product design

Which Vodka Brand Has the Best Bottle?

Which Vodka Brand Has the Best Bottle?

The packaging of any product is important, but in vodka, it may be most important of all. After all, vodka is clear, and it’s designed to be tasteless. The perf... »

Footwear Origami That Could Save Millions of Lives

Footwear Origami That Could Save Millions of Lives

With an equal mixture of carelessness and deliberation, we choose our shoes. A pair of pumps might be picked because of the way they go with a certain dress, or... »

Soma, the World’s Most Beautiful Water Filter, Is Now for Sale

Soma, the World’s Most Beautiful Water Filter, Is Now for Sale

The Soma water filter was born out of an embarrassing moment. Founder Mike Del Ponte was hosting a dinner party at his San Francisco home for some design indust... »

These Sticky Notes Stick to the Back of Your iPhone. Paper and Digital Productivity at its Finest.

These Sticky Notes Stick to the Back of Your iPhone. Paper and Digital Productivity at its Finest.

  I Love Handles’ new Paperback iPhone 5 post-its are brilliant. Our workflows include a combination of paper and digital, so it’s nice to always have a st... »

How 500 Years of Weird Condiment History Designed the Heinz Ketchup Bottle

How 500 Years of Weird Condiment History Designed the Heinz Ketchup Bottle

What do you think about when you see a glass bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup on a table? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t pay very close attention ... »

A Lampshade that Magically Floats in Midair

A Lampshade that Magically Floats in Midair

Take a quick survey of today’s best and brightest in lighting design, and there’s nary a lampshade in sight. Lamps today are more likely to resemble pill capsul... »

It’s Not Just Bad Food That’s Giving Us Diabetes, It’s Our Food Packaging

It’s Not Just Bad Food That’s Giving Us Diabetes, It’s Our Food Packaging

There are many reasons why the world is ensnared in an obesity epidemic, and they don’t only involve the quantity of food people are eating (though that&#... »

Live in Your Sneakers? Mobile Housing’s Next Step

Live in Your Sneakers? Mobile Housing’s Next Step

The appeal of pop-ups is clear–it’s exciting to see something we generally think of as a permanent structure made impermanent and mobile. Though we rarely... »

This Smokin’ New Scooter Is Made with Hemp

This Smokin’ New Scooter Is Made with Hemp

You saw the headline, so let’s just get this out of the way. The new Be.e scooter, is actually made from a hemp-based plastic and thus is not a pure form of the... »

An All-In-One Digital Clock And iPhone Charger

An All-In-One Digital Clock And iPhone Charger

Bedside gadgets tend to come in disparate parts: You have an alarm clock on your phone, but then where did you leave your charger? Or perhaps your phone is perf... »

Want to Shower in Your Living Room? A Strange New Design Mashup

Want to Shower in Your Living Room? A Strange New Design Mashup

Product design mashups are strange beasts. But few are as strange as this hybrid bathroom-living room fixture that turns a floor lamp into a portable shower. Ne... »

This Chair Will Not be Pulled Out From Under You

This Chair Will Not be Pulled Out From Under You

Visual sleight of hand is hard to sustain in design because, well, the illusion (or joke) may work once, but it gets old pretty quickly. Truth is, people want t... »

Kickstarting: A Watch That Lets You Tell Time By Feel

Kickstarting: A Watch That Lets You Tell Time By Feel

The act of people glancing at watches to tell time is already potentially on its way to extinction, as the devices we rely on as timekeepers aren’t necessarily ... »

Can This Sink-Urinal Hybrid Get Men to Wash Their Hands?

Can This Sink-Urinal Hybrid Get Men to Wash Their Hands?

People, in general, aren’t good at prioritizing. We blow off work to repeatedly refresh our news feeds and bookmark articles we don’t ever finish reading. We ea... »

Workstations Designed for Collaboration, Modeled on Friendly Neighborhoods

Workstations Designed for Collaboration, Modeled on Friendly Neighborhoods

“We have recently seen many offices that try to evoke a kind of forced playfulness,” says Sam Hecht, founder of London-based Industrial Facility. “Slides, chill... »

Smiles for the People: A Social Enterprise with an Eco-Friendly Toothbrush

Smiles for the People: A Social Enterprise with an Eco-Friendly Toothbrush

We don’t make it a habit of reviewing toothbrushes here at The Next Web, but the social entrepreneurship work that Smiles for the People is doing caught our att... »

Nike Launches a New App to Help Designers Choose Green Materials

Nike Launches a New App to Help Designers Choose Green Materials

For about eight years now, Nike has selected materials for apparel and shoe products by using an in-house sustainability index, developed by researchers from a ... »

Simple Genius: a Bendable Cheese Grater That’s a Cinch to Clean

Simple Genius: a Bendable Cheese Grater That’s a Cinch to Clean

Recent events–RIP James Gandolfini–have prompted me to revisit The Sopranos. Thanks to access to HBO Go through a rather convoluted connection (a fr... »

A Customizable Desk System That Tames Creative Chaos

A Customizable Desk System That Tames Creative Chaos

Not everyone can work from home. (I can.) Perhaps it’s the proximity of the bed to the work area or the lack of human cohabitants to crowd around the proverbial... »

Kickstarting: Stylish, Super Lightweight Sneakers Made From Tyvek

Kickstarting: Stylish, Super Lightweight Sneakers Made From Tyvek

Trying to tear Tyvek is like attempting to rip a phone book in half–it simply can’t be done. The synthetic material–discovered, developed, and trade... »

This Cruel Glass Spills Your Beer If You Use Your iPhone

This Cruel Glass Spills Your Beer If You Use Your iPhone

A guy walks into a bar–have you heard this joke before?–and something hilarious happens, but nobody notices because they’re all on their phones. Lik... »

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