Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Eco Delight: 10 solar-powered concept cars that ask for attention


Solar energy is one of the most impressive and easily available sources of green energy that has the potential to power everything from the PMPs we carry to the cars we drive. By Anupam

World's largest solar powered creations

worlds largest solar stadium

Recently, the world’s largest solar-powered office building was unveiled in Dezhou, Shangdong Province in northwest China. By Aditi Justa

Eco-friendly parking lots for gray pastures and green minds

With more and more people getting aware about the budding environmental issues, companies and designers are continuously thinking of new ideas that promote the use of clean energy. By Aditi Justa

Amazing futuristic airships for sustainable air travel


Without a doubt, there is something exceptionally beautiful and exciting about airships. By Aditi Justa

The Strata tower harnesses wind power with built-in turbines

Structures with rooftop turbines may not be a purely new idea in the world of architecture, but the newly completed tower block in Elephant and Castle, London, is a unique skyscraper. By Naresh Chauhan

Monday, March 15, 2010

Sustainable skyscraper captures the rain

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Designed for the 2010 Skyscraper Competition, the “Capture the Rain” by Ryszard Rychlicki and Agnieszka Nowak, architectural students at H3AR, is a sustainable skyscraper that harvests rainwater to fulfill the daily water needs of its residents. By Naresh Chauhan

Electric ‘Urban Wheelchair’ moves on hubless wheels

Often wheelchair users have to face a number of problems to accomplish their day-to-day tasks in urban environments, when away from home on their own. By Naresh Chauhan

Venice Lagoon

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Commissioned by Jesolo, one of Italy’s most established seaside resorts, Zaha Hadid Architects has come up with a new retail and business center dubbed “Jesolo Magica” for the resort of Jesolo. By Naresh Chauhan

Hornet: Gyroscopically balanced superbike can turn on a five-cent coin


Winner of the prestigious VACC competition, the “Hornet” by Liam Ferguson is a one-wheel superbike, which seems to be “up there in the clouds a bit.” By Naresh Chauhan

The Hand of the Designer: Design in the Making

Moleskine announced The Hand of the Designer, a collection of 462 reproductions of hand made sketches by 150 internationally recognized designers, including Bouroullec Brothers, Michael Graves, Hella Jongerius, Karim Rashid, and many others.

Homephone concept

Here's something different in phones. By Marc Schomann

What Does Meaningful Mean?

An illustrated guide for designing things that matter. By Joonkyung Shin

The Nook doesn't bode well for user experience

Somehow, Barnes & Noble invented a box that’s every bit as complicated as their product. By Richard Pak

Dissecting the iPad's user interface

This Flickr image set does a nice job of pointing out the unique UI elements of the iPad. Much of the interface is adapted from Apple’s extensive work on the iPhone but there are several unique elements. By Richard Pak

Who Said a Yacht has to Look Like a boat?

It's hot and summer and what better place to relax than on a yacht - especially one with a striking design. By Thomas Baekdal

Microsoft mobile surface

Remember Microsoft Surface? You know, the big multi-touch coffee table? Now Microsoft is working on a much smaller version with Mobile Surface. By Thomas Baekdal

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Chris Georgenes: Flash Animator

Chris is self-taught as an animator and his clients include Pileated Pictures, Lucas Arts, Universal Records, Plot Developers, AOL and others.

Designing for re-use

Book: Designing for re-use

A coffee cup as a plant pot, coke cans for Halloween cape, a detergent bottle as worm harvester or washing tablet net bags for toy storage; these are all things people have done with the packaging they found in their daily lives. By Petz Scholtus

Friday, March 12, 2010

Concept Waterscraper Brings Monumental Architecture Into The Open Sea

For the last five years, eVolo Magazine has hosted a futuristic skyscraper design competition. By Stuart Fox

Obama Loves Infographic Movies (and Edward Tufte)


Information graphics guru Edward Tufte will be joining the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Why We Should Teach Design Early


A group of Austin designers is helping students at a local high school recreate their campus. By Rob Stokes

Monday, March 08, 2010

Lovely Globey Ironing

The Infinity Iron by Adam Wendel

I know when you think Futuristic, you think Ironing. I know that when you drew (or draw) pictures of the future with crayons, you made sure those space-people had nice, no-wrinkle shirts on, right? Right! By Yanko Design

Getting A Drip On Light


The Ring-ge-roo Light shuttles between innovative, unique and kitsch! It definitely takes the sting out of a hospital drip, which is loathsome yet essential. By Yanko Design

Projecting With OO

OO - High Definition Wireless Projector by David Riesenberg

Built from semi monocoque carbon fiber, the durable OO wireless projector is a part of the GEO series from designer David Riesenberg. By Yanko Design

iF Design Awards Highlight Brilliant Solutions to Everyday Problems

Next to the Red Dot awards, the iF award is the most prestigious design award out of Europe, attracting all sorts of designs that you'd otherwise never see. By Cliff Kuang

Video: What Herman Miller Learned From Toyota (Before the Recall Disaster)

Herman Miller owes a big part of its current success to Toyota, which schooled the furniture maker on its legendary production philosophy. By Cliff Kuang

An Exclusive Look at the Making of Joris Laarman's Bone Chair

Dutch designer Joris Laarman describes how he turned an algorithm created for the automotive industry loose on a chunk of material and spawned a chair that mimics how bones and trees grow.

Core77 to the Rescue: Pop-Up Shelters for Haiti and Chile


Earthquakes are design problems, and while more and more architects have been offering their support to rebuilding efforts in Haiti and Chile. Core77 opened it up last week as one of its famous 1-Hour Design Challenges. Well, the results are in, and they're awesome. By William Bostwick

Futuristic New York and Sustainable Sao Paulo Projects Win Zumtobel Prize

How can we examine ways that the built environment impacts both sustainability and humanity? By Alissa Walker

Saturday, March 06, 2010

"Different" by Youngme Moon

Youngme Moon of the Harvard Business School collaborated with XPLANE to create this video introducing her new book, DIFFERENT, an intimately drawn meditation on the meaning of business differentiation. A very different ad.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Showcase of Beautifully Designed Brochures

Brochure design is a key component to the marketing of many businesses large and small. A well-designed brochure can present a positive image of the business while providing helpful information about the products or services offered. By Steven Snell