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.
Awesome Industrial Design
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.