Alexis Houssou, co-founder of the venture firm Hardware Club, worked with his business partner to upend the typical structure of venture capital firm. They didn't just want to fund successful hardware companies—they wanted to start a community for these startups looking for others to talk to about the daily challenges of trying to fund a successful tech startup.
Therapy as a component to health and wellness is something the world at large is gradually warming up to, and many emerging companies are seeing the opportunity for improvement through design and consumer research. A new mental health company called Two Chairs (which recently received Series A funding from Maveron,
Cooking is one of those rare areas where many ancient tools tend to hold up just as well as their modern counterparts—take, for example, bamboo steamers, wrapping fish in banana leaves, or—a slightly more modern innovation— the mushikamado, a predecessor to the modern rice cooker developed in the early 1900s.
Meghan Maupin, CEO of Atolla, will be speaking at Core77's speaker series at CES 2019, "Reaching Future Customers Using Design and Tech" at 2:00 PM on the Design & Source Stage, Wednesday, January 9th. The dilemma of finding the right skincare is an age-old rite of passage that often involves
Typically, small studios and independent designers have only had a couple of choices when it comes to producing performance-quality 3d prints in the process of prototyping—either use a standard desktop 3D printer and expect to do some serious touch-up, or turn to an industrial service bureau where designers work with
This interview is part of a series featuring the presenters participating in this year's Core77 Conference, "Now What? Launching & Growing Your Creative Business", a one-day event aimed to equip attendees with tangible skills and toolkits to help produce and promote their products or services. Joseph Guerra and Sina
What began as an opportunity to help out a colleague on their crowdfunding campaign not only ended up leading Alex Daly into a new career, but also helped her carve out a job title that was previously completely unheard of. As the founder of Vann Alexandra, a firm that helps
The tale of launching a creative studio is age-old, and yet, somehow the ins and outs of that journey are still cloaked in mystery, and the helpful, frank tips young designers hunger for are often out of reach. It's easy to view this lack of knowledge as a serious disadvantage,
On Kickstarter, it feels as if designers are constantly coming up with new ways to redesign a device to brew your coffee or a product in which you can enjoy your beverage. In a world rife with likely unnecessary coffee products, it's hard to imagine something that actually creates new
For many, an ice cube is simply a tool to help keep your drinks cool, but to professional and passionate home mixologists it can be a creative opportunity. This is one of the reasons why four years ago, brothers Chris & Pat Little started prototyping models for the perfect ice
For anyone who has experienced it firsthand, a visit to the gynecologist can easily be a dreaded one. Some purport the experience to be so awkward, they skip the opportunity to visit a doctor entirely, which can be seriously detrimental to a woman's overall health. Last week designers at frog
Over two years ago, Google's Advanced Technology And Projects group began developing Project Jacquard, an effort to transmit the idea of futuristic wearables from tech to the textile world. Head of the Jacquard project Ivan Poupyrev (who spoke at our 2015 Designing Here Now conference about it) along with his
Early last year, we came across a video that broke down generally which types of jobs would be in danger with the adoption of automation in the workforce, and it basically told us that all repetitive blue collar jobs were at risk. Yesterday, the Telegraph released a comprehensive list of
Those of us who have seen the Tinder Meat Robot video from a couple year's past know that it is nothing short of sweet, satirical gold: A robot created by artist Marcelo Gómez Moreira in 2015, this revolting allegory spoke to our worst behaviors exacerbated by technology. It's visceral.
Anyone familiar with the woes of freelancing knows that hourly time tracking can be a genuine hassle. While it's true that many common software programs for personal accounting are trying to tackle this with digital solutions, it can still at times feel difficult to accurately track your time on the
As a strong indication of the powers of journalism and the sometimes superfluous nature of the Internet of Things, Juicero has officially shut its doors. Last Friday, the company announced that they would be shutting down production of their $400 juicing machines and offering full refunds to customers within the
In 2014, DIY computer company Kano released their first product, the Kano computer, after an impressive run on Kickstarter, raising $1.5 million to manufacture. The computer is, essentially, a series of basic parts needed to make a simple operating system with a guide simple and clever enough to teach kids
Sheathing plywood: an incredibly practical and long lasting material when it comes to building the exterior of homes but rarely has it been lauded for its refined look. If you're one to frequent architectural magazines or Pinterest, you may have noticed in the past couple years the material showing up
Whether you're a morning person or not, facts show if you want to have a productive day, what you do to start it off truly matters. We've certainly seen article after article dispel the secrets for those in the professional world about how to start your morning, but how specifically
Very rarely do people buy office chairs simply for the look of them—this type of seating belongs more to the office supplies department than it does furniture design. "Office chairs look like machines. They always look slightly aggressive. It's a bit like car design these days... [the chairs are] overtly
I was surprised to hear who was collaborating with the furniture company Bernhardt Design this year for their ICFF booth display, which is also perhaps precisely what intrigued me about it. On the first day of the fair, Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, singer-songwriter Tift Merritt, and finally NFL linebacker-turned-Brooklyn Nine-Nine star
Since taking the role of head designer at IKEA several years ago, Marcus Engman has led a great effort to match the most well-known furniture company in the world with the best designers working in the business today. Why? Because he believes that high-quality design should be accessible to anyone.
Household accessories brand Good Thing is busy for this year's edition of NYCxDesign, kicking things off with an elegant collaborative exhibit at WANTED Design Manhattan featuring one classic design item: the shaving brush. This redesign is not by chance, as they've teamed up with shaving accessory delivery giant Harry's to
The early May opening of Collective Design in Manhattan always feels like the official kickoff to several weeks worth of design events attached to NYCxDesign, New York's extended alternative to Milan Design Week. Often a presentation of objects demonstrating both style and concept, Collective Design brings together works of designers
At the beginning of 2017, IDEO launched a website meant to serve as a guide and resource for designers hoping to support the "circular economy", or, the idea that designers and industries must begin to imbue in their design consciousness that products should be created with the intent of continually
An arguably refreshing aspect of Milan Design Week's smaller contender shows are their concentration on the importance of spontaneity and experimentation—Salone offshoots such as Ventura Lambrate and Rosanna Orlandi embrace the unconventional, giving way to a new understanding of designers' processes and research. A view of MINDCRAFT's 2015 exhibitionIn
When it comes to funding successful crowdfunding campaigns, Alex Daly is known for having an impeccable record. She's helped run some of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns to date, such as Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda's iconic/cult-status New York City Transit Authority Graphic Standards Manual and Neil Young's PONO Player
2016 undoubtedly marks a moment in the modern era when the global population was not only blatantly confronted with a number of troubling problems, but also stimulated by a heightened sense of direct responsibility for what the future holds. "This is the age of rebellion," civil rights activist Van Jones
Sometimes it feels difficult to attend an art event that feels equally inclusive of the serious and the lighthearted, or even a place that feels interactive and low-key enough to spend a fair amount of time in. For those participating in the New York Armory Arts Week scene this weekend
Fuseproject studio's newest debuts tackle a challenging question: how can designers help aging consumers reap the benefits of the newest technologies in a way that feels intuitive, friendly and unobtrusive? With the announcement of two of their newest projects—ElliQ and Superflex—Yve Behar's team continues their recent fascination with robotic technologies
2016 was the first year we really embraced the form of video out there on the web that we like to call process porn. If you became a follower of our Instagram this past year, you're probably familiar with this term: "process porn", or, a short, highly satisfying short clip
The introduction of drones into the consumer market really only took place around this time last year, so 2016 could effectively be deemed the first year of the drone. And as drones proliferated into the mainstream, interesting, creative uses for the new technology were inevitable—thus resulting in a ton of
If this year was any indication, the way we look at traveling from our daily commute to long distance trips is about to completely change. With the introduction of self-driving cars into the market as well as announcements of a revolutionary pneumatic train system that can get you from 0
2016 has been quite the, uh, interesting year (to say the least)—so to commemorate this year full of fascinating and shocking news, over the next week we'll be looking at several different hot topics in design over the past year. Through our Year in Review series, we'll highlight some of
Despite a currently bleak-looking sustainable climate, designers' forays into eco friendly architectural and building solutions can sometimes offer a quick glimpse of hope for our future. This is perhaps most evident in projects where one man's literal trash becomes another man's treasure (one example that comes to mind are recycled
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