adidas recently unveiled a new silhouette called Deerupt, and if you ever had doubts social media could play a significant role in the design process, it's time to think again. If you religiously follow the sneaker world on Instagram, you've probably noticed an overload of images that look almost
In order to push forward in our careers, we often need to expose ourselves to the cold, hard truth and push past common excuses that do nothing but keep our development stagnant. Too often we settle for general career advice that beats around the bush because a) honest advice is
Kickstarter is often used with the intention of launching products that will eventually lead to full brands, but what if the crowdfunding platform were to be used for quick, one-off experiments? Product designer and Kickstarter expert Oscar Lhermitte is toying with the latter concept through a series of projects appropriately
Post-it Notes are an invaluable tool when it comes to effective brainstorming sessions and leaving reminders for yourself in the office. Heck, they even make it incredibly easy to leave passive aggressive notes for roommates and family members. However, the peeling ends in this image are something I'm sure all
A couple of years ago, we covered Lake Art, a family-run business that uses a laser cutter/engraver to create decorative objects inspired by local lakes, rivers and oceans. Recently brought to our attention is Pangea, a small company that has a more minimal take on a similar topic. When
When starting a new product-based business, a major roadblock you'll likely hit is figuring how to bring your product to life for the first time. Outside of your homemade prototypes, you've never had to deal with finding a manufacturer before! But your product, whatever it may be, is in demand,
I generally keep my phone within a 15ft radius of my body at all times, and I don't think I'm the only one. When you think about it, though, smartphone mounts haven't exactly been updated to consider the wide variety of tasks we now rely on our phones for. The
Print and design company MOO recently surveyed 1,300 of their US-based users on the following two questions: What is currently your go-to font? What font do you think will be the next big thing? This survey was pretty brief and only covers a small amount of people in the US,
Last year, we were excited to write in detail about the Bollinger B1, the first of its kind off-road electric sport utility truck designed by Bollinger Motors. Since the all-wheel drive truck is electric, there was no need to accommodate for an engine or transmission. In lieu of these considerations,
As a mid-winter beacon of hope for city commuters and outdoor enthusiasts, Ministry of Supply recently launched the Mercury Intelligent Heated Jacket. There are a few other battery-powered thermal jackets on the market, but Mercury's machine learning capabilities make it kind of like wrapping yourself in a chic heated blanket
Cyrill Gutsch talks about plastic use the way doctors talk about drug addiction. In a way, he's not far off. Although wildly harmful to the environment, plastic has become engrained into the worlds of design and manufacturing as a go-to material that simply gets the job done. Cyrill Gutsch and his company Parley are on a multi-faceted mission to end this mentality by ridding the world of plastic—entirely.
Unveiled last night, here's a look at Nike's latest additions to their Mercurial line—the Mercurial Superfly and the Mercurial Vapor 360. There are two main design details to note here, the first being the Flyknit innovation that allows the full boot to be wrapped in the material. Nike explains this
Bould Design recently announced two very different projects we have our eyes on at the moment: The first is Vestaboard—a multipurpose message board controlled by your smartphone. Instead of changing the letters on your seasonal farm-to-table restaurant's daily menu or your wall of inspirational quotes at the office (no
Before today, the closest I had gotten to associating the NYC Subway with appetizing food was Pizza Rat and that time my friend told me she saw a man eating plastic on the E train. I'm happy to see the French have a more refined experience on their Paris Métro,
Imagine sliding into Jasper Morrison's DM, then having the conversation result in a soap collaboration. It could've gone horribly wrong, but instead you now get to design a bar of soap with Jasper Morrison. That's exactly how Good Thing's fragrant-free, pigment-free Soap came about. Back in October 2016, Good Thing
Steelcase recently announced SILQ, an office chair inspired by the sleekness of aerospace designs and the high-performance of Paralympic prosthetic legs. While the chair itself is beautiful and the inspiration is clear in the final result, SILQ's uniqueness lies in its revolt against the corporate design process, stagnant work days
Yesterday, Nike announced the Epic React Flyknit Runner, the first running shoe that incorporates Nike React, a responsive foam that Nike chemists, designers and engineers developed back in 2017: The runner boasts a single-piece Flyknit upper with a more technical midsole in contrast. Nike React is much softer than
Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun designs out-of-this-world experiences for the likes of NASA, Mattel Inc. HQ, LEGO HQ, MoMA and more. Her celebrated and respected "Willy Wonka" approach to experience design is what brought her to Brooklyn-based A/D/O's attention last year, when she was a speaker at their Common Sense Festival.
Different iterations of the companion robot—which we like to define as a robot designed to carry out targeted tasks while attempting empathy and interaction—were seen in just about every section of CES. We were hoping cute robots looking up at us would evoke joy, but instead they left us with
Nike just announced a 10-pair sneaker collection completely designed by 14 female Nike designers, all working on either Nike's color and materials team or sneaker design team. Drawing inspiration from two of Nike's most iconic sneaker silhouettes—the Air Force 1 and Air Jordan 1—the designers were put to work creating
The future is coming for us. Fast. CES didn't just drive that point home—they drove it, crashed it and exploded it in your face for an entire week. While walking the floor, it was tricky to take our focus off the visual stimulation relentlessly hitting us from every possible direction.
This morning, Reebok announced a collaboration with design studio Odd Matter on an athletic seating collection made from their woven performance textile, Flexweave, which, "boasts an open figure-8 construction that interlocks unlimited strands of fibers to create a single surface construction that is as strong as it is light." Here's a look at the first chair to come out of the collection:
At the end of each year, we like to reflect on standout projects our readers worked on and then submitted to us for review. We love when our readers bring creative projects that push the boundaries of already existing design structures to our attention, and this list combines some of
This year proved to be a materials-focused year in footwear. As opposed to last year's 3D printing frenzy, this year saw more of a focus on using high-performance materials in unexpected ways. Our list of top ten footwear stories from this year includes everything from sneaker sketching to Nike's Flyknit
If you're in need of a smile this afternoon, take a minute to watch this video about graphic design power duo Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar. Celebrating 60 years of collaboration this year, the 85 year old designers reflect on a few of their most iconic logos and their
At this point, it's no secret we're killing our planet at a frighteningly rapid pace. With plastic and other toxic materials polluting our oceans and infiltrating our air supply, it's more important now than ever for designers and scientists to develop scalable solutions to help reverse the bad habits we've
Ron Faris got his start developing brand experiences working for Virgin Media to produce the well-known Virgin Mobile music festival. Inspired by the energy of people waiting in line at the festivals he produced, Faris developed Virgin Mega, a mobile platform to engage communities while they wait in line to
Nissin, the manufacturer of Cup of Noodles, has been putting their designers to work in order solve various food issues related to Japanese culture. The first product released from the series is Otohiko—a massive electronic fork trained to recognize and combat slurping noises Japanese eaters tend to make while consuming
After hearing Levi's current Head of Design, Jonathan Cheung, give an insightful speech on the future of branding and retail at WGSN's Futures conference, we were inspired to speak with him more about his role at the 164 year old denim company.
Remember this adaptable bed frame by Detroit-based company Floyd? Well, after two years of waiting, the team has just unveiled a striking table to complement it: Not only is the table pleasant to look at, but it's also made with natural materials, including real birch wood and an all-natural linoleum
Kickstarter has been all about inventive products and the stories behind them since day one. By now, we all know the basics of how the crowdfunding platform works—designer thinks of groundbreaking idea but needs funding, designer creates Kickstarter campaign to raise awareness and funding, designer either earns enough funding or
The much anticipated Pakt One travel bag's story is one of trial and error and successful multi-layer collaboration. Launched this morning on Indiegogo, the bag's story is filled with interesting advice for designers thinking about putting a professional crowdfunding campaign together—for a market overcrowded with product and made up of
This year's edition of the Tokyo Motor Show was all about the concept vehicle. Placing emphasis on what's to come next in the transportation industry, each exhibiting company flaunted their vision of the future vehicle on dramatic rotating stages under massive spotlights. With crowds fighting to photograph the exciting concepts
I'm a designer at Marimekko's ready-to-wear design team. In the past, I have also designed some prints for Marimekko, but at the moment I'm concentrating on creating the silhouettes. In this job it's important to understand the characteristics of prints, as well as the foundation of Marimekko's ready-to-wear—paying equal attention to the print and the shape of the garment.
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