Industrial Design

Entries from the Design Blog in the Industrial Design category.

  • Nike has long been at the forefront of sport design, but lately it seems that the fusion of art, tech, innovation and athletic performance in all their new products is off the charts. From the introduction of the Fuel Band I posted about last month, to the new woven Flyknit Racers and additions to the Nike+ line, their new athletic tech not only looks beautiful, it engages consumers.

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    by Ward Andrews
    February 22, 2012
  • As Molinelli Charly points out, relatively few individuals ever get to drive a Ferrari, even once. The Portland-based multidisciplinary creator and graphic designer says "That’s a fact. A worse fact is that some of the Ferraris on the market today are being crashed and destroyed. That’s hard to imagine for us normal people, but it seems that the ex-owners aren’t as impressed as we are."

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    by Jessica Patterson
    February 6, 2012
  • We appreciate the simple and sleek functionality of the Bike Valet by Sacramento-based Reclamation Art + Furniture. The design frees up space in tight quarters and elevates the bicycle to an artistic focal point instead of a hall traffic hindrance. The handcrafted frames are cut from cold steel, finished and dressed with leather or neoprene pads.

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    by Ward Andrews
    February 4, 2012
  • Belgium-based furniture and product designer Kaspar Hamacher "loves wood and his chain saw." But for these stools he turned up the heat and introduced raw fire as a tool.

    The series, titled ‘Ausgebrannt,’ (i.e. ‘Burnt Out’), embraces the raw form of naturally felled or dead wood. Kaspar takes the local tree remnants, pieces them together, and uses fire sculpting to carve out the legs. The scorching and use of raw timber produces some beautiful and unique details within the stool and table "templates."

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    by Jessica Patterson
    February 1, 2012
  • I wondered when someone would decide that pedometers just weren't cutting it. Most on the market are clunky, imprecise and lack any additional (but intuitive) features. Nike promises to capture and measure your daily activity in a new and more inclusive way that's not limited to steps or distance. The Nike Fuel Band features a sleek design that tracks your activity with their accelerometer and translates it into a value they dub NikeFuel.

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    by Ward Andrews
    January 20, 2012
  • Hypercolor is back! The Thermo Snap case from Incase brings a little 80s / 90s flair to modern technology, with much less potential for embarrassment than the retro clothing line.

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    by Ward Andrews
    January 17, 2012
  • Have you ever wanted to prototype an idea or build a model and had no idea where to begin? Sculpteo might be a great starting point. The 3D printing company promises to print high-quality 3D models quickly, easily and at affordable pricing.

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    by Ward Andrews
    January 9, 2012
  • Multidisciplinary design agency Biegert & Funk—based in Germany—are the minds behind the modern and sleek Qlock2 clock design. The QlockTwo and QlockTwo Touch use typography instead of numerals to display the time within a perfect square, and white LED lights highlight the current hour by backlighting the corresponding words, creating a statement of time rather than just a numerical marker.

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    by Lisa Andrews
    January 8, 2012
  • Are you a geeky gal and proud of it? Or maybe you know a lady who doesn't hide her nerdy pride. Either way, these rings jewelry designs from Techno Chic are a fun and funky way to flaunt your love of tech and gadgetry.

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    by Jessica Patterson
    January 5, 2012
  • Toast, currently on Kickstarter, promises to create beautiful handcrafted veneers to protect and customize iPhone appearance.

    The veneers are real wood, laser-etched and finished by hand. Application to the phone's back adds protection and texture for better grip.

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    by Ward Andrews
    December 28, 2011
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