Industrial designers can be petty, and I'm no exception, so I'm always thrilled when an architect defects to our "side." But this one takes the cake. Sustainability-minded Benjamin Uyeda co-founded ZeroEnergy Design, an architecture firm that creates houses that produce more energy than they consume. Homes like that would be
Can you think up a good product idea in 60 seconds? That's the challenge Diane Copek set for herself after watching an episode of "Shark Tank." "I thought, what problem can I solve?" she says. Copek, who runs an automotive supply company and spends a lot of time on the
It's strange to think terrorism has influenced the design of luggage, yet it undeniably has. Frequent fliers seek out bags with pockets allowing for quick laptop egress and ingress, and external pockets for dumping keys and change into, making the airport security line a bit easier. At some airports
Bob Clagett tackles another multifaceted project that resembles an Industrial Design Prototyping 101 project. Here he executes everything from 3D printing to modelmaking to electronics, conjuring up a replica of the "Matrix of Leadership" artifact that fans of the '80s Transformers cartoon will recognize: Prototyping an Adjustable
As part of her "Salt" series, Israeli artist Sigalit Landau suspends objects within the Dead Sea for set periods of time. Because the Dead Sea has a salinity level of 34.2%, making it nearly 10 times as salty as typical ocean water, it has an interesting effect on said objects.
The Shaper Origin's demo videos look pretty awesome--but just how, precisely, would the tool fit into your workflow? Whether you're a shop newbie or a pro with a router/CNC mill, you probably have questions about what it would be like in actual use. Let's get them out on the table.
Julian Checkley is master "special creature effects" fabricator for the film industry, and recently decided to make something to put regular cosplayers to shame: A convincing Batman suit that contains 23 functioning gadgets, like a gaunlet-mounted display linked to a magnetic throwable tracking device, flashbang grenades, a wrist-mounted gas dispenser
For shops that need to cut complicated shapes out of wood, there are two popular options: Use a gantry-style CNC mill or a handheld router. The former requires lots of space and can be pricey. The latter is much more affordable, but requires making templates for repeatability. A company called
On one end of the architectural spectrum, you've got the self-important avant garde starchitects who design alienating structures incomprehensible to the layperson. On the other end, you've got the McMansion-designing maniacs whose designs appear to have been conceived of by creating collages in Photoshop. Which is worse? An anonymously-written website
At the Holz-Handwerk show earlier this year, we saw a bunch of stuff that wouldn't fit in our other galleries: Furniture, shop furniture, fixtures, fittings and tool storage. Everything from the student work to the stuff designed by the pros was, as you'd expect from one of Germany's largest tradeshows,
Is there anything better than seeing a design team that's clearly obsessed with their product? Here the folks from Peak Design break down their Everyday Backpack, which might be the most well-thought-out, functional and good-looking bag design I've ever seen:
In the 1980s, if you wanted to play videogames you had to clear some hurdles. First you had to save up some quarters. Then you had to journey to a smoke-filled arcade, and avoid being punched by a kid named Seth who smoked cigarettes and wore a bandanna and a
Here's a fascinating interview with The Sucklord, the NYC-based artist that cranks out modified and unlicensed action figures from his downtown studio. Whether it's Gay Empire Homotroopers, and AT-AT that looks like it's been through the South Bronx in the late '70s or a Sleestak in a business suit, the
When you see photos of classic cars from past decade, they're often beautifully restored, looking better than they did when they left the factory. No such love is given to old computers, as most people don't care. Photographer James Ball, however, does.
While umbrellas are for rain in NYC, in Saudi Arabia's Mecca they provide respite from the blistering sun. Each year millions of Muslims visit Mecca for their haj pilgrimage, and after years of volunteering there, scientist Kamel Badawi has envisioned an object to serve the needs he's observed. First and
We're used to seeing those standardized crash tests involving cars and concrete blocks. But Switzerland's Dynamic Test Center puts those to shame, rigging up unusual, kinetically violent arrangements at the request of clients in search of unexamined data points. What happens when a car hits another car at 200 k.p.h.?
Design entrepreneurs: Luggage seems to be a category in need of improvements, as evidenced by the rash of new, successfully-funded designs we've seen in the past couple of years. They've included features like expandable shelves, an integrated suit-packing system and folding fabric lids. On Kickstarter, the Trunkster featured a roll-top
I have no idea what made him think of this, but a fellow named John Heisz decided to remove his table saw blade, and replace it with a circle he cut out of paper. Here's what happened:
Some crazy design & engineering from Frank Howarth this week, as he makes an overhead camera boom that slowly rotates, providing a very cool time-lapse effect with circular motion.
I've got several industrial sewing machines mounted on leveling feet to deal with my uneven floors. But I've found the vibrations of the machines are enough to loosen the nylon-insert lock nuts attaching the feet to the table legs. While poking around for a better solution, I came across this
This video's title, "Redneck Drives a Duct Tape Car Off a Cliff" is a bit misleading, but perhaps there's no other way to describe it in 10 words or less. The folks behind FiberFix, a super-tape allegedly 100 times stronger than duct tape, put together this nutty demonstration of its
Is there anything worse than being berated for your personal choice of phone? By someone who does not see the phone as an occasionally helpful glass rectangle, but as a lifestyle choice, a representation of your worth as a human being? Here comedian Ronny Chieng, prior to landing his Daily
It's interesting to see that the rim of a bicycle wheel is essentially made the same way that Jimmy DiResta made the rim of a magnifying glass in last week's Maker's Roundup. I guess there's only so many ways to turn a straight piece of metal into a circle. Beyond
The standard modus operandi for folks who are drilling holes and driving screws is to have one tool for each. Not having to continually swap bits is worth the weight of an extra tool pulling one side of your belt down. Thus most folks doing this sort of work have
We figured self-driving cars were maybe five or ten years away. But Uber has beaten Apple, Google, Tesla and others to the punch, and is rolling out a small fleet of autonomous Volvos--this month, according to Bloomberg. In the test city of Pittsburgh, Uber users will summon cars as normal
When the Nazis took power in the 1930s, Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius wisely, and daringly, escaped to America. Gropius, along with protégé Marcel Breuer, landed teaching gigs at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Harvard subsequently amassed, with Gropius' help, a massive collection of "more than 30,000 [Bauhaus-related] objects, from
New Zealand isn't a place one thinks of as needing firewood. But Ayla Hutchinson lives and hikes with her family near New Zealand's snow-covered Mount Taranaki, where "it can get VERY cold in the winter," she writes. "When you are cold, you can never get the fire going fast
By one estimate, there are 54 factories in China producing unlicensed replicas of Eames furniture. While they'll probably find a ready market all around the world--$520 for a knockoff Eames Lounge vs. $8,900 for the real deal makes it a no-brainer for the unscrupulous--in the UK they'll find a ready
We've had a couple of 100-degree days here in NYC, and the only thing that deals with heat less well than me is a laptop. If the CPU isn't kept cool by the cooling fans, the whole thing shuts down. And if you don't keep the fans clean, the accumulated dust and gunk can cause the fans to crap out.
Mercedes-Benz is teasing the following image on their Facebook page: The only description they've provided is "Hot & cool - almost 6 metres of ultimate luxury." Six meters is 19.7 feet, so this thing is apparently going to be about as long as a 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood.
The act of using a tape measure to mark cuts appears simple: You pull the tape out until your desired dimension is exposed, then mark your workpiece with a pencil. If we look at the act a little more closely, and as UX-minded designers, we see that sure, there's a little hassle: The end user must pluck their pencil down from behind their ear, make their mark, and return the pencil behind the ear (or pocket, for the fancy-pants among you). And unless it's a mechanical pencil, it must periodically
I like what Steve Ramsey does here, which is to demonstrate that a lot of times, your first and second design for something will not stand the test of time. Here he revisits a project he's already done several times and attempts to correct the errors of versions 1.0 and 2.0
Car clubs are nothing new, but we got a kick out of this one's recent photo session. Peach State Challengers is, as the name suggests, an auto club exclusively for people who own Dodge Challengers and live in or around Georgia. (That's our "Peach State" for you non-Americans.) During a
Time to put those design thinking caps on. Before you scroll down to the bottom for the answer, let's take a close look at this thing's physical features, to see if you can deduce why they're there. Here's the "front:" We see three wheels in the middle--why wheels?
Touring in London this month, Bill Burr noticed the streets were packed with supercars. Why? Turns out 20something rich oil sheiks modify them, fly them in for their vacation stays, and all try to big-time each other.
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