are My Keys?”

This Pointer Answers the Age-Old Question, “Where the Hell Are My Keys?”

You’re late again (no judgment). But at least you’re finally on the move, making your way out. Phone? Check. Wallet? Present. Keys? Argh. Even the most highly o... »

5 Ways to Make Any Piece of Tech Sexy

5 Ways to Make Any Piece of Tech Sexy

Recently, I met with a senior manager of a business that builds very unsexy handheld analytical instruments. “My product is just an industrial instrument,... »

Life After Kickstarter: 5 Costly Lessons From a Kickstarter-Backed Designer

Life After Kickstarter: 5 Costly Lessons From a Kickstarter-Backed Designer

For Jon Fawcett, Kickstarter success came with an unusual soundtrack: an air horn. The din started on May 7, 2012, the day Fawcett and his colleagues at Fuse Ch... »

Can This Sleek Lighter Challenge the Zippo?

Can This Sleek Lighter Challenge the Zippo?

Design is a search to perfectly integrate form, function, and meaning. A single design can take years of iterations and refinements and still may never embody t... »

This Pouch Ensures You Pay Attention to Your Date, Not Your Phone

This Pouch Ensures You Pay Attention to Your Date, Not Your Phone

Forget body language–the most effective, ultra-modern way to show someone that you’re into them, you respect them, or you genuinely enjoy their company is... »

This Jacket Lets You Give a Hug by Remote Control

This Jacket Lets You Give a Hug by Remote Control

In the mid-’60s, the animal behavior expert, autism sufferer, and all-around genius,Temple Grandin, created the “hug box.” The device was a re... »

A Furniture Collection Made Entirely by Wind Power

A Furniture Collection Made Entirely by Wind Power

Merel Karhof has been using the breeze as muse for years, finding new ways to spin airflow into creative gold. Most notable, perhaps, is the London-based design... »

Matali Crasset’s New Lamps Diffuse And Scatter Light

Matali Crasset’s New Lamps Diffuse And Scatter Light

We’ve all encountered some ghastly DIY popsicle stick creation–usually at a yard sale or a thrift shop–and have thought, shaking our heads, “I can m... »

These $1,000 Ceramic Speakers from Joey Roth Are the “anti-Jambox” Approach

These $1,000 Ceramic Speakers from Joey Roth Are the “anti-Jambox” Approach

With very few exceptions, speakers are designed to be somewhat utilitarian devices. But what happens when a designer just happens to also have a passion for sup... »

A Whisk and Egg-Yolk Separator in One

A Whisk and Egg-Yolk Separator in One

The cupcake is dead. Long live the cupcake? A couple weeks back, news spread about a brewing crisis in American capitalism–the great cupcake crash of 2013... »

A Chair for Public Spaces, Built for Both Privacy and Chitchat

A Chair for Public Spaces, Built for Both Privacy and Chitchat

It can be tough to find a bit of privacy in a common space–not take-off-your-pants-and-lounge-around-in-your-boxers privacy, mind you, but maybe work-on-a... »

An Eco-Friendly Lamp That’s Actually Beautiful

An Eco-Friendly Lamp That’s Actually Beautiful

  The word “bohemian” comes to mind. The Drawstring Lamp is full of understated cool, a casual conveyance of “oh, I just artfully sewed together this cleve... »

Frog Predicts: Flexible Displays Will Soon Change The World

Frog Predicts: Flexible Displays Will Soon Change The World

  I’m talking to Frog’s Chief Creative Officer, Mark Rolston, about the iWatch. He’s riffing on the future of wearable technology and user interface, and t... »

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