This seems like an industrial design student project that actually got picked up by a manufacturer. It's a coiled beeswax candle made by a company called Candle by the Hour, and it was supposedly "part of the 1600s dating scene. Known as a 'courting candle', protective parents would light one
At a Sotheby's auction this month, Banksy had one of his pieces on offer, mounted in a baroque, self-created frame. After the bidding war ended at a staggering £860,000 (USD $1.1 million), an alarm sounded and the frame revealed a surprising capability. Here's how it went down, followed by footage
Building a retaining wall in the conventional ways is not a trivial matter. So DIYers have come up with an interesting trick: Rather than messing around with mortar, they lay the walls down like Lego pieces, using concrete while it's still in the bag. That's right, the idea is that
Panasonic's Noise-Canceling Office Blinders Wear Space is the antidote to open-plan offices So here's what it's come to: Penny-pinching corporations insist on stuffing us workers into open office plans, which everyone hates. It's impossible to concentrate in a bullpen. Thus Panasonic has invented Wear Space, a pair of noise-canceling headphones
The noise of an internal combustion engine provides important feedback not only for drivers, but for pedestrians. For the vision-impaired pedestrian, the sound a car makes may be the only warning that it is approaching at all. Hence electric cars, which produce no engine noise at all, present a problem.
As I learned during the construction of my dog-fenced run, erecting farm infrastructure is a combination of hard work and clever labor-saving tricks. The fence is 300 feet long, with thirty 4x4 posts set ten feet apart, welded wire stretched between. Sherman, the fellow I hired to put the
I've pretty much accepted that if I discuss something out loud, ads start popping up for that thing when I go online. If I tell you that I think my phone is listening to me, I sound like a crazy person. So I have no explanation as to how this
This unattributed photo of a stuck off-road motorist has been making the internet rounds. As you can see, the driver has dug a hole, wedged his spare tire in there with his jack and is using it as a winch point to pull himself out. If you're in a situation
I was skeptical when I heard about this--but I "fell" for it. Researchers at Caltech came up with an optical illusion that relies on sound to make you see something that isn't really there. Try it: Did it work on you? Their full description: "Caltech researchers have developed these two
Whether you're an ID student or an independent designer/builder, at some point you might want to create something using marble. But while that material is beautiful, it's pricey, tricky to transport and difficult to work. It would be ideal if you could create your own marble, in whatever form or
Did you like that look at Vintage Soviet Control Rooms from earlier this year? An Unusual Design Aesthetic: Photos of Vintage Soviet Control Rooms An Unusual Design Aesthetic: Photos of Vintage Soviet Control Rooms An Unusual Design Aesthetic: Photos of Vintage Soviet Control Rooms If so you're going to
Experimental design evolution is a fun thing to watch. I'm talking about that early stage, when multiple unrelated parties are all trying to solve the same problem--but taking wildly different approaches, ranging from clever to cockamamie. One such problem, I've discovered, is how to clean debris out of a high
Does Kanye West read Coroflot? Last week during a visit to the Oval Office, West suggested to President Trump that Air Force One should be replaced by an "iPlane 1," which West said would be developed by Apple. West presumably meant it theoretically, but he brought a rendering with him
Drilling into sheetrock or concrete produces a lot of fine dust. Most of us drilling a single hole to add an anchor will clean up with a dustbuster and call it a day. But for a professional tradesperson drilling dozens or hundreds of holes in a client's space, the dust
I fully admit that having a sketchbook with a magnetic spine, and pages that are edged with a stripe of magnetic ink, is overkill. But when you see how easily Rekonect's "new generation of notebooks" works, it is hard not to instantly want one: The faux-leather-wrapped tomes come with
Here's a video many of you will be interested to see: Industrial designer Eric Strebel goes over his carefully selected arsenal of tools used in modelmaking. "I break down the tools I use into various categories," Strebel writes, "and cover the useful and not so useful tools for modeling with
Bollinger Motors blew us away with their B1 Electric Sport Utility Truck, a vehicle that was designed "as though we had just landed on the planet and didn't know what trucks were," in the words of Robert Bollinger. We subsequently got to interview Bollinger, following his path from Carnegie Mellon
The form factor of early cars began with the technology; an internal combustion engine and drivetrain were the core, with wooden and metal components awkwardly wrapped around them to create something we could ride in. The early forms mimicked horse carriages, because no one had any idea what a "car"
Once upon a time, a standard assignment for first-year industrial design students was to design and build something out of cardboard that would protect an egg inside from being dropped off of a roof. ID professors: Surely an update is needed--how about asking students to design something that can cleanly
Scribit is a vertical plotter that you hang, using wire, from two nails placed in your wall. After telling the device (via smartphone or computer) what the precise distance is between the nails, it can now draw on your wall, from files that you feed it, with accuracy. The thing
Most of you who use bandsaws know you can always increase the height capacity by adding a riser block. But a fellow named Ron Sutton over at the Homemade Tools forum wanted more width. "I've converted a 14 inch bandsaw to 28 inches," Sutton writes, "so that I can
Norway's Sapa, owned by Norsk Hydro, is one of the world's leading aluminum extrusion suppliers. In this look at their facility in Oslo, you'll learn about the entire extrusion process, from mixing up the delicious blend of alloys, to casting them into "logs," to forcing the billets through different types
Released in 1983 as the Famicom in Japan and in 1985 as the NES in America, the Nintendo Entertainment System was the best-selling game console of the era. The beloved console's physical design was clearly a product of the '80s: Gothenburg-based designer Love Hultén, whose excellent work we previously looked
As I mentioned in our post on ID student dorm rooms, your dorm should look vastly different than that of other majors', as you should be hacking the heck out of that space, given your education and facilities access. Two areas where standard dorm rooms always fall short is
At some point in your life, everyone you know is alive. But eventually you'll have a birthday party with one less attendee, as you start losing friends or family members to cancer, car accidents or old age. There are plenty of things in this world that want to kill you.
This is one of my dogs, Kit. He is a Shiba Inu. Cute, sure, but he's still a dog, and dogs are natural-born killers.
Though first released in the '90s, Leatherman's useful Wave multitool is still their bestseller. In this look inside their Oregon factory, we get to see how each of the components is individually manufactured, and the nifty little jigs and fixtures that are used to assemble them into the end product.
The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has discovered, through their testing, what the safest car ever built is with regards to crashes: Tesla's 2018 Model 3. It aced every single category and subcategory with five-star ratings, displacing its stablemates, the Model S and Model X. The three models now
For Beijing Design Week, Muji presented an apartment prototype at the House Vision exhibition. Designed by Japanese architect Go Hasegawa, the concept is hypothetically intended to house four Muji employees at their Shanghai office; in other words, it's not a family dwelling, but something that four individuals with privacy needs
North Americans, the next time you pass the power tool aisle of your local Lowes, you may notice something surprising: Tools in familiar Hitachi green or silver will no longer say "Hitachi," but "Metabo"—complete with the latter brand's accurate font. (After "Metabo," you'll notice a small block that says "HPT.")
Whether you're remodeling your home or performing client work in their space, there may come a time when you need to place something on one side of a wall, yet must feed or cut it from the other side of the wall. (Think of wiring that you'd like to precisely
Later this month at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, Sotheby's will be holding a massive Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction. There are a multitude of rare and classic Porsches going up on the block, including the controversial slant-nose 911, misfires like the 914, classics like the 356 Speedster--in both derelict
It's been six years since entrepreneur Emily Brooke launched the Blaze, a bicycle-mounted laser projection safety system that she designed while still a student. In the time since she's turned its success into Beryl, a 30-person company based in London. Technology moves fast in six years, and now Beryl
Designer Hideyuki Kumagai created this Leaf Thermometer, which uses an undisclosed type of materials science to pull off a neat trick: It changes color with the temperature. When it's a comfortable 20 to 25 degrees Celsius (68 to 77 Fahrenheit), the Leaf is green; hotter than 25 degrees it
Industrial designer Eric Strebel's video on Cardboard Modeling Basics drew a lot of eyeballs last week. This week he's back with an advanced Part 2, where he covers how to cut perfect circles into cardboard/matboard/chipboard using a nifty tool, shaping and bending tricks, how to paint the stuff to get
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