This short video proves just how universal the language of design is. Despite being entirely in Japanese, motion designer Ritsuko Nomura’s clip demonstrates the importance of using layouts, scale, and color to bring structure and legibility to information, regardless of language. From the NHK educational TV show Design Ah!
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This stainless steel stencil is ideal for sketching out user interface and user experience concepts. It features common icons for things like menus, arrows, buttons, and sliders, as well as social media. Its top edge includes a pixel ruler and column guides as well. Consider picking up some UI sketch pads to go with.
This space-saving kitchen gadget combines 19 different measuring spoons and cups into one 3.5″ cube. It’s got measuring cutouts for quantities as small as 1/4-teaspoon all the way up to 1 cup. It’s made from food-grade plastic, and is both dishwasher and microwave safe.
Studio Job designed this bold piece of furniture that doubles as a seat and a small side table, while adding a splash of Mexican culture to any space. Measures appx 17.7″ tall, and comes in black, green, terracotta, and ivory. Cast from polyethylene, so it weighs just 7.7 lb.
This visual reference book for designers includes hundreds of forms, patterns, and colors extracted from natural things like fruits, veggies, insects, fish, and more, providing a new source of creative inspiration. Sign up now for a 40% discount when pre-orders start in Feb 2020.
A bible for discriminating audiophiles and and industrial design junkies, Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design traces the evolution of all things audio, from the 1950s birth of specialty equipment to today’s cutting-edge design. Phaidon’s 272-page book has 300 images and the expertise of Gideon Schwartz, founder of Audioarts.
These beautiful watch bands are made from real wood which has been engineered for flexibility. They’re backed with leather for comfort, and are available for both Apple Watch or Fitbit Versa watches, in dark teak, light teak, maple, or rosewood. To complete the look, Bandly made a series of matching background screens.
Designed by Ben Liew, this bold writing instrument features a body with a slick open-weave design. The complex geometry is made possible using 3D printing technology, and the pen will be offered in resin or titanium, or as a glass nylon prototype, which doesn’t share the smooth feel of the production versions.
The THX sound, the Mac and Windows startup tones, the Nokia ringtone, and the Intel Inside music are all immediately recognizable. Two sound experts explain the psychology and conceptual approach behind such memorable auditory cues, and why they’re so important to brands.
Panic, creators of Mac and iOS apps like Coda and Transmit teamed up with Teenage Engineering to make a totally original handheld gaming system. It features a 2.7″ hi-res B&W screen, a funky crank input device, and will come with 12 original games, released weekly from the time of its launch in 2020.
Skeletonics‘ 9+ foot tall, 88 lb. electro-mechanical exosuit is more puppet than practical work assistant, but it’s still pretty awesome. In addition to offering its wearer a lift on stilts, it gives them giant robot arms and individually-controlled bony fingers.
Dress up your space with these laser-engraved cherry wood prints which feature illustrations from significant patents. Choose from objects like the computer mouse, space capsule, hard disk drive, and more. They measure 13″ x 9″ and come with hanging hardware.
Laurel Hwang’s Plier is a room divider that can also perform the opposite of its original function. It has hydraulic pistons that let you fold its upper half down, turning the divider into a table. Its translucent surface alludes to its inclusive design.
Italian furniture maker Ozzio shows off a dining/conference table that can be expanded in both length and width, using a clever series of sliding and hinged leaves that hide beneath its wooden surface. You might want to mute the audio and play your own music though.
2BTruman demonstrates his custom-built synth, which looks like something off of a starship’s bridge. The system is powered by a Mac Mini, Ableton Live and Analog Lab, but the custom interfaces make it truly one of a kind. You’ve gotta check out the epic power-on sequence.
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