This compendium from Phaidon combines and updates the three-volume Phaidon Design Classics into a single 592-page hardcover book. A must-own for appreciators of industrial design, the book showcases the most iconic and influential products and objects from the 17th to the 21st century.
Awesome Industrial Design
Synthesizer maker Teenage Engineering applies their stripped-down aesthetic to a small form factor PC case. The orange sheet metal kit comes flat-packed for easy assembly and has room for a mini-ITX motherboard, an SFX power supply, and a dual-slot GPU up to 180 mm. Computer components not included.
Doehmers Research Lab created this concept electric moped with an awesome retro-futuristic look. Its racer shape is optimized for aerodynamics and a whisper-quiet ride. Designer Torkel Dohmers says he took inspiration from the Honda SS50, melded with synthesizer aesthetics. We would love to see this go into production.
We all have timer apps on our phones these days, but there are still times where you might use an old-fashioned egg timer. MakerPaul takes a look at the flaws in the traditional hourglass design and offers up a new and improved version that tips over when done and can be reset instantly. The 3D printable design is available here.
Designed by Natalie and Paul Sun of Gingko Design, this minimal and modern lamp makes a great addition to any table. Its octagonal base allows for angle adjustment, and it offers a bright and smooth light source with 36 LEDs that runs on a rechargeable battery for up to 48 hours of cordless operation.
This omnipresent stackable chair is known as a “Monobloc,” and it can be found everywhere from suburban backyards to major tourist attractions. What is it about this mundane, yet functional piece of molded plastic that made it so wildly popular? Neo digs into this so-called “context-free object.”
Best known for his work on movies like Blade Runner and TRON, industrial designer and “visual futurist” Syd Mead was renowned for his ability to extrapolate what might lie ahead for society. This silent clip from DistantMirrors looks back on some of the late artist’s many illustrative works.
Graphic and motion designer Vinicius Araujo envisioned iconic industrial designs from electronics brands as Helvetica letter forms corresponding to their brand names. We’d love to see actual products designed this way. Check out the full alphabet in his Behance portfolio.