Monday, March 30, 2009

PETAL Prototype 01

PETAL prototype 01 - Default mode

Great lesson on Typography

I thought this video is a very interesting way of teaching basic typography in a method that you can remember easily. This video was created by the Vancouver Film School.

RbG Rainbow Glasses

I found these great glasses frames from the membership gallery on Core77, designed by Spainish designer Luis Por'em. This RbG Rainbow Glasses project was for the contest Opus Award.

According to Luis Por'em, "the sturcture of this glasses has an internal channel where the colourful ink passes through, painting it with the colours you desire, allowing you to have a different look every time you want."

What a great idea! I imagined color-changing glasses before, but I never took the thought any further and just went on living with my glasses. However, he came up with a solution to the idea in an easy and simply way; just fill hollow frames with colored ink! For someone like me who needs to wear prescription glasses every single day and wishes to have a different look every once a while, these glasses will be on my MUST BUY list, for sure. The frame are made out of plastic with flexible arms and are filled with water-based ink, so you don't have to worry about the frames breaking and spilling ink everywhere.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Tagline, Treatment, and Storyboard

"Blobjects carry the flag in a world whose manifest destiny is 'organic behavior in a technological matrix.' Chips shape them and make them behave. Computer-aided design and injection molding allow them to assume any form. They get their organic forms directly from us: from mimicking human flesh."

The organic behavior concepts of blobjects will spread in use.

Blobject proliferate.

Go Simple
Free yourself
For precious lifestyle
Proliferate your style

"Utilizing perpetually self-updating, amorphous N-CEL technology, the Prototype is the only all-in-one digital device you will ever need, including wireless data-stream access and vid-talk and chirp services with global coverage and the ability to reshape itself to your specifications."

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pocket Yoga Netbook

Last night, I spoke with my dad for an hour about what kind of futuristic products would be available in the future and I later came across this concept product from 'Core 77'. This slim looking mini-laptop is Lonovo's Pocket Yoga netbook. Its has a hinged design, so you can even put this netbook in your pocket and carry it around everywhere you go. Opening the lid tilts the keyboard up towards you and settles the screen at an angle while closing it allows you to draw or write directly on the touch screen. Once again, it is only a concept design, so we won't get to play with this nice leatherbound new toy just yet, although I hope it will see the light of day soon enough and open up a new way of connect to the world.

"We don't think we'd ever put Lenovo's Pocket Yoga netbook in our pocket, as shown in the photo, but we love the design of the hinge--opening the screen tilts the keyboard towards you, as seen below. It also looks like the hinge rotates on a second access, giving you tablet-like functionality. And the leatherbound casing is a nice touch.

Again, we're just trying to draw attention to the physical design features; there's no word on whether this thing will actualy be released. Lenovo has stressed that this is a concept from '07, parts of which may make their way into future models."

via electronista

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Toughest (and shiniest) Car Known to Man

The recent New York Toy Fair debuted a large number of new products and designs, like always, but none of's images from the show caught my eye like the Crystallized Swarovski Lamborgini by Maisto, a die-cast model car company. I don't think anything could every be quite as shiny and impressive as something like this, unless someone were to cover a full-sized Lamborgini in giant diamonds.

My question is, though, why do something like this? It seems like there is always an attempt for the rich to one up everyone else in the world not by doing the next big thing, but by producing the next ridiculously over-expensive thing for them to show off to everyone else. Oh well. Let them do what they want with their millions and billions, I suppose. I'd just love to get close enough to one of these things to see it in detail.

More images of the Swarovski-covered car can be found on Maisto's Daily Dose blog.
The above image was taken by Veanne Cao and originally found here.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Space Age Banana Slug Electric Stapler?

It looks like some sort of super banana electric stapler or a sleek remote with a single button, but the Snooc hair straightener, by Bluelarix Designworks, is designed to fit into the ergonomic salon or home vanity of the future with its internal hinge and simplified body. I've been looking to get a new hair straitener, but I think I'll wait for something in white or black, let alone for the product to actually be produced and released.

Originally posted on Core77.

Say Hello to "Power-Hog"

Recently posted in Core77's Greener Gadgets Design Competition is the Power Hog. Honestly, I have a bit of a thing for pigs, so I loved this concept from the moment I saw it. It's a wonderful way to teach children (or the watt consumption uneducated) the value of the things that they take for granted on a daily basis. The process is simple: after plugging the desired device into the pig, which is plugged into the outlet, it is powered by inserting coins the same way that a piggy bank saves spare change. In fact, it is a bit of a piggy bank by itself as well, since the coins can be retreived later. Rather than spending hours with the television on, the user would begin to learn the value of the device at hand and spend less time with it on or, at the very least, left idling and sucking up electricity.

The Power Hog recently won second place in the competition with 1078 votes and was envisioned by Mathieu Zastawny, Mansour Ourasanah, Tom Dooley, Peter Byar, Elysa Soffer, Mathieu Turpault.

Stop Recycling, Start Reparing!!!

Core77's favorite Platform21 presents a new project called "Repair Manifesto", after presenting "Hacking IKEA" and other projects. According to Platform21, they is "a platform for people curious about the future. An old, round chapel in Amsterdam is our public design laboratory."

The Manifesto makes some very good points on the art of the fix, sharing helpful points to get the reader to embrace the do-it-yourself repair projects as the next form of recycling, rather than falling back on the society of the instantly disposable.

You can support the people at Platform21 by simply repairing your own damage goods and emailing the results to their email, info[at] If the repair job is good enough, you might even see your work in a show all about the idea of repairs and retooling. The show opens March 13, so find something broken of damaged, pick your brain for ideas, and get to work!