Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The WaterStation is a refreshing new take on water filters that we find at food courts and supermarkets. Generally the dispensing machine allows you take water by the glasses. This new redesign includes water bottles that you can take to your table, use and then dock it back for refilling. If nothing else, this new idea will save me countless trips to the water filter and make food courts a better experience.
Designer: Kukil Han
If you ever run into someone that's a better-looking version of a person you had a crush on in high school, you can't help but be enthralled. Similarly, I'll always do a double take when I see a Jaguar E-Type, as my first car was a used Datsun 280ZX (not the exact one in the photo above, alas), whose predecessor 240Z owes a widely-acknowledged styling debt to the E-Type.
I'm not the only one who finds the car attractive, of course; the E-Type is one of the few vehicles in the MoMA's permanent collection. We wrote a more descriptive piece up on the E-Type last year, and here's a video of Paola Antonelli discussing the car's ellipse- and algorithm-based design in depth.
Popular Mechanics recently asked four car experts—Ford's J Mays, Chrysler's Ralph Gilles, Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen and walking car history encyclopedia Jay Leno—what it is that makes the car so special. Read their answers and see some beauty shots here.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Here is another intriguing Toothpaste Packaging design that makes total sense. SavePaste has a three-point agenda: To eliminate the hard-to-squeeze dead space, minimizing toothpaste residue left inside the container; Reduce two packaging to one. It means we can reduce waste and manufacturing price plus encourage recycling. And finally, have a user-friendly design so that people easily adopt it. I think it’s a full score on all three fronts!
Designers: Sang Min Yu and Wong Sang Lee
Sunday, July 17, 2011
In anticipation of Device Design Day 2011, we've partnered with Kicker Studio to bring you a series where speakers from this year's conference reflect on six questions about design and their practice. D3 brings together visual, interaction and industrial designers for a multi-disciplinary conversation about the design of consumer electronics and objects with embedded technology.
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Kicker Studio keeps reminding us how technology can elevate and enhance even the most analog experiences, so with Device Design Day less than a month away, we're excited to present the 6th profile of this year's speakers with some great design insights from Charles Goran. Read on to find out more about the joy of juicing and the importance of caring and collaboration in design.
Charles Goran has over 25 years of experience designing and delivering user experiences for devices, games, the Web, TV and everything in-between. He has lead award winning design and development on projects for companies like Apple, Microsoft, Motorola, AT&T, 3COM and T-Mobile. Charles is currently helping lead UX for T-Mobile USA and recently helped deliver the new Sidekick 4G.
Read on for more from this year's Device Design Day speakers:
Six Questions for Liz Bacon, Devise
Six Questions for Karen Kaushansky, Jawbone
Six Questions for Mike Kruzeniski, Microsoft
Six Questions for Branko Lukic, NONOBJECT
Six Questions for Cori Schauer, NASA
Kicker Studio: What is the most cherished product in your life? Why?
Charles Goran: My mobile device. It brings my music and entertainment with me wherever I am. It connects me to the people I care about. It keeps me informed. It is my most personal possession.
What's the one product you wish you'd designed, and why?
The Alessi juice squeezer. It was designed by Philipe Starck. It is an elegant solution to the juicing problem. It makes me smile and brightens my day.(more...)"